This week’s weekly docket announces that registration has opened for the biggest public interest career fair in the country, EJW is hosting a webinar on paying back law school loans on August 24, Goodwin Proctor is offering $18,000 scholarships to diverse 2Ls, and several government summer internship program applications are open, including the New York City Mayor’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission summer program. See the Arizona Government Honors & Internship Handbook (password in the CDO resource center under “Popular Job Databases”) for a complete list of government deadlines.
Before we get into the meat of the weekly docket, I want to offer my 2 cents on how I think you should approach the post-OCI mindset. Now that OCI is over, the 2018 summer job search is very much in full swing. The most effective strategy right now is to continue to apply to jobs with full speed until you have an offer. Even if you have 9 callbacks scheduled for next week, you are so sure that an interview went well that a callback will be coming any moment, and you cannot imagine a big law offer not coming your way, plan for the worst.
Apply to government jobs. Apply to public interest jobs. Apply to small and mid-sized firms. Do not assume you have an offer. Do not wait to take action until all of the dust has settled. You do not have an offer until you have an offer. Period.
Imagine that it is November and you did not get an offer through the OCI process. What will November you desperately wish that August and September you had done? Applied to the DOJ Summer Law Intern Program? Applied to other federal, state, and local government summer programs (many of which have September deadlines)? Touched base with your mentor to ask for their advice? Met with the CDO to create a game plan? Do all of those things.
2017 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair (the biggest public interest career conference in the country): Registration is Open NOW and closes for interviews on September 13
The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country. This year, it is taking place on October 27 and 28 in Washington, DC.
So far, 154 employers are registered to conduct interviews including Navy JAG, the Coast Guard, Sierra Club, Public Counsel, several local and federal public defenders, and many others. You can see a full list of employers conducting interviews at the career fair here.
Beyond interviews, the conference features many great talks on public interest topics and Justice Ginsburg will be speaking!
Equal Justice Works recognizes that one of the biggest hurdles to attending the Conference & Career Fair is affording the trip to DC so this year they’re helping students connect for carpooling and hotel sharing and the first 500 registered students will qualify for a chance to receive one of ten $100 travel stipends.
If you are interested in attending and need financial assistance, some might be available. Contact me if you need financial assistance.
Registration is open now and closes on September 13 and you can read more about the conference here.
Webinar: Student Debt Relief Basics: How to Repay Your Loans and Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, August 24
On Thursday, August 24 from 3-4 eastern, Equal Justice Works will host a webinar on how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Register for the webinar here.
$15,000 Scholarship to Cover 3L Year: Goodwin Proctor Diversity Fellowship, Due August 18
The deadline for Goodwin’s 2L Diversity Fellowships is approaching quickly. These newly created fellowships provide second-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $15,000 each, to help cover expenses for their third year of law school. The fellowships are named in honor of Richard A. Soden and Paul W. Lee for their exceptional commitments to diversity. Please click here for more information. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 18, 2017.
Summer Job Opportunity: New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs Summer Internship Program, Deadline August 18
The Mayor’s Office Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain experience and develop the capacity to solve New York City’s most pressing issues. The mission of the Mayor’s Office Internship Program is to build a diverse pipeline of future public service leaders. This highly selected diverse group of men and women collaborate with staff to better the Office of the Mayor and New York City.
The Mayor’s Office Internship Program encompasses three major components:
Work Assignment: Interns are placed in specific departments for the duration of the internship program and will work on a range of projects and tasks including, but not limited to: conducting research, attending meetings, managing incoming inquiries, data analysis, drafting briefings, staffing events, outreach and special projects.
Government Engagement: Interns will participate in a bi-weekly Speaker Series at City Hall with guest speakers including Deputy Mayors, Commissioners, Program Directors and other senior staff. Interns will also be provided with the opportunity to tour various Mayors’ Office facilities.
Service Project: In collaboration with NYC Service, the volunteering arm of New York City, Mayor’s Office interns will come together as a group to coordinate a service project that will impact not only our most deserving communities but countless New Yorkers that are in need.
2L Job Opportunity that can lead to post-graduation job offer: Federal Trade Commission Summer Legal Internship, Due September 10
One of the major goals of the Bureau of Competition’s legal internship program is to provide law students with meaningful work experience in the field of antitrust enforcement.
At the end of the summer internship, all 2L summer interns will be considered for an entry-level position.
Candidates interested in a 2L summer position should apply by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). 2L summer applications are accepted from July 15 through September 10.
All candidates must submit a resume, transcript, list of two references, and a writing sample of 5 pages or less. Early applications are encouraged because the Bureau makes offers on a rolling basis.
See the Arizona Government Honors & Internship Handbook (password in the CDO resource center under “Popular Job Databases”) for a complete list of government deadlines. Many are due in September and many take applications on a rolling basis and extend offers as applications come in so you put yourself at an advantage by applying early.