Opportunities at NHLP


Over fifty years ago, the Fair Housing Act and the Housing and Urban Development Act were signed into law to expand housing opportunities for marginalized communities and to redress racially motivated, discriminatory laws and policies. Unfortunately, far too many of our neighbors continue to face discriminatory policies that are oppressive and create extraordinary hurdles to accessing affordable, clean, decent, and sanitary housing.

Where we live has a powerful impact on our educational opportunities, employment opportunities, and our mental and physical health. The current public health crisis and the ongoing organizing for a more just union have only reinforced the importance of having a place to call home.

The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) is currently accepting applications from law students for summer 2021 clerkships. NHLP is committed to training law students who are making a commitment to careers in public interest. NHLP truly values the contributions of its law clerks and aims to ensure that each clerk has a meaningful and rewarding experience.


Working at NHLP provides a great opportunity for law students to become engaged in local, state and national housing rights issues that are central to broader social justice efforts. NHLP provides a unique perspective on housing issues by supporting direct legal services attorneys and
others who are advocating for solutions to broader, systemic housing issues.

Our attorneys provide supervision, training, and unique work opportunities in the multi-faceted area of housing law and policy. Clerks are supervised by 1 to 2 staff attorneys, and often contribute to organization-wide projects as well. NHLP’s work is intersectional, meaning that clerks can gain experience in housing policy through the lens of our focus areas, including:

• Preserving affordable housing;
• Promoting housing rights for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and trafficking;
• Advocating for the rights of persons who have had contact with the criminal legal system;
• Preventing foreclosure;
• Advancing fair and equal access to housing free from discrimination;
• Ensuring immigrant individuals and families can access and maintain affordable housing,
• Providing housing opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Our recent clerks have assisted with important work such as providing testimony before a state fair housing council regarding proposed regulations; drafting comments and advocacy letters to federal agencies; and writing legal memos on cutting-edge issues impacting federally assisted housing.

Clerks will have opportunities to be a part of affirmative impact litigation, amicus brief writing and other legal writing, and strengthen their policy advocacy skills. Additionally, NHLP invites clerks to attend coalition meetings and advocacy calls; provides training opportunities; and hosts a summer law clerk brownbag series where staff attorneys discuss a range of topics, such as substantive work areas and career planning. Several NHLP summer law clerks have returned to our organization as post-graduate fellows.

NHLP is happy to work with students who will be receiving credit, work study, or a stipend from their schools for their clerkship. NHLP will offer supplemental funding to clerks who receive summer funding so that the clerk’s combined summer funding totals $6,000.


Ideal candidates must possess the following:

• Outstanding research and writing skills;
• A strong commitment to working with low-income and marginalized populations, and;
• An ability to work independently as well as a member of a team.

To apply, please send a cover letter, a resume, a self-edited writing sample, and 3 references to: Bridgett Simmons at BSimmons@nhlp.org.

Please use “2021 Summer Law Clerk Application” as the email’s subject.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and so we encourage early applications.


NHLP is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates who would contribute to our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodation is available for qualified individuals with disabilities, upon request.

Supervising Attorney Job Posting

NHLP is looking for a Supervising Attorney to help lead our work on housing justice issues. The position is roughly 50% staff supervision, evaluation and grant reporting and 50% policy advocacy and substantive legal work. The Supervising Attorney will initially supervise 3-4 Staff Attorneys and will work closely with the Deputy Director to provide overall support to the legal team. The position provides the right candidate with the opportunity to develop a national reputation, to assist advocates around the country and to fight for the rights of low income people.

About NHLP

The National Housing Law Project’s mission is to advance housing justice for poor people and communities. We achieve this by strengthening and enforcing the rights of tenants, increasing housing opportunities for underserved communities, and preserving and expanding the nation’s supply of safe and affordable homes. NHLP employs three main strategies advance our mission – policy advocacy, litigation and capacity building for legal services attorneys and advocates across the country.


  • Working with the Deputy Director, create work plans and provide guidance to the legal team
  • Supervise and support NHLP staff attorneys
  • Engage in federal and state policy advocacy
  • Design and conduct trainings for attorneys and advocates
  • Assist in the expansion of the organization’s litigation practice
  • Provide technical assistance to legal services attorneys, affordable housing nonprofits, and others
  • Write and edit articles for publication and prepare resource and training manuals
  • Assist in the development of the Housing Justice Network (HJN) and the HJN Conference
  • Serve as a spokesperson to enhance the reputation of the organization and advance the mission
  • Assist the Executive Director and Deputy Director in grant reporting
  • Participate in the recruitment of attorneys, fellows and clerks


  • Law degree and minimum of seven years of significant legal experience
  • If not already licensed in California, willingness to take the California bar
  • Passion for the substantive work of the organization and commitment to its mission
  • Strong leadership abilities and the ability to work in a collaborative work environment
  • Highly-developed analytic skills and ability to manage fellow attorneys
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills
  • Refined judgment and decision-making skills
  • Capacity to effectively represent NHLP and its work in external communications and public settings
  • Willingness to travel occasionally, most often to Washington D.C.


$90,000 – 110,000 DOE. Compensation includes fully paid health, dental and vision insurance for the employee and 50% coverage for dependents. Four weeks paid vacation.



This position is based in the San Francisco office.


Please submit a cover letter, writing sample and resume to HR@nhlp.org


October 21, 2019. Position open until filled.

NHLP is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBT people, persons with disabilities and other persons in underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.