The Boston Lawyers Group Announces its 2010 1L Diversity Clerkship Program

The Boston Lawyers Group (‘BLG”) announces its 2010 1L Diversity Clerkship Program.  The clerkship is for first-year law students of color.  Clerks will spend the first five weeks of the ten-week program working in the Boston office of one of the BLG member participating law firms or corporations, and the second five weeks working with the BLG member government agencies. 

The goal is for each student to receive a minimum of five weeks of compensation for the clerkship.  Typically, the law firms and corporate positions are paid while the government positions are unpaid.

Please see the following website for additional information:

This Clerkship is for students who have a strong commitment to a legal career in the Boston area.

The Natural Resources Defense Council is Seeking 1L Students for Summer Internships

Summer legal interns at the Natural Resources Defense Council (“NRDC”) write briefs, draft complaints, prepare legal analyses, obtain affidavits, investigate corporate and government malfeasance, participate in policy advocacy campaigns and draft white papers and comments for submission to Congressional committees and administrative agencies. NRDC hires passionate students who possess the intelligence, skill, self-confidence and maturity to take on enormous responsibility. In exchange for their hard work, interns receive an active role on the frontlines of the environmental movement. Over the course of a summer, an NRDC intern will generally work with lawyers in several different program areas and amass experience that he/she could not obtain anywhere else. 

All applications for 2010 Summer Legal Internships can now be submitted on-line at You will need to electronically submit a cover letter, transcript, resume, references, and a legal writing sample. In your cover letter, please indicate that you are applying for a 2010 Summer Legal Internship, and list all of the NRDC offices to which you are applying. Internships are available in the following offices: New York , NY ; Washington , D.C. ; San Francisco , CA ; Santa Monica , CA ; and Chicago , ILL. 

Applications are due on January 15, 2010. Because offers will be made on a rolling basis, so NDRC strongly encourages you to apply early. 

NRDC is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, NRDC: 

  • hires staff that reflects this country’s full range of racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic identities;
  • creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;
  • ensures that all members of the NRDC community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and
  • is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by environmental inequities.

For additional information, please visit


The City of South Miami Seeking 2L and 3L Law Students for Internships

The City of South Miami seeks enthusiastic second and third-year law students to assist with the following:

Legal Intern (Revising City Charter/Part-time):  In addition to conducting research and drafting revisions to the City’s Charter, students will be responsible for attending and assisting with Commission meetings twice a month.   

Intern (Pension Reform/Part-time):  Interns will conduct research and assist with the City’s pension reform.  Students must also attend and assist with Commission meetings twice a month.  A background and/or experience in business (finance) is a plus.  

All interns will be paid $15.00 per hour. If interested in any of these positions, please forward your resume immediately to Tamesha Keel at

The FJE Project Fellows Program

The ABA Commission on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Profession and Legal Needs and the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (“FJE”) have collaborated to create the FJE Project Fellows. The FJE Project Fellows program will provide meaningful volunteer experience for recent law school graduates who may be unemployed, underemployed or deferred and who would like to engage in substantive law-related activities. The experience of volunteering for these public service programs will allow Fellows to build their resumes, work with well-known lawyers and make professional connections, and produce substantive work for the public good. Substantive tasks may include editing newsletters and magazines, conducting research, assisting in planning conferences and panels, and outreach to direct beneficiaries of programs, among others. Fellows will be supervised by the staff director of the project for which they are volunteering. It is anticipated that Fellows will work remotely using their own computers, although it may be possible for Fellows located in Chicago or Washington, D.C. to volunteer in the ABA offices on occasion if space is available.

Prospective Fellows are asked to complete an application, indicating preference for one of five categories of substantive public service programs supported through the FJE: 1) Access to Justice; 2) Children and the Law; 3) Public Education; 4) International Justice; and 5) Professionalism and the Profession. Through a matching process coordinated by the FJE with entity staff directors, Fellows will be assigned to a project. Every effort will be made to assign projects that align with stated preferences.

