We ❤ our Clerks!

We are always interested in meeting students from both law schools and paralegal programs. Please reach out if you are interested in working with us!

Student law clerks gain valuable practical experience while making real difference in the lives of modest means Oregonians. Typically students earn course credit or bring a public interest law stipend from their school.

Our clerks learn and grow along a competency framework to develop their skills and expand their responsibilities during their time with us. We are a learning organization, and we strive to incorporate the notion of kaizen, or continuous improvement, in everything we do.

Full- or part-time clerkships are available. We are primarily a remote-work team, so you do not need to be in the Portland area to be a clerk.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support representation of low-income clients across our practice areas, including family law, estate planning, probate, nonprofit, and small business law, with supervision from our staff attorneys and pro bono partners.
  • Do extensive, substantive legal work in our various legal services departments (Family Law is our biggest and fastest growing), including legal research and document drafting, from trial memos, witness exams, motions, correspondence, to other pleadings.
  • Draft transactional legal documents for estate planning, nonprofit, and business clients.
  • Have direct client communication during intake consultations, in-person meetings, phone conferences, trials, and while conducting day-to-day correspondence.
  • Use cloud-based workflow management system to manage yourself and your projects in coordination with the rest of the office.
  • Use quality controls to ensure excellence across programs, including extensive policies and procedures, templates, checklists, and other internal systems and resources.


  • Law student, paralegal student, or undergraduate student in good standing.
  • Comfort working with all kinds of people.
  • Commitment to public interest law and access to justice.


Clerkships are sometimes paid, either by dedicated funding or a public interest stipend from a law school.  Some student clerks join us for externships, earning course credit for the practical training they receive.

The Commons Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, volunteers, and clients.

Application Instructions

Clerkships are filled on a rolling basis.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript (if available), three references, and a short writing sample in a single PDF with the subject line “Clerkship Application” to jobs@thecommonslawcenter.org.