2L Weekly Docket

This week’s 2L Weekly Docket features 20 job opportunities/funding sources, several of which are paid. Even if you already have a summer job lined up, read through this closely because some of these opportunities are funding sources and who doesn’t need more money for their unpaid summer internship? Remember that anything posted here was sent to our office from someone in the Notre Dame network so the people hiring for these positions are specifically seeking NDLS students.  As always, the CDO is here to review application materials for any of these positions. We’re just an email, call, or IrishLink appointment away.

Job Opportunity: Paid Air Force JAG 2L Summer Internship, January 23 Deadline

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The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps is seeking 2L applications for our PAID 2020 summer internship program. As an intern, you will gain hands-on experience in diverse areas of legal practice while learning more about the Air Force JAG Corps.
• Description of Duties: As an intern, you will have the opportunity to work under attorney supervision in numerous practice areas including, but not limited to:
o Preparing criminal and civil cases by conducting legal research, writing briefs and opinions, conducting investigations, and interviewing witnesses
o Assisting attorneys who counsel and represent Airmen, veterans, their family members, and retirees in personal legal matters

o Supporting attorneys in other areas, such as federal tort claims, government procurement law, employment law, international law, and environmental law
• Requirements:
o U.S. Citizen (birth or naturalization)
o Enrollment in an ABA approved law school
o Available to work full time between 8-10 consecutive weeks in the summer
o Be able to obtain a Common Access Card through a security clearance
o Complete two academic years of law school by the start of the internship

• How to Apply:
o Apply online at http://www.USAJobs.gov
o Direct Link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/556340000
o Student Trainee (Law Clerk)
 Announcement #: 9L-HAF-10694476-807936-AJT
 Compensation: GS-9
 Application window: January 15, 2020 – January 23, 2020
o Required Documents:
 Resume (limited to 1 page)
 Unofficial Transcripts (undergraduate & law school)
 Proof of law school enrollment/class registration
 Motivational Statement (limited to 1 page)
 Online Application (Questionnaire) completed in USAJobs.gov
 Geographic Preferences Memorandum
* Interns must pay for their travel to and from the job location
* Interns must be able to secure their own housing (the Air Force will not provide housing and no housing allowance will be provided)

Job Opportunity: Unpaid Air Force JAG Summer Externship, January 30 Deadline

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The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps is currently seeking applications for our 2020 summer unpaid externship program. The Air Force JAG Corps provides full-spectrum legal advice to military commanders and Airmen. As an extern, you will gain hands-on experience in diverse areas of legal practice while learning more about the Air Force and the JAG Corps. Our program is an excellent way to gain exposure to substantive legal work while serving alongside Active Duty Air Force Assistant Staff Judge Advocates. Positions are available, full-time, for 8-12 consecutive weeks during the summer of 2020.

Description of Duties:
As an extern, you will have the opportunity to work under attorney supervision in numerous practice areas of the JAG Corps including, but not limited to:
• Preparing criminal and civil cases by conducting legal research, writing briefs and opinions, conducting investigations, and interviewing witnesses
• Assisting attorneys who counsel and represent Airmen, their family members, and retirees in personal legal matters in areas such as family law, estate planning, landlord-tenant law, tax, bankruptcy, immigration and naturalization law, and military administrative law
Supporting attorneys in other areas, such as federal tort claims, government procurement law, employment law, international law, environmental law, and operational law

Requirements:
• U.S. Citizen (birth or naturalization)
• Enrollment in an ABA approved law school
• Complete 1L or 2L year of law school by the time the externship begins
• Available to work full-time for up to 40 hours a week for 8-12 weeks
• Be able to obtain a Common Access Card through a security background check
Other Significant Facts:
• Externships are unpaid positions, however you can receive school credit
• Externs must pay for their travel to and from the job location
• Externs must be able to secure their own housing (the Air Force will not provide housing and no housing allowance will be provided)
• Candidates must undergo a background investigation to determine suitability for employment
• Selection results will be released within 30-60 days

How to Apply: Applications must be submitted to Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Professional Development Directorate no later than Thursday, January 30th, 2020, at 10pm EST.
• Email the application to airforcejagrecruiting@gmail.com
• The email subject line and the name of the PDF must be labeled “Last name, First name, 2020 Summer externship application – (1L or 2L)”
*We will not accept applications that are late or do not follow the instructions*

Application Package Instructions:
Combine all requested documents into one PDF in the order listed below:
• A résumé (1 page, must contain all current contact information and GPAs as listed on your undergrad/law school transcripts)
• Motivational statement describing why you are applying to a summer position with the AF JAG Corps (1 page, double-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 point font)
• A placement memo describing: (put all the information on 1 page)
o Your availability during the summer (start and end date)
o A list of your top 5 Air Force base location preferences (name the specific base and the city/state) (https://www.airforce.com/lifestyle/locations)
o A privacy act waiver stating “I agree to the use of my Privacy Act Information in the USAF externship application process. I understand those transmitting personal information will exercise caution and adequately safeguard it in accordance with applicable Air Force instructions.”
• Undergraduate and law school transcript (unofficial accepted, must be legible)

• A writing sample (5 pages or less, do not provide an introduction/summary page)
• Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Memorandum (instructions below)
• A full length photo (head to toe, in professional attire)
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Questions:
Your response to the KSAs questions is limited to one page, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, and 12 point font. You are not required to restate the questions. You can simply number your responses (i.e. Response #1 and Response #2).
1. Discuss your experience performing legal research.
2. Discuss your skills and experience in identifying and understanding legal issues, options, and recommending various courses of action.

