1L Weekly Docket

No summer job yet and feel like you are behind? Don’t fear! There are plenty of great summer job opportunities that are still available and some of them even come with some funding!

The University of Michigan has an awesome Child Welfare Law Fellowship and they help fellows find a summer job placement, get access to funding sources, and pay for all fellows to travel to attend a child law training at the University of Michigan! Also, public interest organizations across the country are still looking for interns through Americorps JD, Crime Victims Justice Corps internships open up soon, and Legal Aid Services of Oregon, the City of Chicago, Department of Law, USPTO, LAF Chicago, Legal Aid Society of Atlanta, Harvard Law School, NIJC, and Legal Aid of North Carolina are all still looking for interns!

If you’re interested in applying for any of these positions, the CDO is happy to help you craft great applications. Reach out to us!

Job, funding, and networking opportunity: University of Michigan Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship, March 25 Deadline, Placements available in many cities across the country


If you’re on the lookout for a great summer job opportunity, this is definitely one to look into.

The Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship is committed to inspiring the best and brightest law students to pursue careers in child welfare law. Through the fellowship, students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much needed services to various child welfare offices specializing in representing children, parents, and social service agencies. After attending a training session in May at Michigan Law, fellow​s spend at least 10 weeks at a child welfare law internship.

For fellows accepted into the program, we will cover living expenses during the training. We will also cover each fellow’s travel costs to Ann Arbor to attend the training and then to her or his internship site or back home (up to $650). For fellows accepted into the program, we will cover living expenses during the training.

Job & Scholarship Opportunity: Americorps JD Internships in public interest organizations 500 opportunities available nationwide! April 15 Deadline


Many organizations are hiring summer Americorps JD interns, including Lawyers for Children in New York, Bet Tzedek in Los Angeles, Equal Justice Center in Austin, LAF Chicago, and many more. Check this list for available host organizations and apply for $1,222 in scholarship funding here. If you’re interested in applying, check the available host organizations list and reach out to the contact listed with your resume. This is a relatively easy way to apply for a position with multiple organizations.

The following sites in particular are looking for additional applicants. Interested students should email their cover letter and resume to the contact listed.

Veterans Legal Corps Opportunities
Legal Aid Society of Columbus (Columbus, OH)
Contact: Karin Nordstrom, Equal Justice Works Fellow
Send cover letter and resume to knordstrom@columbuslegalaid.org

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (Washington, DC) 
Contact: Courtney Smith, Case Management Attorney
Send cover letter and resume to Courtney.Smith@vetsprobono.org

New York State Family Security Project Opportunities
Community Legal Advocates of New York (Garden City, NY) 
Contact: Ann Dibble, Executive Director,
Send cover letter and resume to info@cla-ny.org with “EJWA Position” in the subject line

The Door Legal Services Center (New York, NY)
Contact: Elizabeth Davis, Staff Attorney
Send cover letter and resume to lizdavis@door.org and write “Summer 2018 New York State Family Security Project” in the subject line

Elder Justice Legal Corps Opportunities
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (Charlotte, NC) 
Contact: Gelila Selassie, Equal Justice Works Fellow
Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two references to gelilas@charlottelegaladvocacy.org

Upcoming Job Opportunity: Crime Victims Justice Corps Application Opens this April – Interested Students Should Sign Up Now to Receive Updates

Equal Justice Works is finalizing host organization recruitment for the CrimeVictims Justice Corps, a new initiative designed to increase access to civil legal assistance and enforce the rights of crime victims. The program will consist of 62 Fellows and 34 law students over a two-year period. Participants will provide legal services, outreach, and education to address legal needs resulting from human trafficking and a variety of civil legal issues arising from victimization, such as family law, education, employment, immigration, and consumer protection, as well as enforcing crime victims’ rights.

Any student interested in receiving further information about the program, including open Fellowship positions, should complete this form to receive updates. The Fellow and law student recruitment will begin in April/May 2018. Law students will begin their 8-10 week service on June 1.

Job Opportunity: Legal Aid Services of Oregon, April 11 Deadline

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is seeking law clerks for summer 2018. General clerkship positions available in Portland, Klamath Falls, and Newport.

