Happy New Year! This week’s 2L Weekly Docket is packed with job opportunities, many of which are paid. It also includes invitations to business law bootcamps, webinars, spring break immersions, and an offer from an alumnus working at a big four accounting firm to get connected with interested students. If you’re interested in applying for any of these opportunities, the CDO is here to help with application materials! We are just an email or call away.
TFAS Summer Law Fellowship in Washington, DC, February 5 Deadline
Hosted by The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) in partnership with the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, the TFAS Summer Law Fellowship is an intensive 9-week legal internship and academic program that aims to prepare future attorneys to defend the values and ideals of a free society rooted in individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise and constitutional originalism.
Selected fellows will receive a full-tuition scholarship to attend the program and housing for the duration of the program. Awards are highly selective – only 25 students will be selected to participate.
Applications are due February 5, 2020.
- Private and public interest law firms
- Nonprofit organizations
- Legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies
Read more and apply here.
Institute for Justice Dave Kennedy Fellowship, January 17 Deadline
The Institute for Justice’s Dave Kennedy Fellowship summer program provides an unparalleled opportunity for select law students to substantively contribute to IJ’s cutting-edge civil-rights litigation. Fellows conduct legal research; help develop litigation strategies for active and potential cases; and draft discovery requests, motions, and briefs filed in both state and federal court. Fellows have been involved in projects as diverse as:
- Researching and preparing a United States Supreme Court cert. petition regarding just compensation in an eminent domain action.
- Participating in moots for dispositive-motion hearings in a challenge to protectionist mobile vending regulations.
- Analyzing discovery objections in a civil forfeiture class action lawsuit.
- Assessing how to certify a new class and add new plaintiffs to an existing class action.
- Developing litigation strategies for potential challenges to licensing requirements in several states across the country.
- Helping prepare motions to exclude expert witness testimony and reports.
- Drafting portions of opposition briefs to motions to dismiss and for summary judgment in both state and federal court.
In addition to assisting with the demands of IJ’s fast-paced litigation docket, Fellows will participate in IJ’s annual Law Student Conference at the beginning of the summer, during which Fellows will learn the nuts and bolts of impact litigation and IJ’s practice areas. IJ also hosts a summer speaker series and provides both mentorship opportunities and practical training through which Fellows will connect with the leading minds and advocates of the liberty movement, receive career guidance, and improve their litigation, communication, and legal research skills.
IJ’s Dave Kennedy Fellowship positions are highly competitive. The fellowship is a paid opportunity, offering $7,000 for the 10-week program, and generally runs from the last week of May through early August. Fellowship opportunities are available at all six of IJ’s offices:
Arlington, VA (Headquarters)
Read more and apply here. If you plan to apply, be sure to work with me (Katelynn) because I litigated here for three years and managed the Minnesota office’s internship hiring before I came to Notre Dame.
Air Force ROTC, Online Application Due January 10
The ROTC Graduate Law Program (GLP) and the ROTC One Year College Program (OYCP) give law students with access to an Air Force ROTC Detachment the opportunity to apply to the Air Force JAG Corps in their 1L and 2L year. If selected, students are guaranteed a position in the AF JAG Corps once they meet all bar licensing, ROTC, and entry requirements.
Below is an interview with an Air Force ROTC participant:
1st Lt Morgan Herrell, 2019 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, explains her experience in GLP.*
What led you to apply to the JAG Corps? As I entered law school, I was considering JAG as a possible career path. I was not interested in the law firm lifestyle, so I began exploring government or military options. My interests led me to apply to a summer externship, which was a fantastic experience. I was placed with the Appellate Government Division. I was thrown right in, and put to work immediately. By the end of the first week, I had a case file to work. On top of that, the military and civilian attorneys I worked with were a great group of people. That experienced solidified my desire to serve as a JAG.
Why did you choose the GLP path? I had a strong sense I wanted to do JAG. Knowing early on that I had a career path after law school was a major stress relief. That was the biggest motivator. I knew I would not have to spend energy on job searches like my peers, or deal with the stress of an uncertain future. I also knew ROTC would educate me on the non-lawyer aspects of the Air Force by allowing me to train alongside future commanders and clients.
What was it like balancing law school and AFROTC? The program requires a time commitment above and beyond law school. The ROTC requirements included physical training twice a week, leadership laboratories, briefs, and classes. Between the Detachment requirements and law school commitments, I had to be very careful how to schedule things. It was busy, but it gave me a fantastic Air Force foundational base and the people were amazing.
