Watch the Free Podcast About Holiday Networking!

The ABA Career and Practice Development Committee in conjunction with the Law Student Division have produced a free podcast dedicated to Holiday Networking. 

Students and alumni are free to download the podcast.


Announcing the Second International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition-Deadline is February 15th!

DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time

The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law (WCL) and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society (ASIL) are pleased to once again announce the second International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition. Learn more about last year’s competition, winners, and jury.


The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society seek submissions of papers for the second International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition. This competition aims to enhance scholarship among students in international humanitarian law and deepen understanding within this increasingly prevalent field.


  • Students must currently be enrolled in a law degree program at aU.S.or foreign law school
  • Students may choose a legal topic related to international humanitarian law
  • Submissions must be unpublished papers written solely by the candidate in English


The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 15, 2012, by 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Articles should be submitted online as Microsoft Word attachments. Each person submitting a paper must fill out and submit an online Submission Form. Students experiencing difficulty using the form should email questions to Only papers submitted through the online form will be considered.                 

Students will receive an e-mail 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 e-mail.                                

For complete Competition rules, click here (updated on November 15, 2011, see Rule 1).


The two winning authors will present their papers at an expert conference in Spring 2012 at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, with travel and accommodation expenses covered, will receive a complimentary registration at the ASIL Annual Meeting on March 28-31, 2012 in Washington, DC, and will receive a one-year student membership with ASIL.

Click here for online submission form. Click here to download the competition poster.

Please note that Competition Rules and Regulations were updated on November 15, 2011.

For additional information, please visit the website.

Registration is OPEN for the 2012 RebLaw (“Rebellious Lawyering”) Conference!

RebLaw 2012 will be held at YaleLawSchoolon the weekend of February 17-18.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Gerald Lopez, UCLA law professor and author of “Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s Vision of Progressive Law Practice.”

The keynote panel on “The Criminalization of Poverty” will feature Andrea Ritchie, co-author of “Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States” and coordinator of Streetwise and Safe; Andrew Friedman, co-founding director of Make the Road New York; and Lisa Daugaard, supervisor of the Seattle Defender Association’s Racial Disparity Project.

There will be nearly two dozen panels and workshops, including:

*Enforcing Labor Rights in a Transnational World

* Mobilizing for Sexual and Reproductive Justice

* Strategic Lawyering for Collective Entities: Models, Methods and Movement Building

* Fighting the Monopoly on Medicine

* Fallout from the Wal-Mart Decision

* Crime, But Not Punishment: Restorative Justice As An Alternative to Criminal Prosecution in Domestic & Int’l Contexts

* The Work JDs Do in Education Reform

* Race and Voting

* Prison Re-Entry

* Sovereignty, Identity, and Genocide: U.S. Law and Native Bodies

* Transnational LGBT Advocacy

* Confronting Big Food

* Juvenile Justice

* Rethinking the Public Interest Law Market

* Union organizing

* Environmental Justice * and more!

You can register  and find more details on the conference online.

Attend a Practising Law Institute Program on Scholarship

The Practising Law Institute (“PLI”) PLI offers scholarships to students for live AND archived programs. The cutting-edge, practice-oriented information that leading lights of the legal world share at PLI programs can give you an edge in this tough market by:

  • giving you practical insights into the practice areas of most major law firms
  • giving you an idea how the best and brightest in practice think and speak
  • showing hiring partners that you are a proactive, inquisitive, self-directed learner
  • giving you something timely and thought-provoking to talk about in interviews

In most cases, you’ll only pay a $25 scholarship application fee . . . for programs that attorneys pay up to almost $2,000 for.

If you can, attend a live program for top-notch networking opportunities, on top of all of the cutting-edge substance. Or watch a Live Webcast. In either case, be sure to get your scholarship application in to us at least one month in advance of the live program you want to attend or watch.

And there’s always our archived programs. (The scholarship process can take up to a month, even if you’re looking to watch an archived program.)

PSLawNet’s Resource Page Has Been Updated and Expanded

PSLawNet’s resource page for public interest law students searching for summer funding is newly updated and expanded.  Detailed information on over 50 funding opportunities is available.  Many deadlines are approaching! 

Check out the website for additional information.


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt 1L Summer Associate Diversity Scholarship

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is committed to the growth of diversity in the firm to reflect the rich diversity of our society. As one means of meeting this commitment, the firm has established an SWW 1L Diversity Scholarship Program. 

The scholarship consists of a paid 10-week summer associate position in either thr Portland, Oregon or Seattle, Washington, office for the summer following the successful completion of the first year of law school.  In addition, the recipient will receive a $7,500 academic scholarship to help defray tuition and expenses for their second year of law school.


Applicant must:

  • be a first-year law student in good standing for the degree of Juris Doctor at anABAaccredited law school;
  • possess an undergraduate and law school record of academic achievement, capacity, and leadership that evidences promise for a successful career in the legal profession;
  • contribute to the diversity of the law school student body and the legal community; and
  • demonstrate a commitment to practice law in thePacific Northwestupon completion of law school.


In accordance with NALP Guidelines, materials will not be accepted prior to December 1. Materials must be received by Dorianna Phillips, Attorney Recruiting Administrator, by January 15, 2012.  Submissions will only be accepted electronically.  When using the online application software, please be sure to fill out all of the requested contact information and law school information including graduation year.  All documents must be uploaded as a PDF.  Documents will only be accepted in PDF format.

