2L Weekly Docket

This edition of the 2L Weekly Docket features a last minute summer job opportunity for any 2Ls who are still looking for a 2019 summer job. It also features the DOJ’s webinar recording and a 2020 summer position with the Washington Attorney General.

Remote and flexible last minute summer job opportunity: The Justice Collaborative

The Justice Collaborative is a team of legal experts, researchers, and media strategists collaborating across a collection of strategically aligned projects to advance criminal justice reform. We supply deep legal and policy expertise to organizations throughout the country to cut through the complexity and confusion of local, state, and federal laws and procedures that make up our criminal justice system. Our goal is to transform our deeply flawed criminal system so that it’s grounded in human dignity and restraint.

The Justice Volunteers , a project of The Justice Collaborative (TJC), is a volunteer task force dedicated to researching a variety of key criminal justice issues. The work done by The Justice Volunteers is incredibly valuable to TJC’s goal of holding elected officials in the criminal justice system accountable, advocating for reform-minded policies across the country, and researching and amplifying important local issues related to criminal justice reform.


The Law Student Research Team is a new team within The Justice Volunteers that we will be launching on May 15, 2019. This team of law students will be a driving force behind TJC’s implementation of our “Blueprint for a Safer and More Just America ”. Our Blueprint addresses the country’s rate of incarceration, one that outpaces any other country on the planet, by setting forth 35 key areas for reform. TJC has undertaken the expansive task of drafting model legislation for each of these 35 key areas, and the Law Student Research Team will directly contribute to this process by:
● Analyzing the legal context for reform in each state, including the current legal structure related to each of the key areas, any lawsuits and their basis, as well as any changes that have been made or introduced at the local level;
● Identifying policy shifts made by local actors such as the sheriff or the district attorney;
● Researching relevant legislative changes and reform efforts, including key supporters and opponents, implementation processes for passed legislation, and key points and factors that contributed to failed legislation;
● Conducting literature reviews for existing research on which rhetorical strategies and narrative tools have proven persuasive, and which have been less effective, within the context of each issue area.

Students may also work on advocacy projects more directly designed to shift local policies to reduce the drivers of incarceration. Students would be assigned legal or policy research to help attorneys determine the best policy path forward or the best legal argument to pressure local officials to change their policies.

The Law Student Research Team will work remotely and be directly supervised by Keli Young. Almost all of this work is done online and is designed to be as flexible as possible to allow team members to work whenever their schedule permits. However, it is expected that members will work at least 4 hours per week. Members seeking to fulfill their pro bono requirements for admission to the bar must check in at the start and finish of each work shift, and should maintain a log of all completed assignments.

Interested law students should submit their resume and cover letter to Keli Young at keli.young@thejusticecollaborative.com with the subject line “Law Student Research Team Applicant.”

In the cover letter, applicants should be sure to note which element(s) of the TJC Blueprint most align with their interests and past experiences.
As a program designed to maximize flexibility, we encourage applicants to apply as ongoing members of the Law Student Research Team; however, students are welcome to apply for a summer, semester, or year-long position.

Link to recorded DOJ Summer Law Intern Program Webinar Available

If you’re interested in applying for the DOJ’s Summer Law Intern Program, watching the webinar they recorded will provide you with invaluable information to give you a leg up in the application process.

2L Summer (2020) Job Opportunity Washington Attorney General’s Office, September 3 Deadline

The Attorney General’s Office is pleased to invite qualified second-year law students to apply for summer 2020 volunteer or externship positions. Volunteer law clerks and externs glean worthwhile, enriching and educational experiences working for what we believe to be the best public law firm in the country. The Office’s fall recruitment program is available to any qualified second-year law student. At the conclusion of this recruitment program, offers to serve as a volunteer law clerk or extern will be made. Those who receive offers will begin their clerkship during the summer of 2020.  Find out more about this opportunity here.

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