Public Interest Opportunities

Immigration and Asylum Stipend-Funded Positions

We have received generous funding for student positions at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles to support access to justice for immigrants involved in asylum and detention proceedings. The position is also posted on Symplicity

The Caruso School of Law has received generous funding for stipends to support students working in immigration and asylum matters. In partnership with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles ("LAFLA"), the Caruso School of Law and LAFLA are accepting applications for a rare paid public interest legal internship opportunity. The successful candidates will receive a $2,500 stipend. Please note that the candidate will also be able to obtain externship credit for the position.

Anticipated duties include:

Helping LAFLA defend immigrants at risk of removal from the United States. Assisting staff attorneys in conducting intake at the immigration court detention docket as well as local immigration detention centers, and analyzing relief available before an immigration judge. If case is accepted for representation by LAFLA, assisting in preparing motions, assembling evidence for relief applications, and representing immigrants before local immigration judges.

Positions are available for 2Ls and 3Ls. Fluency in language other than English preferred.

Please address the cover letter to Ms. Brigit Alvarez at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and submit a resume and the cover letter to Kellie Kamimoto, Clinical Program Manager, at to be considered. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Practicum Applications

Practicums are field placement courses, like externships, with partner agencies. The partners guarantee seats for Pepperdine students in specific practice areas. You can find detailed information in the registration documents, course schedules and catalog, and you can see descriptions on the Clinical Education Program site. 

The Health Law and Immigration Law practicum courses are with Neighborhood Legal Services. These are experiential courses for 2, 3, or 4 units requiring 1, 1.5, or 2 days of work per week.

The Veterans Law Practicum (Ventura) is with the Ventura County Public Defender in Veterans Treatment Court. It is a 4 unit course requiring 2 full days of work per week.

Practicums require applications to the partner agencies. If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to For practicums with Neighborhood Legal Services, address letters to Skip Koenig. For the practicum with the Ventura Public Defender, address letters to Ayala Benefraim.

Address any questions to Professor Baker at or Kellie Kamimoto at .

These practicums are open to 2Ls and 3Ls and offer extraordinary, hands-on experience with expert attorneys in their practice areas.