SPRING 2013 LAW CLERK Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
As the University of California's first law school, UC Hastings College of the Law boasts a rich history of achievement in the field of legal education. Established in 1878 and located in San Francisco's Civic Center district, our vibrant institution provides outstanding instruction for nearly 1,200 students from more than 120 universities and colleges across the country. We are a WASC-accredited institution that is dedicated to outcomes-based education and assessment and provide an innovative, fun and rewarding work environment for our valued employees. As a member of our team, you will enjoy a warm-hearted, deeply committed group of co-workers and a dynamic community of faculty and students.
The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) provides legal expertise, training and resources to attorneys representing asylum seekers, advocates to protect refugees, advances refugee law and policy, and uses domestic, regional and international mechanisms to address the root causes of persecution. For more information about CGRS, visit http://cgrs.uchastings.edu/.
CGRS’s Law Clerk functions as a full- or part-time spring Law Clerk for 10-12 week terms. Given our small office and high volume of work, we give Law Clerks a high degree of responsibility from the start. Accordingly, Law Clerks must be motivated, responsible and able to work with minimal supervision. Availability of 25+ hours per week (date range of internship can be flexible). Law Clerks are involved in the full range of CGRS’s work and work closely with CGRS lawyers and staff in other projects as needed. Typical duties and responsibilities consist of, but are not limited to, the following:
Researching and writing on key legal issues Assisting in the various stages of appellate advocacy Analyzing emerging asylum law trends Developing training and technical assistance materials including country conditions research and preparation of expert witness affidavits Conducting national policy work Engaging in international human rights projects
Requirements include current enrollment in law school or a recent graduate (completion of three semesters of law school is strongly preferred), along with experience or background in asylum or international human rights law. Knowledge and skills should include:
Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice Strong research and writing skills Ability to work independently and within a team Ability to protect the confidentiality of our work and our communications Fluency in Spanish or French is desirable, but not required
Submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (5-10 pages) and list of 3 references to CGRShires@uchastings.edu. The cover letter should explain how the applicant’s experiences relate to the mission and work of CGRS. The cover letter should also indicate eligibility for work study as well as prospects for securing external funding. Applications will be accepted immediately, and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Apply as soon as possible for earliest consideration. No phone calls, please. Failure to provide the information as required on the application form including attaching a cover letter and a resume may immediately disqualify an applicant from employment consideration. EEOE