Summer or Fall Law Clerk – Berkeley, California Office


About NELP 

The National Employment Law Project is a non‐profit research and advocacy organization that partners with national, state and local allies – including community groups, worker centers, unions, faith-based organizations, policy makers and think tanks – to develop and promote policies and programs that create good jobs and enforce hard-won worker rights. NELP is one of the country’s leading workers’ rights organizations, developing innovative policy models, conducting research and education, supporting worker organizing, and engaging in strategic communications.

With a staff of lawyers, researchers, and policy experts, NELP’s approach is to work in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and cities and translate them to the federal level, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty‐first century.

Job Responsibilities

The clerk will have an opportunity to work on a range of NELP issues:

  • Dismantling unfair barriers to jobs for people with arrest and conviction records. We work with allies to support and propose policies to ensure that jobseekers with records are not locked out of the job market. In California, NELP is a co-sponsor of pending legislation to expand the state’s current “ban the box” law.
  • Developing new strategies to improve enforcement of basic workplace rights in order to combat the growing number of low‐wage and immigrant workers who are not paid the minimum wage or overtime, endure unsafe workplaces, and face retaliation when trying to organize.
  • Research and policy development to address the rise of outsourcing and contingent work structures to ensure fair wages and job quality. This work includes examining the worker protections and policy solutions that may be required to make the “on demand” or “gig” economy work for everyone.

Law Clerkship

NELP seeks law clerks for summer (full-time) and fall (part-time, for academic credit) 2017 for its Berkeley, CA office.

Typical work: Performing in-depth legal and policy analysis; providing technical assistance to local, state and federal advocates to craft viable policies; and supporting public education and outreach efforts regarding the relevant laws.


We welcome law students with a commitment to racial and economic justice. Previous criminal justice and/or employment law experience is helpful, but is not required.

To Apply 

To apply, submit a resume, list of references, writing sample (no more than 5 pages), and cover letter (no more than 2 pages).

Email your summer 2017 application materials to Nayantara Mehta at If you are applying for the summer clerkship, please indicate potential sources of funding in your cover letter.

Email your fall 2017 application materials to Michelle Natividad Rodriguez at

NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.

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