Announcing Clerkship with US Attorney’s Office, Q Law Summer Grants

MLKWhat Are You Doing for Others?

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”   ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, University of Washington students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and family answer this persistent and urgent question through service. Together, we deepen and localize the 20-year national tradition and “make it a day on, not a day off.” (Image: Fotopedia.)

On Monday, January 21, the UW family will start this day of giving at an inspiring and community-building Kick-Off Event. Connect with fellow volunteers over refreshments, honor Dr. King’s legacy, and participate in meaningful conversations at this event. After the Kick-Off, join friends and colleagues to make a difference at a local nonprofit organization.

Who: You + 2,000 UW family, friends, and community members
What: MLK Day of Service Kick-Off Event and Service Projects
When: Monday, January 21, 2013. Kick-Off Event 8:00 a.m. sharp!
Where: Kick-Off at the newly remodeled UW HUB (North Ballroom). Service projects at various locations.
How: Sign up to lead or participate in a project here.

Hurry–service projects are filling up fast! Sign up.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sponsored by UW Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center and the United Way of King County.

Call for Participation/Delegates: 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

CASINDeadline for applications: January 11, 2013

The Council for American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN) is seeking American students and/or young professionals to serve as delegates to the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations (CSW57). The Commission’s 2013 priority theme is elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. The Commission will also consider the equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS. Read more. (Image: CASIN.)

Apply for Summer Law Clerk Opportunities with the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington

DurkinApplication deadline: January 30 (but review is rolling)

The US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington is accepting applications for its summer law clerk program, which allows up to six 1L and 2Ls to work at the offices in Seattle and Tacoma in both criminal and civil divisions.  The deadline for applications is January 30, 2013, but the Office is looking at applications on a rolling basis, so early applications are strongly encouraged. Students can find more information about the program online, or they can call the office at (206) 553-7970, and ask to speak to Ryan Hebert, the program coordinator. (Image: US Attorney Jenny Durkin.)

The US Attorney’s Office is an approved externship site for UW Law. Students who are interested in pursuing the clerkship as an externship should also submit an Externship Application, transcript, and resume to

Learn about Q Law Summer Summer Grants for Law Students

Q_LawApplications due by end of February.

It is time to apply for Q Law’s summer grant program. Details about the program can be found here. Q Law is looking for law students from all years interested in working on projects that benefit the LGBT community and/or have a focus on HIV/AIDS legal issues. There is a preference for students from Washington schools or with a Washington connection, but the Summer Grant opportunity is open to all applicants.

Learn More about “Pay As You Earn” Loan Repayment Option

JarvisObama’s Pay As You Earn (PAYE) repayment option is now available as of December 21, 2012.

Only new borrowers qualify for PAYE, with the Income-Based Repayment plan still filling in the gap for borrowers who don’t qualify.

Learn more about who can benefit from Pay As You Earn from Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert.

Urban Indian Legal Clinic Seeks Attorney Volunteers

Give a few hours of your time every 1st and 3rd Tuesday. Attorney volunteers needed to help members of our Native community who are in need of legal advice. To sign up, contact Olive at 206.292.6214, ext. 1286, or e-mail

Happy New Year! Tons of Great Stuff this Week

2Ls and 3LS: Summer Judicial Externship in Alaska Superior Court

IMG_0572Application deadline: January 11, 2013

The Honorable Eric A. Aarseth’s of the Alaska Superior Court is accepting applications for summer quarter judicial internship or externship.  To apply, please submit applications by January 11, 2013, by email to: or by snail mail to:

Miranda Strong
Law Clerk to the Honorable Eric A. Aarseth
Nesbett Courthouse, Room 638
825 W. 4th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501

Applications should contain:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two references, not letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript from myUW, not typed in a Word document
  • Two references, not letters of recommendation
  • Ten-page maximum writing sample, not substantially edited by someone else

Position is open to 2Ls/rising 3Ls.  The summer judicial internship dates are flexible in between June 4 and September 23 so long as there is a three-month commitment.

