The Public Interest Law Project currently has law clerk openings for the Summer 2017 term in both the Affordable Housing and Public Benefits practice areas.

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–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.  Another clerk went out into the field, interviewing clients and drafting declarations for submission to the court.

Interested candidates should email application materials as word or pdf attachments to  Please provide a cover letter that includes a brief statement of interest, resume, and writing sample.  In your cover letter, please also indicate your law school year, any past or current public interest law experience, and your desired practice area (affordable housing or public benefits).

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

PILP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, women, LGBT people, persons with disabilities and persons in other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.