This edition of the 1L Weekly Docket is loaded with summer job opportunities, several of which are paid. It also includes a blogging competition, invitation to a space law conference with $700 travel stipends available, invitations to networking events, a DOJ Volunteer Law Clerk hiring webinar, and a post-graduate job opportunity with Air Force JAG ROTC. The CDO is here to talk you through or help you craft great applications for any of these opportunities.
Job Opportunity: Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Application Opens 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.
To apply for an internship or an externship at Becket, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.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.
Becket Fund interns are eligible for Church, State & Society funding. Contact Jonathan Hannah, email@example.com for more information.
Read more here.
Public interest Blog writing competition
Law students are invited to submit a blog post on any public interest law topic for the Equal Justice Works 2018 Law Student Blog Post Writing Competition. To be considered, submit a blog post 1000 words or less on any public interest law topic. Winners will be featured as our guest blogger, the winning post will be shared on all of our social media platforms, and winners will receive a gift card prize!
Job Opportunity: ACLU of Michigan, Grand Rapids, Application due January 31 but offers extended on a rolling basis
The American Civil Liberties Union is the largest and oldest organization in the United States dedicated to protecting the civil liberties of all people in this nation through litigation, public education, advocacy, and organizing. The ACLU litigates impact cases addressing a wide range of constitutional issues, including immigrants’ rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, free speech, religious freedom, police misconduct, voting rights, sex discrimination, prisoners’ rights, and privacy. The ACLU of Michigan, with 30 staff, is one of the state’s leading civil rights organizations.
Read more and apply here: 2019 Summer Legal Internship Announcement
Job Opportunity: National Employment Law Project, Washington, DC
The National Employment Law Project is a non‐profit research and advocacy organization that fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and the unemployed. We collaborate with national, state and local allies—including worker centers, community groups, immigrant advocacy organizations, unions, faith-based organizations, policy makers and think tanks—to create good jobs and enforce hard-won worker rights. NELP is one of the country’s leading workers’ rights organizations, developing innovative policy models, conducting research, educating the public and other advocates, supporting worker organizing, and engaging in strategic communications. All of NELP’s work is built upon a strong commitment to eliminating structural racism. To learn more about us, please visit our website at www.nelp.org.
Read more and apply here.
International Institute of Space Law’s Galloway Symposium, Washington DC, December 5, $700 Travel stipends available
The International Institute of Space Law’s Annual Galloway Symposium brings together speakers and panelists from all over the United States and the world will come together to share their knowledge and thoughts on the pressing issues in space today. The Galloway Symposium will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Cosmos Club at 2121 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008.
The University of Nebraska College of Law’s Space, Cyber, and Telecom (SCT) Law Program was selected by NASA to establish the Space Law Network (SLN). As part of this program, SCT leadership, Professor and Co-Director Matt Schaefer and Executive Director Elsbeth Magilton will be offering a special Introduction to Space Law and Careers sessions:
• Tuesday, December 4, 2:30pm to 4:30pm EST at Fish and Richardson (tentative location), 1000 Maine Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20024: Elsbeth Magilton will lead a pre-conference session on Space Law 101 and introduction to the field, as well as some career counseling to help students make the most of their experience at the conference the following day.
• Wednesday, December 5: The Galloway Symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. EST. Matt Schaefer will moderate the symposium’s final session from approximately 4:15PM-5:30PM focusing on our Space Law Network students and space law career tracks. This session will host approximately eight space lawyers who will each give a 3-minute lightning talk (“what I do,” “path I took there,” advice) followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A.
· Directly following the conference, the American Society of International Law is hosting their annual Holiday Party and is welcoming Galloway attendees and Space Law Network students to that mixer event after the symposium.
The program will provide law students from across the country with an opportunity to defray the costs of attending both the Introduction to Space Law and Careers session and the Galloway Symposium through a travel grant that will disburse as reimbursement for hotel, rail, and/or airfare. Students who reside outside the upper east coast and do not live close enough to take a train into Washington, D.C. are eligible for up to $700.
Timeline for Applications (read carefully)
The application will open Monday, October 29. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as we will begin rolling decisions Monday, November 12 as we fill spots to allow students as much time as possible for travel planning. The application portal will close on Monday, November 26 at 5:00 p.m. CST. Final notifications will go out no later than November 26.
Galloway Symposium Registration
Students must register separately for Galloway (free). IISL will release that registration soon.
