1L Weekly Docket

This edition of the Weekly Docket features several job opportunities, including a summer associate opportunity in Minneapolis, paid public interest opportunities in Chicago and Philadelphia, several additional public interest opportunities, and the recording of the DOJ’s volunteer law clerk webinar. If you’re interested in applying to any of these opportunities, the CDO is here to help with your application materials. Most applications open up to 1Ls on December 1st.


Robins Kaplan 1L Summer Associate Positions, Minneapolis, Application opens December

We have started our search for the best and the brightest law school students to join our 2019 Minneapolis Summer Associate Program. We are looking for passionate, hard-working future lawyers who are committed to advocating for our wide array of clients.

Robins Kaplan LLP is one of the nation’s premier litigation firms. We represent some of the world’s largest companies, most innovative start-ups, and individuals from virtually every industry and walk of life, both in and out of the courtroom. We have over 250 attorneys located throughout the country in Bismarck, BostonLos AngelesMinneapolis, Naples, New York, Silicon Valley, and Sioux Falls. Our support staff includes technical specialists, scientists, financial consultants, paralegals, legal nurse consultants, trial support specialists, investigators and other professionals who all contribute to the success of our clients and our firm. Our vibrant, multi-discipline, nationally known practice reflects a shared purpose of excellence, community service, and a firm-wide commitment to justice.  Students can refer to our website (www.RobinsKaplan.com) to get a taste of the types of litigation we handle.

As you consider students to recommend for our summer program, keep in mind these key differentiators:

  • We are, first and foremost, experienced courtroom lawyers.
  • We actually try cases.
  • We represent businesses and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants.
  • We staff our teams not only with experienced lawyers, but also with non-lawyers, including scientists, financial professionals and consultants
  • We are committed to enhancing gender, racial, ethnic, and LGBT diversity within our firm.
  • Our Leaders Engaged in the Advancement of Diversity (LEAD) Initiative empowers firm leaders to take ownership of diversity through the implementation of eight tactics in the areas of recruitment, retention, and advancement.
  • We have been among the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Best Places to Work since 2011, scoring 100% on the Corporate Equity Index.

Our associate training program is designed to provide early and vigorous trial training for associates and the opportunity to work with experienced lawyers at our firm. The VAULT Top 100 Survey ranked the firm in the Top 20 Firms for training for the last three years. And in 2018 The American Lawyer ranked us #1 in Minneapolis for both Associate and Summer Associate satisfaction.

We have had the good fortune to work with outstanding clients, both corporate and individual, on a number of noteworthy causes.  We remain committed to our bedrock belief that the justice system be open to everyone, regardless of economic or social status.  We also believe that doing well places a special responsibility to give back to those in need.  Since 2008, more than 7% of the firm’s total billable hours have been contributed to pro bono legal services.  In 2018 the ABA recognized the Chair of our Pro Bono Committee with their Pro Bono Publico Award.  The firm was also recognized by the National Law Journal in 2016 and 2017 on it’s Pro Bono Hotlist.

When you work with the best, you become the best. Our standard for excellence challenges our Summer Associates to bring their A-game. We invite you to share in our success. Our recruiting staff will post our 1L positions on your Simplicity site near the end of November – and we hope that we will get the opportunity to meet applicants from the University of Notre Dame!

Read more and apply here: 
20191lsummerassociatepositions

Business People for the Professional Interest Internship Chicago, Applications accepted on rolling basis

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) is currently hiring interns for summer 2018. One of the country’s foremost public interest law and policy centers, BPI strives to resolve compelling social justice issues in the Chicago region. Interns will have the opportunity to work in one or more of our three program areas: criminal justice reform and police accountability; public housing and community development; and public education and early learning. Many BPI interns have previous work or volunteer experience in at least one of our program areas.

BPI interns research legal and policy issues, write memoranda, briefs and policy papers, analyze opportunities for reform, develop policy and legislation, and advocate for the most effective policy solutions.

We are currently considering applications for summer 2019 on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and writing sample to internships@bpichicago.org.

More information can also be found on our website: https://www.bpichicago.org/fellowships/student-internships/

DOJ Webinar Links

If you missed the webinars on Volunteer Legal Internships with the U.S. Department of Justice, you can watch the following webinar recordings. Please note that the DOJ had attorneys from different offices who gave their insight into working for their respective components and tips for applicants. The webinar links will remain open until December 1, 2018.

