The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring clerks who reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our clients. Students of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience in our practice areas are strongly encouraged to apply.  

NCYL seeks 2-4 law students to support its Washington DC office during Spring 2022. Law clerks in the DC office will work with a highly experienced group of litigation attorneys with strong civil rights backgrounds. Working seamlessly together with our litigators and subject-matter experts across the country, the DC office works on impact litigation projects intended to improve the lives of low-income children.  

This position is a remote opportunity. Clerks will not be required to relocate or work in person. NCYL’s workplace continues to evolve and thrive following more than a year of fully remote work.  As spring 2022 approaches, NCYL will continue to evaluate whether clerks will have the ability to complete any portion of the program in person.  


Law Clerks will receive a stipend of $520.  

Essential Functions 


  • Research novel issues within youth law 
  • Write legal memoranda
  • Assist in ongoing impact litigation efforts


  • Current law student 
  • Understanding of and commitment to NCYL’s mission 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Belief that racism exists 
  • One (1) year of experience with and/or exposure to at least one of the following: 
    • Communities of color 
    • Low-income communities 
    • Child- or youth-centered activities 
  • Ability to commit at least 10 hours per week for at least 10 weeks

Physical Requirements 

Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.   

How To Apply 

Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled or until December 1, 2021. Applicants must submit the following: 

  • Resume (not including GPA) 
  • Cover letter describing your particular interest in working for NCYL and understanding of NCYL’s mission 
  • 5-7 page writing sample that demonstrates legal analytical skills 

NCYL will not participate in regional or school-based career fairs taking place after the December 1 deadline if all clerk spots have been filled. All students are encouraged to apply as early as they are permitted to do so by their schools.  

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Applicants of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

NCYL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.