Fellowships / Internships

Rural Justice Fellowships

CRLA is committed to the development of new attorneys through comprehensive training and mentorship opportunities. If you are interested in joining our team of dedicated, cause-oriented attorneys, community workers and support staff, please consider applying for CRLA's Rural Justice Fellowship.


  • Committed to using your legal training and experiences to use the law to create more justice for low-income immigrants, farmworkers, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ+ communities, and children and families in rural areas.
  • Willing to experience the joys and challenges of living in a rural community served by a CRLA office.
  • Have a law degree and have taken the California Bar exam by September 1, 2020.


Submit a cover letter and resume [HERE] or email to Luis A. Solis at lsolis@crla.org before February 1, 2020. In your cover letter:

  • Explain why you are interested in working with CRLA.
  • Highlight the skills and experiences that you will bring to CRLA.
  • Describe what motivates you to work in public interest law.
  • Explain your motivation to work in a rural community.
  • Describe any experiences you may have working or living in a rural community.
  • Identify any challenges you anticipate as part of working or living in rural California.

The term of the fellowship will be sixteen (16) months, from September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021. Salary will be paid pursuant to the CRLA Attorney salary scale set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement covering this position. Fellowship placement will be in one of 15 field offices throughout rural California, to be determined by CRLA with consideration given to preferences of the candidate. Fellows who successfully complete their fellowship program will be strongly considered for longer term employment with CRLA



Thank you for your interest in volunteering with CRLA!

Are you an attorney interested in doing Pro Bono work?
CRLA offers private sector attorneys a variety of options to engage in pro bono activities in one of our 6 general practice areas. If you are interested in any aspect of the Pro Bono Program, please fill out our application HERE and submit it, along with your resume.

We will review your application and contact you if there is an opportunity that fits your pro bono aspirations and our current opportunities.

Not an attorney but still interested in volunteering?
CRLA offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and welcomes participants who are interested in contributing to the community and learning more about rural legal services. If you're interested in volunteering at any of our offices please submit your application HERE.

It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.



CRLA works with the next generation of social justice lawyers with its internship program. The program gives students the opportunity to help some of the most exploited communities in California. 


CRLA has 19 offices and five specialized programs. The offices are in rural towns throughout California. CRLA does both impact litigation and direct legal services. The types of law that CRLA focuses on are employment, housing, education, health, and immigration. CRLA's programs concentrate on special services to unincorporated communities, LGBT communities, Indigenous communities, and students. Each office focuses on different aspects of the law based on the needs of the community, so please email us for more information.

How To Apply

We invite you to submit your application here, include your cover letter, resume & writing sample (optional). Please include in the cover letter the desired office-location as well as the requested internship timing. At your discretion you may also include: statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

If you have already spoken to an advocate about an opportunity please add their name in the 'Referral Name' section. Your information will go directly to them.





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