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Animal Legal Defense Fund Criminal Justice Program Summer Clerkships

Animal Legal Defense Fund

About ALDF:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Since 1981, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has won precedent-setting victories that have expanded legal protections for companion animals, wildlife, animals in research labs, and those in factory farming situations.

Criminal Justice Program Clerkship (Portland, OR)

These clerkships are available in summer and we accept applications through October.

One of the summer clerkships is a David Reuben Clerkship that is generously sponsored by David Reuben.

PLEASE NOTE: Students must apply for either the Criminal Justice Program Clerkship OR the Litigation Program Clerkship; applications submitted to both programs will not be considered.

Responsibilities will include reviewing cruelty reports, communicating with law enforcement officers, animal welfare investigators and prosecutors, assisting in the development of proposed legislation, researching a wide range of legal issues, and drafting pleadings and research memoranda. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on criminal cases involving animal cruelty, but there will exposure to civil animal law issues as well. This clerkship position is being offered at the ALDF Office in Portland, Oregon.

Summer clerkships are for a period of 10 weeks with a flexible starting date (dependent upon the student’s schedule). There is a $6,000 stipend for the summer. Summer clerkships are open to second-year students only (rising third year students).

. Application deadline for the 2015 summer clerkships is October 17, 2014.

Law students interested in applying should forward an application form, cover letter, resume (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) to Please consolidate application materials into one PDF, if possible. Only complete applications will be considered. In the alternative, materials can be sent to:

Animal Legal Defense Fund
Law Clerk Position
919 SW Taylor, 4th Floor
Portland, OR 97205
Attention – Lisa

Location: Portland, Oregon
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