Fighting for Women's Equality

Law Clerk Positions Available

ERA seeks to hire law students to serve as law clerks for the full-year period beginning in the fall of 2019!

Position: Law Clerk
Reports to: Senior Attorney
Classification/FLSA status: Part-time
Duration: Fall Semester or Spring Semester; Full Year Preferred

About ERA

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls. Since its founding in 1974, ERA has dedicated itself to advancing gender justice in employment and education through a combination of impact litigation, policy advocacy, public education, and direct legal services. ERA takes an intersectional approach to tackling sexual harassment and violence, pay inequity, and other forms of gender discrimination and inequality, with a focus on centering the experiences and voices of women and girls of color. Learn more about ERA on our website, www.equalrights.org.

What You Will Do

Law clerks assist with current litigation and legislative advocacy by conducting research and writing assignments, participating in coalition meetings and internal legal strategy sessions, and, whenever possible, attending depositions, mediations, hearings, and other litigation-related events. Under the supervision of ERA attorneys, law clerks also staff our advice and counseling hotline. Through this hotline, clerks interview callers and provide legal advice regarding sex discrimination, sexual harassment, Title IX enforcement, family & medical leave, and other employment issues. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to present educational workshops to community groups regarding sex discrimination in the workplace and/or in schools.

Who Should Apply

2Ls, 3Ls, and 4th year students participating in a four-year graduation schedule.
Students with bilingual ability, especially Spanish, are strongly encouraged to apply

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to civil rights, gender equity, and social justice
  • A record of strong academic performance and excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Connection to and familiarity with issues affecting women and girls of color, low-paid and immigrant workers, LGBTQI individuals, and others who routinely face discrimination and other systematic deprivation of their civil rights
  • Coursework and/or experience in employment and/or Title IX, education civil rights law and policy
  • Strong organizational, project and time management skills, including demonstrated capacity to manage and prioritize competing projects and deadlines

Hours and Location

Law clerks who work during the school year and receive academic credit are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week. If a student does not receive credit, her/his time commitment is more flexible. Priority given to applicants that can work for both fall and spring semesters

Compensation

These positions are unpaid. Many of our academic-year clerks earn academic credit.  ERA will submit support letters and other documentation to help students obtain external funding.

How To Apply

To apply, please send the following materials via e-mail with the subject line “Fall/Spring Law Clerk” to lawclerkhiring@equalrights.org: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in ERA as an organization and any areas or issues on which you would like to focus; (2) a résumé; (3) 2-3 references and (4) a legal writing sample of up to 10 double-spaced pages (maximum) in length. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until filled. Apply immediately.

Questions regarding these positions may be submitted to lawclerkhiring@equalrights.org.

 

An Equal Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is an equal opportunity employer that is dedicated to the diversity of our staff. Applicants invited regardless of sex, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, race, age, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, medical condition, or religion. People of color, LGBTQ candidates, people with disabilities, and people who have had contact with the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply. Individuals who need assistance or accommodation due to a disability may contact us at lawclerkhiring@equalrights.org.

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