Exciting Job & Internship Leads: PDS, Sierra Club, CLS, and Echoing Green!

Washington DC Public Defender Services seeks 2020 Summer Law Clerks

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) provides and promotes quality legal representation to indigent adult and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia and thereby protects society’s interest in the fair administration of justice.

PDS’s Summer Law Clerk Program gives students an opportunity to assist attorneys in all aspects of case preparation. Law clerks perform legal research, draft motions, interview incarcerated and institutionalized clients, perform field investigations, represent juveniles in disciplinary hearings, respond to inmate correspondence, attend discovery conferences, parole hearing and appellate arguments.

PDS will be participating in OCI at UW Law on Friday, September 13th. For additional details and to apply please visit here. Application deadline is September 4, 2019.

Sierra Club seeks Associate Attorney (Oakland, CA)

Sierra Club LogoThe Sierra Club enforces environmental laws and targets the nation’s most pressing environmental issues through strategic legal advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels. The Sierra Club Environmental Law Program seeks an associate attorney to begin work at Sierra Club national headquarters in Oakland, California starting in September 2020. As part of the national Sierra Club’s legal team, the associate attorney helps coordinate all aspects of the Club’s legal work. The Environmental Law Program directs legal strategy for the Sierra Club’s campaigns, including Beyond Coal, Beyond Dirty Fuels, and Our Wild America. We litigate cases and coordinate legal work among campaigns, state-level chapters, and partner coalitions.

For additional details and application instructions please visit here. Priority application deadline is September 9, 2019 for a start date of September 2020. 

Columbia Legal Services seeks full-time Staff Attorney (Olympia, WA)

Columbia Legal Services is a legal advocacy organization that advances social, economic, and racial
equity for people living in poverty. Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to join its statewide advocacy team. CLS staff attorneys engage in systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy and community engagement to dismantle the structures that perpetuate poverty, racism, and other injustices in Washington.

For additional details and application instructions please visit here. Priority application deadline is September 6, 2019.

2020 Echoing Green Fellowship Opens September 18!

For more than 30 years, Echoing Green has been on the front lines of solving the world’s biggest problems by raising up transformational leaders who challenge the status quo. Through its two-year, full-time Fellowship, Echoing Green finds people working on a plan to make the world better in a big way. Then, they help them become impactful leaders by connecting them with the tools, resources, and communities they need to bring their ideas to life.

Echoing Green’s 2020 Fellowship application opens on September 18, and will close on October 16, 2019. For additional fellowship details and application instructions please visit here.


Staff Attorney & Postgraduate Fellowship Opportunities: TeamChild, ACLU, NWIRP, EDF, and More!

TeamChild seeks Staff Attorney

Team Child LogoTeamChild upholds the rights of youth involved, or at risk of being involved, in the juvenile justice system to help them secure the education, healthcare, housing and other supports they need to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.

TeamChild seeks a full-time Staff Attorney in its King County office. Primary job duties include providing holistic civil legal representation to youth who are at risk of or already involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. For a complete job description and application instructions please visit here. Priority application deadline is September 16, 2019. 

ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project seeks Applicants for Legal Fellowships

The Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU’s national office in New York invites third-year law students and recent law graduates to apply for a sponsorship opportunity to work with ACLU as a Legal Fellow to begin in the fall of 2020. The Reproductive Freedom Project strives to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child and where all people have the resources and tools to access the health care they need to effectuate these decisions.

For additional details and to apply please visit here.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project seeks Staff Attorney (Wenatchee, WA)

NWIRP LogoThe Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking attorney or recent law school graduate (2019 bar taker) to provide direct representation and community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of affirmative and defensive immigration matters. The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation (2) individual consultations; (3) self-help assistance; and (4) community education. The attorney will provide legal representation in various matters, but will focus on 1) defending individuals in removal proceedings; 2) representing victims of crime in applying for immigration benefits (including self-petitions, U visas, T visas, and other forms of relief); and 3) representing community members seeking immigration status through family visa petitions.

For additional details and application instructions please visit here. Priority application deadline is September 16, 2019.

BPI Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship now accepting Postgraduate Fellowship Applications (Fall 2020 start)

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), a Chicago-based nonprofit law and policy center, seeks law or public policy graduates to serve as the Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow for one year, beginning in Summer or Fall 2020.

The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship offers Fellows the opportunity to develop the experience, skills and network critical to a rewarding career in public interest advocacy. Fellows have gone on to pursue successful careers in affordable housing law, legal aid, civil rights advocacy, non-profit leadership and government.

For additional details and to apply please visit here. Applications will be accepted from September 1 through October 11, 2019. 

Oregon DOJ 2020 Honors Attorney Program – Now Accepting Applications

State of Oregon SealThe Oregon Department of Justice is accepting applications for its 2020 Honors Attorney Program.  Placement will begin September 2020 following a comprehensive recruitment and evaluation process.   Depending on assignment, selected candidates may be located in the DOJ’s Salem or Portland offices. For additional information and application instructions please visit here. Application deadline is September 27, 2019.

Environmental Defense Fund seeks U.S. Clean Air Legal Interns

The EDF’s U.S. Clean Air team envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We are dedicated to achieving that vision in our work, helping achieve clean air for all. The U.S. Clean Air team works out of the Washington, D.C., and Boulder, CO offices.

