LAW CLERK (REMOTE)
About Workers Defense Project
Created in 2002, WDP is a statewide, membership-based organization devoted to workers’ rights and advocacy, chiefly aiming to build power among Texas construction workers. Its mission—to empower low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships—is accomplished through a network of dedicated staff, volunteers, and members. WDP has won numerous awards for its cutting-edge achievements within one of the country’s most difficult climates for workers. The New York Times described WDP as “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country.”
Law clerks will conduct legal and policy research to support WDP’s ongoing strategic campaigns as well as assist in the development of employment cases on behalf of WDP members. This would include interviewing clients and potential clients of WDP, supporting any ongoing litigation on behalf of WDP or its members, and assisting individual workers in filing and pursuing claims with administrative agencies. Clerks will be supervised by WDP’s staff attorneys, but will also likely collaborate with WDP organizing and policy advocacy staff across the state. During the pandemic, WDP has refrained from in-person activities as much as possible and has conducted its legal and organizing work over the phone and on virtual platforms. This position provides a unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment that connects legal advocacy to innovative policy and organizing initiatives.
The summer clerkship is for law students who have completed their first or second year of law school. Dates are flexible; however, students must commit to working between 10 and 12 weeks. We are open to law clerks who can complete either a part-time (15-20 hours/week) or full-time (30-40 hours/week) clerkship. WDP is happy to work with law clerks to access class credit or external funding through their educational institution.
- Completed at least first year of law school;
- Strong proficiency in both writing and speaking in Spanish (preferred);
- Commitment to racial, economic, and social justice;
- Interest in using the law creatively in the fight for systemic change;
- Ability to work and communicate well with diverse groups of people; and
- Availability to work some evenings, as needed.
How to Apply
Those interested in applying should send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Summer Law Clerk.” In your application materials, please be sure to indicate your Spanish proficiency and whether you are interested in a part-time or full-time clerkship. All attachments submitted should be in .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered. While there is no firm application deadline, it is recommended that candidates submit their materials as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
WDP is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, immigrants, women, and LBGTQ individuals to apply.