Apply for the 2012 – 2013 Class of the White House Fellows Program

The White House Fellows Program is now open for applications. Click here to access the application.

The application and three letters of recommendation must be submitted no later than Friday, January 13, 2012 at 5:59 p.m. (EST).

Applications are only accepted through the online system. However, you may access the following PDF document for reference and planning purposes.

The application has six major sections:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Recommendations
  3. Declarations
  4. Resume
  5. Essays
  6. Certification

Applications will not be complete until both the application and three recommendations have been submitted online. Only applications completed by the January 13, 2012 deadline will be considered. You must use the online system to apply. Application submissions by post, fax, or email are not accepted.

If you have any technical questions or need assistance, please email technical support. If you have general questions about the program please email the program office. You should expect a response within 24 hours during the business week (Monday-Friday, excluding Federal Holidays).

The Weil 1L Diversity Fellowship

The Weil 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers at Weil, a global law firm with offices in Boston, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New York, Providence, Silicon Valley, Washington, DC and Wilmington, DE.  The selected Fellow will receive a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for his/her second year of law school.  This award is contingent upon accepting an offer of summer employment at Weil. 

To become the Weil 1L Diversity Fellow, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. You must have successfully completed the first semester of your first year of a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2014, and you may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Applications are due January 15, 2012

For additional information and the application form, click here.

Internship for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Rights Lawyer (6 months)

Deadline for application: 3 January 2012

For over 25 years, INTERIGHTS has played a leading role in promoting human rights through the use of international and comparative law through strategic litigation and a range of complementary capacity building activities, working with lawyers, judges and civil society partners worldwide. INTERIGHTS currently focuses its activities in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and thematically on economic and social rights, equality and security and the rule of law.

INTERIGHTS is seeking applications from lawyers working on lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights. This internship focuses on LGBTI inAfricawith the aim of developing INTERIGHTS strategic work in the region.

The six month internship will begin in early April – September 2012.

This full-time placement will provide an opportunity for a lawyer with knowledge of LGBTI issues and relevant law to develop their legal skills while assisting the program with:

  • Legal research on international and comparative human rights law and practice with respect to the protection of LGBTI rights
  • Preparation of materials for legal trainings and meetings on the application and development of equality standards in this context
  • Supporting the further development of INTERIGHTS’ LGBTI work
  • Providing support to the Africa LGBTI Rights Lawyers’ Network

Where possible, the intern may attend meetings with human rights practitioners, human rights lectures in London or at other universities, or visit other international or national human rights organizations based in London.

INTERIGHTS will arrange and pay for travel, travel insurance and visa costs. The intern will receive a monthly stipend of £1,300. Accommodation is not provided but INTERIGHTS can advise on finding a suitable place to stay.

Before applying, applicants are encouraged to read the person specification. To apply, please send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae indicating two referees, a completed equality and diversity monitoring form and a recent unedited writing sample of no more than two thousand words.  All forms can be downloaded. Applications should be sent to the organization directly.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 3 January 2012.

University College Dublin Law Review Now Accepting Submissions for Articles Due March 30, 2012


The University College Dublin Law Review (UCDLA) is now accepting submissions for articles. The Editorial Board seeks academic legal articles from students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, along with recent graduates.

Submissions are preferably between 5,000 and 10,000 words in length, and should be submitted electronically. Articles are published from a wide variety of legal fields.

The University College Dublin Law Review house style of citation is OSCOLA 2006.

Articles should be formatted in Microsoft Word and submitted either by e-mail  or by mail to UCD Law Review Editorial Board, School of Law, Roebuck Castle, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

A prize of 500 euro will be awarded for the best article.

The deadline for submission to the 12th volume is March 30, 2012.

Further details may be found at the UCDLA website.

The Foreign Policy Association has a Career Center

The Foreign Policy Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. Founded in 1918, FPA serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding of, and providing informed opinions on global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.

