Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center



How to Apply: Please fill out this form for fall 2018 internships. 

*Funding Opportunity! 

Through the generosity of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, a $2000 fellowship is available for select qualified law students interning with Advancing Justice-LA in fall 2018!  Please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang to request the application form.

Questions after reviewing the below descriptions?  Please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang.   Please note that Advancing Justice-LA receives many internship applications and you will only be contacted if selected for an interview.  No phone calls please.


Impact Litigation

The Impact Litigation Unit advocates for social justice through lawsuits that seek to enforce and expand protections for low-income and immigrant communities, set legal precedent on civil rights matters and change unlawful institutional practices. Our key cases have challenged unconstitutional laws, low-wage worker exploitation, human trafficking, and race and national origin discrimination.
General Law Clerk (Fall)
Qualifications Requested: Strong legal research and writing skills, have prior work experience, a strong work ethic, and have demonstrated commitment to public interest work, civil rights and community empowerment.  Diverse 2L and 3L candidates, including candidates contemplating applying for post graduate fellowships in the future and seeking a host organization preferred.
Duties May Include: supporting attorneys in litigation in the areas of workers’ rights, immigrant rights, equal access to education, and other civil rights areas; conducting legal research and writing; and assisting with client-related tasks such as client interviewing and preparing for depositions.  Representative sample of cases actively litigated in 2016 and 2017:
  • Challenged employers who subjected Filipino guest workers to human trafficking, national origin discrimination, racketeering based on visa fraud, retaliation, and related common-law claims
  • Challenged group of inter-related companies who misclassified and exploited hundreds of Korean and Latino port truck drivers in violation of state labor law
  • Challenged luxury nail salon and spa that subjected Vietnamese nail salon manicurist to severe wage theft, wrongful termination, retaliation, and fraudulent transfers of assets 
  • Challenged the State of California’s failure to provide in-language Medi-Cal documents into threshold languages and denial of benefits in violation of due process
  • Challenged City of Fullerton’s current “at-large elections” voting scheme, which diluted the city’s Asian American voting power in violation of the California Voting Rights Act.
  • Numerous administrative advocacy cases, primarily before the State Labor Commissioner’s Office and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Language Requirements: Bilingual ability in English and Mandarin, Vietnamese, Khmer, Tagalog, or Spanish are highly preferred. Bilingual ability in English and any other Asian language also preferred.
Schedule Requirements: Impact Litigation seeks law clerks for Fall 2018 for a minimum commitment of 16 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Individuals who can commit more time will receive priority.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.   
Paralegal Intern (Fall)

Qualifications Requested: Strong research and writing skills, attention to detail, strong work ethic, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest work, civil rights, and community empowerment.  Diverse upper level college students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Duties May Include: Supporting project-based work and assisting the litigation paralegal with other administrative duties, including but not limited to:

  • Research;
  • Data analysis;
  • Creating content for ethnic media publication;
  • Translating written materials from English to Chinese;
  • Administrative tasks, including data entry, scanning, copying, creating packets for workshops, and similar tasks.

Current projects include affirmative action, voting rights, caregivers’ rights, and nail salon workers’ rights.

Language Requirements: Bilingual ability in English and Mandarin is highly preferred. Bilingual ability in English and any other Asian language also preferred.

Schedule Requirements:  Impact Litigation seeks a paralegal intern for Fall/Winter 2018 for a minimum commitment of 16 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Individuals who can commit more time will receive priority.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.  


Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project - Assisting Domestic Violence Survivors 

The SAFE Project assists low-income and limited-English-speaking survivors of domestic violence with family law services, including helping them obtain restraining orders, child custody, and support orders. 

Law Clerk (Fall)

Qualifications include: Experience working with domestic violence survivors or with low-income immigrant communities is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to public interest and prior non-profit experience also preferred.  Experience working in an office setting or law office is helpful.

Duties may include, but are not limited to: Provide support for casework, including, but not limited to: conducting interviews with prospective clients, follow-up with existing clients, preparing family law paperwork, drafting client declarations, and conducting limited legal research. Interns/law clerks will also perform certain administrative duties as needed.  Duties may also include interpretation and translation work, based on the candidate’s bilingual fluency.

Language Requirements: Bilingual fluency in English and one of the following languages strongly preferred: Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, or a South Asian language (Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati), or Thai

Schedule Requirements:  For Fall 2018, seeking interns (law students or recent law school graduates only) for a minimum commitment of 15 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.

For Legal Help

Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356


도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395


Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.