Summer Law Clerk (2017)

Disability Rights Advocates Seeks 2Ls for Summer 2017 Law Clerk Positions

With offices in California and New York, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is one of the leading nonprofit disability rights legal centers in the nation. DRA provides free legal representation to people with the full spectrum of disabilities in complex, system-change class-action cases.  Founded in 1993, DRA has taken on and won hundreds of cases—achieving dramatic improvements for people with disabilities seeking health care, employment, transportation, education, disaster preparedness planning, voting and housing.  DRA is seeking up to four summer law clerks who share our vision of creating a society that strives towards justice and fairness for all. For more information on DRA’s mission and impact, visit www.dralegal.org.

Position Overview

DRA is seeking passionate, talented, hard-working law students to join our dynamic, results-oriented team in DRA’s Berkeley and New York offices.  Summer law clerks will report to a supervising attorney.  DRA’s summer law clerks will be responsible for working with DRA attorneys on a variety of impact litigation assignments.  DRA offers law clerks frequent interactions with attorneys and staff and numerous opportunities for both formal and informal career-building feedback.  DRA’s focus on thorough training and supportive mentorship provides an excellent opportunity to learn about litigation in a supportive public interest environment.

Key Responsibilities

Each summer, summer law clerks work with our attorneys in all aspects of high impact litigation, including case investigations, case development, law and motion practice, discovery, and court appearances.  This work includes factual and legal research, drafting memoranda, writing portions of briefs, assisting with propounding and reviewing discovery, reviewing expert reports and other relevant tasks as needed.  Law clerks will receive feedback and guidance on all work.

Required Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission and vision of DRA
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Strong work ethic paired with the ability to adapt quickly to changing situations and circumstances
  • Law student who will be enrolled in their second year of law school in fall 2016

Application Procedures

DRA is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. People with disabilities, people of color, women, and people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.  To apply, please send the following to summer@dralegal.org:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Transcript
  4. References
  5. Writing sample

Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.