Happy Veteran’s Day! Exciting New Opportunities to Serve for Law Students & Recent Grads

Applications Now Accepted for Peggy Browning Fund Labor Rights Paid Internship

A project of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), the Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit organization established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, prominent labor attorney and member of the National Labor Relations Board.

Margaret A. Browning

The mission of the Peggy Browning Fund is to educate and inspire the next generation of law students to become advocates for workplace justice.

Through Summer Fellowships, an annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference and networking opportunities, we provide diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers’ rights. Our goal is to increase the students’ understanding of the current issues workers face as well as promote the students’ entry into the practice of public interest labor law.

We are currently seeking applications from interested law students for our 2014 summer legal internship program. With a staff of lawyers, social scientists, and policy experts, our approach is to work in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and then translate them to the federal level, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty-first century. Our work includes:

1. Developing new strategies to improve enforcement of basic workplace rights in order to combat the growing number of low?wage and immigrant workers who are not paid the minimum wage or overtime, endure unsafe workplaces, and face retaliation when trying to organize;

2. Developing policies and providing campaign support to raise minimum wage and labor standards at the federal, state, and local levels, with a particular focus on eliminating loopholes that exclude immigrants, people of color, and contingent and temporary workers from these protections;

3. Working with policymakers and community coalitions to make economic development accountable to community needs and create living wage jobs for local residents.

Summer legal interns will assist NELP attorneys in all aspects of their work. Interns will perform legal research and writing in support of policy advocacy, litigation and community education, and will assist in drafting manuals, articles and policy briefs for publication. Interns may also work with NELP’s National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse, a growing movement of unions, community groups, worker centers, legal services, plaintiff’s attorneys and public agencies working to make headway against wage theft and the erosion of the minimum wage floor and right to overtime pay.

Applications due by January 17. For complete description and application instructions please click here (must be a PSJD.org subscriber).

Legal Services of Northern California Hiring 3Ls for Post Grad Positions


In the Fall, Legal Services of Northern California begins its recruitment process for third-year law students preparing to take the California Bar Examination the following summer. For more than fifteen years, LSNC has hired at least one candidate, either through a fellowship or as a regular staff member, from among that year’s law school graduates. Depending upon staffing needs, LSNC may hire for any of its field offices or special projects, including its Auburn, Chico, Eureka, Redding, Sacramento, Vallejo, Woodland and Ukiah offices, through this process.
LSNC accepts applications beginning in August and continuing through December, conducting initial interviews at various public interest career events and in-house between October and mid-February. Second interviews are granted to some candidates in March and offers are generally extended in April and continuing through the Spring and Summer as positions open. Since candidates are considered on a rolling basis, the process may not conclude until after the Bar Examination.

Open to third-year law students preparing to the the California Bar Examination for the following summer. Applications due by December 31. For complete information and application instructions please click here (must be a PSJD.org subscriber).

Disability Rights California in San Francisco Seeking Staff Attorney


The Staff Attorney shares responsibility with other legal and advocacy staff for providing information, technical assistance, outreach and training and representation in administrative and judicial proceedings to clients with disabilities. The Staff Attorney works under the direct supervision of the Associate Managing Attorney and in collaboration with other Disability Rights California attorneys and advocates in their legal, advocacy, and outreach efforts.

The Staff Attorney will focus his/her work on special education issues and the rights of people with developmental disabilities.  The ideal candidate has knowledge about special education and laws that effect people with developmental disabilities.  In addition, s/he has experience representing people with disabilities in a variety of forums including at meetings, hearings and in court.

Applications due by November 15. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

International Human Rights Fellowship at Fordham Law

Leitner Center at Fordham

The Crowley Program in International Human Rights is dedicated to promoting human rights scholarship and advocacy at Fordham Law School and around the world.  The Program’s core elements include an annual two-week fact-finding project in another country, a human rights lecture and brown bag series, a summer internship program, and student research projects involving various human rights issues. The students involved in the project participate in course work, independent research, planning and conducting the project, and related follow-up work.

The Crowley Program is administered by a fellow who is a law school graduate.  As a member of the adjunct faculty of Fordham Law School, the Fellow will teach a seminar in human rights in preparation for the annual fact-finding project during the spring semester.  The additional responsibilities of the fellow are substantial:  planning all substantive and logistical aspects of the fact-finding project, participating in the project, writing and publishing a post-project report, and day-to-day administration of the program, including running a year-round lecture series, advising students seeking international human rights internships and post-graduation employment, and coordination with the human rights community. Applicants must have a J.D. and demonstrate a strong interest in international human rights issues.

Applications due by January 31. For complete description and application instructions please click here (must be a PSJD.org subscriber).

National Senior Citizens Law Center Seeks Summer Interns for Oakland, Los Angeles and DC Offices


The National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) is at the forefront of efforts to obtain justice for America’s low-income older adults and people with disabilities, with a special emphasis on problems affecting people of color and women. Our advocacy efforts focus on access to health care, income support, long-term care, and access to the courts to enforce federal rights.

Law Student Opportunities: NSCLC seeks outstanding law students to work in its Washington DC, Los Angeles and Oakland offices during the summer of 2014. The students selected will have a chance to be involved firsthand in significant policy and litigation initiatives as they may arise. Areas of the students’ focus will be one or more of the following:

  • Health Advocacy:  The health advocacy team conducts strategic national litigation and administrative advocacy to preserve and expand access to Medicare, Medicaid, and long term care (both nursing homes and at-home care) for low-income older adults.  The team also provides technical assistance and trainings to health advocates across the country.  Law clerks will assist NSCLC attorneys with legal research related to litigation, administrative advocacy and health care reform implementation.
  • Income Advocacy:  The income advocacy team engages in systemic litigation and administrative advocacy to protect Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits as these programs provide economic security and a critical safety net to the elderly poor.  A recent court settlement, Clark v. Astrue, resulted in $1 billion in back benefits being restored to individuals who had been wrongly denied benefits.  Several parallel cases are now being investigated; law clerks will assist with the development of this important litigation and with related income projects.

Applications accepted on a rollin basis. For complete description and application instructions please click here (must be a PSJD.org subscriber)