The 2014 OGC Honors Legal Fellowship Program

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the chief legal advisor  to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency with primary responsibility for implementing the nation’s environmental laws.  OGC attorneys provide counsel to EPA policy makers on legal issues associated with implementing these environmental laws as well as the laws governing the day-to-day operations of a federal agency.  Approximately 160 attorneys work in OGC.  The principal office is located at EPA’s headquarters complex in downtown Washington, DC.  OGC is organized by practice area into eight law offices:  Air and Radiation; Pesticides and Toxic Substances; Solid Waste and Emergency Response; Water; Cross-Cutting Issues; Alternative Dispute Resolution; General Law; and Civil Rights and Finance Law.

The OGC Honors Legal Fellowship Program is a highly competitive two-year fellowship to start in September 2014. The key objectives are to provide recent law school graduates with the opportunity to practice public sector general or environmental law and to provide OGC with highly motivated, talented, and diverse entry-level lawyers who are interested in a variety of legal work on cutting-edge administrative and environmental law issues. The effectiveness of EPA’s legal responsibilities depends upon the recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent.

Students who participate in these programs will experience a new era of outreach and protection for communities historically underrepresented in EPA decision-making. The Agency is building strong working relationships with tribes, communities of color, economically distressed cities and towns, young people and others, but this is just a start. Therefore, the program wants to make sure they are recruiting the best, the brightest and most diverse EPA ever and ensure EPA is a place for people who are talented, smart, and passionate about protecting the environment.

Eligibility Requirements: The 2014 OGC Honors Legal Fellowship Program is open to highly qualified applicants with outstanding academic records who are graduating law school (May 2014), who have completed a judicial clerkship, or who have prior law experience within 2 to 3 years of graduation from an ABA accredited law school. OGC is seeking applicants with excellent analytical and writing abilities, a strong commitment to public service, effective “people” skills, and an ability to take on significant responsibility.

The application package must be received in the office by February 3, 2014.

For additional information, including how to apply, please visit Symplicity Posting ID#12186.

Early Federal Government Summer Internship Opportunities: The SEC’s Summer 2014 Student Honors Program and Internships With The U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division

The SEC’s Summer 2014 Student Honors Program

The SEC’s Summer Student Honors Program is a ten-week opportunity for first-year law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities market.

Participants work with SEC Staff members on projects covering a broad range of the Commission’s mission, such as conducting investigations of industry and issuer practices, assisting in the litigation of enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules, to name a few responsibilities.

For more information on the program, please visit the Student Honors Program Homepage.

The application period is from Monday, December 2, 2013  through Monday, February 3, 2014 (midnight Eastern Standard Time).

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

How To Apply

Students should prepare the following items and submit them during the application period in a single PDF here:

•             Résumé with current contact information

•             One page cover letter; indicating three preferred offices and divisions

•             Law school transcript

•             List of current courses; and a

•             5 to 10 page legal writing sample

•             To receive consideration the PDF must be labeled-LASTNAME, FIRSTNAME (ex: OBAMA, MICHELLE).

Internships With The U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division

Explore an internship with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). With nearly 400 attorneys, ENRD is the largest environmental law firm in the country. The Division seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of life. The work environment and atmosphere is open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive.

The Division is dedicated to the enforcement and defense of the Nation’s civil and criminal environmental and natural resources laws. The ENRD represents the United   States in a range of litigation, including matters involving pollution control, the stewardship of our public lands and natural resources, as well as disputes involving Native American rights and resources, and coordinate the Department’s efforts on legislative, regulatory, and policy matters related to such issues.

Many of the ENRD’s current attorneys previously served as semester or summer interns. ENRD’s nine litigating sections hire approximately forty summer legal interns and twenty-five legal interns each semester. Semester internships can be part time or full time, and may qualify for credit.

