U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Summer Legal Intern Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking motivated and enthusiastic applicants for its 2009 Summer Honors Legal Intern Program. Legal internship opportunities are available in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD offices.

Overview: The OGC-CMS Division counsels both the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on a wide variety of challenging legal issues that affect the Medicare and Medicaid programs, among others.

The OGC-CMS Division recruits law students to work as interns each summer. Interns will have the opportunity to assist Division attorneys in all aspects of their work, including research, writing and client meetings. In addition, the nationwide OGC summer intern program coordinator hosts events that given the interns in all OGC divisions an opportunity to meet, socialize and learn about the Department and current legal topics.

Internships are generally unpaid. However, if funding permits, the Division may be able to fund one position. Unpaid interns may receive course credit if such credit is available from the law school.

Selection Criteria: The OGC-CMS Division reviews many elements of a candidate’s background before offering an internship opportunity. These elements include: academic achievement, membership on a legal journal, moot court experience, clinical legal experience, demonstrated commitment to public service and specialized coursework in administrative, health or federal procedure law.

Eligibility: All currently enrolled first year, second year and third year law students that do not expect to graduate in May 2009 are eligible to apply for the 2009 Summer Honors Legal Intern Program. Graduating law students are eligible to apply only if they will be starting a judicial clerkship or full-time graduate program in the Fall of 2009.

Deadlines: The deadline for receipt of application materials is January 16, 2009. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified by February 6, 2009.

Application Process: If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter, resume, brief legal writing sample and law school transcript via US mail or email as follows:


Submit by Mail and Delivery:
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
OGC-CMS Division, Room 5309 Cohen Bldg.
330 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20201


Please submit these materials in a single package and include your email address in your cover letter or resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Length of internship: Interns typically work for 10-12 weeks. However, split summer requests will be considered. Candidates will be asked at their interview whether they prefer to work in the Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD office.

Citizenship requirements: All U.S. citizens that meet the criteria listed above are encouraged to apply. While non-US citizens may also apply, such appointments are extremely rare and are granted only when they serve a purpose necessary to accomplishing the Department’s mission.

Volunteer Judicial Internship in Orlando, FL


The United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, is seeking two law student interns to participate in an excellent internship opportunity during the summer of 2009. Positions are available at the Orlando Immigration Court in downtown Orlando, Florida. The jurisdiction of the United States Immigration Courts includes all matters brought before the Court by the Department of Homeland Security. The immigration judges at the Orlando Immigration Court preside over formal immigration hearings to determine whether aliens are deportable, excludable, inadmissible or removable from the United States. In addition, the judges have jurisdiction to consider applications for various forms of discretionary and mandatory relief, including various waivers, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

The internship will require a commitment of at least twenty hours per week for at least eight-ten weeks. The position will entail in-depth research and analysis of legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda for the immigration judges. Interns will have opportunities to draft decisions that will be taken under advisement by an immigration judge and that may later be used as writing samples. Interns can expect to develop research and writing skills as well as an understanding of immigration law and procedure as it relates to removal and deportation issues. In addition, they will be able to observe a variety of matters brought before the Court. Interns will work under the supervision of the Court’s Judicial Law Clerk, but will have substantial interaction with individual immigration judges. Although the internship is unpaid, academic credit may be obtained with the permission of the intern’s law school. Required hours and weeks may vary depending on requirements for school credit. For paid internships and post law school employment jobs, please visit the Department of Justice website.

The position requires that applicants be United States citizens. Selected candidates must pass a background security check conducted by the Department of Justice. Since the background check will take six to eight weeks to complete, APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY February 25, 2009. However, we reserve the right to fill the positions before this date.

Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample (unedited if possible) to:

Adam Cohen
Judicial Law Clerk
Orlando Immigration Court
80 N. Hughey Ave., Suite 203
Orlando, Florida 32801
407-648-6565 ext. 216

The Executive Office for Immigration Review is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

January 2009 Calendar

January 2009
Important Deadlines, Workshops and Events

January 7-9

1L Career Development Workshops. Every 1L student must attend one of the following three sessions:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 1:00 -2:00 pm, Room 109
Thursday, January 8, 2009 1:00 -2:00 pm, Room 352
Friday, January 9, 2009 3:00 -4:00 pm, Room 352

January 14

Choosing Smart: Tips for Finding a Job in Tough Economic Times with Donna Gerson
12:30 p.m., Room 352

January 15

OCI Information and Symplicity Training Session
12:30 p.m., Room 108

January 17

Delaware Minority Job Fair for First Year Law Students
Wilmington, DE

January 20
OCI Information and Symplicity Training Session
12:30 p.m., Room 108

January 22

Resume Workshop
12:30 p.m., Room 108

January 23-24

NYU International LL.M. Student Interview Program
New York, NY

January 27

Spring Judicial Internship Program Orientation
5:30 p.m., Room 110

January 28

CDO Law Practice Panel Series: The Benefits of Small Firm Practice
12:30 p.m. – Room 109

Quarles & Brady First Year Law Student Reception

Quarles & Brady Invites First-Year Law Students to Their Annual Home for the Holidays in Milwaukee
Quarles & Brady LLP cordially invites you to join them for their annual Home for the Holidays reception for first-year law students on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:00pm – 7:00 p.m. The reception will be held in the firm’s Milwaukee office, located at 411 E Wisconsin Avenue, 24th Floor, Patrick Ryan Conference Room.
If interested in attending, please RSVP by Monday, December 29, 2008 to Donna Key. Dress is business casual. Park in the attached parking structure. Enter the structure from Jefferson Street. (Parking will be validated).
This reception is for students attending out-of-state law schools.

