February 2014 Law Student Writing Contest – Deadline is February 17, 2014

The National Law Review is hosting its February 2014 Law Student Writing Contest with the winner’s article to be published on the National Law Review website, the National Law Forum blog, and included in our October newsletter.

Submissions are now being accepted. 

Suggested Topic:

Labor and Employment Law. *Please note that although students are encouraged to submit articles pertaining to this topic, they may also submit entries covering current issues related to other areas of the law.

How To Submit: 

Please email all article submissions via email.

For complete submission guidelines and accompanying materials go to Submission Guidelines.

Why Students Should Submit:

 -Law students have the opportunity to publicly share their knowledge and skills on a national digital platform.
-Winning articles will be placed alongside with those written by respected attorneys from AM Law 200 firms.
-Great resume building opportunity for future employment.
-Great name exposure, with a full accompanying author bio.

USC Gould School of Law Audrey Irmas Clinical Teaching Fellowship: Call for Applications

University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law is seeking applications for the Audrey Irmas Clinical Teaching Fellowship. This two-year fellowship was created in 2011. Candidates should have two to five years practice experience, experience or interest in advocating on behalf of women and children, and an interest in pursuing a career in law school clinical teaching. This position offers USC benefits. The two-year fellowship will begin no later than July 1, 2014 with the possibility to begin as early as March, 2014.

The Irmas Clinical Teaching Fellowship offers opportunities for clinical teaching in one or more clinical programs, including the Immigration Clinic, the International Human Rights Clinic, and the Post-Conviction Justice Project. The Irmas Clinical Teaching Fellow will work under the supervision of the clinical faculty members who teach and direct those Clinics and will concentrate on cases or projects involving or affecting the rights of women and children.

Duties will include:

- Intensive supervision of clinical and summer students;

- Co-teaching portions of the linked clinical seminar(s);

- Curriculum development;

- Individual case or project work; and

- Organizing occasional programmatic events.

Applications should be received by March 31st, 2014. Interested individuals may find further details and apply here.

To learn more about the USC Clinics, please visit their websites.


Walmart Legal Summer Internship Deadline is Coming Up On January 31, 2014!

The Walmart Legal Department (“WMLD”) has a robust 12-week summer internship program for rising 2L and rising 3L students. As an intern in our legal department, you will be able to apply the procedures and processes you have studied in law school in the in-house legal department of a Fortune 100 company.

The program is designed to expose law students to different substantive areas of the law in a corporate retail setting. During your summer internship, you may do any of the following (this is not a complete list of the opportunities):

  • Review and draft non-disclosure agreements
  • Research various trademarks to identify potential infringements
  • Assist with IP litigation management

The WMLD summer internship program also offers students an executive speaker series, a corporate mentor (who may or may not be within the WMLD), subsidized housing and relocation, and a generous monthly stipend.

The WMLD offers five (5) summer internships, each described as follows:

  • 1L WM/Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholar;
  • 1L WM/MCCA Scholar (upon successful completion of summer internship, student will receive a $10,000 scholarship);
  • Three (3) summer internships open to all rising 2L and rising 3L law students.

Qualifications & Application:

  • Candidates must be enrolled full-time as either second-year or third-year law student and in good academic standing (GPA of 2.5 or higher) at an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Candidates must have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  • Submit a cover letter, resume, a law school transcript (all 1Ls must submit first semester grades), and an undergraduate transcript by January 31, 2014 on the website.
  • Each applicant must also include one essay not to exceed 500 words on the following topic: Describe your interest in working in a corporate legal environment (in-house or law firm).
  • For the 1L WM/Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholar and the 1L WM/MCCA Scholar summer internships, each applicant must also include two essays not to exceed 500 words on the following two topics: 1) Describe your interest in working in a corporate legal environment (in-house or law firm) and 2) Describe your interest in diversity within the legal profession.

Candidates may apply for multiple internships.


Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.