Where are you now? I am currently assigned to Offutt AFB, NE as the Chief of Operations Law. During the few months I have been here, I have seen clients for legal assistance and tackled general law legal issues. I have also addressed a statute of limitations issue in one of our criminal cases, evaluated a proposed base wide support plan, and resolved national security law issues stemming from a proposed plan involving military support to civil authorities.
*In law school, Lt Harrell took part in a 3.5 year J.D./Master of Arts program. This allowed her to take part in a 1L summer externship followed by the Graduate Law Program.
National Association of Realtors Summer Externship
NAR Externship Position
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (“NAR”) is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation and America’s largest trade association, representing over 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Members belong to 1,200 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS®.
The externship position will involve assisting the NAR Legal Affairs team with summarizing legal cases about key real estate topics, conducting legal research and writing on a variety of topical issues and analyzing federal, state or local laws. The extern will also help with maintaining and enforcing NAR’s trademark protection program, which will include contacting alleged infringers of the REALTOR® trademarks, maintaining database of correspondence, investigating and analyzing specific complaints. The extern will also participate in Legal Affairs staff meetings and the NAR attorneys will also involve the extern in other types of meetings when the opportunity presents itself. NAR will strive to provide the extern opportunities to become involved in projects or tasks related to the extern’s areas of interest. The extern will need to be able to work independently and manage multiple assignments.
Email a resume and cover letter to Charlie Lee, CLee@nar.realtor with “NAR summer legal externship application” in the subject line. Please note that this position is NOT eligible for summer federal work study.
DOJ Volunteer Legal Internship Webinar
If you’re interested in pursuing a DOJ Volunteer Legal Internship for this summer, they have put together a webinar telling you more about the opportunity.
Transactional/Negotiation Competition in Denver
Join us at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law on Friday, April 3, 2020 for an all-day transactional competition modeled after LawMeets®. Denver Law will host up to 12 teams at this event. Each team will participate in two negotiation rounds during the morning (judged by local attorneys) with the top two teams from each side of the transaction advancing to the final rounds in the afternoon, where each advancing team will compete in one final negotiation. The following is an approximation of the essential competition dates:
Sign up now to reserve your spot – the registration fee is $250. Teams can consist of no more than three students and will be selected to participate on a first come, first serve basis. Only one team from each participating law school will be permitted to compete. All registration fees will be used to fund the competition day costs. If you have any questions, or would like to join the waitlist once all spots are filled, contact Prof. Stacey Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York Attorney General Summer Internship Program, March 20 Deadline but offers made on a rolling basis
The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is one of the largest public-interest law firms in the country. The Attorney General, along with her staff of 650+ attorneys, are charged with guarding the legal rights of New York’s 19.84 million residents, its organizations, and its natural resources, as well as defending actions and proceedings on behalf of the state and advising the Executive branch of state government. To further the spirit of this mission, the
OAG has placements available during the summer for talented law students who are eligible to receive public interest/service grants or work-study funded by their law schools.
The application deadline is March 20, 2020, but offers will be made on a rolling basis.
-The summer program officially runs for 8 weeks between June and July (10-week placements are available, if required by the applicant’s funding source).
-The 2020 summer program will officially start on June 1, 2020.
-Law students should only apply for those bureaus and/or regional offices that are of interest to them. Location preferences will be honored; however, bureau assignments may ultimately be made based upon the needs of the OAG.
-Applications are submitted separately to each bureau/regional office, and an applicant’s candidacy for each application is determined separately by each bureau/regional office.
-Applicants must be available to meet in person or by video conference for interviews.
-Applicants must be eligible to be employed in the U.S.
-U.S. citizenship and New York State residency are not required.
Read more and apply here.
The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization: 2019 Paid Summer Fellowships at Yale Law School, February 8 Deadline
The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2019 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys. During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut. LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $7,080 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14.75/hour). The Fellowship will run from May 21 to August 16, 2019, with some flexibility as to start and end dates. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.
Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence. Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work. In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.
LSO clinics perform a wide range of exciting work, including litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, transactional work on behalf of community organizations, and policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. For 2019, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics:
- Advanced Sentencing Clinic
- Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic
- Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
- Criminal Justice Clinic
- Housing Clinic
- Veterans Legal Services Clinic
- Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic
For more information on the work of each of these clinics, please visit www.law.yale.edu/lso.
Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their LSO application to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise LSO of their situation and to request expedited review of their candidacy.
Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you have an interest, a resume, writing sample, transcript, and contact information for two references to email@example.com. (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is February 8, 2019. Early applications are encouraged.
Public Rights Project Summer Legal Internship, Oakland, CA
Public Rights Project seeks current law students for legal intern placements in Oakland, California for Spring and Summer 2020. Our summer internships are full-time; spring and fall placements can be part-time or full-time.
Public Rights Project is a public interest legal nonprofit launched in 2017 to empower state and local governments to protect the rights and freedoms that define us as Americans. We support progressive state and local governments to bring affirmative litigation to enforce civil rights, consumer protection, and environmental laws. Many of these cases are those the federal government may no longer pursue to protect communities from fraud, discrimination, and disenfranchisement. Public Rights Project helps states and cities increase state and local rights enforcement across the country.
We work with state and local prosecutors’ offices, including Attorneys General, District Attorneys, and City Attorneys’ Offices. We help them identify promising legal theories to enforce their residents’ legal rights, and we help them marshal the resources to take action. We also run a fellowship program to embed early-career attorneys (3-5 years out of law school) in government for two years.
An internship with Public Rights Project would be ideal for students interested in cutting-edge impact litigation, public service, and creative strategies to push back against federal encroachment on core civil rights and the rule of law. Interns will have an opportunity to work directly with the Legal Director, President, multiple cities and states across the country, and nonprofit partners. Interns will also have an opportunity to help shape the direction of a nonprofit legal startup and gain valuable experience in organizational and program design.
Excellent research and writing skills
An interest in public service lawyering and/or nonprofit management
Experience working in government and/or on campaigns
Experience with clinics and/or plaintiff-side litigation is a plus, but not required
Coursework in Fed Courts, Advanced Civil Procedure, and/or Advanced Constitutional Law is a plus, but not required
HOW TO APPLY
Interested individuals should send a short email describing their interest and any relevant qualifications from the above to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a resume.
We value diversity and welcome potential interns from all backgrounds. This is an unpaid opportunity, but we will happily work with interns to secure outside funding and/or course credit for their internship.
Read more 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 Executive Office for Immigration Review in Louisiana and the United State’s Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina.
Paid Opportunity ($5000) Equal Justice Works Rural Summer Legal Corps, February 10 Deadline
Rural communities in the U.S. and its territories face a shortage of talented lawyers, with a large population of the country being forced to travel hundreds of miles to find legal assistance. Participate in Rural Summer Legal Corps (RSLC) and help address the access-to-justice crisis for people living in rural areas.
Each summer, Equal Justice Works partners with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to support 35 dedicated law students who want to serve rural communities, as part of the Rural Summer Legal Corps. Student Fellows spend eight to ten weeks at LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations developing valuable skills and gaining hands-on experience by:
- providing direct legal services such as client and witness interviews, legal research, and writing
- engaging in community outreach and education including fact sheet distribution, strategic partnership development, and presentations
- building capacity at their host organization through resource development and training sessions
Student Fellows tackle a number of results-driven community projects including responding to disaster-related legal issues; addressing affordable housing and evictions; and providing legal aid to victims of domestic violence.
Human Rights Campaign Corporate Counsel Fellowship, Rolling so apply ASAP
As the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign is dedicated to ending discrimination, securing equal rights and protecting the health and safety of LGBTQ individuals throughout the world. With a 200-person national staff and more than 1.5 million members and supporters throughout the country, HRC lobbies the federal, state and municipal governments on LGBTQ legislative and regulatory matters, advocates before the courts as an amicus curiae, participates in judicial and executive branch nominations process, leads and/or actively works on national civil rights coalitions, educates the public, participates in elections and works at the grassroots level on civil rights and political matters of national, state and municipal importance.
Comprised of five attorneys, a program manager, a legal assistant and up to three Law Fellows, in partnership with outside expert attorneys, the HRC Legal Department represents the organization on cutting-edge issues before all three branches of federal, state and municipal government, our membership and the media. The Department specializes in legislative lawyering at the federal, state and municipal level and provides critical assistance to LGBTQ groups and allied legislators in pursuing positive legislative developments and defeating legislative attempts to deny equality to the LGBTQ community.
