Law Students, Recent Graduates and New Attorneys: Get off to a great start

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Above: Recent summer law student fellows at Public Counsel


Work side-by-side with top litigators on tough cases. Go one-on-one with a client in need. 
Change someone's life. Getting involved with Public Counsel can change your career.


Spend your summer at Public Counsel: Learn about summer internships for law students

Our summer internship is a great way to flex your legal muscles. You’ll be part of an intensive program where you learn about the law and start making a difference for clients. Get front-line experience by fighting for consumers, immigrants seeking asylum, children and families, cutting through red tape for nonprofits, and more. Public Counsel has a vibrant summer internship program that includes law students from all across the nation.

For more information about the application process, click here

Support our work: Volunteer at Public Counsel
Click here to get the latest list of specific projects where law students are needed to assist at our Public Counsel offices, including case research and seminar planning.  Click here to learn about immediate openings in the Consumer Law Project.

Come to Public Counsel on a fellowship

Public Counsel welcomes fellowship applications from law school graduates interested in doing work that will further the mission of one or more of our many law projects. We do not have an application form separate from those used by the organizations that fund the fellowships, and students who are interested in a fellowship at Public Counsel should communicate directly with the Directing Attorneys of the Public Counsel project you wish to work with (email addresses are formatted by using the first initial of the first name, no space, full last name 

Make sure to get started well before the fellowship program deadline. For example, Public Counsel decides which EJW and Skadden Fellows we intend to sponsor by May of the year in which the fellowship applications are due. If you have a problem reaching the directing attorney or other questions, email Pro Bono Director David Daniels.

These are the only opportunities we have for students at this time. If you do not see an opportunity that fits your interests, please visit our website again. New listings are posted regularly.



'Why I went to law school in the first place'

USC Law student Marlena McMurchie

USC Law student Marlena McMurchie's summer at Public Counsel "helped to remind me why I went to law school in the first place," she says. She worked directly with homeless Angelenos through our CARES program that helps families and individuals stay off the street and get the help they need. Click here to read more.

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