Internships for the summer of 2014 are available in the following program areas:

  • Anti-Trafficking Initiative – legal research and writing on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as outreach, community education, and advocacy on the rights of exploited and abused workers.
  • Community Health Care Initiative – legal research, community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access;
  • Economic Justice for Workers – legal research, advocacy and direct representation on behalf of Asian immigrant workers experiencing wage-and-hour, retaliation, and workplace safety violations in the restaurant, nail salon, domestic worker, and other low-wage industries.
  • Educational Equity - legal services, policy work, community education, research and litigation concerning educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment;
  • Housing Justice Project – community outreach/education, community planning, research, and litigation on housing and land use issues affecting low-income Asian immigrant communities;
  • Immigrant Access to Justice: litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities impacted by 9-11, including special interest detainees, special registration, voluntary interviews by the government, the 9-11 absconder initiative, and local and state enforcement of immigration laws.
  • Voting Rights – legal research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, and the redrawing of local, state and federal district lines; produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings.

Description of Summer Internship Program:  The summer program is ten weeks, from approximately June 2 through August 8Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas. Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis.  Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding.  Academic credit can be arranged.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to be received by AALDEF on or before Friday, January 31, 2014 at the address below.  Please indicate in your cover letter the top three preferred program areas.  Only law students qualify for AALDEF’s legal internships.  Applications may be faxed or emailed.

Any bilingual ability should be stated in the application. Bilingual ability is helpful but not required. Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Indonesian and Urdu-speaking applicants are especially urged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the January 31, 2014 deadline.  Interviewing will take place on a rolling basis.  Only applicants who have been granted interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process.

Summer Internship Search (Legal)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303  Email: info@aaldef.org

For more information, contact: Ken Kimerling at 212-966-5932 x203 or via email (please do NOT email applications here).


Careers in International Organizations Event Being Held January 29 at Tillar House!

Working at an international organization offers unique insight into how international law is made through the convergence of national interests, personal dynamics, global realities and constantly evolving norms. But how does a lawyer enter these labyrinths?  What is it like to work in them?  How do you get the assignments that advance your career once inside?  And where do you go from there?

Panelists at this event sponsored by ASIL’s New Professionals Interest Group will share the perspectives they have gained from the United Nations, the World Bank, the Organization of American States and other international organizations, answering these questions and ones posed by the audience.

Panelists include:

Although the event takes place in Washington, DC, it will be livestreamed for viewers outside DC or otherwise unavailable on Wednesday, January 29th at Tillar House. The panelists will share the perspectives they have gained from the United Nations, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, and other international organizations, answering questions about how to get a job at an international organization among other professional development lessons from their experiences. The audience is encouraged to ask questions.

To be a part of this event, please click here.

Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers 2013-2014 Bar Study Scholarship

The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers is a professional organization devoted to actively promoting the advancement of women in the legal profession and expanding the leadership role of its members in the community at large. To achieve these goals, CFAWL will further the common interests of its members and encourage camaraderie and learning among its members. CFAWL will promote women’s opportunities and rights, uphold the highest standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in the law and facilitate the administration of justice.

The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers is proud to invite applications for its third annual Bar Study Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to promote the CFAWL mission, while helping the recipient during his/her study for the Florida Bar Exam. The scholarship is funded by the generous donations of CFAWL members and friends and by CFAWL fundraising efforts.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time or part-time law student taking the Florida Bar Exam in July 2014 for the first time;
  • Academic achievement and excellence (no specific GPA required); and
  • Significant campus and community involvement and/or leadership.

Completed applications must be postmarked by March 28, 2014.

See scholarship application online for mailing address and further information about how to apply.

Applications will be reviewed after the deadline and the recipient notified no later than April 26, 2014.

The recipient will be invited to attend the May 2, 2014, CFAWL luncheon in Orlando, where the recipient will be introduced. The award will be paid to the recipient after his/her law school graduation, in June of 2014.

CFAWL will award a $1,000 scholarship to the recipient.

For more information visit the CFAWL website.

