Internships & Externships

Interested in what it’s like to use your law degree to represent children in the child welfare system? Consider applying here for your summer internship or fall or spring externship.

About Our Program

Our internship and externship programs are unpaid and for the purpose of students gaining a dependency law and practice education. Our interns and externs learn all aspects of representing children and young adults in varying stages of juvenile dependency proceedings. Summer law clerks who become Certified Law Students can receive first-hand experience in courtroom advocacy by making appearances at review hearings and potentially in trials. Summer interns also observe and learn how staff attorneys prepare for hearings and trials, conduct legal research and writing, and engage client contact. Interns may also have opportunities to work on projects involving cross-over delinquency matters, probate guardianships, mental health advocacy, and education advocacy. EBCLO provides comprehensive training to interns and externs on dependency law and practice at the beginning of every summer, fall, and spring. Interns will also have opportunities throughout the summer to participate in additional training by our office on discreet issues, as well as through partnering organizations in Alameda County. Note: our interns are not guaranteed a job at the end of their internship.

Ideal candidates will have an interest in juvenile law, a passion for social and racial justice, and a curiosity about the child welfare system from the minor’s counsel perspective. As lawyers for children who have been taken away from their parents (or at risk thereof), we play a pivotal role as their parents’ constitutional right to have custody of their children is at risk. We are committed to building a diverse workplace that reflects the cultures of our clients.

Our summer internship program is open to rising 2L and 3Ls. EBCLO also considers applications from second and third year law students for part-time internship and externship opportunities during the school year. If you are interested in either program, please email your resume and cover letter to Liz Aleman, Director of Interns and Volunteer Attorneys.

Field Placements for Masters of Social Work Students

Interested in the intersection of law and social work to improve the lives of children and families? EBCLO often serves as a field placement for students. The same detailed training referenced above is provided to incoming students each fall. Please contact your school to inquire about field placement at EBCLO. For more information, you may also contact Suzan Kotch at suzan.kotch@ebclo.org.

Undergraduate Internships
EBCLO does not accept applications from undergraduate students for internships at this time.

Post-Graduate Fellowships
Interested in applying for a fellowship after law school and having EBCLO as your host organization? Please send your inquiry to our Executive Director, Kristin Mateer.

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