1L Weekly Docket

Welcome to your very first, 1L Weekly Docket! What is the 1L Weekly Docket, you may be wondering? Well, a couple of years ago, I found that every week, I was getting emails from alumni, professors, friends, and employers about great opportunities. I was getting emails containing great job opportunities, emails about upcoming events and job fairs, and emails from lawyers just wanting to let law students know that if they email them, they will be responsive and eager to meet for coffee.

I never quite knew how to efficiently get all of that information out to students without bombarding you with emails until I thought of the idea to include it in a bi-monthly email. Thus, the Weekly Docket was born and this is where I will post the great information my network sends me. Vinny will send you a new 1L Weekly Docket twice a month with opportunities curated specifically for you. (2Ls and 3Ls get their own Weekly Dockets.) So you can be sure that any opportunity featured in the 1L Weekly Docket is seeking 1Ls.

Without further ado, your very first 1L Weekly Docket contains several summer job opportunities in government and in public interest, some of which are paid, an invitation to a public interest immersion program over winter break, and an essay competition.

PAID Summer Job Opportunity: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Summer Internship, November 8 Deadline, or on receipt of 200th application


It is anticipated that there will be significant interest in the announcement. As a result, the announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on the date of receipt of the 200th application or at 11:59 p.m.  ET on 11/08/2019; whichever occurs first. Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.

The CFPB is looking for summer student interns in the following divisions (offices):

Legal Division

Office of Enforcement

Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity

Office of Regulations

Office of Supervision Policy

Office of Civil Rights

Other offices with legal responsibilities

The major duties of this position include:

  • Initiating and drafting standardized legal documents routinely needed for specific legal actions, including motions, orders, answers, pleadings, subpoenas. Assisting attorneys in case preparation, assembling exhibits, affidavits and other documents. Assembling and organizing files and records for disposition or transfer to records depository.
  • Maintaining court calendar. Tracking filing, hearing and trial dates, and scheduling conferences and interviews.
  • Establishing, maintaining, and closing case files or systems of legal records, annotates indices and status records, compiling workload and status reports, and locating and abstracting data from files and records.
  • Assisting attorneys in researching pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents on questions relating to routine legal matters of interest.
  • Collecting and preparing summaries of articles relating to consumer issues as requested.

Read more here. 

Apply here.

Summer Job Opportunity: DOJ Volunteer Law Clerk Opportunities, Deadline varies by office but opportunities are posted daily


The DOJ lists all volunteer law clerk positions on their website. Recently posted opportunities include the United State’s Attorney’s Office in San Francisco, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Exclusives, Office of Justice, and the USAO in the Northern District of Georgia.

PAID Summer Job Opportunity: PILI Chicago, November 1 Deadline


The Public Interest Law Initiative offers the best public interest summer job opportunities in Chicago that exist to law students. The positions come with a $6000 stipend and tons of formal mentorship, lunchtime talks, and support. The application portal opens on November 1 at 11 eastern and organizations review applications as they come in so you basically need to apply on the 1st the moment the application opens to get full consideration

You can view a list of participating agencies here.

Apply here. 

Job Opportunity: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Summer Legal Internship



The Legal Summer Student Internship at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts is designed for a rising 2L or rising 3L (Current 1L/2L students) student intern to assist with projects that present legal or compliance questions.

This internship is part of a company-wide summer internship program that includes a Day 1 orientation, lunch & learn sessions throughout the summer, a social outing and an off-site volunteer event. The Legal division is located in our Boston headquarters located at 101 Huntington Avenue. The full-time, paid student internship starts in June 2020 and runs for 12 weeks


  • Federal and State Health Care Laws and Regulations: The student intern may be asked to research and analyze applicable state and federal laws and regulations. The student intern will also assess and advise on the impact such laws and regulations may have on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the health care industry as a whole.
  • Litigation: The student intern may be asked to provide litigation support, which may include case law research, brief writing, and responding to document production requests.
  • General Regulatory and Contract Work: In the ordinary course of business, we have ongoing contract negotiations with providers and vendors. The student intern may be asked to provide support for the contract negotiations, which may include drafting language and researching specific contract law issues. In addition, business colleagues seek advice on fact specific issues regarding members, data privacy and security, the administration of wellness programs, group health plan benefit administration, and a variety of other issues unique to the health care industry. As part of the intern’s duties, the student intern will be expected to provide assistance with fact finding, regulatory analysis, contract interpretation, and preparation of written responses to these issues.
  • Corporate Matters: The student intern may be asked to assist with coordinating and managing the process of licensing and/or registering subsidiary/affiliate companies in other states.


Ideal candidates meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an ABA accredited Juris Doctor program and entering second or third year of law school
  • Interest in the health care industry, community-based advocacy, and regulatory compliance
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong research skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

Read more and apply here

Job Opportunity: New York Public Library Legal Internship


The New York Public Library Legal Department offers challenging, interesting internship opportunities for current law students during the summer following their first or second year of law school.  NYPL Legal Interns are involved in a wide variety of legal matters, working closely with NYPL attorneys and general counsel on issues including legal research and writing, contract review, copyright and IP matters, litigation, governance and not-for-profit law.