The 10th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition

Description: The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel has announced the 10th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition. Any J.D. and graduate law student is eligible to enter. The submissions should deal with employee benefits topics, such as legal issues involving health benefits, severance, or fiduciary obligations. Winners will be selected by the committee based on the following: depth and creativity of legal analysis, thoroughness of legal research, organization and writing style, difficulty of subject matter, and consideration of employee benefits policy implications.

Winning papers will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on October 25th, 2014 in Washington, D.C. They will also receive a plaque, and an employee benefits treatise published by BNA Books. They will also be published by BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal or another employee benefits publication.

Prizes: Clarin M. Schwartz Memorial Award- $1,500.00 Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award- $1,500.00

Deadline: June 3, 2014.

For more information, including rules, please see visit the website, Symplicity or you can contact Brian Dougherty, Chair of the ACEBC Writing Competition Committee.

The 2014 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest – Deadline is February 21, 2014!

Sponsor: The ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP

General criteria: The contest is open to law students and young lawyers who will have enrolled as members of the ABA no later than February 21, 2014.

Topic: This year’s contest hypothetical involves questions about the expanding use of social media by attorneys and law firms and focuses on the legal, ethical and professionalism issues that can arise in those forums.

Deadline: February 21, 2014

Amount of award: $5,000

Submission information: For the essay contest hypothetical and rules visit this link.

For additional information, please visit the ABA website.

The City of Chicago Department of Law is Seeking Entry-Level Attorneys for the Position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in its Litigation, Transactional or Prosecutions Divisions

The City of Chicago Department of Law is hiring entry-level attorneys.  The following job opportunity is for Class of 2014 (December 2013 -June 2014 juris doctor graduates). Additional information can be found within the actual posting online.

Applications must be submitted in accordance with the posting below. No email applications will be accepted.

DEPARTMENT OF LAW – Various Divisions

The City of Chicago Department of Law is seeking entry-level attorneys for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in its Litigation, Transactional or Prosecutions Divisions. Attorneys placed in one of the Litigation Divisions will handle litigation in state and/or federal court, and/or proceedings before administrative bodies. Attorneys placed in one of the Transactional Divisions will analyze transactions for compliance with the law, advise City departments on legal compliance, review, draft and negotiate contracts and other agreements. Attorneys placed in one of the Prosecutions Divisions will prosecute violations of Chicago’s Municipal or Buildings Codes or Illinois Vehicle Code in Circuit Court or at the Department of Administrative Hearings.

SALARY: $57,192.00 annually


Graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school with a Juris Doctor between December 2013 and June 2014 and eligibility to sit for the February or July 2014 Illinois Bar Examination.

NOTE: These hires are expected to take place in the Fall of 2014 with an anticipated admission to the Illinois Bar by December 2014.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ideal candidates will possess the following:

  • Strong research, writing, editing, analytical and client counseling skills
  • The ability to work well with others
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • The ability to organize, prioritize, monitor and control workflow deadlines
  • A strong commitment to public service

Application Process and Materials: 

There is a two-step application process for this position. Please check Symplicity for application instructions.

Please note that the online application submission deadline is March 14, 2014 and the required hard copy materials submission deadline is March 21, 2014.

NOTE: If you have any questions regarding how to apply, please contact the Department of Human Resources. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Recruiting and Personnel Sections in the Department of Law are not able to take or return emails or phone calls seeking any information pertaining to the position or the process. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the City of Chicago Department of Law.


Check Out the Equal Justice Works Programs & Resources

See the following resources from Equal Justice Works (EJW):

Free Student Debt Relief Webinar:

There are powerful federal programs that can help student loan borrowers right now, including Public Service Loan Forgiveness. The free webinar, Drowning in Debt? How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST.

Don’t Forget The Comprehensive E-Book:

The comprehensive student debt e-book, Take Control of Your Future, is available in the Kindle Store. (It can also be read in your web browser or on your mobile phone using Amazon’s free reading apps.) Buy your copy today and help support ongoing work to provide relief to student loan borrowers.

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