3L Weekly Docket

This week’s Weekly Docket features several job opportunities, including the chance to create your dream job through multiple fellowship opportunities, the Air Force JAG’s direct appointment program, and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s fellowship program. It also features a DOJ webinar recording, an Equal Justice Works webinar on student loan repayment, a call for applications for an Equal Justice Works Student representative, an alumni story about an alumnus who works with veterans, and a call for applications for the Justice Innovation Challenge. If you want to pursue any of these opportunities, the CDO is here to help so please reach out!

Job Opportunity: Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application open, Deadline September 20



Immigrants, low-wage workers, communities touched by the opioid crisis—many people throughout our country face systemic injustices, yet few are fully equipped to fight back. No matter the issue, the guidance of a lawyer can make all the difference. With funding, training, and support, Equal Justice Works Fellows engage directly with issues and communities like these, expanding capacity at their host organizations and following their passions to enact real-world change.

From June 20 to September 20, 2019, aspiring public interest lawyers just like you will work to craft their dream jobs, pioneering solutions to legal issues on behalf of an underserved community.

To design your own project, our application requires a project proposal, personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and a resume, as well as information from your host organization. Click here to read our Applicant Guide or go to our website to learn more about this program. If you’re interested in applying, contact me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu

Job Opportunity: Air Force JAG Direct Appointment Applications Due August 10


The Air Force JAG Corps’ September 2019 Direct Appointment Program Board is now open!  This program is how the Air Force selects 3Ls for entry-level JAG positions.

You can apply at www.airforce.com/JAG.  The online application is due August 10, 2019, and the Staff Judge Advocate interview must be completed by September 1, 2019.

If you have questions about the recruiting person, you can reach the Air Force recruiting team at 1-800-JAG-USAF (524-8723) or airforcejagrecruiting@gmail.com.

If you’re interested in applying, contact me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu and I can help you craft a great application.

Job Opportunity: Create your own dream job with Notre Dame Fellowships, Deadline to find an organization: ASAP

Notre Dame Law has four guaranteed public-interest jobs for 3Ls and the best part is you literally create your own dream job. You choose the organization. You choose the project. You are only limited by your own imagination.

How is this possible? Through the Bank of America Foundation and Shaffer Fellowships, Notre Dame awards two-year BOAF fellowships and two-year Shaffer Fellowships to two 3Ls and only Notre Dame Law students are eligible to apply. You can absolutely create a project in corporate law and this fellowship can serve as an excellent spring board into a wide variety of future career paths including in public interest, government, and law firms.

If you’re interested, email me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu. A conversation will not obligate you to anything but it will educate you on an awesome career option.

DOJ Webinar Recording Available


On June 19th, DOJ attorneys from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Executive Office of Immigration Review and the Civil Rights Division talked about their career paths and their work.

You can access the recording here:  Wednesday Webinar Jun 19, 2019

Webinar: Student Debt Relief Basics: How to Repay Your Loans and Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness: Thursday, July 25 from 3-4 Eastern


Join Equal Justice Works for a webinar on how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Register here! If you can’t attend live, register and you’ll receive the recording 24-48 hours after the presentation.

Job Opportunity: Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship, September 23 Deadline


The Independence Foundation is committed to supporting free legal services for residents of the Philadelphia region. The Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship Program is a key element of this commitment.

Through the Fellowship Program, the Foundation funds the compensation and employment benefits for accomplished young lawyers who have decided to direct their considerable talents to public interest service. The Foundation requires that the focus of all Fellowship work be on direct representation of disadvantaged clients. The Foundation also assists the Fellows in repayment of their often substantial educational loans. Thus the Foundation enables some of the best and brightest law school graduates to come to the Philadelphia area and obtain employment with a local organization that provides free legal services to the underserved.

If you’re interested in applying, contact me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu and you can read more here. 

Job Opportunity: Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General Fellowship Program, September 18 Deadline


The Attorney General’s Office Fellowship Program is a successful, established program for talented new attorneys with an interest in public interest law. The Program offers entry-level attorneys the unique opportunity to engage in the practice of law and policy in the largest public sector legal office in the Commonwealth.  The Fellowship Program is designed for third-year day or fourth-year evening law students and current full-time judicial law clerks who have already received their J.D. and who were either accepted into their clerkship(s) straight from law school or accepted and deferred for up to one year and did not practice as an attorney before beginning their clerkship(s).

Fellows receive training and guidance from experienced attorneys to enhance proficiency and develop skills. Through the Fellowship Program, new attorneys will launch their legal careers by enriching their legal experience, broadening their exposure to the public sector, and assuming substantial individual responsibility for their work. Selected fellows will be able to explore and gain experience in a variety of practice areas over the course of the two-year fellowship.  Fellows generally complete three rotations through different areas of the office.

Selected Fellows begin in September of each year.  All individuals invited to participate must commit to a two-year term.  The salary is $60,000 per year.

Read more and apply here. 

Apply to become an Equal Justice Works Student Representative:

Are you passionate about promoting public interest law, and want to support communities in need? Become an Equal Justice Works Student Representative and help spread the word about public interest law opportunities on your campus.

The Student Representative Program is open to current law students who have completed at least one semester of full-time study  and can commit to serving at least one year in this role.

As a Student Representative, you’ll be responsible for:

  • Sharing information about our programs and resources
  • Participating in campus events and social media campaigns
  • Developing exciting new ways to promote public interest law on your campus

It’s the perfect opportunity to develop and strengthen your leadership skills, gain access to exclusive trainings, networking events, and build community for other public interest law students on your campus.

Contact students@equaljusticeworks.org to learn more. (This is the role that Walter Jean-Jacques has been in this year.)

Alumni Story: Jim Carlsen, NDLS ’81, talks about his experience coming out of retirement to serve as the Managing Director for the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program


Read his story here. 

Justice Innovation Challenge, July 19 Deadline


The Justice Innovation Challenge is seeking your bold solution to address important access to justice issues. The challenge—which will be run by the Access to Justice Tech Fellows program and sponsored by the Law School Admission Council—invites law student innovators and entrepreneurs from around the nation to participate in developing practical solutions that address communities’ legal needs for a chance to receive seed funding and mentorship.


We’re seeking community centered solutions that utilize digital technology, user-centered design, and/or data informed decision making in addressing the gap in legal services. Submissions can span the spectrum of civil justice issues.Need inspiration on coming up with an idea. Be sure to check out the Project Ideas page for more examples. Solutions can address justice barriers from a geographic community, a community of common interest or a racial/cultural identity.


Participants can work individually or in teams on self-generated innovation projects, resulting in initiatives that can directly benefit and in collaboration with a sponsoring non-profit legal services organization. Projects should be aimed to help low-income individuals who need legal support and other resource help for legal issues such as domestic violence, consumer debt, evictions, business entity formation, foreclosures and access to government benefits

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