3L Weekly Docket

This edition of the 3L Weekly Docket contains job opportunities in the federal government and a create your own job fellowship. It also contains an invite to an event in Chicago.

Job Opportunity: Create your own job! Justice Catalyst Fellowship, October 13 Deadline

 A brand new fellowship, the Justice Catalyst Fellowship, has just been announced. It runs for one year and pays $60,000.

The Justice Catalyst administers one-year, potentially renewable, project-based fellowships for graduating law students, or graduates up to two years out of law school, to support innovative public interest work at non-profit organizations.


The Justice Catalyst activates path-breaking approaches to social justice lawyering and affirmative litigation that have real-world impact and improve the lives of low-wage workers, the poor, and the marginalized. Towards this end, the Catalyst launches and supports early-stage projects with existing public interest organizations or public agencies that employ or wish to adopt innovative approaches or legal strategies to address social problems, and seeds new organizations aiming at transformative change. More information at http://justicecatalyst.org/.


The Catalyst is looking for projects from diverse, creative, self-starting fellows who will pursue year-long fellowships, with a possibility of renewal. The Catalyst prioritizes groundbreaking ideas, including early-stage projects that are boundary-pushing in the pursuit of systemic solutions to major injustices, whether at an established legal organization or an organization looking to hire its first lawyer. In addition, you can submit a prospectus without a host organization, and work with us to identify a way to launch the project.

The Catalyst’s philosophy is problem-centric. Successful projects start with a problem in the world and identify the novel and potentially transformative ways to attack it. While the Catalyst’s core programmatic work is focused on litigation as a tool, fellowship project proposals need not be. Every problem has multiple possible solutions, and tailoring your project proposal to your understanding of the problem is key. While direct representation can be a major component of your project, the Catalyst is interested in projects that build towards broad scale change, including projects that fall outside traditional conceptions of legal work.

In addition, projects that can be started now (e.g. while you are still in law school, even if you are a 1L or a 2L) are extremely attractive to us. We have various options to get you jump started on your project. Indicate your interest in part time advance work in your prospectus.

See past fellows at http://justicecatalyst.org/fellows, and an illustrative list of potential host organizations and/or project directions at http://justicecatalyst.org/suggestions/. Applications from persons of color, LGBTQI persons, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

The full amount of funding to the host organization is $60,000. Our expectation is that that money will be devoted to salary, and that host organizations will provide health benefits in addition. In special circumstances we can discuss other arrangements. Individual questions and specific needs can be emailed to fellowships@justicecatalyst.org.

The first step in applying is submitting a resume and prospectus by October 13th. You can read more here.

If you’re interested in applying, contact me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu ASAP.

Event: Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest Law Opportunities for Law Students, Saturday, October 26, Chicago-Kent

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Looking to secure a legal aid, public interest law or government position during or after law school? This program is for law students who are interested in learning more about placements as volunteers, interns, externs, fellows, or staff in the public interest law sector.


10:00 a.m. – Registration & Continental Breakfast

10:15 a.m. – Opening Session: A Conversation on Access to Justice

11:00 a.m. – Break

11:10 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions

The Basics: What You Need to Know to Get Started
Next Steps: Preparing for Post-Graduate Opportunities

12:10 p.m. – Lunchtime Session:Hot Topics in Social Justice

1:20 p.m. – Break

1:30 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions

Plotting Your Government Career Path
Innovative Ways to Fill the Justice Gap

Register here by October 24.

Job Opportunity: National Labor Relations Board Honors Program, October 15 Deadline


The National Labor Relations Board, the independent Federal agency charged with enforcing the National Labor Relations Act, is accepting applications for its Honors Program.

The Honors Program is highly competitive and candidates are selected on the basis of merit. Selection is based on the consideration of many factors including academic achievement; law journal or other relevant writing experience; relevant labor relations and/or law courses; moot court competition, legal aid, and legal clinic experience; and summer and/or part-time employment, particularly experience dealing with labor and employment matters. Some Regional offices have special needs where specific skills, such as bilingual skills, may be a factor in selecting the candidate.

The NLRB maintains three completely separate Honors Programs, one for offices on the General Counsel side, one for offices on the Board side, and one for specific Regional Offices. Application to and acceptance by or rejection from any one of the three programs has no reflection on consideration by the other two programs. Consequently, on the application form individuals must indicate to which program or programs he or she is applying.

Read more and apply here. 

Job Opportunity: Law Clerk, Department of Labor, Office of Deputy Secretary, Administrative Law Judges, October 15 Deadline

Seeking 3Ls (must graduate w/in 3 months of Mar. 27, 2020 application close date), Recent Grads and JLCs for several paid (GS11), 14-mo (may receive term appointment as attorney upon admission to Bar), full-time law clerk positions working with Administrative Law Judges in the DC Office of Deputy Secretary. Clerks will draft proposed decisions for the Judges; prepare complex orders after researching the law, case pleadings, etc.; prepare pre-hearing synopses and reports of cases, and other duties as needed.

The Department administers federal laws affecting workers, including regulation of workplace safety and health, worker’s compensation, employment discrimination, minimum wage and overtime, job training, protection of pension and other plans, and whistle-blower protections. Administrative Law Judges conduct adjudicatory hearings and issue decisions for the DOL under more than 70 different laws and executive orders.

Read more and apply here

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