We ❤ our Clerks!

Thanks to the Oregon State Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion program we are currently offering paid clerkships ($12.50/hour plus transportation stipend) for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. Please include “D&I Clerk” in the subject line of your emailed application materials to apply.

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 law school.

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 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.

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 attorney, fellow attorney, and pro bono partners.
  • Do extensive, substantive legal work in our family law department (which 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.

Requirements

  • 1. Law student in good standing.
  • 2. Comfort working with all kinds of people.
  • 3. Commitment to public interest law and access to justice.

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.

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

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.