The Public Interest Law Project (PILP) currently has law clerk openings for the Summer 2019 term.  We focus our litigation practice areas on issues surrounding Affordable Housing and Public Benefits.

PILP advances justice for low income people and communities by building the capacity of legal services organizations through impact litigation, trainings, and publications, and by advocating for low income community groups and individuals.

Since 1996, PILP has provided critical litigation and advocacy support to local legal services and public interest law programs throughout California.  Responding to the elimination of federal funding for state and national legal services support centers, PILP was established to ensure that local legal services programs could continue to participate in major litigation and advocacy on behalf of low-income persons.

Our work brings affordable housing to the homeless, provides access to services and public benefits for lower income persons and persons with disabilities, and protects neglected and abused children and persons displaced by major disasters.

Law clerks at PILP receive mentoring and training from our housing and public benefits attorneys and the opportunity to gain exposure to the mechanics of litigation while developing a better understanding of the systemic legal barriers facing low-income and other under-represented communities in California.  PILP engages its law students in every phase of complex litigation, working with highly skilled and experienced attorneys. For example, we have involved students in all aspects of preparing an affordable housing/fair housing case for trial, including drafting discovery motions, participating in strategy sessions with co-counsel, and settlement negotiations with opposing counsel.  Other law students have researched the legislative history and case law related to various provisions of affordable housing and public benefit laws, drafted portions of trial court and appellate briefs, assisted in the taking of depositions, and drafted procedural and substantive legal memoranda, motions, and stipulations.  Law students have also gone into the field, interviewing clients and drafting declarations for submission to the court.

Summer law clerks may be eligible for a stipend if funding is not available from their school or other sources.

Interested candidates should email application materials as word or pdf attachments to  Please provide a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.

In your cover letter, please include a brief statement of interest, your law school year, and any past or current public interest law experience.

If mailing materials, please send them to:

Attn: PILP Summer Law Clerk Program
The Public Interest Law Project
449 15th Street, Suite 301
Oakland, CA  94612

The Public Interest Law Project (PILP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage people of color, women, people with disabilities, older people, LGBTQ people, and individuals from other underrepresented groups to apply. It is PILP’s policy to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to establish and maintain equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, disability, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, medical condition, veteran status, national origin, marital, and any other protected status.