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Staff Attorney

CGRS is hiring a new staff attorney to participate in all program areas, including our technical assistance and training, policy advocacy, and international human rights work, with an emphasis on contributing to our impact litigation. Learn more about the position and how you can apply in our announcement here.

Legal Program Associate

CGRS is seeking a highly motivated individual passionate about refugee rights and ready to participate in all CGRS program areas. The Legal Program Associate will work under the supervision of a senior CGRS staff attorney, providing support in various capacities to all CGRS attorneys. Learn more about the position and how you can apply in our announcement here.

Office Manager

CGRS is hiring a new Office Manager to improve the smooth functioning of our dynamic office. A successful candidate will be a responsible and detail-oriented individual who has creative ideas, can easily multi-task, is comfortable with technology, and feels passionate about women’s and refugee rights. Learn more about the position and how you can apply in our announcement here.

Internship Opportunities

We are deeply appreciative of the contributions of law clerks, interns and volunteers; our work would not be possible without them. Please check back for openings!

Law Clerks:

CGRS encourages law students to apply for unpaid clerkships during the academic year, and for our summer fellowships. Law clerks are involved in the full range of CGRS’s work, collaborating closely with CGRS lawyers in projects that might include research and writing on cutting-edge legal issues, developing training and technical assistance materials, or helping with international human rights projects.

CGRS is currently seeking a part-time spring law clerk to conduct research supporting our national litigation efforts. Applicants must have strong research and writing skills, the ability to work independently, and the ability to protect the confidentiality of our work and communications. Spanish fluency is desirable, but not required. Work would begin as soon as possible, remote work is a possibility. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and the names and contact information for two references to with the subject line “2019 Spring Law Clerkship Position”. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. This is an unpaid position.

The application period for 2019 summer fellowships is now closed. 

Undergraduate and Recent Graduate Interns:

CGRS hires motivated individuals (undergraduates and recent graduates) for non-legal internships year round, generally for 8-12 week periods of time. Our spring and fall interns usually work anywhere from 2 to 5 days per week, depending on the individual. Our summer interns are generally full-time.


CGRS hires un-paid volunteer attorneys for legal internships through the fall, winter and spring, generally for part-time or full-time positions. Cover letters, CVs, writing samples and 3 references can be sent to with the subject line "Volunteer Attorney Application." Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Volunteer Opportunities

Dedicated and motivated volunteers play a key role in our work to defend refugees fleeing persecution. While the work varies depending on the skills and interests of each individual, volunteers with CGRS generally take on tasks performing vital human rights/country conditions research, identifying expert witnesses, conducting legal research, and working on development and communications to manage our social media and website. In the past, law students, undergraduate students and recent graduates, and attorneys have volunteered with CGRS.

Pro Bono Attorney Opportunities

If you are a pro bono attorney and want to take on an asylum case, please contact the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR).

Visiting Scholars

CGRS has been privileged to host attorneys, scholars, adjudicators, and other visitors from around the world as part of our Visiting Scholar program. For more information, contact us by email.

The Refugee and Human Rights Clinic

Students at UC Hastings can receive credit for working with CGRS by enrolling in the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. For application forms and more information about the clinic, click here.

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