3L Weekly Docket

This edition of the 3L Weekly Docket features an announcement that the AZ Government Honors Handbook is now active for the 2019/2020 season and job postings with Air Force JAG, the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, and DOJ, Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Job Search Resource: AZ Government Honors Handbook is now active for the 2019/2020 season!


If you’re interested in pursuing a government career, there is no better resource! My favorite way to search is “3L Applications by Deadline.” You can access it here. Password: GoIrish

Job Opportunity: Air Force JAG, October 10 Deadline


If you’re interested in applying for an entry-level JAG position in the Air Force, now is the time to be thinking about the November Board! Here are some dates relevant to the November Board:

25 Sep 2019: Online application opens at http://www.airforce.com/jag

10 Oct 2019: Online application closes

1 Nov 2019: Interviews must be completed

When evaluating applicants, Air Force selection boards use the whole person concept.  They consider academic performance, curricular and extracurricular involvement, community service, work experience, strength of character, and leadership potential.  They look for agile applicants who want to be challenged and are open to multiple areas of practice. They seek applicants who have the desire and potential to take on immediate practice opportunities to include litigating cases in the courtroom, counseling clients on civil legal matters, and advising commanders on various legal issues.

In your application package, you can demonstrate these principles in a number of ways. For example, in your resume, you should identify any experience gained in oral and written advocacy, client counseling, and legal research and writing. In your motivational statement, you should explain why you want to serve in the JAG Corps, and provide some background on who you are as a person. Letters of recommendation provide a great opportunity to not only highlight an applicant’s legal talents, but also to demonstrate dependability, the ability to successfully work on a team, and character. Applicants should prepare for the interview by familiarizing themselves with the JAG Corps practice model and military life. Finally, you should apply early and if you are not selected, you should reapply!

You can read more here and if you’re interested in applying, please reach out to me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu. 

Job Opportunity: Louisiana Capital Assistance Center Fellowship, September 20 Deadline


The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is a non-profit organization deeply committed to providing quality legal representation to people facing the death penalty. The LCAC emphasizes client-centered representation, develops innovative advocacy strategies, and pursues systemic litigation related to issues such as racism in capital prosecutions and inadequate funding for indigent defense.

The LCAC is based in New Orleans and serves clients in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. The LCAC’s primary focus is trial-level representation, but the organization also represents clients in appellate, post-conviction, and habeas proceedings. The LCAC defends clients facing state and federal prosecutions.

The LCAC seeks to partner with a current 3L or recent law school graduate to apply for funding from the candidate’s law school for a fellowship beginning in the fall of 2020. Students and recent graduates interested in working at the LCAC should send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of three references to Lucy Kissel at lkissel@thejusticecenter.org. Please feel free to contact Lucy by email or phone, at (504) 558-9867, to discuss the opportunity further.

Notre Dame Fellowship applications are due on Friday, September 20 so if you’re interested, be sure to reach out to Lucy very soon. Please reach out to me too so I can walk you through the details of ND Fellowships.

Job Opportunity: DOJ, Environment and Natural Resources Division Honors Program, September 8 Application Deadline


Many distinguished attorneys began their careers through the Attorney General’s Honors Program — the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind. ENRD is an enthusiastic participant in the Attorney General’s Honors Program.

Justice takes pride in the fact that we consider the “whole candidate” when making selections for employment. Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate’s background including a demonstrated commitment to government service, academic achievement, leadership, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of Justice and the relevant component.

Every year the Department hires a significant number of entry-level attorneys through the Honors Program. Selectees represent diverse backgrounds and interests, and come from law schools throughout the country. The Honors Program is centrally managed by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, but each participating component reviews the applications submitted and makes independent hiring decisions.

How to Apply
Candidates interested in starting their career as an entry-level attorney with Justice must apply through the Attorney General’s Honors Program via an on-line application. For employment in 2020, the application opens on July 31, 2019, and closes on September 8, 2019. We highly recommend that applicants read the application tips and checklist  and assemble requested information before starting the online application.

You can read more about the Division here: ENRD Division Overview

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