Fellowships / Internships


CRLA now accepting application for 2019/2020 Fellowships

Fellowships with CRLA provide law students and recent law graduates an opportunity to develop legal expertise in the areas of housing, employment, environmental justice, education, health, or civil rights.

CRLA does not currently provide fellowship funding, but is proud to have hosted or sponsored Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Berkeley Law Foundation, and Dan Bradley fellows, among others.

To become a fellow with CRLA:

1) Start by identifying the law foundation and/or law school fellowships available to you.

2) Download our prospectus to identify projects that interest you and the CRLA office where you wish to work.

3) Submit your cover letter, project description, and resume via our online portal here by July 19, 2019.

If chosen, CRLA will work closely with you during your fellowship application process to secure funding. If you have further questions contact Jeff Ponting at jponting@crla.org and Luis Solis at lsolis@crla.org.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with CRLA!

Are you an attorney interested in doing Pro Bono work?
CRLA offers private sector attorneys a variety of options to engage in pro bono activities in one of our 6 general practice areas. If you are interested in any aspect of the Pro Bono Program, please fill out our application HERE and submit it, along with your resume.

We will review your application and contact you if there is an opportunity that fits your pro bono aspirations and our current opportunities.

Not an attorney but still interested in volunteering?
CRLA offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and welcomes participants who are interested in contributing to the community and learning more about rural legal services. If you're interested in volunteering at any of our offices please submit your application HERE.

It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.



CRLA works with the next generation of social justice lawyers with its internship program. The program gives students the opportunity to help some of the most exploited communities in California. 


CRLA has 19 offices and five specialized programs. The offices are in rural towns throughout California. CRLA does both impact litigation and direct legal services. The types of law that CRLA focuses on are employment, housing, education, health, and immigration. CRLA's programs concentrate on special services to unincorporated communities, LGBT communities, Indigenous communities, and students. Each office focuses on different aspects of the law based on the needs of the community, so please email us for more information.

How To Apply

We invite you to submit your application here, include your cover letter, resume & writing sample (optional). Please include in the cover letter the desired office-location as well as the requested internship timing. At your discretion you may also include: statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

If you have already spoken to an advocate about an opportunity please add their name in the 'Referral Name' section. Your information will go directly to them.





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