Responsibilities may differ depending upon a student’s time commitment and ability, but often include a variety of litigation-oriented tasks, such as the drafting of legal memoranda, motions, and briefs or projects involving review of environmental policy or regulatory matters. Interns are also invited to attend and/or participate in moot courts, client meetings, status conferences, preparing witnesses, depositions, and hearings. In short, ENRD interns hone their skills by serving side-by-side with experienced ENRD lawyers.

ENRD is now accepting applications for Summer 2014 internships through the Symplicity database. The application period closes January 12, 2014.

Further information on the work of ENRD and internship opportunities may be found in their recruiting brochure.

Additional information is also available online on the website.

Join Us For: GOLDMAN SACHS PRIVATE WEALTH MANAGEMENT: LAW SCHOOL SYMPOSIUM – Registration Deadline is December 8, 2013


Interested in learning more about finance and career opportunities at Goldman Sachs? Join us for our Law School Symposium to learn more about Private Wealth Management.

This event will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about our firm, the career paths we offer and how you can leverage your law degree in a creative way to build client relationships and providing strategic investment expertise. Networking session will include law school alumni working in Private Wealth Management.

Topics will include: 

  • Introduction to Private Wealth Advisor Role
  • Entrepreneurship and Leadership Opportunities
  • Nationwide Locations and Client Coverage
  • Training and Development Framework for New Associates

DATE: December 19, 2013

TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Goldman Sachs New York Headquarters.


HOW TO REGISTER: Submit on-line application 

Note: This event is open to 2L and 1L law school students. There will be reimbursement up to $200 for confirmed participants.

Attention 1L Students: See Scholarship Information & Holiday Break Events for Networking!

Article: Easy Ways to Network During the Holiday Season (and possibly land a job)!

As Hillary Mantis writes in her article titled “Easy Ways to Network During the Holiday Season (and possibly land a job)!,” if you think there are no job possibilities during the holidays, think again. The holidays can still be a good time to look. Read her article for some tips online.

Milwaukee Law Firms invite you to the Annual Home for the Holidays Reception

The law firms of Foley & Lardner LLP; Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.; Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Quarles & Brady LLP; and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, S.C. will host their annual “Home for the Holidays” receptions for first-year law students attending out-of-state law schools.

The receptions will be held on Monday, December 30.  Please see the invitation which includes location, time and RSVP details.

                      Bricker & Eckler LLP – Charles H. Walker Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Bricker & Eckler LLP is pleased to once again present the Charles H. Walker Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship for 2014.  Established to provide first-year law students with a valuable employment experience early in their legal career, this scholarship will be awarded to a candidate who demonstrates leadership skills, academic strength, service to the community and an overall commitment to excellence.

Bricker & Eckler LLP proudly dedicate this scholarship in honor of their partner and trusted friend Charles H. Walker, whose career and service to the community exemplify a strong commitment to both the legal profession and Bricker’s tradition of diversity and inclusion.  For many years, he served as a recruiter and mentor to the firm’s younger attorneys and helped guide Bricker & Eckler’s diversity and inclusion commitment.

Students in their first year of legal studies currently enrolled in an ABA-approved law school are eligible to apply for the scholarship.  One scholarship in the form of a $10,000 cash award (less any applicable taxes and withholdings) towards law school tuition and other law school related expenses will be awarded. In addition, the scholarship recipient will receive a paid summer associate position for the summer of 2014.

Eligible candidates should complete the application, which can be downloaded from the firm’s website and forward it with their résumé, writing sample, LSAT score, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts and law school grades (when available) to the attention of Patricia M. Lach, Recruiting/Professional Development Coordinator, Bricker & Eckler LLP, 100 South Third Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

All applications must be complete when submitted and must be received by February 14, 2014.  Scholarship finalists will be interviewed by members of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee and we hope to make the final selection by the Spring.

All inquiries related to the Bricker & Eckler LLP – Charles H. Walker Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship should be directed to Patricia M. Lach, Recruiting/Professional Development Coordinator.