If you are interested in taking this as an externship, please also submit an Externship Application to with a copy of your resume and transcript.

The Northwest Public Service Career Fair Coming Up February 1 (Seattle) and February 2 (Portland)

hot_air_balloonApplication deadline: Monday, January 14, at 11:59 p.m..

The Northwest Public Service Career Fair is a great opportunity to connect with public service employers and even interview for positions.  There will be information tables and pre-scheduled interviews in both Seattle and Portland.  At this event, public service employers find student interns, externs, summer law clerks, volunteers, and attorneys. Past employers include AFL-CIO, Alaska Public Defender, Disability Rights WA, KCBA Pro Bono Services, Kitsap County Prosecutors Office, Legal Voice, Snohomish County Legal Services, Solid Ground Family Assistance Program, TeamChild, The Defenders Association, and the Unemployment Project (just to name a few!). (Image.)

If you wish to interview with employers please note the Application Deadline: Monday, January 14 at 11:59 p.m.. Contact your career coach for additional information and to review your cover letters and resume.

1Ls and 2Ls: Summer Internship Opportunity at the Center for Children’s Law and Policy in DC

CCLPThe Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) seeks first- and second-year law student applicants for its 2013 summer internship program. CCLP is a public interest law and policy organization focused on reform of juvenile justice and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children, and protection of the rights of children in those systems.

Based in Washington, DC, the Center’s staff work with federal, state, and local officials throughout the country on a range of issues that include reducing the unnecessary incarceration of youth, promoting racial and ethnic fairness, and improving conditions of confinement for youth in secure facilities.

The Center’s summer internship program provides law students with valuable work experience in the areas of juvenile justice, systems reform, and racial and ethnic disparities reduction, as well as an opportunity to make substantive contributions to the Center’s projects. Interns will have the opportunity to attend legislative hearings, research substantive law and policy issues, and learn about the work of other organizations in Washington, DC that are working to improve the lives of at-risk youth.  CCLP generally hires two interns for its summer program.

Internships are unpaid, and applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum of ten weeks of full-time employment. To apply, view more information here.

Firesteel Advocacy Coordinator: Part-time, Paid Internship

FiresteelThe Firesteel Advocacy Coordinator is part of the YWCA Community Engagement Team and contributes to advocacy efforts through Firesteel, our statewide advocacy network committed to ending family homelessness in Washington State. The intern will coordinate specific digital advocacy projects and the development of an advocacy internship program, with an overarching emphasis on accessible policy communications. (Image.)

This position requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills and will help advance our community engagement strategy through intentional relationship building with program staff and other community partners. The Coordinator must demonstrate a strong understanding of policy advocacy and a passion for social justice and homelessness. The individual must also exhibit strong initiative and entrepreneurship in order to launch multiple new projects, along with familiarity in digital and video communications in order to contribute to the Firesteel interactive website.

Full details here.

Law School Admissions Council Diversity Initiatives Summer Intern

LSCAApplication deadline is Friday, March 15, 2013.

Applications are being accepted for a summer internship with the Diversity Initiatives staff at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).  The summer intern works under the supervision of the Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives. The intern will assist with LSAC Diversity Initiatives including but not limited to the website, Prelaw Undergraduate Scholar Programs, and LSAC Law School Forums.  The intern will be expected to prepare memos and written assignments, answer inquiries from prospective students, and assist with other projects as assigned.  Some travel will be required. (Image.)

Qualifications: The summer internship is restricted to currently enrolled law students in good academic standing.  Preference will be given to candidates with strong communication skills including familiarity with social media.  We are seeking applicants who share LSAC’s commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Compensation: The intern will be expected to work a 37.5-hour week and the compensation will be $20.00 per hour.  The intern will work at the LSAC headquarters in Newtown, PA, and housing assistance will be provided, if needed.

