3L Weekly Docket

This week’s Weekly Docket announces the largest public interest and government career fair in the country, for which NDLS has 3-4 $500 travel stipends available to students interested in attending, an announcement about diversity scholarships and bar stipends available exclusively to Chicago area (NDLS included) law students, several post-graduate jobs in government and public interest, and an announcement regarding the Multi-Bar Association Fair in Chicago in October.

October Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair: Travel Stipends available! September 14 Deadline


The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair will be October 26 & 27 at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, VA. This event is the largest national public interest law career fair in the country, with more than 170 public interest employers conducting interviews for full-time jobs and hosting informal “Table Talk” sessions with over 1,450 students and recent graduates last year. See a list of registered employers here. Please note that the $500 travel stipends that were available were claimed within days of this blog post being published.

Student and law school professional registration is open now and you have until September 14 to apply to as many post-graduate jobs as you would like.

Over 170 employers have already registered, and we are currently working to accommodate even more. Click here for the most up to date list. Students have until September 14 to apply for pre-scheduled interviews, and they can register for Table Talk and conference sessions up until the day of the event.

In addition to the interview and table talk portions of the event, we will be hosting a prominent keynote speaker as well as a variety of panel discussions. Each panel will consist of legal experts weighing in on “hot topics” in key issue areas, while also providing advice to student on pursuing careers in their specific field.

Notre Dame is paying for all law student registrations!

Please follow these instructions to register for free: Once you create your profile and the registration form, you will be directed to a credit card payment form. At this point, you can log out. Your registration will be complete even though it says you have not paid. You will be able to log back in to the system, apply for jobs, and schedule interviews. If you have any questions, please careerfair@equaljusticeworks.org.


  • If you have previously registered for the Conference and Career Fair, follow the instructions for “using a previous account” starting at the bottom of page two of the guide. Make sure to update your class year.
  • If this is your first time registering, follow the instructions for “creating an account” starting at the top of page two of the guide. Please note that if you are new to the event, you must create a profile AND register for the event in order to finalize your registration and apply for jobs.
  • Follow the instructions for “registering to attend” starting at the bottom of page three of the guide.
  • Once you click Save, you will be registered and a credit card payment screen will appear. Simply log out of the database.
  • Once you log back in, you will have a note in your “task list” on the home page that says your event registration is incomplete. However, this will not affect your ability to attend the event, view employers, apply for interviews, or be selected for interviews. Please ignore the message and continue following the instructions in the guide to upload documents, submit applications and accept interview invitations.

If you accidentally pay for your registration, reach out to careerfair@equaljusticeworks.org and you will be refunded—there’s no need to cancel your registration or wait. Equal Justice Works will do this for any NDLS student up through October 12th.

EJW Announcement from 2L Walter Jean-Jacques

My name is Walter Jean-Jacques and I am a 2L that was recently appointed to the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee (NAC). As a member of NAC, I was able to attend a training session with both current and new members at Equal Justice Works headquarters in Washington D.C. In my role, I will be working with law schools throughout the Midwest  with spreading the initiatives of EJW, whether it is there summer fellowships, post-grad fellowships, and encouraging people to attend the EJW Conference on October 26-October 27th. I know this is the time of year when many students are applying for fellowships and are looking for public interest opportunities for next summer. Feel free to email me at wjeanjac@nd.edu if you have any questions pertaining to EJW or please stop me if you see me at the law school.

Diversity Scholarship and Bar Stipends Available only to Chicago area law schools, September 15 Deadline

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is pleased to offer various scholarships to deserving and diverse students each year.  Twenty students from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin received scholarships in 2017!
The application deadline has been extended to September 15, 2018.  Selected applicants will be notified whether they must submit to an interview with members of the scholarship committee.  Scholarship recipients must be able to attend the Unity Award Dinner through award presentation on November 27, 2018.
There are several scholarships and the awarded amounts vary.  To access the online application and complete information, please see our website at http://diversitychicago.org/dc/scholarships.
The DSF scholarships and externships include: (GPA requirements are soft)
Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
This Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who actively advocates for diversity within the Chicago area legal community and works to bring focus to those who do pro-bono work within their community. Students are required to submit an article on their views about “diversity within the legal community” and maintain a 3.8 GPA.
Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
This Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is interested in pursuing a career in public service or a student who is actively involved with a not-for-profit agency that represents the needy and the underprivileged.  Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA.
Law Student with a Disability Scholarship Award
This Scholarship (an award of at least $500) was established with the support of attorney Stacy J. Campbell, an Associate with Hinshaw and Culbertson, and her fiance Dr. George F. Viamontes.  There is no GPA requirement for this scholarship.
Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship
This Scholarship is awarded to third-year law students who have demonstrated academic ability and the need for financial assistance.  This scholarship is intended to help off-set the cost of an Illinois State Bar Exam preparation course.

Judicial Externships 

In addition to our numerous scholarships, the Diversity Scholarship Foundation also provides opportunities for externships with judges in a variety of different fields.  Please indicate that you wish to be considered in the application and your application will be forwarded.  Additional requirements may apply according to the rules and regulations of the courthouse where the extern will be working.