  2013 Bricker & Eckler LLP Home for the Holidays Open House

Bricker & Eckler LLP invites you to their “Home for the Holidays Open House” on Monday, December 30th 2013, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at their offices located at 100 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio.

Please join the firm for a cocktail reception to mingle with the firm’s attorneys, including the Recruiting Committee. RSVP to Patricia M. Lach, Recruiting/Professional Development Coordinator by Monday, December 23, 2013.


Judicial Resources Committee & Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization Announces The Fourth Annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2014

The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for highly-qualified minority, under-represented and economically disadvantaged law students.  The Project is national in scope and will place 75 students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy and magistrate judges’ chambers across the country.  Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions.  Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in a federal court.

There will be an initial screening, which will identify qualified candidates eligible for a first-round interview conducted in-person or by telephone. Applicants who clear this round will be referred to one of the Project’s Participating Judges for a second-round interview, after which each Participating Judge will make a final hiring decision.  Applicants who are hired must commit to attending two mandatory training workshops prior to the beginning of the internship, either in-person or via videoconference, and must be available to work full-time as an unpaid intern for a minimum of six weeks.

The information on how to apply is available here.

All of the program requirements are attached in a Memorandum of Understanding.  Ask your CDO advisor if you have any questions.

At present, this is an unpaid internship, so applicants are encouraged to seek law school or non-profit funding.  Also, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to the ABA’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, which has been a source of funding for Project interns.

Applications will be received online until 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 6, 2014. Electronic applications will be available online the week of October 28, 2013. Early applications are highly encouraged. Paper applications will not be accepted.


2014 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition – Call for Papers

The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (Center) at American University Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict (ASIL) are pleased to announce the Fourth Annual International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition. The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship in international humanitarian law among students, as well as to deepen their understanding of this important and evolving area of law.

The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on a particular theme of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The theme of the 2014 Competition is “International Humanitarian Law and Emerging Technologies.” Papers should focus on the ways in which IHL intersects with emerging technologies such as nanotechnologies, drones, autonomous systems, cyber warfare technologies, etc.

This Competition is part of a multi-pronged initiative to expand and support the teaching and study of IHL among students and professors in which both the Center and ASIL have been deeply involved. In 2007, the Center published a study with the International Committee of the Red Cross on Teaching International Humanitarian Law in US Law Schools. The study identified a growing need for resources to support and expand the teaching of IHL among law faculty, but also a desire to support the interest of students in learning about IHL. The IHL Student Writing Competition promotes and supports student interest and deepening scholarship in IHL by providing students with a tangible way to become more directly involved in the global discourse around IHL. Last year, the Competition received over 40 submissions from 12 different countries.


1. Students must currently be enrolled, as of February 16, 2014, in a law degree program (J.D., LL.M. or equivalent) at an ABA accredited U.S. law school or foreign law school with an equivalent accreditation. In order to verify enrollment, all submissions must be accompanied by a Confirmation of Enrollment form (to be submitted online along with the paper submission or by mail or fax).

2. Students must submit an unpublished, unedited paper written solely by the candidate in English or translated into English (if written in another language).

3. All submissions must be, in substantial part, on the theme “International Humanitarian Law and Emerging Technologies.” For the purposes of this competition, international humanitarian law means that area of international law that regulates the conduct of armed hostilities or armed conflict. The Organizers reserve the right to determine at their own discretion whether or not submissions fall within the scope of this theme. Submissions that fall outside the scope of this theme will not be considered.

4. The papers must not exceed 25 pages, including footnotes. The body should be double-spaced and written in Times New Roman, font size 12. Footnotes should be single-spaced in Times New Roman, font size 10. All margins should be 1 inch (approximately 2.5 cm) each.

5. Applicants attending law schools the United States must cite their sources according to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation . Applicants attending law schools in countries other than the United States must cite their sources either according to The Bluebook or according to the standard or most commonly used legal citation system in their country.