How to apply: Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest, a resume, and the names, addresses, and contact information for two references.  The letter of interest must explain why diversity, especially racial and ethnic diversity, is important to the legal profession, and must not exceed two pages in length. Applications must be submitted by e-mail only to:

Kent D. Lollis
Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives
Subject:  LSAC Diversity Initiatives Intern

Applications submitted other than by e-mail or that lack the required documentation will not be considered.

Apply to the Equal Justice Works 2013 Summer Corps Program (& Watch Informational Webinars)

AmericorpsSummer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.

The application for the 2013 Summer Corps program is now available. Equal Justice Works will accept students into the program on a rolling basis until the application closes on Monday, March 18, 2013.

For more information on the Summer Corps program and application process, review our FAQs for applicants, and sign up for our free webinars on Tuesday, January 8 at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) and Wednesday, February 13 at 3 p.m. EST (12 noon PST).

Summer Fellowships at Harvard Legal Aid Bureau

Harvard_LABRolling Deadline

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (“HLAB”) is the nation’s oldest student-run legal services organization, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the campus of Harvard Law School.  HLAB works with hundreds of low-income clients to solve their legal problems in the areas of housing, domestic relations, government benefits, and fair wage law.  As a student-run legal clinic at Harvard, HLAB has a strong history of dedication to allowing students to handle their own cases and litigate in court under the supervision of clinical instructors.

During the summer, HLAB selects approximately 16 law students to serve as Summer Fellows, who will interact directly with clients, opposing parties, witnesses, and government agencies; engage in extensive factual and legal investigation; hone their research and writing abilities; and develop their litigation skills.  Most Summer Fellows working at HLAB do so full-time, although we are willing to discuss alternative arrangements with students facing extenuating circumstances.  Due to funding restrictions, HLAB is unable to pay its Summer Fellows.

HLAB Summer Fellows serve as the primary case handlers on every matter assigned to them and manage client contact, drafting of pleadings and motions, communication with opposing counsel, and advocating in courtroom and administrative hearing settings.  Their work is supervised by HLAB’s Clinical Instructors, practicing attorneys with years of trial and supervision experience, and students will be trained in all the relevant areas of the law.

We ask student to choose a primary concentration in the area of housing or family law.  For more information, visit our website.

Application Instructions (accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled):  Please send

  • (1) a resume
  • (2) a cover letter
  • (3) a writing sample
  • (4) a law school transcript; and
  • (5) two references to:

Joshua Rovenger, Executive Director
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
23 Everett Street, First Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138

Special Reminder: Alena Suazo Memorial Scholarship Due Tonight! Also, Job Search Webinars Coming Up in January

Apply Now! Deadline Tonight!

AlanaA special end of the day reminder that the deadline for the Alena Suazo Memorial Scholarship is tonight.

Alena, who is pictured on the second floor of the law school, is an alum who passed away in February, 2011.

Her love was social justice. Friends and family created this scholarship in honor of her memory and to further her work as an advocate.

The scholarship helps cover the unexpected costs associated with law school.

Any student who has worked in service to marginalized communities is eligible to apply.

Go here to apply now.

Ease into the New Year with these Summer Job Search Webinars!

  • Cover Letters and Resumes on Tuesday, January 15, noon EasternRegister here.  Presenters:
    • Paul Chavez, Senior Attorney, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights on the San Francisco Bay Area
    • Steve Grumm, Director of Public Service Initiatives, NALP
    • Ashley Matthews, PSJD Fellow, NALP
    • Jennifer Thomas, Legal Recruiting Director, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Interviewing and Networking on Tuesday, January 22, noon EasternRegister here.  Presenters:
    • Nita Mazumder, Equal Justice Works
    • Kate Devlin Joyce, Associate Director of Public Interest Programs, Boston College Law School
    • Daniel Goldman – Assistant Capital Defender, Northern Virginia Capital Defender’s Office

The host—The National Association of Legal Career Professionals—will be moderating a Q&A session during the webinars. Although the seminars will be recorded and archived, we recommend that you join for a live session if you can.