1L Career Development Workshops

1L Mandatory Meetings:
Heat up Your Summer Job Search and Learn More About Upcoming Events this Semester

Don’t miss this meeting where we step up the heat on your job search technique. Hear about what you should be doing to find the right summer job for you and about exciting events taking place this semester including the Firm Night reception program, the Spring On Campus Interview (OCI) program, the Informational Career Fair and more.

You only need to attend one of the following meetings:

Wednesday, January 7
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Room 109

Thursday, January 8
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Room 352

Friday, January 9
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room 352

RebLaw Conference

The RebLaw Conference is an annual, student-run conference that brings together practitioners, law students, and community advocates from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change.

Where: Yale Law School, New Haven, CT. When: Friday, February 20–Sunday, February 22, 2009 Cost: Standard registration is $30. (Registration is free for members of the Yale, UConn, New Haven, and Quinnipiac communities)

Go to www.law.yale.edu/reblaw to register. Also check out our schedule, information, and links, including the Reblawg, updated frequently with rebellious tidbits.

Annual Sympoisum for Clerkship & Career Development

Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP is hosting its Annual Symposium for Clerkship & Career Development on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. The two-day Symposium for first-year law students provides a unique, inside look at the recruiting process and summer associate programs, and also focuses on practical aspects of career development.
The featured guest speaker this year will be attorney and author Marci Alboher.

A sampling of other Symposium sessions includes:

What Firms Really Look for and What Evaluation Forms are Used;
Don’t Let Your Last Name Become a Verb! How to Have a Successful Summer Clerkship;
Why Don’t Associates Know this Stuff? Classes Not to Miss in Law School and Other Beginner Pitfalls;
The Real Power Players! Working with the Non-Lawyers in the Firm;
May We Have the Room? An Associate Panel Answers Your Questions and Tells What It’s Really Like;
Rhetoric or Reality? Learn How to Evaluate Law Firm Diversity and Inclusiveness; and
How Law Firm Economics Really Work and How Hard You will Need to Work.

First-year students may apply by completing the symposium application and submitting it along with a resume, transcript (if available) and cover letter by Friday, January 9, 2009. In your cover letter please indicate, to the extent you know, your geographic preference for law practice.

Applications may be sent via mail, fax, or e-mail to:
Jenny Kiely, Legal Recruiting Manager
Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP
190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600
St. Louis, MO 63105
E-mail: mailto:symposium@huschblackwell.com
Fax: 314-480-1505

Please understand that an invitation to attend the Symposium does not guarantee future consideration for employment, and the lack of an invitation does not signal a lack of future employment interest by the firm.

Summer Opportunity for First and Second Year Students with the Legal Studies Institute

May 24 – August 1, 2009
Washington, DC

The Legal Studies Institute, sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, provides the opportunity for first and second year law students to gain a first-hand look at the American legal system through legal internships, seminars, guest speakers and briefings. The program offers the following five components:

Legal Internship : Participants will be placed in a 9-week legal internship where they will gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Internship sites include law firms, courts, public interest legal organizations, and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies.

Seminar on Constitutional Law : Participants will attend a 3-credit seminar on Constitutional law taught by leading legal scholars, including Dr. John Baker from the Louisiana State University School of Law and Dr. Roger Pilon of the Cato Institute.

Briefings and Activities : Participants will attend private briefings at institutions of the judicial and executive branches and will meet with prominent judges, lawyers and judicial scholars.
Career Development Activities : Workshops will be held to help prepare participants for success in their law careers.

Attorney Mentor Program : Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program.

Applications for the program will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 20, 2009.

Students completing their applications by the early deadline of January 30, 2009 will receive a 5% discount on their tuition balance as well as priority admissions and scholarship consideration. Housing in furnished apartments located on Capitol Hill is included in the program fee.

Nominated students will receive priority consideration for admission and scholarship funding. Interested candidates should contact their career advisor to receive priority consideration.

For more information and to begin an online application, please visit www.tfas.org/legalstudies.

PSLawNet: Valuable Resource for Public Service and Public Interest Careers

The Public Service Law Network Worldwide (www.PSLawNet.org) is a national network of over 2,000 organizations that offer students and graduates opportunities in legally-related public interest and public service work.

PSLawNet is a comprehensive site. In addition to containing job postings for both internships and postgraduate positions, PSLawNet offers resources for those interested in a public interest career. Among the many publications available on the site are those dedicated to federal government job searches (including the “Plum Book” of federal positions to be vacated with the change in administration), prosecutor and public defender careers, guides to searching for international internships and postgraduate fellowships and tips on working on Capitol hill.

For those interested in postgraduate fellowships, PSLawNet has a comprehensive section devoted to these opportunities including a “background information and resources page” and fellowships deadline calendar.

To use PSLawNet, you must register. Registration is free and easy to do. Visit PSLawNet and, under “New User” select “Job Seeker.” You will then be redirected to the registration page.

Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity Fellowship and Summer Associate Programs

The Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity is a non-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of educational equity and opportunity, particularly for disadvantaged United States’ public school children through legal means. The IFEEO is especially interested in fair and equitable public school finance laws.

Towards this interest, the IFEEO created the IFEEO Legal Fellowship Program and will provide funding for a 2009 law school graduate to work with attorneys or public interest organizations in the areas of school finance and educational equity. The one-year Fellowship ward will be in the amount of $60,000 for salary with additional fund for benefits..

In addition, the IFEEO established a Summer Associate Award in the amount of $1000 per week for 12 weeks. A second year law student will develop and submit a proposal for a full-time 12 week internship with a public interest organization or an attorney that is involved in litigation to enhance educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, particularly through legal means such as school finance/equity litigation.

To apply for either the Fellowship or Summer Associate Award, please submit a completed application to the address listed on the application form. Completed applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2009. Finalists for each will be notified mid-February, 2009. Interviews will be scheduled mid-February. Final selection will be by February 27, 2009.