6. Authors must keep copies of all source materials, i.e., photocopies of all pages used from a particular source, and must provide them to the Organizers upon request.

7. Only one submission will be accepted per student. If the Organizers receive more than one paper, none of the student’s submissions will be considered.


1. The Organizers will grant two awards for the two best papers submitted. The Organizers reserve the right to make one award or no award in the event that the submitted articles presented do not meet the minimum requirements and standards as determined by the Organizers. The Award for the two winning authors will consist of:

a. A one-year student membership with the American Society of International Law;

b. The opportunity to present papers at an virtual conference that will be broadcast on the webpage of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law; and

c. A certificate confirming that the student has won the 2014 International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition.


The deadline for submissions is Monday, Februrary 16, 2014, by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Papers should be submitted via email to Microsoft Word attachments. Each person submitting a paper must also fill out and submit a Submission Form (click here to download) and Confirmation of Enrollment (click here to download).

Students will receive an email confirmation that their submission was received no later than 24 hours after the submission deadline and should contact the organizers in the event they do not receive a confirmation email.


Click here for the terms and conditions of this competition, as well information the method of notification of winners.


Click here for a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

The American College of Legal Medicine’s 2014 Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine and Bioethics

Every year, the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) presents an award for the outstanding original paper on legal medicine. All students studying Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Podiatry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Science, Healthcare Administration or Public Health are encouraged to compete.

Hirsh Award Winner – $1,000

2nd Prize – $500

3rd Prize – $250

The first place paper will be named the Hirsh Award Winner. In addition, the ACLM will pay the Hirsh Award Winner’s costs of travel and lodging to present his or her paper at the ACLM 2014 Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX.

What is Legal Medicine?

Legal medicine is the professional and academic discipline that concerns itself with legal aspects of medical science, medical practice and other healthcare delivery. Practitioners of the specialty have sufficient training, knowledge and expertise to address the scope of the specialty from a scholarly, scientific and practical perspective. As the subject matter of legal medicine is broad, we are looking for quality papers that cover any aspect of legal medicine.

Applicant Criteria:

  1. All authors must have previously achieved a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution and must be currently enrolled in an accredited Law, Medical, Podiatric, Nursing, Dental, Health Science or Healthcare Administration program in the United States or Canada.
  2. No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for scholarly classes will be allowed as long as they have not been published.
  3. All papers submitted will receive consideration for publication in the Journal of Legal Medicine or other medical legal publications.


  1. The format rules below must be followed exactly. PAPERS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW ALL OF THESE RULES WILL NOT BE GRADED.
  2. The paper’s length must not exceed 5000 total words, and must not exceed 15 pages. The word count is applicable to the total paper; the words on the title page, footnotes, figures and tables are to be included.
  3. All papers are to be submitted in Word document format, using 12 point Times New Roman font for all text. Papers must be typed double-spaced, with one-inch margins and all pages are to be numbered. All citations are to be as footnotes, which should be in 10 point Times New Roman font, single-spaced, and with one-inch margins.
  4. The first page must be the cover page, which must include the following information: the author’s name and contact information, including a telephone number, email address and the name of the author’s school. The cover page must also contain the final word count obtained from Word.
  5. At the top of page #2 the author must place the title of the paper all in capitals. After the title, two lines must be skipped and the text of the paper should begin.
  6. If tables or figures are included, they are to be placed after the text according to the following rules: On the first page after the end of the text, a list of all tables and figures will be provided. Each table and figure will then be placed on a separate page. 

If an author wishes to acknowledge an individual or institution this can only be done on the cover page.


  1. Papers must contain only uncollaborated original work.
  2. Papers may relate to research done by the author.
  3. Papers may deal with any aspect of legal medicine, including medical licensure and regulation of the profession, business aspects of medical practice, liability of physicians, hospitals, managed care organizations, and pharmaceutical manufacturers, public health law, the physician-patient relationship, care of special patients, food and drug law, medical research, forensic science, and the history of legal medicine.
  4. Although papers may have been submitted for a grade at the author’s school, the author may not have submitted the paper elsewhere for publication.
  5. It is assumed that the author has no financial interest (direct or indirect) with the material presented. If the author does have a conflict this should be disclosed on the last page of the document.