Job Opportunity: U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, DC, Chicago, NY, Kansas City, March 18 Deadline

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The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) is an independent agency mandated to regulate commodity futures and swaps trading in the United States. Through oversight and regulation, the CFTC fosters open, competitive, and financially sound futures and options markets, and protects market participants against fraud and other abusive practices related to financial products subject to the Commodity Exchange Act (the “Act”). The Division of Enforcement investigates alleged violations of the Act and CFTC regulations, and brings enforcement actions in federal district courts nationwide. These cases involve fraud, market manipulation and other abusive trade practices.
The Division’s Office of Chief Counsel provides international assistance and policy guidance to the Division on international and general law issues of relevance to the Division. The Division’s Office of Cooperative Enforcement serves as the Division’s liaison to our federal partners and provides legal analysis, investigation support, and litigation assistance to other federal and state agencies on domestic cooperative enforcement matters. The Division’s Whistleblower Office was created by the Dodd-Frank Act and provides monetary awards to eligible individuals who report violations of the Act that lead to the successful enforcement of a covered judicial action.

Description of the Program
Interns on Division of Enforcement trial teams will participate in both the investigative and litigation phases of the Division’s matters. Students will research and write legal memoranda; review evidence in ongoing investigations; assist attorneys in investigative testimony and depositions; aid with discovery; and draft court pleadings and papers.
Interns in the Office of Chief Counsel will assist attorneys in obtaining assistance, including information and testimony from foreign jurisdictions, and conduct legal research and writing on international and other enforcement policy issues.

Interns in the Office of Chief Counsel will assist attorneys in obtaining assistance, including information and testimony from foreign jurisdictions, and conduct legal research and writing on international and other enforcement policy issues.
Interns in the Office of Cooperative Enforcement will research and write legal memoranda; assist attorneys participating on numerous federal and state working groups and interagency task forces; conduct substantive analysis of commodity fraud cases; and interface with federal and state law enforcement agencies.
Interns in the Whistleblower Office will assist the Director and staff with the intake of whistleblower tips, legal research and writing regarding issues affecting the whistleblower program, and reviewing and drafting recommendations regarding whistleblower awards.

Read more and apply here: 2020 CFTC Intern Announcement

Summer Funding Opportunity: Commission on Homelessness & Poverty at the American Bar Association $3500 stipend, March 27 Deadline

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Each year, the Commission awards a $3,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice.

The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with people experiencing homelessness/poverty or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and September 1 to the program of his or her choice. To apply: Please submit your application to the homeless@americanbar.org. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 27, 2020.

Customs and Border Protection, Office of Associate Chief Counsel, February 14 Deadline

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The Office of the Associate Chief Counsel provides legal advice to, and legal representation for, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a wide range of matters relating to the diverse activities and functions of the Agency.  These areas include international trade, immigration, seizures and forfeitures of contraband and IPR infringing merchandise, ethics, and labor and employment matters.

Application Materials:          Students interested in being considered for an extern position should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Office of Associate Chief Counsel

610 South Canal St., Rm. 767

Chicago, Illinois 60607

associatechiefcounselchicago@dhs.gov

Qualifications:   The positions are open to applicants in their second or third year of law school.  The positions are unpaid, but the law student may earn academic credit for the externship.  Applicants must be a United States citizen.  Law students selected by the Office of Associate Chief Counsel will be required to complete a background investigation.

Application Deadline:  For the summer term, applications should be submitted by February 14, 2020.

Time Requirement:  10 weeks minimum, 15-20 hours per week

Assignments:    The law student will perform legal research and, depending upon current work demands, will draft pleadings and memoranda, prepare litigation reports, declarations, discovery and other documents.

For general information about CBP, please go to http://www.cbp.gov.

PAID Job Opportunity: Public Interest Law Initiative Chicago

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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.

Apply here. 

Almost 30 Summer PILI Law Student Internship positions are still open. If you’re interested, apply ASAP as most of these agencies will likely make their hiring decision in the next few weeks.

