About Workers Defense Project
Workers Defense Project is a statewide membership-based immigrant and workers’ rights organization with offices in Houston, Dallas, and Austin that builds power for construction workers in Texas. Since its founding in 2002, the organization has gained notoriety for its ability to translate direct services and grassroots organizing into concrete policy wins. The New York Times named WDP as “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country.” WDP concentrates its efforts on winning better working conditions in the construction industry, which is one of the largest industries, and consequently most powerful special interest groups, in Texas. Because nearly half of the Texas construction workforce is undocumented, WDP actively engages in legal work, community education, policy advocacy, and organizing campaigns to advance the rights of both working people and immigrant families across the state.
Law clerks will conduct legal and policy research to support WDP’s ongoing strategic campaigns and may also assist in the development of employment cases on behalf of WDP members. This would include interviewing clients and potential clients of WDP, supporting any ongoing litigation on behalf of WDP or its members, and assisting individual workers to file and pursue administrative and other claims. Clerks will be supervised by WDP’s staff attorneys, but will also likely collaborate with WDP organizing and policy advocacy staff. This position provides a unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment that connects legal advocacy to innovative policy and organizing initiatives.
This is summer clerkship for law students who have completed their first or second year of law school. Dates are flexible; however, students must commit to working between 8 and 12 weeks. We are open to law clerks who can complete either a part-time (15-20 hours/week) or full-time (30-40 hours/week) clerkship. WDP is happy to work with law clerks to access class credit or external funding through their educational institution.
- Completed at least first year of law school;
- Strong proficiency in both writing and speaking in Spanish (preferred);
- Commitment to racial, economic, and social justice;
- Interest in using the law creatively in the fight for systemic change;
- Ability to work and communicate well with diverse groups of people; and
- Availability to work some evenings, as needed.
How to Apply
Those interested in applying should send a resume, cover letter, and a list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Summer Law Clerk.” In your application materials, please be sure to indicate your Spanish proficiency and whether you are interested in a part-time or full-time clerkship. All attachments submitted should be in .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered. While there is no firm application deadline, it is recommended that candidates submit their materials as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. WDP strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals to apply for this clerkship.