For the application and additional information, please visit

Summer Internship With the Mississippi Center for Justice

The Mississippi Center for Justice, a nonprofit, homegrown law firm, invites applications from law students to take part during the summer in our work advancing racial and economic justice in Mississippi. Law students will become a part of history as they bring their time and talents to campaigns that address sustainable, systemic changes in policies related to predatory payday lending practices, foreclosure prevention, Hurricane Katrina recovery, access to healthcare for children, equality in education and more. Although the Center cannot provide a stipend, they will work with students to meet grant application deadlines at their schools or with other funders. They will encourage all summer interns accepted into the program to submit an application to Equal Justice Works Summer Corps to earn a $1000.00 education award (applications open in spring 2010 – check  for more information). The Center offers a unique legal experience that is not limited by the walls of a courtroom. You can gain invaluable insight into the many ways that the law can, and should, improve the quality of life for all Mississippians. 

Students should submit a résumé with current contact information, including an e-mail address, and a cover letter that outlines their interest in the Mississippi Center for Justice and their work, and identifies what kind of experiences and policy areas draw them to the organization. Students should also include three references.  

If you are applying for a summer grant from an external source, please make any deadlines you must meet clear in the opening paragraph. Please also indicate whether you have a preference for working out of the Jackson or Biloxi office, or if you are open to placement in either office. More information is available at   

Applications for Summer 2010 placement must be postmarked AND  received via e-mail by January 4, 2010. 

Send resume, cover letter and references to: 

Mississippi Center for Justice

Summer Internships

P.O. Box 1023

Jackson, Mississippi 39215-1023

Phone: (601)352-2269

Also, send via e-mail to:

“Home for the Holidays” – Milwaukee Area Law Firm 1L Receptions

The annual Milwaukee area 1L “Home for the Holidays” receptions will be held on Tuesday, December 29th at the law firms of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. and Quarles & Brady LLP.   

The Quarles & Brady reception will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and the Godfrey & Kahn reception will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  The invitation with the details and directions for the event, as well as driving directions to the law firms, can be accessed on the Student Portal. You may also ask your CDO advisor about this event.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Donna Key at for Quarles & Brady and Jenna Lauer at for Godfrey & Kahn.

Sweet Home Chicago

This annual holiday event, sponsored this year by Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Chapman & Cutler LLP, Duane Morris LLP and Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP, brings together minority law students, law firm attorneys and personnel, and in-house counsel in a festive setting to provide students with an opportunity to begin building a professional network in Chicago. Law students, join this event early for “How to Get the Job You Want After Law School”!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | 6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Location: The Library, 190 S. LaSalle Street, 40th Floor Chicago, IL 60603

RSVP by Friday, December 18, 2009 online at

Law Fellows in Liberia (paid position)

General Summary: 

The Government of Liberia, working in cooperation with the JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (“JSI”) and the Center for Global Development (“CGD”), is seeking two professionals with strong legal backgrounds to serve as Law Fellows working in the Ministry of Justice (“MOJ”) in Liberia for one year beginning in February 2010. The role of the Fellows will be to provide timely and effective support in a wide range of areas to senior officials in Liberia ‘s Ministry of Justice. The Law Fellows will work primarily to promote positive change in the Liberian legal and policy landscape. Liberians are especially encouraged to apply.  

Responsibilities will vary, but may include:  

·        Providing litigation, commercial or other legal support as directed by the Minister of Justice or other officials designated by the Minister;

 ·        Researching law and drafting memoranda reporting relevant findings;

 ·        Framing, articulating and preparing recommendations for senior officials/staff to resolve assigned issues;

 ·        Performing discovery and assisting in the preparation of related documents;

 ·        Aiding in the drafting of court pleadings and the Ministry’s prosecutorial efforts;

 ·        Reviewing, drafting, negotiating and otherwise handling such other legal matters as directed;

 ·        As directed from time to time, working with, and providing support, to rural county attorneys;

 ·        As assigned, providing support to other Government of Liberia Ministries.