Description of Law Fellow Duties | HRC appoints up to three full-time (37.5 hours/week) or part-time (12 hours/week) Law Fellows for the spring and fall semesters and up to three full-time summer Law Fellows. Law Fellows work with HRC attorneys, outside counsel from major national law firms, lobbyists, and organizational allies and congressional and administration staff members on legislative and regulatory matters. Practice areas include constitutional, education, employment, disability, family, benefits, tax, health care, immigration, military, municipal and real estate law. Fellows undertake projects involving sophisticated legal research and writing, analysis and drafting of legislation and administrative regulations, legislative and regulatory advocacy and coalition work.
PAID Opportunity: Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellowships, January 17 Deadline
Our core program is the Summer Fellowship Program, which is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at labor-related organizations around the country. In 2019, we awarded funded summer fellowships to 87 law students and one part-time funded school-year fellowship for 2019-2020. We anticipate awarding a similar number in 2020.
The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers’ rights. We routinely collaborate with over 150 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.
Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $6,000 per student for the ten-week employment period. In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend. (See each fellowship description for details)
We recruit interested students and work closely with our mentor organizations to ensure that each fellow will experience unique and challenging work assignments. Our strong relationships with leading national labor leaders, labor attorneys and labor law professors make our fellowship program the preeminent one of its kind.
Peggy Browning Fellows gain the practical skills required to represent workers. They enjoy opportunities to network with their peers and leaders in the field of public interest labor law. The mentor organizations and their clients benefit from the services provided by this talented and committed group.
Since our beginning in 1997, we have placed over 1,000 law students in highly competitive fellowship positions with unions, worker centers, union-side law firms, and other labor-friendly organizations. Peggy Browning Fellows have advocated for thousands of workers and their families nationwide. At least 70% of Peggy Browning Alumni are currently working in workers’ rights labor law or public interest law (not counting our alumni who are still in law school).
Read more and apply here.
Summer Volunteer Legal Internship at the United State’s Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan, February 14 Deadline
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan is currently accepting applications from 1L/2L (and continuing 3L) law students for our summer volunteer legal internship program.
The work of law student interns includes assisting in all aspects of trial preparation, legal research, writing memoranda of law, and assisting in the drafting of district court and appellate briefs. Examples of assignments recently given include drafting a response to a motion to suppress evidence in a firearms and narcotics case, drafting a section of an appellate brief addressing changes in federal sentencing law and assisting in oral argument preparation, researching legal issues and drafting a response to a post-conviction motion in a federal program fraud case, researching a jurisdictional issue in a murder case, participating in a mock cross-examination of a key government witness in preparation for trial, and drafting a memorandum concerning the extent to which certain claims are dischargeable in a bankruptcy proceeding.
Students also have the opportunity to observe depositions in civil cases and courtroom proceedings in both civil and criminal matters. Interning at a United States Attorney’s Office affords law students unique opportunities to observe federal trial practice, as Assistant United States Attorneys are in court every day litigating cases on behalf of the United States. If students have completed two years of law school, they may appear in court under the supervision of an AUSA. In the past, students have questioned witnesses at suppression hearings and handled initial appearances, arraignments, detention hearings, and sentencings in criminal cases.
The Western District of Michigan is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, approximately 2 hours away from Notre Dame, IN.
Read more and apply here.
Interested in learning more about working for a big 4 accounting firm?
A Notre Dame alumnus and Partner at KPMG Manhattan reached out to let the CDO know that he is happy to talk to ND students. If you want to be put in touch, email me at email@example.com.
Summer Legal Internship at Legal Aid of Western Michigan, February 14 Deadline
LAWM provides free civil legal services to low income persons and seniors in a wide variety of poverty law areas such as housing, consumer, family law and public benefits. LAWM covers 17 counties in Western Michigan from five offices located in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Holland and St. Joseph.
Summer interns will work under the supervision of staff attorneys to interview clients, spot legal issues, perform legal research, provide legal advice, draft correspondence and pleadings, and assist at court hearings.
• Paid positions are 20-30 hours/week at $15/hour for 8 weeks.
• LAWM is also willing to work with students seeking outside funding (via their law school or other fellowships) and students seeking course credit for their internship at LAWM.
LAWM is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion.
• Completion of at least 1 year of law school by June 2020
• Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and/or public service
• Ability to speak Spanish preferred
Read more and apply here.
