2L Weekly Docket

This week’s weekly docket contains several summer job postings for public interest and government organizations, a webinar on public service loan forgiveness, and a winter break immersion program with the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic.

Job Opportunity: Institute for Justice Summer Program: DC, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Seattle, and Miami, and Austin, Apply by Thanksgiving

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Participating in IJ’s summer clerkship program offers law students an exceptional opportunity to directly contribute to IJ’s cutting-edge litigation. The summer clerkship program is also one of the principal ways IJ identifies talent for future attorney hiring. In fact, most IJ attorneys today previously participated in the clerkship program.

Applications will officially open mid-November and IJ will start interviewing students after winter break.

During their summer clerkships, law students work closely with IJ attorneys to develop litigation strategies and assist in the nuts and bolts of cutting-edge civil rights litigation, including propounding and responding to discovery requests, drafting motions and briefs, and preparing for hearings.

Past assignments have included:

  • Researching and preparing a United States Supreme Court cert. petition regarding just compensation in an eminent domain action;
  • Participating in moots for dispositive-motion hearings in a challenge to protectionist mobile vending regulations;
  • Analyzing discovery objections in a civil forfeiture class action lawsuit;
  • Assessing how to certify a new class and add new plaintiffs to an existing class action;
  • Developing litigation strategies for potential challenges to licensing requirements in several states across the country.

IJ also hosts a number of social events throughout the summer that give clerks the opportunity to bond with one another and IJ attorneys and staff. Activities vary from office to office but have included monthly in-house happy hours, bowling nights, local Major League Baseball games, visits to local breweries and distilleries, and tours of the United States Supreme Court.

If you’re interested in applying, contact me. I litigated at IJ for three years before joining Notre Dame’s CDO and I know what they look for in interns.

Apply here.

Job Opportunity: Chicago Inspector General Legal Intern

The Chicago’s Office of Inspector General is hiring 2Ls for summer internship positions. A position with the OIG is eligible for federal work study and law school funding. (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.

Recently, Nicole Klein, NDLS alumna and Attorney for the OIG joined us for public interest month and shared that her office is very interested in Notre Dame interns. So you would be in great hands in your summer internship there!

Learn more and apply here.

Job Opportunity: Environmental Law Institute Law Clerk position in DC, apply now

In accord with our mission to build the skills and capacity of tomorrow’s leaders, ELI provides opportunities for law students to join us at the Institute. We welcome applications from current law students interested in working as a law clerk either over the summer (10 weeks or more) or during the school year (12 hours or more per week). Additional opportunities, including financial support, are available during the summer for law students from traditionally underrepresented perspectives.

ELI also pays $5000 to Henry L. Diamond B&D Law Clerks. Apply here.

Law clerks work closely with ELI experts on domestic and international research projects spanning ELI’s full range of program areas. Law clerks may also assist in the editing and production of ELI publications, such as the Environmental Law Reporter. Law clerks provide crucial support for ELI projects and publications by conducting legal and policy research, drafting memoranda, attending and reporting on briefings and current events, and assisting in the preparation of reports and other published materials.

We encourage law clerks to supplement their work experience by attending the lunchtime seminars and events that ELI hosts, as well as social and networking opportunities provided by ELI and our partners.

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit an application to law@eli.org. Please include a cover letter, resume (including law school and undergrad GPAs), references, law school transcript, and writing sample. Cover letters should address the candidates’ personal goals and interests, as well as their experience and interest in environmental law and policy.

Deadline: Applications for the 2018 summer and fall and the spring of 2019 are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Job Opportunity: Law Clerk position at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Apply Now

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Spend your 2018 Spring, Summer, or Fall Litigating for liberty in sunny Arizona!

Scharf–Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation at the Goldwater Institute litigates constitutional issues for limited government in the public interest. Our litigation team sues governments that overstep their authority and encroach on individual rights.

-Are a law student with a strong work ethic,
-Have a demonstrated capacity for creative thinking,
-Have exceptional legal research and writing skills,
-Have a deep understanding of classical liberal principles,
-Have completed at least one semester of constitutional law,
-Have a strong academic record, and
-Are personable and have a good sense of humor
-Paid clerkships,
-Externships for course credit toward your J.D. degree, or
-Remote work opportunities
Apply today here.

Webinar: Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Equal Justice Works is hosting a webinar on earning and applying for Public Service Loan Forgiveness on Wednesday, October 25 at 1 eastern. Register here.

Winter Break Opportunity: DVLC Winter Immersion Program, Apply by December 8

Experience an immersive introduction to domestic violence litigation by spending a week over winter break helping self-represented litigants petition the court for orders of protection through the DVLC’s Emergency Protection Project. Provide hands-on brief legal services and work directly with the litigants, conducting interviews and creating the documents they need to file. Observe court and see how judges use your own work product in determining whether the petitioner will receive an Emergency Order of Protection in an ex-parte hearing. Support the litigant during a time of crisis, demystifying the court process and explaining outcomes.

Interested applicants should send a resume and brief statement of interest to Cheryl DeMichele Price (cprice@dvlcchicago.org). Applications due by Friday, December 8, 2017. 711 License Not Required. Applicants must have a working laptop that can operate on a battery for at least one hour, and must be comfortable conducting sensitive legal interviews.

Three Sessions Available:

Week 1: December 18-22, 2017

Week 2: January 2-5, 2018

Week 3: January 8-12, 2018

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Training will occur on the first day of each session.


Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
555 W. Harrison, Suite 1900

Chicago, IL 60607

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