 ·        Strong knowledge of and familiarity with Liberian history and customs is highly desirable;

 ·        A law degree (JD or LLB ), and at least 1 year of relevant experience;

 ·        Admission to a bar. The applicant should list all bar admissions in his/her application;

 ·        Excellent research and writing skills along with the ability to anticipate problems, initiate action and take ownership of resolving assigned issues in a timely manner;

 ·        High ethical, moral and personal standards in decisions, communications, actions, and when dealing with others;

 ·        A team player capable of multi-tasking and independently prioritizing and handling a number of matters concurrently to satisfactory completion;

 ·        Ability to take direction and guidance well and flexibility to assist on projects that may be outside immediate area of responsibility;

 ·        Willingness to travel and spend time in rural areas working with county attorneys assigned to those jurisdictions;

 ·        Prior experience in working in developing countries is highly desirable. 


Fellows will be employed by JSI, a leading international public health organization, but will report on a daily basis to the relevant senior government official. Fellows will receive a stipend of $35,000.00 with a $500.00 monthly housing allowance, $500.00 monthly transportation allowance, international health and evacuation insurance, and will be expected to work in Monrovia for one year, with the possibility of an extension for a second year. In addition, the program will provide an economy class round trip ticket. Fellowship assignments will begin in February 2010. Please do not apply if you are unavailable to take the assignment in February 2010. Fellows will be expected to complete a short paper on their experience by the end of their assignment. The Fellowships are funded through the generous support to Liberia from Humanity United.

How to apply:

The application process is being managed by JSI. Applicants should submit a cover letter of no more than two pages describing key qualifications, areas of expertise and career objectives, along with a CV/resume by close of business Monday, December 14, 2009 to: Andrew Swindell, Program Coordinator, JSI, (aswindell[AT] Please indicate “Liberian Law Fellow Application” in the subject.

Upcoming Government Honors Deadlines

Upcoming 3L Government Honors

  • Environmental Protection Agency – R9 San Francisco, Volunteer intern Program Spring (Unpaid, Due 11/27/09)
  • Federal Communications Commission – Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Student Internship Program Spring (Unpaid, Due 11/30/09)
  • Environmental Protection Agency – R1 New England, Legal Internship Program Spring (Paid & Unpaid, Due 12/01/09)
  • Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia – Criminal Law Internship Program Winter Quarter/Spring (Unpaid, Due 12/11/09)
  • Securities & Exchange Commission – 2010 Advanced Commitment Program (Paid, Due 12/15/09)

Upcoming 2L Government Honors

  • District of Columbia – Office of Police Complaints Law Clerk Internship Program Spring (Paid & Unpaid, Due 11/27/09)
  • Environmental Protection Agency – R9 San Francisco, Volunteer Intern Program Spring (Unpaid, Due 11/27/09)
  • Federal Communications Commission – Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Student Internship Program Spring (Unpaid, Due 11/30/09)
  • Office of the US Trade Representative – Student Internship Program Spring (Unpaid, Due 11/30/09)
  • Dept. of Commerce NOAA – Alaska Region, Summer Legal Intern Program (Unpaid, Due 12/01/09)
  • Environmental Protection Agency – R1 New England, Legal Internship Program Spring (Unpaid, Due 12/01/09)
  • Environmental Protection Agency – R2 New York, Legal Internship Program Spring (Unpaid, Not Yet Established 12/01/08 last year)
  • Federal Aviation Administration – Office of Chief Counsel Legal Intern Program Spring (Unpaid, Due 12/01/09)
  • House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary – Minority Law Student Internship Spring (Unpaid, Due 12/01/09)
  • Dept. of Transportation – Federal Highway Administration Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (Paid, Due 12/01/09 Preferred)
  • Florida Office of the Attorney General – Legal Internship Program Spring (Unpaid, Due 12/03/09)  

Details of these programs are provided in the 2009-10 Government Honors & Internship Handbook, located at The username and password is cookie/dough respectively.      

There are many employers who have programs with ROLLING deadlines, which means they will fill their positions as soon as ideal candidates are identified.

International Law Opportunities

 The following are some current opportunities for law students and alumni in the international field:

United Nations Environment Programme (“UNEP”)- Associate Legal Officer –

Memorial Human Rights Centre & the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (“EHRAC”) – Attorney – 

UNHCR Representation to the European Institutions in Strasbourg, unpaid – Internship – 

Office of the General Counsel OSI-New York – Legal Intern –

Application Deadline: December 4, 2009 

U.S. Programs – Criminal Justice Fund, OSI-New York – Program Officer – 

Application Deadline: December 4, 2009