Paid Summer Fellowship at California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)

Indigenous Program Law Summer Fellow

Indigenous Program

Summer 2016

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is seeking a law school fellow for a 10-week summer position with CRLA’s Indigenous Program. The Indigenous Program (IP) is a program unique to CRLA that serves immigrant indigenous communities from Mexico and Central America. IP provides legal representation to individuals and works closely with the indigenous community on systemic advocacy in the areas of farmworker employment rights, language access and discrimination, as well as leadership development initiatives.

The Indigenous Program Summer Law fellow will work under the supervision of the Indigenous Program Director to provide direct legal services and to provide support on litigation and other systemic advocacy.
  • represent clients in administrative hearings;
  • provide support on litigation including drafting pleadings and motions and
  • participate in community outreach and education.
Applicants must have completed their first or second year of law school and must have strong writing skills. Candidates must possess a passion for social justice and poverty related issues, as well as sensitivity to working with people from diverse backgrounds. Special consideration will be given to students who have a demonstrated commitment to serving low income or disadvantaged communities. Students who speak Spanish, Triqui, or Mixteco are encouraged to apply.

The fellow will receive a stipend in the amount of $8,000, through the support of the California Bar Foundation Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program.

Please submit a cover letter and resume, a list of at least three references and writing sample to:  Please write “IP Summer Fellow” in the subject line. CRLA will contact applicants selected for an interview.

About the California Bar Foundation Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program Launched in 2015, the California Bar Foundation’s Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program supports diverse rising 3Ls and recent law graduates who are committed to representing low-income and underserved populations in California. We fund leading California legal aid agencies who are committed to building diverse, inclusive staff environments to receive a summer or yearlong legal fellow.

Through this fellowship program, along with our diversity scholarships and grants, the California Bar Foundation is fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession and, by extension, the justice system as a whole. For more information about our fellowship program, please contact Sheila Bapat at