2L Weekly Docket

The frenzied excitement of Early Interview Week is over but plenty of employers, especially in government and public interest are still busy interviewing. So don’t wait by the phone. Take action instead! This week’s 2L Weekly Docket features tons of paid summer job opportunities but many deadlines are coming up really fast so if you’re interested, get going soon. Our office is here to help with application materials.

Registration open for largest public interest career fair in the country, EJW Conference and Career Fair, September 15 Deadline

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Hundreds of public interest and government employers are interviewing at this conference and NDLS has travel stipends available. Read more and register here

PAID Job Opportunity: DOJ Summer Law Intern Program, September 8 Deadline


The application for the DOJ’s paid summer program for 2L summer interns is open now and closes on September 8. It requires essays so it is best to get started ASAP if you’re interested. I am here to help you with essays.

Read more about the program and apply here.

PAID Job Opportunity: San Diego City Attorney’s Office, August 30 Deadline

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The San Diego City Attorney’s office is offering a brand new summer that is paid and that is designed to lead to post-graduate employment in their office. Read more and apply here

Register for Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference, October 1 Deadline


When:  Friday and Saturday, October 18 & 19, 2019

Where: The Maritime Conference Center, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Keynote Address & Peter Mitchell Labor Law Lecture, sponsored by IUE-CWA
                                Sharon Block
Executive Director of the Labor & Worklife Program
and Lecturer on Law
Harvard Law School

Friday Evening:     Networking Dinner

Much More: With multiple interactive workshops, panel discussions and keynote address, the conference will give each participant additional insight into becoming an advocate for workers and their families. Students will:

  • gain a greater understanding of, appreciation for and interest in the issues facing American workers;
  • supplement their labor and workers’ rights courses; and
  • network with fellow law students, top labor attorneys, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government officials.

Read more and register here

Paid Job Opportunity: Project Democracy, Rolling so apply ASAP


Protect Democracy is seeking two highly motivated current law students for paid internships in summer 2020. Beginning in mid-September, we will conduct interviews on a rolling basis and, therefore, encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

This position is open to current 2L law students. The internship is full-time (40 hours/week). We offer a stipend commensurate with other paid nonprofit legal internships; we are committed to making our internships accessible to law students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. We prefer candidates who will commit to spending 10 weeks with us. In limited circumstances, Protect Democracy is open to accepting candidates who wish to split their summer with another employer; in such cases, Protect Democracy will require a 6-week commitment. If this applies to you, please indicate that in your cover letter and explain why you are seeking to split your summer. Interns may work from our offices in Boston; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Los Angeles; and the Bay Area, CA. Please indicate in your cover letter the city in which you are interested.

We are a young, rapidly-growing organization. Successful interns may be considered for a permanent position at Protect Democracy following their law school graduations.

Interns will be responsible for:

  • Researching and drafting memoranda on a wide array of federal and state legal and policy issues related to Protect Democracy’s core issue areas;

  • Drafting and editing pleadings, policy documents, and reports;

  • Assisting in reviewing discovery; and

  • Fully participating in the life of the organization.


  • A passionate commitment to the preservation of democratic norms and institutions and ensuring those structures serve all people.

  • Rigorous attention to detail and the highest standards for excellence in execution.

  • Excellent writing and legal research skills, including a very high level of attention to details of grammar, style, and Bluebook citation format;

  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills, including ability to correspond naturally with high-level individuals, co-counsel, and colleagues;

  • Excellent critical thinking skills and an entrepreneurial approach, including good instincts about how to get to optimal solutions.

  • Ability to work in a very collaborative and collegial environment, including through virtual meetings;

  • Comfort with an open and transparent culture with constant feedback (written and verbal) up, down, and sideways;

  • Ability to quickly master the mechanics of new concepts and processes; and

  • A healthy mix of idealism, sophistication, and practicality, coupled with personal kindness and generosity of spirit.

How to Apply: 

Interested law students should send a resume, cover letter, transcript, legal writing sample (no longer than 10 pages), and list of three references to jobs@protectdemocracy.org with the position you are applying for in the subject line followed by your last name. Documents should be sent as a single PDF.

Protect Democracy is an equal opportunity employer. Our culture principles emphasize that there is strength in diversity as we believe diverse teams are more innovative, creative, and productive. Protect Democracy encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

About Us:

Protect Democracy is a nonpartisan nonprofit with an urgent mission: to prevent our democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government. We do this by holding the President and the Executive Branch accountable to the laws and longstanding practices that have protected our democracy through both Democratic and Republican administrations. Based on input from experts who have studied how other democracies have declined in the 21st century, we have focused on six broad issue-areas in order to succeed in our mission. Those six things are listed below in bold, each followed by some examples of the strategies and projects that we have deployed to accomplish them:

  • Preventing the corruption of elections – We succeeded in helping shut down the Pence-Kobach “Voter Integrity” Commission, which was roundly seen as a thinly-veiled effort at voter suppression. Following that victory, we sued one of the Pence-Kobach Commission members for intimidating lawful voters in his work outside the Commission and established pathbreaking voter protection caselaw while successfully deterring him from continuing such actions.

