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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.



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.


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.


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.