1L Weekly Docket

Welcome to the 1L Weekly Docket. As you might have gleaned from the title, I will publish a new Weekly Docket every week. What is the Weekly Docket and what type of content can you expect to see in it? Job opportunities, networking and volunteer events, summer funding resources, essay competitions, and invitations from alumni to meet law students are examples of common features of the weekly docket. I explain how the weekly docket came to exist at the bottom of this blog post.

Your very first 1L Weekly Docket is packed full with summer job opportunities in public interest, government, and with a private company,  an invitation to a meet the public interest organizations reception in Chicago, a call for applications for Ms. JD’s writer’s in residence program, and a pro bono volunteer opportunity over winter break in Chicago.

If you want help putting your application materials together for any of these opportunities, the CDO is here to help and if you haven’t scheduled your first appointment with a CDO counselor yet, please do so soon. We are very excited to begin working with you!

Paid 1L Summer Internship: Koch Summer Internship Program/Koch Fellow Program: Policy, Apply by November


Are you interested in working in policy and research analysis in DC this summer for a libertarian organization? The Koch Summer Internship and Koch Fellow Program both pay a $450 weekly stipend for their ten week program, which includes placement in an organization in DC, education seminars, and networking events. You can see a list of non-profit agencies interns get placed in here. Apply here. Applicants applying by November get priority review. If you’re interested in applying and want more information, contact me.

Event: Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception, Tuesday, November 7 at Loyola Law School

On Tuesday, November 7 from 5:15-7:30, the Chicago Area Law Consortium, of which NDLS is a member, is hosting the 21st annual Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception. This is not a job fair. Rather, it offers an informal setting for law students to learn about the rich array of public service legal activity in the Chicago area. RSVP here by November 6.

Check out the event flyer, which contains a list of participating employers.

Job Opportunity: 1L Summer Internship with U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in DC,  Application due November 6


The Legal/Policy Intern will help prepare for upcoming briefings, assist in the development of comments on Commission reports, and conduct research. Learn more about the position and apply here. Note: There is an NDLS alumna working in this office so if you apply, let me know and I can make sure she knows you sent your application in.

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.

Ms. JD Accepting Applications for Writer’s in Residence Program: Due November 20


The Writers in Residence program was started in 2010 and is a select group of practicing attorneys, alternative career individuals, pre-law students, current law students, and other professionals who contribute monthly articles for one year to the Ms. JD blog on a topic of their choosing. Some blog titles this year were: Concrete Ceilings and Open Doors: Women of Color & The Law, Drive Your Journey, Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law, Failure Turned Inside Out, The Road Less Traveled: Alternative Legal Paths, The M in Law: Mommy, Where are You? Part-Time Law, Full-Time Life, LawTech and Women in Legal Tech, Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar and many many more. What perspectives could you bring to next year’s Program? Release your inner writer!

Write for a blog that is included on the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 Hall of Fame list. Develop your online presence, expand your network in the legal industry, and add a distinguished position to your resume.

Learn more about the program and how to apply here.

Job Opportunity: 1L Summer Internship with Rolls  Royce in Indianapolis


The Rolls-Royce legal internship program offers law students an opportunity to gain valuable in-house counsel experience supporting a global business.  Legal Interns will be monitored by in-house attorneys, interact frequently with other members of the legal department, research actual legal issues, assist in transactions (if applicable), and write memoranda regarding topics that impact Rolls-Royce operations.  The internship allows law students to undertake specific projects relating to litigation, legal research, internal process management, and management of legal databases.  Interns will also have an opportunity to participate in meetings with outside counsel and to attend appropriate Rolls-Royce business meetings. Learn more and apply 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

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.

Why does the weekly docket exist?

By way of background, I started the weekly docket because I started noticing that every week, I was getting emails from alumni, professors, friends, and employers about great opportunities. I regularly receive emails calling for job applications, emails about upcoming events and job fairs, and emails from lawyers just wanting to let law students know that if they email them, they will be responsive and eager to meet for coffee.

I never quite knew how to efficiently get this information out to students without bombarding you with emails so I started the weekly docket. Thus, in the Weekly Docket I post the great information my network sends me during the course of the week.

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