Submissions to include:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Complete undergraduate transcript (unofficial acceptable)
  • Law school transcript reflecting 1L first semester grades (unofficial acceptable)
  • One- or two-page personal statement indicating applicant’s interest in the scholarship, explaining applicant’s personal story beyond what is shown on the resume, and explains how the student will contribute to the diversity in the legal community
  • Writing sample (that has not been significantly edited by others) reflecting applicant’s legal analysis abilities (not to exceed five pages)

Interviews will be granted to finalists and the scholarship recipient will be selected in February 2012.

The Levit Essay Contest For Law Students and Young Lawyers: Deadline to Submit is February 17, 2012

The Levit Essay Contest For Law Students and Young Lawyers

For Innovative Research and Writing on Lawyers’ Professional Liability

An Annual Competition Concluding Every April

Deadline for Submission

ONLINE entries MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on February 17, 2012.

MAILED entries MUST be postmarked by February 17, 2012.

Contest Mission: The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention.

PrizeCash award of $5,000. All expense paid trip to the Spring 2012 National Legal Malpractice Conference in New York City on April 18-20, 2012.

Eligibility: he contest is open to law students and young lawyers who will have enrolled as members of the American Bar Association no later than February 17, 2012.


The Bert W. Levit Essay Contest is conducted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and the San Francisco law firm of Long & Levit LLP. The 2012 contest is administered and judged by a subcommittee designated by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

The Assignment:

The 2012 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves an international law firm and ethics questions concerning how the firm handles engagement letters, office restructuring, and taking on new matters in a cross-jurisdictional scenario.

For additional information regarding contest rules, information, hypothetical and entry form, please visit the website.

Open Society Foundations, Open Society Justice Initiative Seeks two Litigation Fellows

Application deadline: January 1, 2012

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

The Open Society Justice Initiative seeks to recruit two deferred junior lawyers as Litigation Fellows for a 12 month placement, one with a beginning in February 2012, the other in August 2012. Such a placement provides a unique opportunity for a junior lawyer to acquire direct experience in strategic human rights litigation at a global level, preparing cases in all the regional human rights tribunals on a wide variety of legal issues.

This position is designed to allow for junior lawyers on sabbatical from a law firm or with fellowship funding to work with a public interest organization for a period of 12 months for which they will be reimbursed by the law firm or fellowship funder.

Purpose of Position:  

Acquire direct experience in strategic human rights litigation at a global level, preparing cases in all the regional human rights tribunals on a wide variety of legal issues. Work is carried out independently/under general supervision.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (include the following. OSI may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time):

  • Undertake research and prepare ‘mapping’ memos on new litigation opportunities, including preparing country studies, analyzing political and economic developments, conducting surveys of civil society and international organization activities;
  • Write legal memos on topics in preparation for litigation;
  • Liaise with law clinics, pro-bono attorneys and consultants;
  • Assist with the preparation of legal drafts, direct drafting, and fact checking and cite checking;
  • Collate authorities in support of litigation and prepare summaries;
  • Conduct all-source research via websites, Lexis/Nexis, foreign source materials, academic studies, oral interviews of experts, legal and political documents, Library of Congress materials, etc;
  • Attend scheduled staff conference calls and relevant meetings hosted by think tanks, nongovernmental organizations, government briefings, etc;
  • Assist with the development of web-site and advocacy materials as needed;
  • Assist with the development of internal continuing legal education materials;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Law Degree and minimum of one year of relevant experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Study of human rights law at post-graduate level.

Skills Required:

  • Proven ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment; to troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, consistently on schedule, without loss of attention to detail and budget;
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office and experience with internet research;
  • Excellent listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
  • Show discretion and ability to handle confidential issues;
  • High level of self-motivation and at ease working independently when necessary;
  • Poised, work well under pressure and attentive to detail;
  • Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects and ability to prioritize tasks;
  • Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with senior management, co-workers and the general public.

Program Specific Requirements:

  • Very strong research, writing and analytic abilities;
  • Knowledge of French, Spanish, German or Italian a distinct advantage;
  • Advanced computer research, database management and word processing skills, including web searching and Lexis/Nexis.

Upon acceptance, the litigation fellow will need to provide a letter from their university/law firm indicating that they are receiving credit and/or funding for the fellowship.


One year, starting February 2012. (job code: LF-OSJI/F)
One year, starting August 2012. (job code: LF-OSJI/A)

Compensation: Unpaid, lunch provided.

To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter before January 1, 2012. Include job code in subject line.

No phone calls, please.


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Offers Varied Opportunities for Women

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network to the advancement of education. To this day, AAUW continues to break through barriers to improve educational opportunities for women and girls. Learn how AAUW makes a difference through research, publications, leadership programs, and as one of the world’s largest sources of funding to ensure that women and girls have access to higher education and the opportunity to achieve excellence in professions of their choice.

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 240 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2011-12 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women in the United States and around the globe.

Learn more about each of AAUW’s fellowships, grants, leadership, career center, scholarships and publications.


The Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship Program Application Deadline is January 13th!

2012 Summer Fellowships:

Funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout theUnited States.

2012-2013 School-Year Fellowship:

1 funded part-time position in Chicago

Information available on the website.

Please note:  The application process has changed this year. Students can now apply online through the website.

Application deadline: January 13, 2012