The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG)
announces its 2009 1L Diversity Clerkship Program for first-year law students of color. Clerks will spend the first five weeks of the ten-week clerkship working in the Boston office of one of the BLG’s participating law firms, and the second five weeks working in the law department of one of the BLG’s corporate partners or government agencies. To be eligible, students must
(1) Be a 1L Student of Color Currently Attending an Accredited Law School
(2) Demonstrate a connection to Boston
For application instructions, click HERE
For the actual application, click HERE
Applications are due NO LATER than February 13, 2009.
If you are a law student looking for a career in the public interest arena, make sure you are checking the NALP Job Listings
regularly. Both law firms and law schools hire attorneys for public interest related positions. The postings are continually updated and should be checked routinely. A recent December posting (still looking for applicants!) is listed below and may be a perfect fit for a Coastal graduate with previous experience in the public interest sector.
Assistant Director, Public Interest Specialist. Posted 12/2/08. (Position # 1170) Description: American University Washington College of Law is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Assistant Director and Public Interest Specialist, Office of Career & Professional Development. Incumbent will provide specialized counseling and organize school-wide programs for those interested in public service careers, including the public interest and government sectors. The position regularly works with the Public Interest Committee and assists with the administration of the Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program. Responsibilities also include assisting in the administration and management of the Office of Career & Professional Development. In particular, the successful candidate will assist with overseeing of the front desk staffing and operations as needed. Position Requirements: J.D. highly preferred. A minimum of 2 to 3 years of professional experience in the public service/public interest field is required, as well as excellent organizational, interpersonal and oral and written communication skills. Ability to function in a fast-paced environment is necessary. Knowledge of legal resume writing, interviewing, and job search strategy strongly preferred. Previous supervisory experience preferred. Must be comfortable marketing American University’s Washington College of Law to employers, particularly in public interest organizations and government agencies. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the American University main campus at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must include the position number (# 1170) and position title to be considered.
Several labor law firms have recently agreed to participate in the nationwide AFL-CIO’s Lawyers Coordinating Committee Minority Outreach Program
. The program is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of labor law and to the labor community by providing summer clerkship opportunities with participating firms and union legal departments. Students with a demonstrated interest in labor law, as well as those students who may be interested in the field, are encouraged to participate in the program. Students should contact the firms directly with inquiries or applications, and are advised to reference the “LCC Minority Outreach Program” in all correspondence.
Have you taken an Educational Law course?
Are you interested in the issues of educational equity and opportunity?
Would you consider a working as a fellow or summer intern?
The Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity has two unique opportunities available:
- A 1-year fellowship for a 2009 law school graduate to work with a public interest educational equity project or attorney of their choice in the areas of educational equity and opportunity. This Fellowship will be in the amount of $60,000 dollars for salary plus additional funds for benefits.
- A similar Summer Associate Award is available for a 2nd year law student in the amount of $1,000 per week for 12 weeks.
Applicants must have taken a course in Education Law (or be currently enrolled in Education Law) and be recommended by her/his Education Law Professor.
Application details and further instructions are located HERE. The strict deadline for applying is January 31, 2009.
>The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is currently accepting internship applications from law students for Summer 2009. LDF, a non-profit civil rights law firm founded in 1940 by the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, is one of the finest human rights law firm in American history. For decades LDF has worked through the courts and Congress to make the nation’s constitutional and statutory guarantees of equal treatment and civil rights a reality for African Americans and other disfranchised groups. If you plan to pursue a career in racial justice and civil rights law, this may be a great opportunity for you to consider.
The New York and D.C. offices award 2L unpaid summer internships independently. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, 5-10 page writing sample, and list of three references to the appropriate office. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply no later than January 2009.
For more information and further application instructions, click HERE.
The Career Services Department Team Wishes Everyone Good Luck On Their Exams!
Are you a 3L interested in public interest work? Do you have a project you would like to get off the ground next year? If so, apply for funding from the Initiative for Public Interest at Yale.
The Initiative is a non-profit organization that provides start-up money for projects that protect the legal rights or interests of inadequately represented groups. It funds cutting-edge projects whose successful execution might be a model for other organizations seeking new and better ways to represent clients. The deadline to submit applications for one-year grants of up to $30,000 to be awarded in the summer of 2009 is February 2, 2009.
For information about how to apply, visit The Initiative’s web site
. Please note that while Yale students may receive some preference in the selection process, the opportunity is open to all 3L law students who apply.
The Career Services Department is excited to introduce two new members to the Career Services Team.
Jocelyn Donahue is a new Counselor in the department and will be responsible for promoting government and public interest outreach to employers. To reach Jocelyn, click HERE.
Heather McArthur joins us from Salt Lake City and will be responsible for Reciprocity and scheduling of Counselor appointments. To schedule an appointment, click HERE.
Please take a moment to stop by Suite 180 and meet our new team members!
Your Winter Break can be a great opportunity to begin exploring careers in the government or public interest sectors. Below are five simple things you can start now
Five Tips For Winter Break
1. Apply to the 2009 Florida Bar Foundation Legal Services Summer Fellowship Program
This amazing summer program provides funded opportunities at 40 different public interest entities across the state of Florida. The application deadline is January 22, 2009, so start your applications early. For more information, click HERE.
2. Triple check the Arizona Honors Internship Handbook
If you are looking for a federal government position, you must check out this resource. The nationwide handbook contains over 200 pages of internship listings for 1L, 2L, and 3L students in every state and most agencies in the country. Whether you are interested in working for the White House, the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, or hundreds of others, you should look into this list of opportunities. Log in to the Symplicity Document Library to access this incredible resource.
3. Bookmark the CSD Blog
This is a great time to make a habit of checking this Blog daily. The CSD is committed to updating this resource with information about government and public interest opportunities. Subscribe to the Blog. Make it a favorite. Check the Blog daily.
4. Complete some pro bono work
The benefits of pro bono work are too numerous to list. Not only can you provide assistance to those in need but you can also use the opportunity to meet attorneys in the community and explore areas of law that interest you. No matter where you are spending your Winter Break, there are pro bono or volunteer opportunities available. For a sample list, click HERE.
5. Make an appointment with a CSD counselor
Each of the CSD counselors are excited about meeting with students interested in government and public interest work and opportunities. Email the CSD now to make an appointment with a counselor to jump start your job and internship search strategies.