**Interns must receive funding from their law school.**

**Candidates must submit the following to be considered:  cover letter, resume, writing sample, current law school transcript. Please note that you must upload and submit all materials together as one document (PDF) on your application.**

Principal Responsibilities

  • Legal Interns will conduct research and draft memoranda and other legal documents
  • Participate in internal meetings and may have the opportunity to attend external meetings and events.

Read more and apply here. 

Summer Job Opportunity: Florida Justice Institute in Miami, Rolling


The Florida Justice Institute welcomes applications from law students interested in civil rights litigation and advocacy to serve as interns, both for the summer and during the school semester.   While assignments for each intern will vary, working with FJI will involve participating in all phases of civil rights litigation.  Interns will be asked to write legal research memoranda, draft discovery requests and other legal pleadings, participate in client interviews, visit clients and witnesses in prison, review and organize discovery, draft letters and public records requests, review and respond to letters from incarcerated people and their families seeking assistance, and attend hearings, trials, depositions, mediations, settlement negotiations, and oral arguments as they may occur throughout the internship.   Attorney supervisors at the Florida Justice Institute take great care to see that each student receives challenging assignments, constant supervision, and regular feedback.  Because our staff is so small, we rely on interns to help us with the real legal work that our cases demand.

Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, a desire to work in a collaborative environment, and a demonstrated interest in social justice (and in particular, representing incarcerated people).

All interested applicants should send a résumé and cover letter in one PDF file to Jessica M. Pla at jpla@floridajusticeinstitute.org.  Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis.  Please specify which time period you are applying for (i.e., summer, fall, spring), and whether you are available to work full or part-time

Public Interest Resume Builder: Ascend Justice Chicago Winter Immersion Program, November 30 Deadline



Experience an immersive introduction to domestic violence litigation by spending a week helping self-represented litigants petition the court for orders of protection through Ascend Justice’s Emergency Protection Project. Provide hands-on brief legal services and work directly with the litigants, conducting interviews and creating the documents they need to file. Observe court and see how judges use your own work product in determining whether the petitioner will receive an Emergency Order of Protection in an ex-parte hearing. Support the litigant during a time of crisis, by demystifying the court process.


Three Sessions Available:

Week 1: December 16-23, 2019

Week 2: January 2-3, 2020

Week 3: January 6-10, 2020

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Training will take place on the first day of the Immersion
Program for Weeks #1 (December 16) & #3 (January 6). Training for Week #2 is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Location TBD. Alternatively, students signed up for Week #2 and Week #3 may attend the either of the previous training sessions if available.
Depending on available spots, students may volunteer for more than one week and/or may split their time between two of the three weeks.
Interested applicants should send a resume and brief statement of interest to Kimberly Washington (kwashington@ascendjustice.org). Please indicate which week or weeks you’d like to volunteer and if you can attend one of the training sessions listed above. Applications due by Monday, November 30, 2019. Spots are limited and will be filled on a rolling basis so applying early is encouraged! Applicants must have a working laptop that can operate on a battery for at least one hour, and must be comfortable conducting sensitive legal interviews.
Contact Person:
Kimberly Washington, Manager of Volunteer Services
555 W. Harrison, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60607
Ascend Justice
Domestic Violence Courthouse 555 W. Harrison, Suite 1900

Job Opportunity: Rising for Justice in DC, January 15 Deadline:


2020 Semester-In-Practice Internship/Externship

This summer, Rising for Justice invites talented and ambitious interns from our nation’s top schools to work alongside our skilled lawyers in tackling issues of social justice and equality while gaining valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of a legal services nonprofit organization and the opportunity to be on the frontlines of our country’s most controversial and important issues.

Our Immigration Defense Program provides representation for those facing permanent separation from their families and communities in their bond and custody proceedings. Legal interns in our program will provide comprehensive representation to non-citizens detained in ICE custody and litigate a case before the immigration court under the experienced supervising attorney. The program involves heavy mentorship and supervision of all legal interns, and students will gain valuable practical experience including oral advocacy, client interviewing and counseling, case investigation, litigation, negotiations, trial skills, legal research, drafting filings for Immigration Court. This position is unpaid but may be pursued for academic credit.

Beginning January 15, 2020, we will be accepting applications for the Semester-in-Practice Summer 2020 program.

Students should be interested in any of the following areas of practice: Immigration,  Criminal, Human Rights, Administrative Hearings, Clinical, Litigation, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Human Rights, Asylum, LGBTQ Issues, Detention, Prisoners’ Rights, Racial Justice

To apply, please submit the following to the Intern Supervisor at internships@risingforjustice.org:

  • Cover letter describing your interest in working with Rising for Justice
  • Resume
  • Legal writing sample
  • 3 references

Please be sure to include “Immigration Intern” in the subject line.

University of Pennsylvania Public Interest Essay Competition, January 11 Deadline


The Competition is a national writing competition for student-authored articles on the topic of social justice and public interest law. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant to implement a public interest project related to the article and a $500 cash prize. The Law Review is committed to improving the surrounding community in Philadelphia and the national legal community as a whole. Through this Competition, the Law Review seeks to serve this mission by publishing serious legal scholarship focused on social justice and public interest law.

Read more and apply here. 

If you want to apply for any of these opportunities, the CDO is here to help review your application materials. Just reach out to any counselor!

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