The PDS law clerk program gives law students an opportunity to assist attorneys in all aspects of case preparation. PDS offers 20 – 30 law clerk positions each semester and 30 clerkships during the summer.
Law clerks perform legal research, draft motions, interview incarcerated and institutionalized clients, perform field investigation, represent juveniles in institutional disciplinary hearings, respond to inmate letters request legal assistance, attend discovery conferences, prepare pretrial motions, attend trials, parole hearings and appellate arguments and perform a wide range of research and case preparation duties.
Law clerks usually work with a group of attorneys in the Trial, Appellate, Mental Health, Special Litigation, Civil Legal Services, Community Defender or Parole Divisions. We strongly prefer second and third-year law students, although those first-year students with relevant pre-law experience are encouraged to apply. In addition to very interesting and challenging work, during the summer we have a week long substantive training class as well as a trial advocacy skills building series taught by experienced trial attorneys.
PDS no longer accepts split summers, and requires that all law clerks commit to the full 11 week program. Law clerkships must be 40 hours per week during the summer and at least 15 hours per week during the academic year.
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