Those selected for an interview will be contacted by the court.  Selected externs will be provided a stipend.  

In addition to our numerous scholarships, the Diversity Scholarship Foundation also provides opportunities for externships with judges in a variety of different fields.  Please indicate that you wish to be considered in the application and your application will be forwarded.  Additional requirements may apply according to the rules and regulations of the courthouse where the extern will be working.

Those selected for an interview will be contacted by the court.  Selected externs will be provided a stipend.

Note: The DSF reserves the right to waive the GPA requirements to well-deserving students who tirelessly advocate for diversity.  You must have completed at least two semesters of law school (and have a transcript) to qualify for all but the LSAT scholarship.
Read more and apply here.
Questions? Please contact Abigail Sue at dsfchicago@gmail.com.

Equal Justice Works Fellowship Sponsor Preferences Announced

If you’re considering applying for an EJW fellowship and looking to maximize your chances, take a look at the sponsorship preferences:

  • Immigration
  • Medical-Legal Partnerships
  • Transactional Projects
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Voting Rights and Electoral Participation

You can see a complete list of sponsorship preferences, including state by state preferences here.

Job Opportunity: 2019-2021 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship American Bar Association/Section of Taxation, September 7 Deadline


Legal Aid Service of Broward County (Legal Aid), located in South Florida, is interested in hiring a fellow in support of its Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC) located in Broward and Collier County.

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation is the largest professional association of tax lawyers, with approximately 20,000 members nationwide. Its goals include helping taxpayers better understand their rights and obligations under the tax laws and working to achieve a simplified tax system that is equitable and efficient. The Public Service Fellowship program was developed in 2008 to address the unmet needs for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among those individuals who participate.

The fellowship recipient would assist low-income taxpayers in Broward and Collier County (including the City of Immokalee), with a focus on those who speak English as a second language (ESL). The Fellow would provide direct tax services to clients, represent clients in tax controversies against the IRS and at the US Tax Court, provide tax consultation services, engage in educational outreach projects, and develop a network of pro bono tax attorneys. Rural Collier County would be a focus for the Fellow because it is largely inhabited by ESL taxpayers. The Fellowship will be based in Broward County, with travel to Collier County twice per week (travel expenses will be covered).

Fellowship applicants must be third-year law students or 2018 law school graduates (LLM candidates/graduates are also eligible to apply). Students who are adept at conversational Spanish are encouraged to apply. The fellowship provides funding for salary and benefits, as well as law school debt assistance. Salary is commensurate with current U.S. Tax Court Law Clerk salary rates. While we cannot confirm the salary rate at this time, we believe it to be approximately $54,972.

All applications are reviewed, and successful applicants are selected by the Section’s Public Service Fellowship Committee. The Section plans to award as many as two (2) fellowships in early 2019. The Fellow will begin working September 2019. The Fellow must be granted admission to the Florida Bar within six months of the starting date.

Application deadline is Friday, September 7, 2018 at 5:00pm. Interested applicants must e-mail a cover letter and resume to Debra Koprowski, Director of Advocacy at dkoprowski@legalaid.org and Chanel Winter, Esq., Pro Bono Coordinator at cwinter@legalaid.org. Please describe in the cover letter your past experience and your particular interest in tax law. Legal Aid will interview selected candidates in September and make a final decision by September 14, 2018. If candidates cannot be physically present for the interview, we will arrange to interview remotely via Skype or similar means. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us.

For more information about Legal Aid, please visit browardegalaid.org. For more information about the ABA Tax Section Public Service Fellowships, we encourage you to visit americanbar.org/groups/taxation/awards/psfellowship.html.

Job Opportunity: DOJ Environment and Natural Resources Division, September 4 Deadline


The Environment and Natural Resources Division is hiring 3Ls through the DOJ honors program and invites prospective applicants to follow this link to a video that features some personal narrative experiences by attorneys working at ENRD

The Division invites those interested in applying to direct any questions you may have to recruitment.enrd@usdoj.gov.

ENRD is the nation’s largest environmental law firm with approximately 620 employees, including 440 attorneys.

ENRD handles environmental and natural resources litigation on behalf of the United States. The work of the Division arises under approximately 150 federal civil and criminal statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA , Safe Drinking Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, and Tucker Act.

You can view the ENRD Full Brochure and the  Honors Program Flyer for more information.

Multi-Bar Association Fair at Depaul in Chicago, October 10

What:                   Multi-Bar Association Fair

When:                  Wednesday October 10

                                4:30 – 6:00 PM

Where:                DePaul University College of Law – DePaul Center

                                1 E. Jackson Blvd. – Concourse Level

Who:                     All current law students

There is no cost this year for students to attend. We typically see between 20 – 25 bar associations (CBA, ISBA, ABA, plus a significant number of the affinity bar associations) from the Chicago area participate. Any questions or concerns may be sent to Katie Liss at kliss3@depaul.edu.

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