FALL 2012 / SPRING 2013

Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Transgender Law Center provides legal assistance and information to more than 1,500 transgender people and their families each year, and also engages in selective high-impact litigation to advance transgender rights, such as the recent groundbreaking EEOC decision in our case Macy v. Holder. You can learn more about our work at

A clerkship with Transgender Law Center will provide selected law students with a unique opportunity to gain a first-hand education in transgender law through providing direct legal assistance to transgender community members and their families, assisting with litigation, conducting legal research and writing, and participating in creating new legal publications. Prior experience or knowledge of transgender law is preferred, but not required. Clerks will receive regular training and supervision by Transgender Law Center attorneys.

Law clerk duties include:

  • Assist in drafting first-line responses to legal questions from transgender community members and their families
  • Assist in drafting legal documents, such as name and gender change petitions, Medi-Cal appeals, and civil filings
  • Conduct legal research and draft memos
  • Assist in providing in-depth representation on issues such as health care access, employment and housing discrimination, and ID documentation
  • Assist in maintaining accuracy of existing “Know Your Rights” materials and practice guides
  • Assist in identifying appropriate topics and creating new publications
  • Assist in scheduling and presenting legal workshops to community groups and client populations throughout the country (including taking advantage of innovative electronic means of conducting distance learning trainings)
  • Assist with development and execution of strategic policy initiatives
  • Assist the legal team with all aspects of litigation of ongoing high-impact cases

Transgender people, people of color and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as folks with the ability to speak additional languages, especially Spanish.

Transgender Law Center is unable to provide compensation to our law clerks.  We encourage applicants to seek funding through their law schools or alternative sources. Credit may also be available through your school.

We are currently accepting applications for law clerks for the fall semester 2012 and spring semester 2013, who are available for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, a legal writing sample of preferably 10 pages or less, to with “FALL 2012/SPRING 2013 Law Clerk Position” in subject line. Applications accepted until the positions are filled.