Weekly Docket

There are plenty of summer job opportunities out there, including:

a paid firm diversity opportunity with Seyfarth Shaw in New York that is meant to lead to a 2L summer associate job and then entry-level associate job after graduation, positions with the Sacramento Superior Court, a paid job at the University of Michigan Law School Civil-Criminal Law Clinic, a paid in-house summer legal internship in New York, a legal internship with the U.S. Department of Transportation in DC, a summer internship with the Chicago Office of the Inspector General, and you still have two days to apply for the City of Chicago’s summer internship.

Don’t delay in applying to these positions. Most of the applications are due on March 31 and the federal work study line has about 100 students out of 130 available slots. 

Beyond summer opportunities, there are some great resources on student debt relief, some early summer 2018 job applications coming out that you should consider as you work on your OCI strategy, a Bridge to Practice Opportunity with the City of Chicago, and a must watch recorded session on the Skadden Fellowship for public-interest minded students.

Debt Relief Resources

Join Equal Justice Works for a conversation about the various repayment plans, options for loan cancellation and forgiveness,  payment postponements via forbearances and deferments, and much more. This webinar is perfect for those who want a general overview about how to make student loan management easier.  Register here

How to Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness
April 6, 2017
4:00 – 5:00 pm

Do you have federal loans and either work or want to work in public service? Then this webinar is for you. Join us for a discussion on Public Service Loan Forgiveness, the government program that provides tax-free loan forgiveness for those working in public service. Learn how to qualify, track progress, and apply for forgiveness under this amazing government program.  Register here

REMINDER: Webinars at Equal Justice Works never need be attended live. Registering guarantees you a recording, any handouts, and presentation materials within 48 hours of the live version. 

Below are several new student debt posts on Equal Justice Work’s Huffington Post Blog

Sacramento Superior Court Summer Job Opportunity, Due March 31

Note: A friend I met all the way back in LSAT class sent this opportunity to me. She works as a law clerk at the court and specifically requested applications from Notre Dame students. 

Program Description: Volunteer law student externs assist law and motion judges and work with court research attorneys. The extern will learn how to research various types of law and motion matters, ranging from demurrers through discovery to summary judgment motions. Externs draft tentative rulings and conduct oral briefings for law and motion judges. There is also the opportunity to observe and listen to oral arguments.

Externs also review a large volume of applications for court default judgments. This requires a thorough and expeditious analysis of “prove-up” papers. Externs learn about the rules for service of process, the rules of evidence, as well as California civil procedure and many different areas of substantive law. An extern may also be given other research assignments and may be assigned to clerk for a specific judge. The program is open to students who will have completed their first year of law school.

Legal Research Department: The legal research department of the Sacramento County Superior Court is staffed with experienced research attorneys that serve the judges in a variety of subject areas including civil law and motion, general civil trial and post-trial matters, criminal law and motion, juvenile law, family law, and writs of mandate.

Application Process: Please apply by email by attaching a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a copy of your law school transcript at the below email address by March 31, 2017. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. The most qualified candidates will be invited to interview. Qualified candidates may also be asked to interview with a judge for a judicial clerkship. Telephone interviews are available upon request. Successful applicants selected for the summer program will be required to complete and pass a background security check.

Contact person: Ellen Cehand, Legal Research Department. Phone 874-5869; e-mail at Cehande@saccourt.ca.gov.

3L & Summer Job Opportunity: City of Chicago Department of Law for Bridge to Practice, Summer Application Due March 31

The City of Chicago Law Department invites law students, law graduates, and lawyers to work with one of the premier government law firms in the country. The Law Department is the City of Chicago’s law firm, employing approximately 270 attorneys across 14 Divisions representing more than 40 City Departments with over 35,000 City employees.

Paid Positions. We post paid positions for lawyers and law clerks. We strongly encourage you to register and create a profile and job search agent at our website, http://www.cityofchicago.org/careers. 

Volunteer Positions. We have volunteer positions available all year long. You can work for a Division that interests you as an extern (for academic credit), law clerk volunteer, a post-graduate fellow, or an uncompensated attorney.

Summer Law Clerk Program. Selected candidates work for a Division of their interest, participate in our Summer Law Clerk Program Lecture Series, participate in a number of interesting behind-the-scenes tours of City Departments, and have opportunities to meet with City Department officials and members of the State and Federal Judiciary. Participants in the Summer Law Clerk Program are not compensated; however, they may be eligible for academic credit or grant funding. (Contact your Career Services Office to determine availability.) The application period for the Summer Law Clerk Program is January 15th to March 31st.

Read more about their summer internship, bridge to practice, and entry-level opportunities and apply here.

Summer Job Opportunity: Chicago Office of the Inspector General Legal Internship, Applications Due April 1

Chicago’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is a watchdog for the taxpayers of the City of Chicago with jurisdiction to conduct independent inquiries into most aspects of City government. The mission of OIG is to promote economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity in City government by rooting out corruption, waste, and mismanagement. OIG is organized into five operational units, three mission units—Investigations, Audit and Program Review, and Hiring Oversight—and two support units—Legal and Operations.