Organization:  LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state in civil cases. In addition, a statewide project addresses tax issues and two specialized programs focus on services to farmworkers and on issues that impact Native Americans. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program that is committed to advocacy strategies having the broadest possible impact on client community problems.

Type of Legal Work:  Clerkships will have an emphasis on family law, housing, and/or public benefits.

Qualifications and Funding:  Class standing of 1L or 2L at time of application.  LASO will coordinate with fellowship programs as needed but does not provide funding for these positions.

CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled, with first review of applications on April 11, 2018.

APPLICATIONS:  Send resume and letter of interest to hr-admin@lasoregon.org

Job Opportunity: City of Chicago Department of Law Summer Internship, Deadline Extended to March 31


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

Job Opportunity: USPTO Summer Externship, Deadline March 29

This volunteer opportunitiy is for someone who has an interest in creative economy. This positon will work with the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA). The program is intended to give students an opportunity to experience what it is like to work at PTO, as well as interact with experts, explore opportunities and develop or enhance personal and professional skills.

Applications will be accepted from the first 250 applicants.

n this role you you will perform the following duties to include, but not limited to:

  • Support IP training and capacity building program production and evaluation.
  • Support IP training eLearning production and evaluation.
  • Research on domestic and international IP capacity building, including by intergovernmental organizations.
  • General domestic and international intellectual property legal research including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets.

This is a 10-12 week summer program. If selected to participate, you will be expected to begin work on May 21, unless other arrangements are made with the Selecting Official. You will be expected to work 36-40 hours per week.

Read more and apply here. 

Job Opportunity from ND alumnus: Americorps JD LAF, Chicago Veteran’s Legal Corp, April 1 Deadline


For more than 50 years LAF has provided people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago with comprehensive, free legal services to resolve non-criminal issues. Each year LAF’s more than 80 full-time attorneys and staff help resolve civil legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, unfair evictions and improper benefit denials and terminations. Our work impacts more than 30,000 people each year.

Position: LAF was selected in a competitive application process to be a host site for an Equal Justice Works-AmeriCorps Fellow in the Veterans Legal Corps program. The AmeriCorps JD students will work with the Veterans Legal Corps attorney and other staff to provide legal assistance to veterans in the areas of veterans’ benefits, housing, consumer, and family law. Specifically, the AmeriCorps JD will conduct legal research, draft legal memoranda and documents, engage in case investigation, conduct client interviews, and develop case strategy.

Program Benefits: The Veterans Legal Corps AmeriCorps JD program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps education award of $1,230 that can pay educational expenses or student loans. Students may seek up to $4,422 in additional compensation for their service, for up to $5,652 in compensation. The $4,422 in additional compensation may be funded by a Federal Work Study Award, the student’s law school, local bar foundation, and/or other public interest fellowship award. In addition, students are welcome to hold outside employment to supplement their income.

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter by April 1, 2018 to: Catherine Schur cschur@lafchicago.org. Apply for the AmeriCorps JD program through our Student Application Manager. More information is available at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/americorpsjd.

Job: Opportunity Atlanta Legal Aid Society

Interns will work on civil law matters including legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings, investigation, document collection and organization, client interviewing, and client representation in administrative hearings. Apply for this opportunity here.

Job Opportunity: Organization: Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, Boston, Rolling

Interns will work in one of the following clinical aras: federal tax, housing, predatory lending, safety net project, and veterans. Learn more about this internship and apply here.

Job Opportunity: National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), Chicago, IL, Goshen, IN or Washington, D.C., Rolling Basis

Interns will work on immigration-related issues and cases within one of the NIJC’s programs. Review these programs and learn more about this internship position on the NIJC website.

PAID Job Opportunity:  Legal Aid of North Carolina

Interns will experience client contact, learn practical skills, and legal advocacy on real cases under the supervision of seasoned legal aid attorneys. Interested students should send resume, cover letter, and writing sample tosuzannec2@legalaidnc.org. Please identify preferred three locations. Interns will be paid $3,500 for 10 weeks of work.

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