What the FPA Does:

  • Great Decisions: FPA’s national, grass-roots discussion program
  • Career Services: Tools for established and emerging foreign policy professionals
  • Meetings: Convening policymakers and leaders across government and industry
  • PBS Television Series: America’s longest running television program on U.S. foreign policy
  • Foreign Policy Blogs: Tracking global developments from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe

To access the Career Center and Job Board to search job opportunities, visit the website.

PILnet Offers Unpaid Internships in Public Interest Advocacy and Human Rights in Europe and Asia

PILnet offers unpaid internships for students willing to gain experience in the promotion of public interest advocacy and human rights in Europe and Asia. Internships are normally ten to twelve weeks in length, 40 hours a week, and are offered in the spring (February to May), summer (June to August), and fall (September to November) of each year, depending on the needs of each PILnet office.

Interns can expect to work for PILnet’s communications staff and/or in one or more of the following areas:

  • Pro Bono
  • Legal Aid Reform
  • Legal Education Reform

Interns are selected based on the following considerations:

  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and human rights principles
  • Knowledge of one or more language(s) of the countries where PILnet programs are being implemented
  • Understanding of what PILnet does
  • Communication skill
  • Academic achievement
  • Candidates interested in being an intern in the Beijing office must be fluent in Mandarin

Applications for PILnet internships are accepted and decided upon on a rolling basis. Applicants are requested to submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in an internship at PILnet, including specific program areas and/or projects on which you would like to work, relevant theoretical and/or practical experience, and the specific time period of your proposed internship. Your letter should also make clear your understanding that the internship is non-remunerated, and should identify external sources of funding for the internship.
  • A curriculum vitae, including contact information for two people who can comment on the applicant’s potential to undertake a PILnet internship successfully.
  • A law school transcript.

Applications should be submitted to the office where the internship will take place:

For additional information, visit the website.

NACDL Diversity Task Force 2012 Summer Law Fellowships in Criminal Defense

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is seeking up to five (5) Minority Law Fellows to match with exceptional, experienced, criminal defense attorney members for up to eight (8) weeks working in a criminal defense law practice. The purpose of the fellowship is to advance diversity in the criminal defense community by giving underrepresented populations an opportunity to gain experience in a criminal defense law practice. Fellows will actively intern inWashington, D.C., New York, NY, San Juan, PR, or Denver, CO, as well as be invited to participate in NACDL events and networking opportunities during the summer. Each Fellow will receive a weekly stipend of $500.00

Interested applicants must 1) be law students in good academic standing enrolled in an ABA accredited law school at the time the application is submitted; 2) submit a personalized cover letter that addresses a) a first & second placement preference and b) why the applicant wants to be a NACDL Fellow; 3) submit a 1-2 page resume; 4) fully complete the entry form; and 5) email a completed application package to Daniel Weir by January 17, 2012 by 4:00 p.m. EST. To confirm receipt of submission, contact Daniel Weir. Other questions? Contact Geneva Vanderhorst, attention: NACDL Fellowship.

For entry form and written assignments, visit the website.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships — Deadline: February 1, 2012

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, will be inaugurated in academic year 2012-13.  The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship will allow fellows to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships will be offered in the following countries:

U.S. Embassies, Fulbright Commissions (where applicable), and host country governments will coordinate appropriate professional placements for candidates in public policy areas including, but not limited to, public health, education, agriculture, justice, energy, environment, public finance, economic development, information technology, and communications. 

Candidates must be in receipt of a master’s or J.D. degree by the beginning of the Fellowship (Summer – Fall 2012) or be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program.  Applicants must also have at least two years of work experience in public policy-related fields. 

The Application for the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship opens on November 4, 2011.  Applicants must complete and submit the Fulbright U.S. Student Application including the supplemental Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship section by February 1, 2012Departure for assignments will begin in Summer – Fall 2012.

 To access the application click here.

For more information or to apply, visit the website.   


PSLawNet Updated its Summer Funding Page

PSLawNet added new resources. You can check out the updated summer funding resources page here.

Also, make sure to check the career fairs page for fast-approaching 2012 fairs!

You can also read the PSLawNet Blog for updated information.


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.