Read more about the position and apply here.

Public Interest Learning Opportunity: Skadden Fellowship Session Recording

If you are interested in pursuing public interest fellowships after graduation listen to the recording of the session on the Skadden Fellowship. Skadden is one of the most prestigious public interest fellowships that exists so if you have any interest in pursuing a public interest career, this session is worth listening to.

Paid Summer Job Opportunity:  University of Michigan Law School Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic

The Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic is the University of Michigan Law School’s oldest and biggest general litigation clinic of U-M’s 18 clinics.  On the civil side, CCLC students represent clients in many areas of the law, including landlord-tenant & housing, debt collection, consumer fraud, contract disputes, prisoners’ civil rights, discrimination, employment issues, sexual harassment, political asylum and refugee, and some public benefits claims. On the criminal side, students represent clients charged with misdemeanors from arraignment through trial. Students also handle some post-judgment issues in serious felony cases. The clinic’s docket frequently includes class actions, issues of first impression, and other impact litigation. The CCLC handles all of its own appeals and has litigated cases at every level of the state and federal court systems.

This posting is for summer internships only, for 1Ls, 2Ls, or post-grad students who are looking for interesting work at a summer placement, with a salary of $4,000.  

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to:

Paul Reingold
363 Legal Research Building
801 Monroe Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1215

Paid 1L Firm Diversity Summer Job Opportunity in New York: Seyfarth Shaw/MetLife 1L Diversity Fellowship

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s New York office, in conjunction with our client MetLife, is pleased to announce a 1L diversity Fellowship.  This 10-week paid internship gives law students the unique opportunity to experience Seyfarth’s innovative law practice by working side-by-side with Seyfarth attorneys and also at MetLife’s in-house legal department.  The fellow will spend the first portion of the Summer in Seyfarth’s New York office and the remainder at the MetLife’s headquarters in New York.  This fellowship will provide the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in our premier Labor & Employment Department, recently top-ranked by Chambers USA and Law360, as well as a wide range of in-house experience at MetLife .

Through our Fellowship Program, we provide you with the right training, experiences and mentoring to help you build a strong foundation for a rewarding career. Our ideal candidate joins us as a 1L Fellow, returns as a 2L Summer Fellow, and has the opportunity to become an Associate upon law school graduation.

Learn more and apply for the fellowship here.

Summer 2018 Job Opportunity: Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Apply by August 20

Are you planning your 2L OCI strategy? Do not forget to include great government opportunities in your application strategy. If you want to apply to work for the Washington State Attorney General, put it on your radar because the application is due right in the middle of OCI so plan to apply early.

The AGO is pleased to invite qualified second-year law students to apply for summer 2018 volunteer or externship positions. Volunteer law clerks and externs glean worthwhile, enriching and educational experiences working for what we believe to be the best public law firm in the country.

Although each law clerk’s experience is unique, the following duties are typical of an AGO law clerk:

  • Researching and writing memoranda, pleadings, and correspondence;
  • Assistant in preparation for litigation, i.e., depositions, witness interviews, and discovery;
  • Drafting client advice memos and attending meetings where that advice is then presented to the client; and
  • Opportunity to observe attorneys in court, particularly for those cases for which the law clerk provided assistance. Rule 9 law clerks may be allowed to present in court.

Read more about the position on PSJD (login needed to access it but it is free to get a login) and apply at the state of Washington’s job portal (you need to setup an account but it is free to do so).

DC Summer Job Opportunity: U.S. Department of Transportation Summer Internship, Application Deadline of March 31

Job Description

The Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings monitors compliance with and investigates violations of aviation statutes and regulations related to consumer protection, civil rights, and economic licensing. Where necessary, the Office pursues enforcement action, which may be in the nature of warning letters or more formal action, such as consent orders or administrative litigation to impose cease and desist provisions and civil penalties. The Office may also seek injunctive relief in U.S. District Courts. Additionally, the Office develops and issues various rules regulating air carriers and ticket agents. More information about the Office can be found at http://www.dot.gov/airconsumer.

Legal interns will assist trial attorneys in enforcement matters, from the initial stage of receiving and evaluating passenger complaints, through a potential investigation. If enforcement action is warranted, then the intern will provide support throughout the enforcement process. Interns will also assist attorneys during the rulemaking process, which includes review and analysis of public comments, research related to the rulemaking topics, and assistance in drafting preliminary documents related to both final rulemakings and proposed rulemakings.



Application Instructions:

To apply, please send your resume, along with a short cover letter, a copy of your transcript, and a writing sample to the attention of Vinh Q. Nguyen, Senior Trial Attorney, at vinh.nguyen@dot.gov.

Paid Summer In-House Job Opportunity in New York: The XO Group Summer Legal Internship

Read more and apply to the position here.


As always, if you want someone to look over your resume, cover letter, or other application documents, or have questions about how to best pitch yourself for a particular position, the CDO is here to help. Feel free to email, call, or schedule an appointment with a CDO counselor on symplicity. You do not even need to email before scheduling an appointment. You can just go ahead and do it through symplicity anytime. We want to talk to you so come see us!

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