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International Legal Internships for Summer 2012

Interested in working abroad next summer for academic credit? Possibly in Paris, Hong Kong, or Buenos Aires?  The Career Development Office is hosting an information session on Thursday, January 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109.  Suffolk University Law School and The Center for International Legal Studies offer this unique opportunity to acquire practical legal
experience in law firms and international organizations in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

During the summer of 2012, you can travel to another country, engage in the practice of law, and earn academic credit towards your JD degree.  To learn more, please join us.



Attend The 25th Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat

Spots are filling up fast!

The 25th Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat is taking place in Peterborough, New Hampshire from March 2-4, 2012. The Retreat brings together public interest law students and practitioners for an engaging weekend of learning, networking and fun. The 25th Annual Cover Retreat is being organized by students from Vermont Law and Albany Law and sponsored by Yale Law School and Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).

When: March 2-4, 2012

Where: Sargent Center, Peterborough, NH

Cost: $150 (includes retreat fees, lodging, and all meals/food).

Register online.  A flier/poster about the retreat is available for download from the Retreat website. The registration Deadline is February 16, 2012.  All interested students should register as soon as possible. There is limited space at the Retreat Center.

Travel and Carpool: If you have travel questions, contact Ben Smilowitz, Cover Retreat 2012 Support Executive Director, Disaster Accountability Project.  Students should check with him before booking flights or trains to confirm that they are arriving early enough on Friday or departing late enough on Sunday to get rides to/from the Retreat site.

Plane: Students can fly to Manchester (MHT), Hartford (BDL), or Boston (BOS) and will be helped to find carpools from those airports.

Train: Students can take trains to Hartford or Springfield and join carpools from either location.

Car: It is expected that multi-school carpools will depart from NYC, Hartford, Springfield, Boston and possibly Washington, DC.

Students should aim to arrive at the Retreat Site between 3:30-5:30PM on Friday March 2nd.  The Retreat will end at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4th.

Visit Public Counsel for Various Public Interest Opportunities

Public Counsel is the largest pro bono law office in the nation and works with major law firms to change people’s futures. Their staff of fifty-one attorneys and forty-six support staff – including five social workers – along with over 5,000 volunteer lawyers, law students and legal professionals assisted over 32,000 low-income children, youth, adults and families, as well as eligible community organizations last year. The value of these free legal services provided during 2010 is conservatively estimated at over $88 million.

Founded in 1970, Public Counsel is the public interest law firm of the Los  Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, as well as the Southern  California affiliate of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Public Counsel’s activities are far-ranging and impact a wide spectrum of people who live at or below the poverty level.  Volunteer attorneys have the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects-large and small, litigation and transactional matters.  Staff provides training, model pleadings and forms and consultations to volunteers.  The substantive areas in which Public Counsel works include Veterans Advocacy, Appellate Law, Community Development, Early Care and Education Law, Homelessness Prevention Law, Children’s Rights and Consumer Law.

For information and opportunities, please visit the website.

Free Webinar Series: The Summer Public Interest Job Search: Expert Tips on Cover Letters, Resumes, Interviewing, and Networking

This two-part webinar series, cosponsored by NALP and Equal Justice Works, will provide law students with insight on the key elements of the summer public-interest job application process.   Attorneys with years of application review experience will highlight do’s and don’ts; explain how and why public interest application materials may substantively differ from law firm materials; and explore the dynamics of personal interactions in interviews and networking situations.

Part One: Wed., 1/25/12 at 3pm Eastern – Best Practices in Drafting Cover Letters and Resumes:  Reserve your Webinar seat now!


  • Steve Grumm, Director of Public Service Initiatives, NALP
  • Stuart Smith, Director of Legal Recruitment, New York City Law Department
  • Nicole Vikan, Assistant Director for Public Interest & Government Careers, Georgetown University Law Center

Part Two: Wed., 2/1/12 at 12pm (Noon) Eastern – Best Practices in Interviewing and In-person Networking:  Reserve your Webinar seat now!


  • Nita Mazumder, Program Manager for Law  School Relations, Equal Justice Works
  • Nicole Simmons, Career Counselor, The University of Texas School of Law
  • David Zisser, Associate Counsel, The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law


FELOWSHIP FUNDING SOURCE FOR 1L’S: Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students

FELOWSHIP FUNDING SOURCE FOR 1L’S: Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color

Please note that you must be a registered PSLawNet user to view job postings. To register, go to PSLawNet and sign up as a ‘Job Seeker’.

Self-Funded Summer Internships Available With INTERIGHTS

INTERIGHTS is pleased to invite applications for “summer interns” for the period between May to September 2012.  INTERIGHTS specialises in the strategic litigation of human rights cases before regional and international human rights bodies, on cases from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.

With programmes of work on equality (including the human rights of women, persons with disabilities and LGBTI rights), security and the rule of law (including counter-terrorism) and economic and social rights, an internship at INTERIGHTS provides unique exposure to a variety of international legal challenges in practice.

While INTERIGHTS has specific funded internships for experienced lawyers from the regions in which we work, “summer interns” are volunteers who must be self-funded.

Applicants must be prepared to commit for no less than three months between May and September, and should specify their proposed dates in their covering letter.