  1. All papers will be judged by the Student Awards Committee of the American College of Legal Medicine in a blinded review process. The decision of the judges is final.
  2. All prizes may not be awarded each year if the ACLM and/or the Student Awards Committee determines that no entry meets the standards of a winning paper.

Papers will be judged in the following areas:

  1. Appropriateness of subject matter for the contest
  2. Originality, thoughtfulness
  3. Quality of legal and bioethical, medical, law, dentistry, podiatry, nursing, pharmacy, health science, healthcare administration or public health analysis
  4. Quality of writing
  5. Citation of authority/support for arguments

Deadline and Submission:

  1. The papers must be submitted only via email to Papers transmitted or sent in any other form will not be considered for the writing competition.
  2. Authors must submit their papers by the end of the business day, January 6, 2014. Under no circumstances will any paper be considered unless it is submitted by the deadline and in the required format.
  3. Winners other than the Hirsh Award Winner will be announced at the ACLM 2014 Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas, and may appear personally at their own expense if they wish to be recognized.
  4. Direct questions to:
Student Writing Competition
American College of Legal Medicine
Two WoodfieldLake, 1100 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 350
Schaumburg, IL 60173  

For additional information, please visit the website.

The University of Arkansas School of Law is Accepting Applications for the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law for the 2014-15 Academic Year

The University of Arkansas School of Law is accepting applications for the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law for the 2014-15 academic year.

In addition to their signature small-class experience in Fayetteville, they have applied for approval to offer a new distance degree option beginning with the Fall 2014 semester. This option is being designed to accommodate a small number of experienced attorneys who cannot move to Fayetteville, but who would enhance their network of students and alumni.

The unique curriculum attracts attorneys from throughout the United   States and the world. From traditional farming and ranching to urban agriculture, from agribusiness to farmers markets, the LL.M. considers consumer, producer and processor perspectives. We study the law and policy that shapes our food system.

Recognizing that a food system should reflect the diversity and the culture of the people it serves, they also have outreach to under-represented groups in agriculture. The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at Arkansas is the nation’s first law school initiative focusing on tribal food systems, agriculture and community sustainability.

Links to the 2014 Poster and 2014 Brochure are provided. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available each year.


The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization 2014 Summer Fellowships at Yale Law School

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2014 Summer Fellowship program. 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. The Fellowship will run from May 28 to August 30, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  The Fellowship will pay $14.00/hour ($6,720 for 12 weeks of full-time work). Most students work for twelve weeks. 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 the 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 2014, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics:

  • Sol and Lillian Goldman Family Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic
  • Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic
  • Immigration Legal Services
  • Landlord Tenant Legal Services
  • Legal Services for Immigrant Communities
  • Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation
  • Transnational Development Clinic
  • Veterans Legal Services Clinic
  • Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

The deadline to submit application materials is January 15, 2014.  Early applications are encouraged.

For more information on the work of each of these clinics and how to apply, please visit the website or Symplicity.


This Week at the CDO (Week of November 25, 2013)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013: 

  • Last day of classes – Congratulations on the completion of the fall 2013 semester. Congratulations to the graduating class of December 2013! 

Thursday, November 28, 2013: 

  • Thanksgiving Holidays/Recess

Monday, December 2, 2013: 

  • Reading Period Begins – Good luck with finals! 

Information about Reading Period, Finals and Winter Break - The Career Development Office will remain open during reading period, finals and winter break. Students and alumni are welcome to contact our office to schedule advising appointments during this time.

*This is the last “This Week at the CDO” for the fall 2013 semester. The weekly posts will return in January, 2014.*