This edition of the 2L Weekly Docket is packed with job opportunities in corporations, government, and public interest. It also includes an invitation to a public interest immersion over winter break and a public interest writing competition. If you want help drafting application materials for any of these opportunities, the CDO is here to help!
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):
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.
Job Opportunity: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty in DC
The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty is accepting applications for its internship and externship program. The Law Center, a private non-profit in Washington D.C., is the nation’s only legal advocacy organization dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness. Since its founding, the Law Center has been a catalyst for critical civil and human rights advocacy.
Legal interns are given the opportunity to work in several program areas, depending on the needs of the Law Center and the interest of the student. Projects include working on impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, assisting with factual investigations, preparing outreach materials, and legal research. One or more of
the Law Center’s staff attorneys will supervise interns.
The Law Center’s areas of legal concentration include:
Protecting the civil and human rights of homeless persons, including combating the criminalization of homelessness, and promoting Homeless Bills of Rights and constructive solutions to homelessness.
Utilizing human rights standards to grow the domestic movement for the human right to housing and to fight practices and laws that punish homeless persons for ordinary, life-sustaining activities.
Increasing affordable housing resources by maximizing the transfer of surplus federal properties to homeless service providers.
Protecting housing rights for homeless and at-risk people by advocating for legal protections for tenants faced with foreclosure, and tenants who are victims of domestic violence.
Ensuring homeless children’s access to education by implementing civil rights provisions in the McKinney-Vento Act.
Second- or third-year law student
Excellent legal research, written and oral communication, and analytical skills
Demonstrated commitment to social justice and anti-poverty issues
Available at least 15 hours per week; preference given to students available 3 days a week, full-time, or
participating in a semester-in-DC program
Law Review or Journal experience is a plus
Capitol Hill or other legislative / policy experience is a plus
This is an unpaid internship
How to Apply:
Email cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and list of three references to Heidi Sahmel at HR@nlchp.org
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.
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 email@example.com. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
Kimberly Washington, Manager of Volunteer Services
555 W. Harrison, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60607
Domestic Violence Courthouse 555 W. Harrison, Suite 1900
Job Opportunity: Nike Legal Internship, Beaverton, Oregon
Our highly competitive legal internship program offers law school students a rare opportunity to gain real world experience during law school in virtually every area within the global NIKE Legal Department based at NIKE’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Our legal practice groups are specialty teams with skills, knowledge, and expertise in particular areas of the law, including brand communications, corporate governance and securities, brand protection, intellectual property, sports marketing, business transactions, employment/immigration, real estate, and litigation. As an intern you will assist NIKE in-house legal counsel and NIKE business managers on a wide range of legal issue support and gain hands-on experience in the structuring, drafting and implementation of a wide range of business transactions, helping us advance and guide NIKE, Inc.’s (and also its subsidiary companies Converse and Hurley) business through superior, innovative and offense-minded legal counsel.
- Law student, preferably 2L, from ABA accredited top law school
- Top 25% class rank
- Excellent oral communication and writing skills
- Demonstrated ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities under tight time deadlines
- Entrepreneurial; comfortable seeking out assignments
- Demonstrated leadership, business experience, or other unique qualifications or skills may also be considered
- Passion for sport and Nike Brand
PAID Job Opportunity: Pac-12 Networks Legal Internship
The Pac-12 legal internship will provide a qualified 2L or 3L student with the opportunity to receive extensive training from experienced legal professionals in the sports media industry. The Pac-12 legal intern reports to the General Counsel and SVP, Business Affairs, of the Pac-12 Conference, and he/she will work closely with and be supervised by the Pac-12 Networks legal team. The legal intern will be exposed to a wide variety of legal issues impacting collegiate sports and the business of sports media and will be trained in and assist in the day-to-day legal and business affairs of a growing multimedia company.
The Pac-12 legal internships have summer, fall, and spring programs. Please specify on your cover letter which program you are interested in.
The internship is either a paid or unpaid internship, depending on the intern’s preference, his/her ability to obtain course credit, and his/her law school’s policies and practices regarding internships. Unpaid interns will not be eligible to receive any Pac-12 Conference or Pac-12 Networks’ benefits. Internship and course credit will be coordinated through the intern’s law school.
The legal intern will not be entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
- Developing basic legal skills with a focus on real-world application
- Assisting in both Pac-12 Conference and Pac-12 Networks legal matters
- Conducting legal research and prepare memoranda on a wide variety of sports and entertainment-related topics, including, but not limited to: intellectual property, telecommunications, labor and employment, social media, privacy, NCAA compliance, contest and sweepstakes, advertising and on-air promotions, student-athlete health and safety, marketing and sponsorship
- Assisting in the drafting and negotiating of contracts and the preparation of internal and external correspondence
- Participating in legal and other department meetings and training sessions
- Other areas as assigned by the Pac-12 General Counsel and SVP, Business Affairs, or the Pac-12 Networks legal team
- Second or third-year law student
- Excellent academic credentials
- Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational, and written communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize under time constraints and work successfully in a fast-paced environment
- Passionate about Pac-12 sports
- Effective interpersonal skills; good judgment and ability to interact with different levels of management and teams
- Knowledge of sports television and/or digital media industry
- Former Pac-12 student, either undergraduate or graduate degree programs.
- Experience working in a culturally diverse organization and supporting the values held by our unique employees, clients, sponsors, university faculty, and fans
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.**
- 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.
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: 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 email@example.com:
- Cover letter describing your interest in working with Rising for Justice
- 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.
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!