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Law Clerk - Summer 2024

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Legal | livermore, CA | 11/08/2023

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range
$6,200.00  - $7,520.00  Monthly

This position is under a step structure. Please note that the step placement is determined academic level. If selected you will be required to submit transcripts.

Job Description

We have an opening for a law student completing their second year of law school to serve as a Law Clerk in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Laboratory or LLNL) Office of General Counsel (OGC) during summer 2024.  

The OGC is comprised of nine experienced attorneys, as well as other legal professionals, who provide legal advice and support to the Laboratory across a wide spectrum of practice areas. You can anticipate assignments in any of the substantive areas relevant to operation of the Laboratory: e.g., litigation; business transactions; environmental, health and safety; government contracts; patent prosecution and intellectual property; export law; employment law; and more.

This position is full time and paid, for up to 12 weeks during the summer of 2024. 

In this role you will 

  • Research and draft legal memoranda and other documents; compile, summarize and analyze factual material. 
  • Perform legal research to gather relevant rules, regulations, and case law in all areas of law.
  • Prepare drafts of transactional legal documents and analyze legal implications of proposed contractual language.
  • Participate in external meetings such as with outside counsel, representatives of state and federal agencies, universities and private companies.
  • Gather information to support the provision of legal advice and to learn about operations and legal matters at the Laboratory by meeting with Laboratory representatives.
  • Prepare and present materials on legal and factual issues for varied audiences.
  • Perform other general law assignments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Completed Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Must be currently enrolled in the second year of studies at an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills.
  • Experience performing legal and factual research.
  • Experience writing memoranda documenting legal and factual research and analysis.
  • Experience interpreting and applying state and federal laws, regulations, court rules and procedures.
  • Experience accomplishing multiple tasks and resolving conflicting priorities.
  • Experience demonstrating attention to detail, discretion, and judgment and tact in handling legal issues.
  • Experience communicating effectively with all levels of employees and outside entities.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience working successfully as part of a team.
  • Interest and enthusiasm in learning about areas of law that may be unfamiliar.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

None required.  However, this position involves U.S. Export Control; this work must be performed by a U.S. person (U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident, U.S. national, or U.S. protected individual (e.g., refugee, asylee)).

If your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)


Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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