2L Weekly Docket

This week’s weekly docket features many job opportunities, most of which are paid including in law school clinics, public interest organizations, private companies, and government agencies. This week’s docket also includes an invitation to an Army Court of Criminal Appeals event in Chicago and a resource summarizing opportunities in animal law.

Paid Job Opportunity ($6960): The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization Summer Fellowships at Yale Law School, Apply ASAP

 The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2018 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be accepted from December 4, 2017 and reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.

LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $6,960 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14.50/hour). The Fellowship will run from May 22 to August 17, 2018, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.  In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence.  Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work.  In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

LSO clinics perform a wide range of exciting work, including litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, transactional work on behalf of community organizations, and policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.  For 2018, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics:

  • Advanced Sentencing Clinic
  • Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic
  • Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Immigration Legal Services Clinic
  • Housing Clinic
  • Veterans Legal Services Clinic
  • Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

 For more information on the work of each of these clinics please visit www.law.yale.edu/lso.

Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you have an interest, a resume, writing sample, transcript, and contact information for two references to lso.fellowships@yale.edu. (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is February 10, 2018.  Early applications are encouraged.

You can read about a Notre Dame alumnus’ experience working in a Yale Clinic over his 2L summer here. 

Job Opportunity: Viacom Summer Internship in Hollywood, CA

Join the challenging and exciting world of Bellator MMA, one of the world’s premiere Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion organizations for a semester. The Business & Legal Affairs department of Bellator is responsible for coordinating all legal aspects of the fight promotion, including fighter acquisitions, fighter contracts, negotiations, licensing, immigration, trademarks, production, talent agreements, athletic commission/regulatory relations, sponsorships, digital content, correspondence, event venues, and pre-litigation/litigation. We prefer a candidate that can devote a minimum of 3-4 days of continuous time each week to Bellator, as the nature of our work is fast-paced and often operates under tight deadlines.

Read more and apply here.

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 opened December 1 and many agencies have filled their spots but there are still a few open slots. Learn more and apply here.

Job Opportunity: City of Chicago Department of Law Summer Internship, Application open January 15-March 1

Law students, law graduates, and lawyers have many opportunities for meaningful involvement in the important work of the Department of Law as legal externs, law clerks, summer program participants, post-graduate fellows, and lawyers.  Participants gain invaluable hands-on legal experience by working on complex and diverse projects with Law Department attorneys.  They participate in negotiations and Client advising meetings, conduct research and analysis to draft dispositive motions on constitutional or procedural issues of law, and – utilizing an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license – appear on behalf of the City in Court or before Administrative Tribunals.

All volunteer law clerk programs are designed to provide law students, law graduates, and lawyers with a challenging clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for one of the largest law firms in the country.  (*Give yourself plenty of time to apply, as the City requires fingerprinting and background checks of employees and volunteers.)

  • Law students volunteer full-time for a minimum of 10- weeks with a flexible start date during the summer months
  • Students may obtain academic credit or grant funding (through their schools)
  • Law clerks participate in Summer Law Clerk Program Lecture Series
  • Law clerks are invited to behind-the-scenes tours of City Departments
  • Law clerks have opportunities to meet with City Department officials and members of the State and Federal Judiciary
  • Applications accepted from January 15 to March 1*


In order to begin the application process, a hard copy of your materials must be mailed or hand-delivered to:

Legal Recruiter, City of Chicago Department of Law

30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1640

Chicago, IL 60602

Email applications will not be accepted.  Please note that applications will not be forwarded to Divisions for consideration until all application materials, including law school transcripts, are received.

Application Materials:

  • Cover Letter (in addition to identifying three ranked Division preferences, please indicate for which program you are applying)
  • Resume
  • Law School Transcript (official or unofficial)
  • One writing sample

For a listing and description of Divisions, and the type of work you’d perform in each Division, click here to see our Employer ViewBook.

You can read more about the City of Chicago, Department of Law here

Paid Job Opportunity ($6000): Peggy Browning Fund Summer Internship, January 12 Deadline

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Our core program is the Summer Fellowship Program, which is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at labor-related organizations around the country.  In 2017, we awarded funded summer fellowships to 80 law students, and we anticipate awarding between 70 and 80 fellowships in 2018.

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers’ rights.  We routinely collaborate with over 150 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.

Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $6,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend. (See each fellowship description for details)

We recruit interested students and work closely with our mentor organizations to ensure that each fellow will experience unique and challenging work assignments.   Our strong relationships with leading national labor leaders, labor attorneys and labor law professors make our fellowship program the preeminent one of its kind.

Peggy Browning Fellows gain the practical skills required to represent workers.  They enjoy opportunities to network with their peers and leaders in the field of public interest labor law.  The mentor organizations and their clients benefit from the services provided by this talented and commited group.

Since our beginning in 1997, we have placed over 850 law students in highly competitive fellowship positions with unions, worker centers, union-side law firms, and other labor-friendly organizations.  Peggy Browning Fellows have advocated for thousands of workers and their families nationwide.  At least 68.8% of  Peggy Browning Alumni are currently working in workers’ rights labor law or public interest law (not counting our alumni who are still in law school).

Read more and apply here.

Army Court of Criminal Appeals Event, January 25

Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals invite all Notre Dame Law students to attend an appellate hearing at Loyola on January 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. on the 10th floor in the Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 25 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL.

The hearing will be followed by a question and answer session with counsel, judges, and Brigadier General Joseph Berger III, Commander, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency.  A reception will follow.

Interested students should RSVP to:  nationalsecuritylaw@luc.edu

Please put “ACCA RSVP” in the email subject line.

Job Opportunity with Scholarship: Equal Justice Works Americorps JD Program

The AmeriCorps JD Program gives students the opportunity to join a network of more than 80,000 AmeriCorps members and receive invaluable experience in various legal areas. All participants will receive a $1,222 Segal AmeriCorps Education award with the successful completion of the program.

Program Issue Areas:

  • Veterans Legal Corps
  • Elder Justice AmeriCorps
  • New York State Family Security Project (immigration)

If you have already secured a position with a legal host organization for this summer, you can apply for the AmeriCorps JD program here. If you are seeking an organization to work with this summer, see a list of potential AmeriCorps JD host sites here.

Resource for opportunities in animal law

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has published an “Opportunities in Animal Law” booklet that you can find online here. Animal law intersects with many traditional areas of the law, such as tort, contract, criminal, and constitutional law. During the past several years, animal law has gained a stronger foothold in the mainstream legal arena. Additionally, the issues that fill today’s headlines – large mammals in captivity, intensive confinement of farmed animals, pet custody, the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty, and food safety issues – reflect the field’s rapid growth.

In this booklet, you will find information about clerkships, scholarships, project grants, employment and pro bono opportunities, law journals, legal resources, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters and much more.


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