We ❤ our Clerks!

Student law clerks gain valuable experience while helping make a real difference in the lives of modest means Oregonians. In most cases you can earn course credit, and you may even qualify for a stipend from some of our funding partners. We are always looking for high-quality clerks, so read-on and apply today.

We are an innovative practice that is constantly seeking out ways to deliver high-quality legal services at scale. Our operations leverage emerging best practice for law practice management powered by modern technology and an outstanding team.

Our clerks learn and grow along a competency framework that will develop your skills and expand your responsibilities as you demonstrate your improving capabilities. We are a learning organization, and we strive to incorporate the notion of kaizen, or continuous improvement, in everything we do.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support our representation of  low-income clients in family law, estate planning, probate, nonprofit, small business law, and/or other practice areas as we expand our capabilities. Your work will be supervised by our staff attorney and pro bono partners.
  • Conduct extensive, substantive legal work, such as drafting pleadings and temporary orders, drafting hearing and trial memoranda, attending hearings with our attorneys, drafting transactional and compliance documents for business and non-profit clients, and drafting correspondence to clients and opposing counsel.
  • Have direct client communication including during intake, in-person meetings, and phone conferences.
  • Deliver high quality legal services to our clients with compassion and empathy.
  • Use the team kanban board to sustainably manage our fast-paced, demanding workflow.
  • Utilize quality controls for legal service delivery, including technology systems, knowledge banks, checklists, frequently used legal resources, and standardized policies and procedures.
  • Work to meet organizational financial targets and other goals by managing and monitoring  monthly Key Performance Indicators.
  • Develop community legal education programs, including community outreach, curriculum development, volunteer recruitment, and general promotions.

Requirements

  • Law student in good standing. (Certified Law Students go to court.)
  • Comfort working with all kinds of people, from pro bono partners in the tallest buildings downtown to people who have never talked with a lawyer before.
  • Cultural competency.
  • Foreign language fluency (especially Spanish) a plus.

Compensation

Clerkships are unpaid but typically qualify for course credit. You may qualify for a stipend from one of our partner organizations.

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 so apply any time.

To apply, please send an email to hello@thecommonslawcenter.org and include:

  • A cover letter
  • Your current resume
  • An unofficial law school transcript
  • A short (less than 4 pages) writing sample
Apply for a Clerkship

Donors

$25,000

CATALYST LAW, LLC

$5,000

BONNIE SERKIN

$2,500

SUSAN ALTERMAN

$2,000

KAFOURY MCDOUGAL

$1,000

HEILING DWYER & ASSOCIATES, KLARQUIST SPARKMAN, LANE POWELL, PICKETT DUMMIGAN MCCALL, TERRY SCANNEL

$500

ALBINA COMMUNITY BANK, AGILE ATTORNEY NETWORK, BENEFICIAL STATE BANK, BODYFELT MOUNT * BUSINESS FOR A BETTER PORTLAND, D’AMORE LAW GROUP, P.C., FARLEIGH WADA WITT, ROBERT & HEIDI KLONOFF, MILLER NASH GRATHAM & DUNN, RIVERVIEW TRUST COMPANY, STOLL BERNE, U.S. BANK, GREG ZEUTHEN

$250

BALL JANIK, GARVEY SCHUBERT BARER, STEVE GOEBEL, GEVURTZ MENASHE, JONES & ROTH, LEE DAVIS KELL, MASCAL LAW OFFICE, NIEHAUS PROPERTIES, NORTHWEST CORPORATE LAW, PERKINS ACCOUNTING, STEWART SOKOL & LARKIN, LAW OFFICE OF JONATHAN MISHKIN, P.C.