1L Weekly Docket

Welcome to your very first, 1L Weekly Docket! What is the 1L Weekly Docket, you may be wondering. Well, a couple of years ago, I found that every week, I was getting emails from alumni, professors, friends, and employers about great opportunities. I was getting emails calling for job applications, emails about upcoming events and job fairs, and emails from lawyers just wanting to let law students know that if they email them, they will be responsive and eager to meet for coffee.

I never quite knew how to efficiently get all of that information out to students without bombarding you with emails until I thought of the idea to include it in a bi-monthly email that I would send out to you. Thus, the Weekly Docket was born and this is where I will post the great information my network sends me. I will send you a new 1L Weekly Docket twice a month with opportunities curated specifically for you. (2Ls and 3Ls get their own Weekly Dockets.) So you can be sure that any opportunity featured in the 1L Weekly Docket is seeking 1Ls.

With no further ado, this week’s 1L Weekly Docket features several summer job opportunities with the DOJ, in federal and state government, at Motorola, and at the Center for Popular Democracy in New York. It also features an invitation to a program taking place in Chicago this weekend where you will get the chance to meet several Chicago based public interest organizations.

Department of Justice Summer Volunteer Law Clerk positions


If you attended the Department of Justice or Klau Center talks as part of Public Interest Month, you may recall discussions of DOJ volunteer law clerk positions. There are six pages of postings, with new postings being added every day, and many of the postings are available to 1Ls. If you’re interested in working for the DOJ your 1L summer, this is the path for you!

See open positions and apply here.

Excellent resource for 1L government summer internships

If you’re interested in pursuing an internship with the government this summer (federal, state, or local) be sure to check out the Arizona Government Honors Handbook, password: GoIrish. Go to the drop down menu where it says “select a resource” and click “1L Applications by Deadline.” This is a comprehensive resource that lists pretty much any federal government summer internship you could be interested in and it clearly lays out the opportunities by when the applications are due. Many opportunities are coming up. For example, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has an October 25 Deadline and the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office has a November 9 Deadline. Check out the handbook when you get a chance and start crafting your government internship application plan now.

Job Opportunity: Motorola Legal Internship, Chicago


The Legal Internship presents the opportunity to interact with Motorola Solutions Attorneys, Contract Managers, and Administrative Professionals (both inside and outside of the Americas Legal Team). This internship opening will support the following teams:

Litigation Team- Exposure to managing corporate risk, defending the company against claims and protecting our innovation and intellectual property against theft and infringement.

Intellectual Property Team- Project exposure with MSI’s intellectual property (IP) practice area.

Procurement Team- Working with vendors to obtain the supplies needed to build MSI products.

Sales Team- Exposure to negotiating contracts with customers.

Specific Knowledge/Skills:

  • Currently pursuing a Bachelors or Law Degree
  • Seeking a minimum 3.2 GPA (undergrad GPA because law GPA is obviously not out yet)
  • Experience with a collection management database system preferred
  • Ability to create written documents with high quality and efficiency
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized individual
  • Experience with Google Suites is preferred
Read more and apply here.

Summer Job Opportunity: Internship in Lawyering and Policy Innovation, New York


The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) is a high-impact national organization based in New York City and Washington, D.C. that promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy by partnering with grassroots organizations around the country to build community power and transform the state and local policy landscape. CPD provides legal and strategic policy and research support to movements, and on state and local legislative campaigns, that advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda. We also collaborate with established and emerging grassroots groups as they develop and refine their community organizing methodology and internal management, fundraising, and communications infrastructure. We engage deeply with our 50 affiliates in 34 states and Puerto Rico on a wide range of policy, research, organizing, and campaign related projects.

CPD is developing and moving cutting-edge policies in partnership with some of the most sophisticated community and labor organizations in the country. Some of our current work includes:

  • Demanding divestment from the criminalization of communities of color, and investment into their health, infrastructure and equity;
  • Fighting for strong public schools and against the privatization of public education;
  • Championing the rights of immigrants, including the fight for Sanctuary Cities and legal representation for those facing deportation or detention
  • Advancing the next-generation of worker justice policies, including fighting wage theft, winning minimum wage increases and the right to paid sick days, fighting fluctuating schedules and involuntary part-timing of work, and policies that facilitate worker organizing;
  • Advocating for policies that expand the franchise and make it easier to vote;
  • Pressing for elite economic institutions such as the Federal Reserve Bank to be more transparent and accountable to low-income communities;
  • Supporting local elected officials across the country who are seeking to move progressive local public policy in their communities.

CPD seeks talented, public interest-oriented 2Ls and 1Ls to participate in our summer Internship in Lawyering & Policy Innovation. Students will provide critically important support for CPD’s work in both issue areas through:

  • Legal research and analysis that supports development of viable policy options;
  • Policy research and analysis that identifies and evaluates approaches taken in jurisdictions across the country

In addition, interns will conduct campaign research that informs strategy and produce related materials such as draft legislative language, proposal summaries and op-eds. Interns will be expected to work 40 hours/week and will be supervised directly by CPD’s staff. Interns typically are based out of our New York City office, but interns interested in working off site may be considered depending on their level of experience and desired focus of work.

Apply here.

Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest Opportunities for Law Students, October 13

Read more and RSVP here: 2018 Explore the Possibilities Chicago

This complimentary program is for law students who are interested in learning
more about opportunities as volunteers, interns, externs, fellows or staff in the
public interest law sector.

All law students are invited to attend this complimentary program,
but advance registration is required at http://www.pili.org/explore.
If you have any questions, please contact Belinda Bing at bbing@pili.org or 312-832-5127.
Lunch will be provided. Business casual attire is recommended.
Chicago-Kent College of Law
5th Floor, 565 West Adams Street
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – Registration & Continental Breakfast
10:15 a.m. – Opening Session
11:10 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions:
1. The Basics: What You Need to Know to Get Started
2. Next Steps: Preparing for Post-Graduate Opportunities

12:10 p.m. – Lunchtime Session: Hot Topics in Social Justice
1:30 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions:
1. Plotting Your Government Career Path
2. Innovative Ways to Fill the Justice Gap

If you want help applying for any of these positions, schedule an appointment with a CDO counselor on symplicity.

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