  • Preventing the delegitimization of vulnerable communities – Our lawsuit forced the Justice Department to admit that a government report linking immigrants to terrorism which was released in conjunction with the Travel Ban was based on erroneous statistics. We are now in court seeking its retraction in full and this suit has prompted oversight from Congress. As part of the coalition working to ensure a fair and accurate census, our Freedom of Information Act work helped expose and then thwart the appointment of an unqualified partisan to a top operational role at the Census Bureau.

  • Preventing the executive from aggrandizing power at the expense of competing institutions – We forced the release of the “Watergate Roadmap”, a document that had been secret for 44 years which laid out the evidence of criminal activity by Richard Nixon to the House Judiciary Committee. That document served as a blueprint for the House Judiciary Committee’s recent petition to unseal grand jury evidence from Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. We are also challenging the President’s abuse of the pardon power and have persuaded the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to appoint a special prosecutor in ongoing litigation over the pardon issued to former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

This is just a sampling of our work. Beyond these projects, Protect Democracy has filed more than fifty legal actions to protect democratic institutions and generated a forward-looking policy agenda for restoring democratic guardrails.

For more information on our organization, please visit protectdemocracy.org

PAID Job Opportunity: EarthJustice, Rolling Deadline

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Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups and supporters to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections.  We achieve this by hiring those who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.  Our headquarters are in San Francisco with fourteen offices across the U.S.

Earthjustice’s work is currently divided into three major areas:

    • Lands, Wildlife, and Oceans focuses on cases that protect endangered species, national forests, national parks, other public lands, water resources, and the oceans.
    • Healthy Communities focuses on cases that protect public health, in particular clean air and water, toxic chemicals, and mercury. Recently, this work has also focused on food and agriculture, and the rights of farm workers.
    • Climate and Energy focuses on cases that encourage clean energy and energy efficiency while challenging the reliance on coal, oil and other dirty fuels.

Summer law clerks work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, to participate in moots of oral arguments, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. In addition to involvement in ongoing litigation, the summer program includes seminars with attorneys from across the organization on current environmental issues.

The Earthjustice Summer Clerkship position includes a weekly stipend of $1,040 a week, with the average clerkship lasting 10 weeks (approximately $10,400 total). The total stipend amount will be dependent on the extent of a clerk’s ability to secure outside funding. Earthjustice will pay $1,040 a week less the total amount received from other sources. We strongly encourage candidates to pursue outside funding, but the ability to secure outside funding will not be considered as part of the hiring decision.

Earthjustice has 14 regional offices:

        • Alaska – Anchorage and Juneau
        • California – San Francisco and Los Angeles
        • Coal Program – Chicago and Philadelphia
        • Midwest – Chicago
        • Florida – Tallahassee and Miami
        • International – San Francisco
        • Mid-Pacific – Honolulu
        • Northeast – New York
        • Northern Rockies – Bozeman
        • Northwest – Seattle
        • Oceans Program – Seattle and San Francisco
        • Rocky Mountain – Denver
        • Washington, D.C.

Each of these offices accepts applications for summer law clerks, and students should submit an application to each office of interest.

PAID Job Opportunity: Department of Public Defense, King County (Seattle), September 15 Deadline

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The summer intern will assist attorneys at arraignment hearings; pretrial hearings; motion hearings; sentencing and probation review; or other types of hearing in the department’s civil practice areas.

Read more and apply here

Registration open for Indiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting

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If you’re interested in building your career in Indianapolis, registration just opened for the State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting this fall, which is in Indianapolis this year – Oct. 16-18. The registration price for law students is $150.00, which includes all events/meals.


  • House of Delegates Meeting on Wednesday afternoon. (If you would like to register for the House of Delegates meeting ONLY, rather than the full Annual Meeting, please click here.)
  • Welcome Reception.
  • Section & Committee Annual Business Meetings on Thursday and Friday mornings.
  • Three targeted CLE Tracks (voices in the courtroom, professional development/essential skills and hot topics)
  • Family Feud Lunch. Join our Emcee James Bell as our teams compete for prizes and bragging rights.
  • Member Assembly Meeting on Thursday afternoon.
  • Law School Alumni Receptions.
  • Keynote dinner featuring David Rudolf – a defense attorney featured in the Netfl­ix docuseries “The Staircase” whose clients include author Michael Peterson and former NFL player Rae Carruth.
  • Social hosted by our Young Lawyers Section on Thursday evening.

Read more about the Annual Meeting and register here.

Resource: Federal Government Job Search- The Arizona Government Honors Handbook


Are you interested in working in government next summer? The University of Arizona annually publishes the Government Honors and Internship Handbook, which is a comprehensive guide to all Local, State and Federal government Internship (in law school) opportunities. The Handbook is updated as they become aware of new opportunities or as opportunities become defunct. This should be considered the authoritative source for finding these opportunities.

You can access the handbook here. I suggest using the “2L Applications by Deadline” search function. If you’re interested, take a look soon. Two offices have deadlines this week and many organizations have deadlines over the next couple of weeks.

Job Opportunities: DOJ Volunteer Law Clerk positions, multiple deadlines


As stated above, the DOJ’s paid summer program, SLIP, has a September 8 deadline but many DOJ components hire summer interns on a volunteer basis. Those opportunities are ad hoc and are posted on their own webpage. That page is loaded with opportunities for next summer. For example, the Antitrust Division and Organized Crime and Gang Section both posted volunteer opportunities just last week.

If you’re interested in applying for any of these opportunities, the CDO is here to help. We are just an email away!

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