Attire: Business Attire is required for this event.
Enter the information into the application at https://nespacegrant.infoready4.com/ . The quality of the application responses is a major factor in selection. Spend extra time proofreading this document to ensure your essay responses are as complete as possible. Applications will be reviewed and scored with the top-ranked applicants receiving travel grant awards. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
If selected, a travel grant of an amount to be determined will be paid as a reimbursement toward a student’s actual airfare, rail, and/or hotel costs. Reimbursement takes place only after successful completion of the travel and the requirements of the award, including a trip report. Awarded students will need to keep copies of original, itemized receipts in order to be reimbursed. Reimbursement can only be made to the individual who made the purchase; be sure to purchase your own airfare, rail, and hotel. Students cannot be reimbursed for purchases made with gift cards, vouchers, frequent flyer miles, etc. Reimbursements are subject to federal grant and state university policies and procedures.
If you are uncertain if an airfare or hotel cost may not be eligible for reimbursement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org PRIOR to making the purchase.
Proposal Information for the Application:
• Proposal Title: Your Last Name Galloway DC Space Law 2018 (example: Smith Galloway DC Space Law 2018)
• Start Date: 11/01/18
• End Date: 12/31/18
• Faculty Mentor Information: Michaela Lucas, email@example.com, (402) 554-2686
For Questions about the Application Process and Portal Contact:
Michaela Lucas, firstname.lastname@example.org, (402) 554-2686
For Questions about ABILA and the Session Curriculum Contact:
Elsbeth Magilton, Elsbeth@unl.edu, (402) 472-1662
Networking event: Notre Dame Lawyer Committee’s Annual CLE With A Purpose
When: December 12, 2018 from 4-5 PM
Where: Frost Brown Todd, 201 N. Illinois Street (Suite 1900)
What: Patrick Olmstead will moderate a discussion with Judge Certo on professionalism and civility in the legal profession
After the CLE, please join us for a Happy Hour!
*Sponsored by Lewis Wagner*
This year, our CLE with benefit the Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis’s Shamrock Sacks initiative. This initiative provides meals to kids in Indianapolis over the holidays who normally receive free and reduced lunches at school. The ND Lawyer Committee will donate a portion of the proceeds to the initiative and we encourage attendees to bring monetary donations if they feel so inclined. Come get ethics (*pending approval) and support a great cause!
DOJ Volunteer Legal Internship Program Webinar, November 14 and 15
The webinar will be hosted by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and will provide an opportunity for students to learn about summer and academic-year vacancies, the application process, and answer any of their questions about volunteer legal internships. We will be joined by attorneys from a few different components at each webinar.
This webinar is open to law students throughout the country, and we sincerely hope interested students can attend one of the two sessions, either Wednesday, November 14th, at 3:00 P.M. (EST) or Thursday, November 15th, at 12:00 P.M. (EST). No RSVP is required, but you will need the following link and passcode to access the webinar:
Labor Law/Worker’s Rights Program, November 14 at Chicago Kent
• Learn about PBF’s paid Summer Fellowships ($6,000 & up)
• Network with Labor and Employment Lawyers
• Refreshments provided with RSVP
Read more and register here: Chicago-Kent Flyer 2018
Post-graduate job opportunity: Air Force JAG ROTC Selection Boards Now Open, January 10 Deadline
If you are a 1L or 2L interested in pursuing Air Force JAG ROTC, the selection boards are now open and close on January 10. If you are interested and haven’t talked to me, please schedule an appointment ASAP.
Read more about the ROTC program application process here: Air Force JAG – GLP-OYCP – 2019 Advertisement
Summer Job Opportunity: Institute for Justice Summer Internship PAID $7000
IJ’s 2019 Dave Kennedy Fellowship application (formerly known as our Summer Clerkship) is now open. The summer program offers law students an exceptional opportunity to directly contribute to IJ’s cutting-edge litigation. The summer fellowship program is also one of the principal ways IJ identifies talent for future attorney hiring. In fact, most IJ attorneys today previously participated in the summer program.
One exciting addition to the summer fellowship is that it is now a paid opportunity. Students will receive $7,000 for participating in our 10-week program.
Applications are officially open and can be accessed here. IJ will start interviewing students from December – February. If students would like to learn more about the fellowship and what all the summer program entails, they can visit the student opportunities page.
If you plan to apply, contact me. I litigated at IJ for three years before joining Notre Dame.