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Summer Clerk Program

advising-the-icc-icon-croppedLearning for social justice.  Lawyering for social justice.  Litigating for social justice.

“I particularly enjoyed the research and writing focus of the fellowship. It seems to be a great way to progress from the knowledge gleaned from a survey immigration law course to real-life practice…I also enjoyed the mix of projects. The experience included everything from researching quick criminal issues the day of a hearing to simple motions to short memos to complex appellate briefs.”

“The firm was very supportive, I made great friends and for me, best of all, I contributed to making our nation a safer place for immigrants and refugees.”

“In working at ILG, I finally realized how all of the skills I learned in law school could be used in a powerful way not only to change the legal status of individual clients but to advocate for systemic changes to our immigration laws as a whole.”

Each summer, ILG sponsors a summer clerk to work with the firm in advancing the human rights of immigrants and refugees.  The clerkship provides an opportunity for law students to work directly with clients and get hands-on experience with impact litigation.  Past clerks worked on nationwide-precedent setting cases, engaged in civil rights litigation on detainers, represented asylum-seekers and special immigrant juveniles, and provided inspiring community-education workshops on going beyond just knowing one’s rights.

The Summer Clerkship is a paid, temporary position lasting at least 10 weeks.  The start date is usually in mid-June.  The length of the position and start dates are flexible.  Clerks can expect to work full-time.  Housing and moving expenses are the clerk’s responsibility.

The deadline to submit your application for the Summer Clerk 2019 position is November 19, 2018 at midnight, PST.  All the details are available below.

Application submission instructions

We try to make this process straightforward and not super-time consuming but rigorous enough so we can get the critical information we need from each applicant. If you have questions about the submission process, email them to

Gather these things together:

  1. A law school transcript (unofficial or official, it doesn’t matter)
  2. A resume (the resume does not need to adhere to our general resume guidelines; it should, however, be as complete as possible)
  3. A cover letter Your cover letter must: (1) Explain your commitment to social justice, or (2) Detail any past experience you have working with immigrant communities. You may also wish to describe how you have used your English and Spanish or other foreign language abilities in your cover letter.
  4. A writing sample – it should be your own work and words written during your law school tenure.
  5. Email (a), (b), and (c), and (d)  in PDF format to by midnight PST November 19, 2018.

Things happen quickly after submission. We anticipate conducting interviews and making an offer by December 14, 2018.

Reports from our past summer clerks:
Erin Carter, ILG Law Clerk 2016
Sarah Flinn, ILG Law Clerk 2016
Jimmy Phavasiri, ILG Law Clerk 2015
Scott Ventrudo ILG Law Clerk 2014
Bonnie Sailer, 2013 ILG Summer Clerk
Angie Ferrer Summer 2012 Law Clerk Report