Fellowships / Internships


CRLA now accepting application for 2018/2019 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 provide fellowship funding, but is proud to have hosted Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Berkeley Law Foundation, and Dan Bradley fellows, among others.

To begin the process of becoming a fellow with CRLA, you should start to identify fellowships available to you, projects that you are interested in, and the CRLA office where you wish to work. If chosen, CRLA will work closely with you during your application process. For more information on how you become a CRLA legal fellow, download our current prospectus. If you have further questions contact Jeff Ponting at jponting@crla.org and Luis Solis at lsolis@crla.org.

CRLA Rural Justice Fellowship

CRLA is offering one to two fellowships (16 months from September 2019 to December 2020) for law graduates who are committed to using their legal training and experience to use the law to create more justice for low-income, immigrants, farmworker, individuals with disabilities, LGBT communities, and children and families in rural areas. Salary will be paid pursuant to the CRLA Attorney salary scale. Fellows who successfully complete their fellowship will be strongly consider for longer term employment with CRLA.

If you are interested in joining our team of dedicated, cause-oriented attorneys, community workers and support staff, please consider applying for CRLA's Rural Justice Fellowship.

Who can apply?

  • If you are willing to experience the joys and challenges of living in a rural community served by a CRLA office.
  • If you will have a law degree and have taken the California Bar exam by September 1, 2019.

How to apply

Please follow these instructions to apply for the CRLA Rural Justice Fellowship. The deadline to submit your application is March 31, 2019.

View the full job description and submit your completed application at https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=36305&clientkey=9FCEC13390BDC18669B5F49CBFC2178E or you may also submit your application via email to Luis Solis at lsolis@crla.org.

Be sure to complete and include all parts of the application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Explain why you are interested in working with CRLA
  • Based on your knowledge of the organization, highlight the skills and experiences that you will bring to CRLA
  • Describe what motivates you to work in public interest law
  • Explain your motivation to work in a rural community. Describe any experiences you may have working or living in a rural community
  • Identify any challenges you anticipate as part of working or living in rural California.
  • Resume
  • References
  • Application via email please include "Rural Justice Fellowship – (Last Name)" in the email subject line.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Fellowship placement will be in one of 16 field offices throughout rural California, to be determined by CRLA with consideration given to preferences of the fellowship candidate. Fellows who successfully complete their Fellowship will be strongly considered for longer term employment with CRLA.



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 16 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

Interested law students may apply directly with us, by emailing your resume to Luis Solis at lsolis@crla.org. Please indicate the office and type of law that you are interested in working with at CRLA.

We are accepting applications for Spring 2019 and summer 2019.




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