Justice First, LLP

Internship program

Fellowship program


Our internship program is a demonstration of our commitment to mentoring future generations of public interest lawyers. We offer meaningful experience in a variety of compelling areas of law, quality mentoring that values your professional growth, and exposure to an innovative, small firm setting in which to practice as a public interest lawyer.

Each semester, we hire 1-2 law students or recent graduates to work in our Bay Area office. More important than the law school you attend or your grades, we seek a student who has demonstrated a commitment to public interest law and who intends to practice in this field. Prior experience working on behalf of low income communities or communities of color is preferred. We seek someone who takes their work seriously, yet knows how to have fun, is eager to learn, and values constructive feedback.

Our interns are exposed to a variety of substantive areas in both criminal and civil rights law. Interns work on cases at various stages of litigation, as well as appeals. Intern assignments are based not only on the needs of our firm, but also on the interests of our interns. We assure that all interns receive assignments that reflect a variety of legal skills, which may include interviewing clients, factual investigation, legal research and writing, drafting pleadings, discovery requests, and briefs, second-seating depositions and oral arguments, and coalition building. Quality mentoring is a priority at our firm - interns receive feedback on a regular basis and we conduct two-way evaluations to discuss the progress of our work together.

We regret that this position is unpaid at this time. However, in exchange for your hard work, our interns are provided with a meaningful experience that values their contributions and your professional growth. Interns are hired on a part-time basis during the school year and on a full-time basis during the summer. We require a commitment of at least ten weeks for all internships.

References from former interns are available upon request. Our former interns include Nadia Aziz (UC Berkeley – Class of 2007); Jamahdi Blueford (Harvard, Class of 2013); Laura Burgardt (New York University, Class of 2003); Candace Chen (Golden Gate, Class of 2008); Shawn Elzie (Golden Gate University, Class of 2008); Rebecca Fisher (New York University, Class of 2007); Alberta Lee (UC Davis, Class of 2005); and Shamus Roller (Hastings, Class of 2006).

Interested persons should submit a cover letter, a resume, and two prior work references. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and should be submitted no later than October 1st for fall internships, February 1st for spring internships, and June 1st for summer internships. Please mail or e-mail your application to the following address:

Jenny Huang
Justice First
180 Grand Avenue, Suite 1300
Oakland, CA 94612
e-mail: JHuang@justicefirst.net



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