Y Combinator

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Legal Clerk at Y Combinator

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Any (new grads ok)
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About the role

Y Combinator is a startup fund and program for entrepreneurs. Since 2005, YC has invested in over 3,000 companies including Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, Reddit, Instacart, DoorDash and Coinbase. YC has built programs that support founders throughout the life of their company, from learning how to start a company, to finding customers, to raising funding and hiring their first employees, to raising a Series A and scaling beyond.  

Y Combinator’s newly established Legal Clerk Program has two open positions, starting immediately. The roles are particularly well-suited for recent college graduates who are considering law school. We are especially interested in meeting candidates who are academically accomplished, team-oriented and self- motivated and who possess excellent organizational skills. This is an exciting opportunity to work side by side with our legal and finance teams on all aspects of our onboarding and diligence process for our portfolio companies. 


  • Assist legal team in conducting legal due diligence on prospective portfolio companies.
  • Gather and organize diligence documents.
  • Provide assistance with the management of internal records.
  • Assist legal team in preparing portfolio company investment documents.
  • Assist the legal and finance teams with the closing preparation for various types of transactions, including financings and acquisitions.
  • Assist with the organization and management of closing documents.
  • Manage communications with founders and service providers located across the globe.


Currently, this role is 100% remote, meaning you can live and work anywhere within the US. 


  • Four-year college degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5.
  • A minimum two-year commitment. 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.  
  • Ability to read detailed, complex documents for content and flag relevant issues.
  • Ability to leverage computer-based systems to manage workload and increase efficiency.
  • Must be collaborative with the ability to accomplish objectives by working independently or in teams. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills.  
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Energetic and positive demeanor.  
  • Consistent and dependable work habits and solid work ethic.

Other: Resume, transcript, cover letter and writing sample required.

Why you should join Y Combinator

Y Combinator has a small ~6 person team that makes the software that runs YC. Hardly any investors write software, but YC was started by programmers so it's natural for us to solve our problems that way. We believe our software is a key competitive advantage and we are investing aggressively in new software products.

YC has ambitious plans to create more innovation in the world, and the only way to reach that level of impact is to scale through software. What we’ve built so far is probably only 10% of what we will eventually need.

As a member of the software team, you'll get full access to the YC program, just like founders do. You'll learn the ins and outs of how YC works, and you'll get to follow and learn from hundreds of companies. You'll meet some of the most successful people in the startup world and get exposed to the best startup ideas. And of course, if you ever want to start your own company, you’ll learn a lot about that from working at YC.