1L Weekly Docket

This week’s 1L Weekly Docket features several job opportunities with applications opening in December including Public Interest Law Initiative internships in Chicago, the premiere public interest summer experience for 1Ls, City of Chicago Department of Law summer internships, and religious liberty internships with the Becket Fund in DC. The CIBC summer internship application is open now. The docket also features an invitation to Public Service Loan Forgiveness webinars, which are a great resource for any student interested in going into public interest or government.

Job Opportunity: PILI Summer Internship Application Open, $6000 Stipend, Opens December 1


PILI’s online application system for our Law Student Internship Program for Summer 2019 will open for 1Ls at 10:00 a.m. CT on December 1st.  This is the premiere public interest summer opportunity for 1Ls interested in building public interest careers in Chicago. PILI has approved 44 Intern positions for Summer 2019 at 27 public interest law agencies across Illinois (Chicago, Alton, Bloomington, Champaign, East St. Louis, Peoria and Rock Island). The PILI stipend is $6,000 for 400 hours of work. More information about how to apply can be found on our website at www.pili.org/internships/intern-how-to-apply.

Job Opportunity: CIBC Legal Internship, Chicago


CIBC provides tailored commercial, wealth management, personal, and small business financial solutions in the United States through 46 offices in 18 states, as well as cross-border banking services to clients with North American operations. Learn more at cibc.com/US.

CIBC is a Toronto-based, global financial institution with a 150 year history, serving 11 million personal and business clients. We invest in our businesses, our clients, our people and our communities to deliver consistent and sustainable earnings to our shareholders.

CIBC delivers access to career and development opportunities, safe and healthy workplaces, effective training, and positive work-life balance – so that employees are able to perform at their best, contribute to their communities and focus on cultivating deeper relationships with our clients.

The summer intern will assist with broad legal projects and day-to-day legal work, primarily for CIBC Bank USA. The position will entail a mix of corporate, contract and document production work.

Read more and apply here.

Job Opportunity: City of Chicago Department of Law Internships

If you’re looking to get hands on experience, get treated like a full-fledged attorney during your internship, or practice in just about any area of law, including both litigation and transactional practice areas, you should seriously consider the City of Chicago Department of Law for your summer.

The City of Chicago’s Department of Law has over 270 lawyers spread out over 14 divisions so the opportunities are quite varied. You can get transactional or litigation experience.

Read about the City’s 14 divisions and apply here.

Job Opportunity: 1L Summer Internships at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in DC, Open December 1


Becket’s legal internship allows top law students the chance to immediately advance religious liberty by working on real cases like Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, Holt v. Hobbs, and Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC.

We equip our legal interns to advance religious liberty in the long term. We do this by teaching the legal and historical foundations of “religious liberty for all,” providing training from leading religious liberty litigators and academics, and offering an environment where they work alongside fellow interns from the nation’s best law schools. Recent classes have included interns from Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Chicago. Over 65 percent of the 2018 legal internship class have already obtained federal appellate clerkships, and recent Becket intern classes have received 6 clerkships at state supreme courts, 15 federal appellate clerkships, and a clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court. Becket interns have also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and firms like Jones Day, Sidley Austin, Gibson Dunn, WilmerHale, and K&L Gates.

To apply for an internship or an externship at Becket, please send an email to internships@becketlaw.org, and attach the following information:

  • A cover letter
  • A resume
  • Writing sample
  • Transcript (not required for 1Ls, unofficial is sufficient)
  • List of 3 references

We accept applications from 1Ls beginning December 1st. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates will have excellent research and writing skills and a demonstrated interest in religious liberty. Internships are ten weeks. Legal interns receive a stipend to contribute to expenses.

Read more https://www.becketlaw.org/about-us/employment/internships/

Access Lex Public Service Loan Forgiveness Webinars


A recent report by the US Government Accountability Office shows that although the Education Department has made efforts to inform borrowers, the large number of PSLF requests that are denied suggests that many borrowers do not understand or are not aware of the requirements. In our new webinar, Your PSLF Action Plan, participants will learn the requirements of the program and get a step-by-step plan to follow to be sure they are on their way to successful eligibility.

Join a webinar on one of the dates below:

Wednesday, October 24 at 4:00 pm ET
Thursday, October 25 at 12:00 pm ET
Tuesday, October 30 at 12:00 pm ET

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