Rush University System for Health Summer Law Clerk Program, February 14 Deadline
Rush University System for Health (RUSH) is an academic health system whose mission is to improve the health of the patients and the diverse communities it serves with nationally recognized health care, education and research, as well as a commitment to community partnerships. RUSH is comprised of Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Health, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital, as well as numerous outpatient care facilities. Rush University, with more than 2,500 students, is a health sciences university composed of Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College. More information can be found at https://www.rush.edu/.
RUSH’s Law Clerk Program allows students to gain significant health law and in-house legal counsel experience. Law Clerks will provide support to RUSH Legal attorneys by conducting research, preparing memoranda, drafting and analyzing contracts and legal matters, interacting with various internal business teams, and providing general support for ongoing projects and initiatives. RUSH Legal is divided into two primary groups:
(1) RUSH Legal: Transactional, Health Law, Regulatory, and Corporate/Governance
This section includes: regulatory (corporate compliance, AKS, Stark); data privacy (HIPAA, GDPR, cybersecurity); intellectual property; insurance; education law; research affairs; corporate (contract review, drafting and negotiation, governance, forming and dissolving corporations, structuring various corporate deals).
(2) RUSH Legal: Risk Management, Labor and Employment, Medical Malpractice, and Patient Rights
The risk management group oversees RUSH’s litigation including but not limited to medical malpractice, employment and labor, and patient rights (mental health, consents, advance directives, guardianships, and legal aspects of patient care).
In general, RUSH’s Law Clerk Program is unpaid, though students may obtain academic credit upon request and approval from their law school.
- Rising 2L or 3L
- Interest in working in Chicago market
- Health law experience preferred; but not required
- 3.0 GPA or higher
- Motivated, self-starter, strong writing and team communication skills
Students must submit a resume and cover letter to Katy_Baum@rush.edu with “Summer 2020 Law Clerk Application” in the subject line. Applications must specify (a) relevant experience, if applicable; (b) the RUSH group(s) they wish to work under, and (c) their preferred work schedule and start/end dates. Applications must be submitted by February 14, 2020 for consideration. Interviews will be conducted in late February/early March. Students will be notified of our acceptance decisions by the end of March.
Colorado Legal Services, Consumer Unit Summer Internship
Description: CLS represents clients in a variety of substantive areas of law including housing, disabilities, public benefits, consumer, family, health employment and domestic violence.
Qualifications: Legal professional with demonstrated sensitivity and strong commitment to legal issues affecting the poor. Requires strong interest in research, writing and interviewing. Candidate should be confident and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Spanish-speaking ability is a plus.
Responsibilities: Fellow will perform a variety of duties at CLS depending on their experience level and the needs of the particular project or Unit. These duties include client interviews and case investigation, drafting of pleadings, memoranda and briefs, direct representation at administrative hearings and legal research.
Training: On-the-job training with Unit attorneys and paralegals.
Alternative Spring Break Opportunity/Externsh
ip, Palm Beach County Public Defender
The Office of the Public Defender in Palm Beach County has started an alternative spring break program for law students interested in a career in public defense. Students will participate in the office’s training program for our new attorneys (our new class’s start date coincided with spring break, which may happen again this year), and they were also matched up with an attorney mentor to have other courtroom experiences. The opportunity is open to all class levels.
If you are interested in participating, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you in touch with the office. Students are responsible for their own lodging and travel expenses, but would get to spend their spring break in sunny Florida, while also learning about the office and about a career as a public defender in general.
Business Boot Camp I: Basic Training for Every Business Lawyer in Michigan, January 30-31, January 27 Registration Deadline
|Business Boot Camp I: Basic Training for Every Business Lawyer|
|The Insurance & Indemnity Law, Law Student, Marijuana Law, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Solo & Small Firm, and Young Lawyers Sections are invited to attend this informative program.
Date: January 30-31, 2020
Are You Ready for Business?
This award-winning program will help you:
Basic Training for Every Business Lawyer
Business practice is varied and complex. Your success requires broad knowledge, the right tools, and knowing the right people. Sign up for the award-winning course that has given hundreds of Michigan business lawyers an advantage. Learn the ropes from experts at Michigan’s top firms. Take home practical tools you can put to use immediately. In just two days you will receive grounding in nine key areas of business practice with guidance from the leaders who handle them every day.
Directors of Training