2L Weekly Docket

This week’s weekly docket is loaded with job opportunities, several of them paid, an essay contest for which the top prize is $5000, an invitation to write for a high-profile blog, an invitation to the meet the public service employers reception in Chicago, and a volunteer immersion opportunity over winter break in Chicago. As always, please contact the CDO if you want help preparing application materials for any of these opportunities or to touch base about your career search.

Paid Job Opportunity ($6000): Public Interest Law Initiative Internships in Chicago, Apply ASAP

Are you interested in pursuing a public interest career in Chicago or Illinois? The PILI Law Student Internship is an ideal opportunity for you. For Summer the PILI stipend is $6,000 for 400 hours of work. Apply as soon as possible because applications opened on October 15, they are currently actively interviewing, and they move very fast.

PILI’s Law Student Internship Program connects law students from across the country with legal service agencies in Illinois such as Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Environmental Law & Policy Center, and many others. Interns work 400 hours full-time during the summer,  with PILI ensuring quality supervision by experienced agency attorneys, and providing extra educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.

PILI offers Internships at 27 different legal service agencies in Illinois, and each applicant may apply to up to 10 agencies.

The application opens on August October 15 and agencies make their decisions on a rolling basis, with applicants having a much better chance of getting selected the earlier they apply. Learn more and apply here.

Job Opportunity: Earth Justice Summer Internships in Alaska, Honolulu, California, Philadelphia, and Seattle

Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups and supporters to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Learn more and apply here.

Paid 2L 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.

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

Job Opportunity: 2L 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: Volunteer Legal Internships with the Department of Justice

The DOJ is hiring volunteer summer legal interns in multiple divisions. 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

Essay Competition: Win $5000 ASECA Securities Law Writing Competition, Deadline November 10

Competition Website: http://www.secalumni.org/writing-competition

Sponsor: Association of Securities and Exhange Commission Alumni, Inc.

Deadline: November 10, 2017

Essay Topic: Papers may address any subject in the field of securities law.

Prize Information:

1st Prize: $5,000

2nd Prize: $3,000

3rd Prize: $2,000

Award winners will be invited to attend ASECA’s Annual Dinner in Washington, DC on February 23, 2018.  Travel and lodging expenses for the first place award winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000 in actual expenses.

Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2017, and papers scheduled for publication in 2017 or 2018 are eligible for submission.

All submissions must include author’s name and contact information, including e-mail, postal address, telephone number, law school, and year of anticipated graduation.  For submissions which have been published or are scheduled to be published, the name and date of publication should be included.  Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.

For full contest rules and submission guidelines go 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: Center for Popular Democracy, Summer Internship in Lawyering and Policy Innovation

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) is a high-impact national organization based in New York City and Washington, D.C. that promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy by partnering with grassroots organizations around the country to build community power and transform the state and local policy landscape. CPD provides legal and strategic policy and research support to movements, and on state and local legislative campaigns, that advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda.

CPD seeks talented, public interest-oriented 2Ls and 1Ls to participate in our summer Internship in Lawyering & Policy Innovation. Students will provide critically important support for CPD’s work in both issue areas through:

  • Legal research and analysis that supports development of viable policy options;
  • Policy research and analysis that identifies and evaluates approaches taken in jurisdictions across the country

In addition, interns will conduct campaign research that informs strategy and produce related materials such as draft legislative language, proposal summaries and op-eds.  Interns will be expected to work 40 hours/week and will be supervised directly by CPD’s staff. Interns typically are based out of our New York City office, but interns interested in working off site may be considered depending on their level of experience and desired focus of work.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, legal writing sample and three references through our hiring portal: https://cpd.hiringthing.com/job/52131/internship-in-lawyering-policy-innovation-summer-2018. Applications will be reviewed 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.

Job Opportunity: Austin Community Law Center Summer Internship, Deadline November 6

The Austin Community Law Center is hiring interns in three different areas: Gideon, Education Justice, and Housing Justice. Learn more and apply here.


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