2014-15 Academic Opportunities


The Oregon Justice Resource Center is offering opportunities for rising 2Ls and 3Ls/4Es to work on: 

**All OJRC students are expected to conduct an in-person check-in with OJRC staff once-a-week. The OJRC office will be located on the law campus starting Fall 2014. Additionally, all OJRC students will be expected to attend a public defender/criminal justice training/skills class every Friday during the academic year at the downtown Portland Metropolitan Public Defender (MPD) office from 3-5pm.**

  1. Indigent Defense Project: 2Ls preferred. The OJRC will be piloting a new PD/Criminal Justice Program this year and has strong preference for 2Ls who want to continue to work with us during their 3L year as a CLS. Students must be available to work at least 15-20 hours week (at least two half days (8:30-1PM/12:30-5PM) per week downtown at MPD (Monday afternoons and Wed mornings preferred). 4 Positions.
  2. Police Accountability Project: Students should be available to work at least 5-10 hours/week and available Thursday evenings (4PM-7PM). 2 Positions. 
  3. Oregon Innocence Project: Oregon Innocence Project (OIP) is a joint project of the Oregon Justice Resource Center (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based out of Lewis & Clark Law School) and Metropolitan Public Defender whose mission is to (1) exonerate the wrongfully convicted, (2) educate and train law students, and (3) promote legal reforms aimed at preventing wrongful convictions.

    OIP is the only program within Oregon whose sole mission is to actively track inmates’ claims of innocence, investigate those claims, test DNA and other scientific evidence, and litigate when appropriate. Read more about student opportunities/work : http://www.oregoninnocence.org/students/

    Students must be available to work at least 15-20 hours week (at least two half days (8:30-1PM/12:30-5PM) per week downtown at the OIP office at MPD). 2 Positions.
  4. Amicus Project: The Amicus Curiae Project mission is to provide amicus assistance on the state level in cases that present significant social justice issues that are related to criminal defense, civil rights, juvenile justice, or are of particular importance to traditionally underserved communities.

    As part of its mission to advance civil rights and liberties through advocacy, the OJRC will be engaged in drafting, as well as signing on to, amicus briefs on cutting-edge social justice issues facing the courts.  In this effort, the OJRC is particularly committed to dismantling systemic discrimination in the administration of justice by promoting civil liberties and enhancing the quality of legal representation to traditionally underserved communities. 

    An amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief is an important way for the Oregon Justice Resource Center to contribute its analysis of important but undeveloped aspects of critical cases.

    Students will assist local trial and appellate attorneys in researching and drafting amicus briefs. Students must be available to work at least 10-20 hours week. 3Ls only2 Positions.

  5. General Research Assistant: The OJRC works on a number local and national criminal justice issues. Students will assist with researching and analyzing important issues in anticipation of future litigation or policy work. Students must be able to work 10-15 hours a week. 

The OJRC will accept applications for all positions starting June 20th and until July 3rd, 2014, 5PM PST. The The OJRC recruits law school students from Lewis & Clark Law School. 

Application: Please send as a single pdf attachment your (i) resume, (ii) 1pg cover letter briefly explaining your background and interest in working with OJRC, (ii) 5-10pg writing sample, and (iv) contact information for two references to info@ojrc.org. Please include in the subject line your full name and the position(s) you are applying for (you may apply to more than one position with the same application).

Questions? Please contact Bobbin Singh, Executive Director, as Singh@ojrc.org