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Law Students

Law students play a vital role in LAFLA’s mission to serve the legal needs of low-income clients. All LAFLA projects are structured to provide practical, hands-on legal experience that complements law school coursework.

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Summer Law Clerk Program

Each summer, LAFLA hosts approximately 30-35 law students as part of the Summer Law Clerk Program. Law clerks volunteer on a full-time basis and participate in various events and programs aimed at introducing them to the legal community. Learn about our different areas of law. Each summer law clerk will receive a $500 stipend for participation. This stipend does not apply to LEIF Program: Each LEIF fellow will receive $7,500 for their service.

Our 2022 Summer Law Clerk Program starts Monday, May 23 and ends Friday, July 29. At this time, we are planning for a fully virtual summer program. We will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines and offer optional in-person opportunities if possible.

Under the supervision of an experienced attorney, volunteers have the opportunity to provide various levels of assistance to LAFLA clients including but not limited to:

  • Conduct client intake interviews
  • Provide information/advice to clients 
  • Analyze and assess client needs 
  • Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda
  • Draft motions and trial briefs
  • Assist attorneys at court for motions and trials
  • Develop resource and educational materials for clients 
  • Support policy work addressing issues affecting LAFLA clients
  • Participate in Coalition meetings 
  • Attend administrative or court proceedings
  • Argue a motion in court (if certified)

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the application here.

Learn more about former summer law clerks:

2021 – Meet Our LEIF Fellows & Summer Law Clerks
2020 – LAFLA Welcomes Our 2020 Law Clerks
2019 – Meet Our Summer Law Clerks

LAFLA Equity and Inclusion Fellowship (LEIF) Program

LAFLA awards fellowships to a select number of eligible summer law clerks through the LEIF Program, launched in 2021. LAFLA recognizes the existence of racial inequity in the educational system and the lack of diversity in the legal community. LAFLA also acknowledges the importance of a legal community that represents our client community. The LEIF Program is designed to engage and empower law students who are historically underrepresented in the legal profession in their pursuit of public interest legal careers.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Student must receive and accept a formal offer to join the LAFLA Summer Law Clerk Program;
  • Identify as a member of a group that is historically underrepresented in the practice of law (e.g., ethnically diverse persons, persons with disabilities, and LGBT persons);
  • Demonstrate a commitment to racial equity and inclusivity;
  • Be willing to join and remain a member of the LEIF Program community during and after the summer law clerk program, to connect with future fellows and support the continued growth of the LEIF Program.

Any current law student who identifies as a member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession.

The first step to applying for LEIF is to apply for the LAFLA Summer 2022 Law Clerk Program. You can apply online here or through a law student hiring event. Once you accept an offer to join the Summer 2022 Law Clerk Program, you can apply for LEIF by completing the LEIF Application Form and sending your personal statement to fellowships@lafla.org.

All LEIF applications must be submitted by April 15, 2022. This year, there will also be an opportunity to apply for Early Decision. The Early Decision deadline is February 25, 2022.

When selecting fellows, LAFLA will consider:

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and inclusivity
  • Financial need
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Community service
  • Personal and academic achievements

Semi-finalists will be selected through the application reviewing process described below to advance to the interview stage. This year, there will be two phases of interviews: one for Early Decision and another for Final Review. Interviews will be conducted with LAFLA’s Director of Racial Justice and Equity and Pro Bono Manager. Fellows will be selected after each phase of interviews has concluded.

The LEIF Review Committee is comprised of members of LAFLA’s Law Student Recruitment Committee and Race Equity Initiative. Each application will be carefully considered by several members of the LEIF Review Committee, and this year’s applications will be reviewed in two phases: Early Decision and Final Review. Applicants who apply for but are not selected at Early Decision will automatically be deferred for consideration for Final Review.

Fellows who are selected through Early Decision will be notified the week of March 21, 2022. Fellows who are selected through Final Review will be notified the week of May 9, 2022.

In addition to participating in all Summer Law Clerk Program events, LEIF fellows also participate in weekly LEIF meetings and engage in a final summer project.  

LEIF fellows will also receive $7,500 for their work with LAFLA over the summer and will join the LEIF community where they will be able to connect with former and future LEIF fellows.

Yes. We understand that your circumstances may change following submission. Please update us as soon as possible by emailing us at fellowships@lafla.org.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about LAFLA! Please see our mission statement and check out our 90+ year history. We also encourage students to get familiar with our services and workgroups by going to our ‘Get Help’ page.

Fellowships

LAFLA invites law students and recent law school graduates interested in pursuing a public interest legal career to partner in fellowship applications. LAFLA has hosted fellows from various programs, including Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and school-based fellowships.

Careers

Start your legal career at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, one of the largest public interest law firms, providing services to more than 100,000 people living in poverty each year.

The leadership of LAFLA is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice, and excellent representation.