Agencies with PILI Intern spots still open include:

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)

Cabrini Green Legal Aid

CARPLS (Coordinated Advice Referral Program for Legal Services)

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Chicago Legal Clinic

Citizen Advocacy Center

Environmental Law & Policy Center of the Midwest

Equip for Equality

Legal Aid Chicago

Lambda Legal

Land of Lincoln – Alton, Champaign and East St. Louis

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing

Legal Council for Health Justice

Prairie State Legal Services – Rock Island

Roger Baldwin Foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Inc.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office (unpaid)

PAID Job Opportunity: Immigrant Summer Legal Corps, February 18 Deadline

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Equal Justice Works is thrilled to launch our new Student Fellowship program: the Immigration Summer Legal Corps (ISLC). This program supports 20 dedicated law students who want to expand legal services and resources for low-income immigrants in need of assistance. Student Fellows will spend eight-to-ten weeks hosted at legal services organizations for 300 hours and receive $5,000 for serving 300 hours during the summer of 2020. Students will develop valuable skills and gain hands-on experience through providing direct legal services, engaging in community outreach, and building capacity at their host organizations.

Applications will be accepted until February 18, 2020. To apply, students must provide a resume and a personal statement describing their interest in the program. They will also need to list their top three host organization choices before they submit their application.

If you or your students have questions about the program, they may reach out to either Brooke Meckler or Sarah Jasper at students@equaljusticeworks.org.

Job Opportunity: HHS Office for Civil Rights Law in Washington DC

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The OCR Student Academic Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about the different areas of OCR’s work, while building valuable legal and professional skills.  Through technical assistance, investigations, voluntary compliance efforts, enforcement, policy development, and public education, OCR ensures that qualified individuals have access to health care and human services, without discrimination, protects the privacy and security of individuals’ health information, and promotes compliance with Federal laws that collectively protect conscience, prohibit coercion, and protect religious exercise in health and human services.

Read more and apply here

Students interested in being placed with the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division specifically may apply through the email listed on that webpage, or reach out directly to  Will Estrada, at the following contact:
William A. Estrada, Esq.
Civil Rights Analyst, CRFD Internship Coordinator
Phone: 202-969-3636

PAID Job Opportunity in North Carolina: Mecklenburg Bar Foundation’s annual McMillan Fellowship Program, March 2 Deadline

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This program offers stipends of up to $3,500.00 for summer internships to law students interested in pursuing a law career in the nonprofit or public interest sector in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The student must first apply for and receive confirmation of their internship with one of our participating agencies and, in turn, that agency will submit an application to us on behalf of the student.

Read more and apply here: 2019-20 McMillan Fund Packet

Job Opportunity: Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati, Rolling with a final deadline of March 1

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The Legal Aid Society serves Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren Counties in Southwest Ohio. We have two offices (downtown Cincinnati and Hamilton, Ohio) and a total staff of about 85, including 38 attorneys and 14 paralegals. Our attorneys represent individual clients in civil legal matters and assist community organizations and client groups.
The law clerks will perform legal research and provide other assistance to Legal Aid attorneys in their cases. In addition, all summer law clerks attend regular meetings on public interest law topics with their supervisors and other attorneys. Also, our summer law clerks will have numerous opportunities to observe court proceedings.

Applicants should have a strong academic record, an interest in public interest law, and good organizational and communication skills. To apply, please submit:
• a cover letter explaining the reasons for interest in the position
• a resume
• law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
• a writing sample, and
• the contact information for two professional references
Include “Summer Clerk Hiring Committee” in the subject line of your email, and email all requested items. Please attach only Word or pdf files.
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Attention: 2020 Summer Clerk Hiring
staffing@lascinti.org

PAID Job Opportunity: Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship, January 31 Deadline

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This program for Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate (juniors/seniors), graduate, and law students offers a unique opportunity to gain professional leadership experience in Washington, D.C. Our fully-funded, ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C., offers distinctive opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native students who are interested in learning more about the Federal legislative process while gaining an insider’s view of the government’s unique trust relationship with Tribes. Interns work in congressional and agency offices where they have opportunities to research legislative issues important to Tribal communities, hone their legal research and writing skills, and network with public and Tribal officials and Tribal advocacy groups.

The Foundation seeks candidates who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities, and an interest in working with Native American issues and policy. Interns are provided round-trip airfare, lodging, per diem, and an educational stipend. Download the application from our website and submit it by the January 31st deadline (postmark or email).

Read more and apply here

PAID Job Opportunity: TFAS Summer Law Fellowship in Washington, DC, February 5 Deadline

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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 libertylimited 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.

Sites include:

  • Private and public interest law firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies

Read more and apply here.

Job Opportunity: National Association of Realtors Summer Externship

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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. 

New York Attorney General Summer Internship Program, March 20 Deadline but offers made on a rolling basis

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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

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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 lso.fellowships@yale.edu. (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

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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 lijia@publicrightsproject.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

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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

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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.

Read more here and apply here

Human Rights Campaign Corporate Counsel Fellowship, Rolling so apply ASAP

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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.

Read more here and apply here.

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