We encourage your first- and second-year law students to review our summer volunteer legal internship opportunities at  https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers. They should keep checking the site for new openings in the coming weeks.  

DOJ Volunteer Legal Internship Webinar Nov 14, 2018 – ENRD and TAX

DOJ Volunteer Legal Internship Webinar Nov 15, 2018 – CRM, EOIR, USAO-DC

Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation Summer Fellowship, Due February 15, $5000 Stipend

 We are pleased to announce that the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation (“AABA Law Foundation”) in partnership with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office have created a fellowship program to recommend law students for paid and unpaid eight-week summer internships with the State’s Attorney’s Office. This internship is a great opportunity to obtain hands-on legal experience and work closely with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. We believe this opportunity will provide invaluable experience to the selected students. This is part of an effort to actively attract and recruit qualified lawyers with diverse backgrounds, with the hope that they will one day join the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as Assistant State’s Attorneys. Enclosed are detailed information and application forms. Interested law students must complete and submit applications at the designated address by February 15, 2019. 

AABA Law Foundation will accept fellowship applications along with the State’s Attorney’s Internship Application, which will all be reviewed by the State’s Attorney’s Office. The State’s Attorney’s Office in turn will interview and make the final selection from the applicants for paid positions. The AABA Law Foundation will award a $5,000 fellowship to an applicant selected by the State’s Attorney’s Office to intern within the State’s Attorney’s Office. The AABA Law Foundation will notify the applicant selected to receive its fellowship by April 2019. The internship applicant selected by the State’s Attorney Office who receives the AABA Law Foundation’s fellowship may be asked and should be available to be recognized at the State’s Attorney’s Asian American Heritage Month reception inMay 2019(exact date and location TBA). Thank you for your interest.

Juvenile Law Center Summer Internship, Philadelphia, $5000 Stipend, Application opens December 1 for 1Ls

Juvenile Law Center is a national public interest law firm located in Philadelphia that advocates for rights, dignity, equity, and opportunity for youth in the child welfare and justice systems. Juvenile Law Center plays a leadership role nationally and in Pennsylvania in shaping and using the law on behalf of children in the child welfare and justice systems to promote fairness, prevent harm, secure access to appropriate services, and ensure a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood. Our strategies include litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus briefs, policy reform, public education, training, and strategic communications. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, applied fairly, and reflective of international human rights values.  

Summer interns will receive a summer stipend of up to $5,000. We hope to offer additional funding for moving expenses, pending fundraising.

Interns are invited to learn more about Juvenile Law Center and our work during the course of the summer. Interns participate in brown bag lunches with staff at Juvenile Law Center and other Philadelphia public interest law firms. They are also invited to visit and learn about other organizations that serve youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

To Apply

Please submit your resume, a writing sample, two references with email addresses and phone numbers, and a cover letter indicating your interest in the position to internships@jlc.org with the subject line “Summer Law and Policy Internship.”

We want to know why you are applying for an internship with Juvenile Law Center. In your cover letter, please discuss your interest in working with Juvenile Law Center; any personal, professional, or academic experience or interest in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems; and/or how you will support Juvenile Law Center’s commitment to diversity.

American Dental Association Summer Internship, Chicago

Founded in 1859, the not-for-profit American Dental Association is the nation’s largest dental association, representing more than 161,000 dentist members. Since then, the ADA has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients.


The ADA Division of Legal Affairs actively and enthusiastically advances the ADA’s Mission & Vision for the public’s oral health by protecting, defending and advocating for the legal rights and interests of the ADA.


Qualifications: Student in good standing. Resumes demonstrating an interest in health care law and students who have completed their second year of law school are highly preferred.

Typical Work and Projects Assigned: The extern’s work in the Division of Legal Affairs will be largely research, writing and legal analysis. The writing will be diverse. At times, the writing will be for lawyers; and other times it will be for dentists. The research will take the extern into areas that he or she has not studied in law school and should help to bridge the gap between what the extern was taught and what he or she will likely be doing when practicing law. The extern may be given legal assignments that will require legal analysis with reference to issues, often issues without direct legal precedent.

To apply: submit a resume and writing sample to:

Lisa M. Schnickschnickl@ada.org
Assistant to the General Counsel 
Senior Manager, Administrative Services
Division of Legal Affairs

Please note that the ADA is not eligible for federal work study. 

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