1L Weekly Docket

Good afternoon, 1Ls. Many excellent summer job opportunities have application deadlines throughout the spring but many great opportunities (including some paid ones) have application deadlines that are coming up fast in December. With that in mind, this week’s weekly docket emphasizes those opportunities in order to put them on your radar and give you plenty of time to get your applications together. Today’s Weekly Docket features summer job opportunities with the DOJ, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, National Indian Gaming Commission, Gas Technology Institute, and San Francisco City Attorney.

Job Opportunity: Department of Justice Volunteer Internship, Apply as soon as December 1 as possible


The Department of Justice takes 1000 law student volunteers over the summer in various divisions. Learn more about volunteer internships and apply here. Interviews and offers are given on a rolling basis so apply by December 1 if possible.

PAID Job Opportunity: Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Apply by December 1

Seeking 1Ls only for paid (approx. $7000/mo) 10-week Summer Law Clerk Program. Law clerks perform legal research and writing assignments for attorneys in 3 divisions: Bank Supervision and Markets; Enforcement, Litigation, Police, Investigations and Corporate Affairs; and Financial Services, Technology and Contracts. They also are paired with attorney mentors and attend several cultural and social activities.

Submit cover letter and resume to Brett Phillips, Counsel & Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of New York 33 Liberty Street New York, NY 10045 brett.phillips@ny.frb.org as soon as December 1 as possible.

PAID Job Opportunity: National Indian Gaming Commission, Office of General Counsel, Apply by December 1

NIGC is an independent federal regulatory agency within the Department of the Interior that supports tribal economic development, self-sufficiency, and strong tribal governments through the creation of a statutory basis for the operation of gaming on Indian lands. It provides a regulatory framework to shield Indian gaming from corruption, to ensure the games are fair and honest and to ensure that Tribes are the primary beneficiaries of the gaming operation. It also addresses congressional concerns regarding gaming and protects gaming as a means of generating tribal revenue.

Experience in Indian Law or a background in Indian affairs is highly desirable.

Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Shakira Ferguson, Shakira_ferguson@nigc.gov, by December 1.

Job Opportunity: Gas Technology Institute summer internship just outside of Chicago

In its 75th year, the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is the leading research, development and training organization addressing energy and environmental challenges to enable a secure, abundant and affordable energy future. GTI’s mission is to expand the supply of affordable natural gas and renewable energy, ensuring a safe and reliable energy delivery infrastructure, promoting the clean and efficient use of energy resources and reducing carbon emissions. GTI performs research and services for federal/state/local governments, utilities and companies in the energy industry. GTI’s 280,000 square-foot headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois is home to over 20 specialized laboratories with equipment for research and development, testing and analysis of energy technology.

The vast majority of work performed by the GTI Legal department is contract work and an intern/extern will be exposed to the review, drafting and negotiating of sponsor and procurement contracts along with NDA’s, field test, co-funding and material transfer agreements. He/she will also assist in advising project managers on legal matters, oversee routine processing of agreements/projects, review the work of contract administrators and paralegals and assist in the review and development of form agreements. The intern/extern will work both independently and in a team setting.

Application Process:

Application materials may be submitted electronically. Send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to:

Peter N. Witty, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Gas Technology Institute, 1700 South Mount Prospect Road Des Plaines, Illinois, peter.witty@gastechnology.org

Job Opportunity: San Francisco City Attorney, Apply by December 11

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office’s Law School Internship Program offers students an opportunity to work in a large and award-winning municipal law office, which has been nationally recognized by the American Bar Association for outstanding excellence.

City Attorney Herrera chairs an application evaluation committee that seeks to identify prospective interns based on their promise to emerge as leaders and difference-makers in government and public-interest law. Once accepted, interns work closely with deputy city attorneys who are designated mentors on a meaningful (yet manageable) caseload. Each team also has an internship coordinator, who works to ensure that program participants benefit from their assignments, team and client interactions, and have full access to resources like the city’s law library and electronic research materials.

Depending on their assignments, interns can take part in client meetings with department staff and elected officials; trials, court hearings, and depositions; public meetings and closed sessions with city commissions and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; and even press conferences related to the office’s work. City Attorney interns also benefit from events, tours and lectures that the office schedules for interns every season. Special programming offers an inside-view of important and sometimes surprising work required of lawyers for a city as innovative, fast-growing and unique as San Francisco. Past programming has included:

  • Tours of AT&T Park, home of our World Champion San Francisco Giants, which the City Attorney’s Office helped to develop, and where legal issues still figure prominently in a rapidly-developing corner of the city.
  • Fireboat tours by the S.F. Fire Department, which highlight its preparedness for modern maritime emergencies and its historical role in major disasters like the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes.
  • Animal Care and Control facilities tours, which reflect some of the unique challenges and innovative approaches of the City of St. Francis—where dogs actually outnumber children.
  • Tours of San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center, which offers progressive-minded educational, medical, mental health, socialization and counseling services to youth in short-term detention.

Learn more about the City of San Francisco’s summer program and apply here.

If you want help putting together your application materials for any of these opportunities, do not hesitate to reach out to the CDO. We are here to help.

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