2L Weekly Docket

This edition of the 2L Weekly Docket features Air Force ROTC and upcoming career fairs through the LGBT Bar and Hispanic National Bar Association, which are often overlooked but excellent opportunities to network and potentially get a job. Often less competitive than traditional OCI, by participating in one of these career fairs, you can meet attorneys who are particularly excited to meet students just like you.

The docket also features the Washington Attorney General’s summer program, which often leads to an entry-level position in their office for after graduation, PILI’s summer educational series in Chicago, and Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking and Capital Markets Pre-MBA Diversity Program for JD/MBA Candidates.

The CDO is open all summer and we want to hear from you! Schedule an appointment on symplicity, give us a call, or send us an email.

Air Force JAG ROTC, A Guaranteed Job

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If you’re interested in starting you career as a JAG, by far the least competitive way to do it is through the Air Force JAG ROTC. Notre Dame’s ROTC detachment has no limit on the number of law students they can take whereas the entry-level JAG program only has a 10% acceptance rate. For 2Ls, you can take advantage of the One Year College Program. Less than ideal grades? Not a problem.

You can read more about Air Force ROTC for JAGs here. If you’re interested in pursuing it, contact me ASAP.

30th Annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, August 8-10 in NYC, Register by July 20


The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law® Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments.

Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention


The Annual Convention attracts hundreds of attorneys, judges, and law students from across the country, including public officials, business leaders, and General Counsels from many Fortune 100 and other corporations. Attendees will take part in an engaging and comprehensive program that includes Continuing Legal Education (CLE Panels) on cutting edge topics with leading practitioners, national policy makers, and experts from across the country; networking events and workshops; the largest Hispanic Career Fair in the country, featuring exhibitors from prominent law firms, corporations, and government agencies; and a variety of social activities showcasing the best of what Philadelphia has to offer.

Register here and read about Veronica Canton’s experience at the HNBA convention and how she got her job at the HNBA career fair here. 

2018 Washington Attorney General Fall Recruitment Program

The Attorney General’s Office is pleased to invite qualified second-year law students to apply for summer 2019 volunteer or externship positions.  Volunteer law clerks and externs glean worthwhile, enriching and educational experiences working for what we believe to be the best public law firm in the country.

Although each law clerk’s experience is unique, the following duties are typical of an AGO law clerk:

  • Researching and writing memoranda, pleadings, and correspondence;
  • Assistant in preparation for litigation, i.e., depositions, witness interviews, and discovery;
  • Drafting client advice memos and attending meetings where that advice is then presented to the client; and
  • Opportunity to observe attorneys in court, particularly for those cases for which the law clerk provided assistance.  Rule 9 law clerks may be allowed to present in court.

Apply here by August 31.

Event Invitation: PILI’s Summer Educational Series in Chicago


Are you a law student intern or fellow serving in the Chicago area this summer?

You’re invited to attend PILI’s Educational Seminar Series. These weekly lunchtime seminars start in early June and run through the beginning of August. They focus on covering a range of hard skills and substantive law topics related to public interest law and pro bono. We also discuss career development ideas for law students interested in public interest law. All law student interns and fellows are invited to attend, regardless of whether you receive PILI funding. 

Here is the entire list of PILI summer programming:

RSVPs are typically due the day before the program and you can RSVP for one or all programs by clicking on the individual link for each program. 

  • Writing for Public Interest Lawyers

    • June 5th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    This workshop will provide specific strategies for writing clear, concise and compelling legal documents. Learn to eliminate common writing weaknesses and better organize your writing. This is one of our highest rated seminars every year.

  • Conflict Management

    • June 13th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Conflict in the courtroom (and even the workplace) may be unavoidable. Gain insights, tools, and techniques on how best to manage disputes and create meaningful resolutions.

  • Restorative Justice in Chicago

    • June 19th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Learn about an innovative approach to address the problems of crime and human conflict that incorporates the values of accountability and reconciliation between offenders and victims.

  • Intern & Fellow Service Day: Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon

    • June 23rd, 2018 – 8:00 am, at Richard J. Daley Center

    The PILI Alumni Network Leadership Council invites you to Volunteer on Team PILI at Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon with Interns and Fellows and other PILI Alums.

  • From You to Your Online Presence to Your Vote: Equality in 2018

    • June 28th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Hear from several attorneys working to advance equality in 2018, including disability, LGTBQ and gender equality advocates as well as those working to protect privacy and voting rights in 2018.

  • Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias

    • July 3rd, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    This seminar will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people whom we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. Unpacking the concept of implicit and unconscious bias to understand the “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to serving legal aid clients with excellence.

  • Joint First 10 & PILI Happy Hour

    • July 10th, 2018 – 5:00 pm, at Tradition

    Learn more about this network of engaged Chicago public interest lawyers by connecting with its members, other PILI Interns and PILI Alumni!

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • July 11th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    This seminar features dedicated public interest law attorneys who will share their experiences in charting a career in public interest law. Panelists will include attorneys who have experience in legal aid and government, and with judicial clerkships and post-graduate fellowships.

  • Fellowship: From Pipe Dream to Project in Action

    • July 19th, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    Two agency supervisors and the fellows whose project they green-lighted dive deep into how to design and implement an Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowship, moderated by a law school career counselor.

  • Social and Economic Impact of Transactional Pro Bono Work

    • July 31st, 2018 – 11:45 am, at The John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

    From applying for federal tax exemption to drafting start-up documents, transactional pro bono work plays a critical role in community and business development. Learn how your transactional pro bono assistance to nonprofits and other community groups can make an impact from an individual to macro level.

Credit Suisse Investment Banking and Capital Markets Pre-MBA Diversity Program for JD/MBA Candidates, July 2018, Apply by June 15

Read more here: Credit Suisse Investment Banking and Capital Markets Pre-MBA Program

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