Successful candidates will:

  • Be law graduates or be entering their final year of law school (LL.M. graduates or students desirable)
  • Demonstrate an interest in international human rights law
  • Demonstrate excellent legal research
  • Be fluent in English, with outstanding English drafting skills
  • Have the right to work in the UK or successfully obtain a sponsorship certificate

Please note that applications from candidates who do not meet the above criteria will not be considered. It will be advantageous for candidates to be fluent in French, Russian or Arabic.  Experience of human rights issues and law in Eastern European and the former Soviet Union, Africa, South Asia or the Middle East is also desirable.

To apply please send the following documents to Chloë Marong no later than 31st January 2012:

  • A covering letter of one page outlining your interest in volunteering with INTERIGHTS;
  • Your curriculum vitae;
  • A completed equality and diversity monitoring form (available here), and
  • An unedited writing sample of no more than 2,000 words (this could be a term paper, an article or a case note).

Please write Summer Internship in the subject field of your email.


INTERIGHTS Seeking Volunteer, Right to Education in Africa

Application deadline: 15 January 2012

Established in 1982, INTERIGHTS works to promote respect for human rights through the use of law. This is achieved this through a range of activities: strategic litigation through co-representation, legal support to applicants and third party interventions before international, regional, and national human rights courts and bodies; advising lawyers on the use of international and comparative human rights law before their domestic courts; building capacity through litigation partnerships, targeted training activities and internships, and through the dissemination of legal information. Thematically, the priorities
are equality, security and the rule of law (including counter-terrorism), and economic and social rights (ESR). INTERIGHTS currently focuses its activities in Africa, the Commonwealth, Europe, the Middle East and North  Africa.

Volunteers provide valuable legal research and drafting assistance to lawyers, helping with the preparation of legal briefs, training materials and publications on human rights.

This volunteer placement is for two months. This is an unpaid position but the organization will reimburse out of pocket expenses of a travel card zone 1-6 and up to £5 a day for lunch. Volunteers are required to provide receipts to claim these expenses.


  • Law qualification
  • Experience of working in the human rights sector in Africa
  • Experience or knowledge  of working on economic and social rights (ESR) issues
  • Sophisticated understanding of issues and legal standards related to the protection from right to education violations
  • Strong research, analytical and writing skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Demonstrable an interest in international human rights law
  • Have the right to work in the UK or successfully obtain a sponsorship certificate
  • Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office
  • Demonstrable ability to produce high quality work products
  • Sensitivity to working in a multi-cultural environment and commitment to equal
  • Commitment to the values and mission of INTERIGHTS


  • Extensive experience in litigating before domestic and/or regional courts in Africa
  • Connections with organisations focusing on ESR in the region / internationally
  • Familiarity with international human rights standards and mechanisms
  • Familiarity with  regional and  international standards on ESR
  • Previous experience of working in an NGO setting
  • Working knowledge of French

To apply, please email your cover letter, curriculum vitae, equal opportunities and diversity monitoring form (can be downloaded) and an unedited writing sample of no more than 2,000 words by 15 January 2012. Please ensure that you put “Volunteer, Right to Education in Africa” in the subject line of the email.

INTERIGHTS will only contact shortlisted candidates.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Civil Rights Division (Washington, D.C) Seeks Legal Interns

Organization Description: The Civil Rights Division (CRD) in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) seeks legal interns to assist with its enforcement and outreach efforts.  OCR promotes and ensures that people have equal access to and opportunity to participate in certain health care and human services programs without facing unlawful discrimination.  CRD carries out this mission by enforcing Federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in certain circumstances, sex and religion, in programs and activities that receive financial assistance from
HHS.  CRD also enforces Federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in health care and social service programs of state and local governments.

Job Description: Interns will gain invaluable exposure to public health issues from the perspective of the Federal government.  Specifically, the interns will assist CRD personnel with discrimination complaints, investigations, pre-grants, clearances, and regulatory compliance.  Additionally, interns will develop an understanding of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Act of 1975.

Qualifications: Applicants should be second year law students, students in a Masters of Public Health program or medical students who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to civil rights law.  Applicants should have strong backgrounds in research, writing, and creative problem-solving.  Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary: The positions are unpaid, but OCR will cooperate with applications for law school fellowship programs, credit programs, and any other sources of support for summer interns.  OCR prefers full-time interns, but is willing to consider par- time interns on a case by case basis.

Application Instructions: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis for the spring, summer and fall terms.  To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (5-10 pages) to Carole Brown.

For those applying for the summer term, please apply as soon as possible, and no later than January 27, 2012. 


Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers 2011-2012 Bar Study Scholarship

The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers (“CFAWL”) is proud to announce its inaugural Bar Study Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to promote the CFAWL mission. The scholarship is meant to help the recipient while he or she studies for the Florida Bar Exam. It is made possible through the generous donations of CFAWL members, friends and CFAWL fundraising efforts.

For the 2011-2012 academic year, a scholarship will be awarded to a deserving full-time or part-time law student who will take the Florida Bar Exam for the first time in July 2012 and who has promoted the CFAWL mission through CFAWL membership and/or volunteer work. This student will have demonstrated leadership and involvement on his or her campus and in the general community.

Applications must be received by February 3, 2012.

Depending on CFAWL’s fundraising success, two scholarships may be awarded.

For more details, please see the application by clicking here.