Summer Law Clerk (2022)

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit law firm advancing equal rights and opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities, is setting precedents and challenging norms. Law clerks at DRA gain valuable experience in undertaking high-impact litigation while doing work that is meaningful and advances civil rights. With offices in California and New York, we provide free legal representation to people with all types of disabilities in complex, system changing, class-action cases, achieving dramatic improvements for people with disabilities in all areas of life, such as technology, health care, employment, transportation, education, disaster preparedness planning, voting, juvenile justice, and housing.

DRA is seeking 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

Position Overview

DRA is seeking a passionate, hard-working law student to join our dynamic, results-oriented team in DRA’s Berkeley office.  Summer law clerks will report to a managing 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


Summer law clerks must apply for outside funding. For students who are unsuccessful in obtaining outside funding or who obtain less than $8000, DRA can provide full or partial funding to ensure that each summer law clerk receives a stipend of up to $8000 pre-tax.

Application Procedures

To apply, please send the following to

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Law school transcript
  4. Three references
  5. Writing sample (5-10 pages)

Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis. 

DRA is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and inclusive culture.

DRA encourages applications from all qualified individuals and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, veteran status, disability, AIDS/HIV status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. 

DRA is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in all aspects of the employment process. If a reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact with the subject line “Accommodations Request.”