Legal interns on the U.S. Clean Air team contribute meaningfully to the team’s work securing clean air and climate protections. We aim to make our interns’ experience relevant, challenging, and rewarding. Our interns have directly contributed towards landmark cases over the years and have supported activities including: U.S. Supreme Court litigation, D.C. Circuit litigation over greenhouse gas regulation under the Clean Air Act, major international agreements and guidelines regarding trans-boundary pollution control programs in the U.S./Mexico border region, and projects that work towards ensuring protections for low-income and vulnerable communities from air pollution.

For additional details and application instructions please visit here.

DPD Rule 9 Positions, ILS Bar Scholarship, NY Public Defender Fair, and More!

King County DPD seeks 2020 Summer Legal Interns (Rule 9 Licensed)

The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is actively recruiting 2nd year law students to begin a 10 week paid internship beginning in June 2020.  This is an excellent opportunity for students contemplating a career in public defense.  Application deadline is rolling — positions will remain open until filled, but early application is encouraged.

DPD represents indigent clients in several practice areas: criminal defense (felonies and misdemeanors), juvenile defense, family defense, involuntary commitment (mental illness), sex offender commitments, and contempt of court.  Students will be offered an internship in a single practice area and should express any preference in their cover letter.

For additional details and application instructions please visit here.

UC Hastings Law School seeks Director of Public Interest and Public Service Programs

The Director for Public Interest and Public Service Programs oversees and manages programs, resources and advising to support and promote students and alumni pursuing non-profit and government careers. The Director designs, coordinates and will expand programming for law students and alumni relating to public interest and public service opportunities, post graduate fellowships, post-graduate judicial clerkships, summer funding, career development/transitions and starting their own law practices.

For further information and to to apply please visit here. Please note — depending on experience, this hire will be hired at either the Associate Director or Director level. Position open until filled.

The Wilderness Society seeks Megan Dickie Leadership Fund Summer Legal Clerk (Summer 2020)

Seeking a highly motivated current second-year law student for a paid summer law clerk position in our Denver, CO office.   The position is paid and includes a stipend to assist with costs associated with relocating to Denver for the summer.

The Wilderness Society (TWS) is the leading American conservation organization working to protect our nation’s shared wildlands. Founded 1935, TWS works to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for its wild places. TWS believes that public lands belong to and should benefit all of us.  TWS’s Denver Office houses its Agency Policy and Planning team, which focuses on defending and protecting important landscapes, wildlands, and bedrock conservation laws and policies, including through land use planning.

TWS seeks a highly motivated current second-year law student for a summer law clerk position in its Denver, CO office.  The position is paid and includes a stipend to assist with costs associated with relocating to Denver for the summer. For additional information about the position and to apply please visit here.

Registration Now Open for the Second Annual New York State Public Defenders Career Fair! (Buffalo, NY)

The University at Buffalo School of Law, in conjunction with the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services, the Chief Defenders Association of New York, the New York State Defenders Association, and the New York County Defenders Office will host the second annual New York State Public Defenders Career Fair. All current law students and recent graduates with an interest in criminal law or public service are welcome to attend for free.

More than 20 criminal defense providers will be available to meet with applicants to discuss public defense opportunities throughout New York State.  Many offices will be conducting on-site interviews for internships and employment opportunities.

To register and for additional information, please visit : www.law.buffalo.edu/pd-career-fair. There is no registration deadline, but applicants who submit resumes by September 20 will have their materials forwarded in advance to the employers of their choice.

Spokane County Bar Association: Indian Law Section 2019-2020 Bar Preparation Scholarship

The Spokane County Bar Association (SCBA) Indian Law Section (ILS) was established in 2008 to create a forum and opportunity for the exchange of ideas in the field of Indian law for practitioners in the Inland Northwest, and to further the development and improve the application of justice in this field of law. For the past ten years, the SCBA ILS has organized and held an all-day Indian law conference in Spokane, Washington. The SCBA ILS leadership uses the proceeds from these conferences to fund a bar preparation scholarship for individuals who recently have or are planning to take a state bar exam in the near future, and who have demonstrated a commitment to furthering the goals of the SCBA ILS.

For additional information about the scholarship, and to apply, please visit here. Applications are due by October 15, 2019, and applicants will be notified if they are selected by December 15. 2019.

EJW Fellowships, AGO Internships, Postgraduate opportunities and more!

Equal Justice Works Fellowships – Class of 2020 Application Deadline is September 20th, 2019!

Each year, Equal Justice Works aims to launch around 70 new Fellows nationwide who have designed their own Fellowship project. Over the course of two-year project terms, these Fellows build sustainable solutions for the communities they serve, addressing areas of law as diverse as veterans benefits, access to education, immigration and asylum, community economic development, voting rights, and so much more. In short, designing your own Fellowship project presents a unique opportunity for you to create your dream job, and launch your public interest career The Class of 2020 EJW Design Your Own Fellowship Application deadline is rapidly approaching. For detailed information and instructions please review EJW’s Fellowship Application Guide.

If you have questions or would like individualized assistance with your fellowship application, please feel free to schedule an appointment with Huy Nguyen or Sara Jackson with the Gates Public Service Law Program. UW Law has a strong track record of sponsoring fellows and we are happy to assist you with the application process!

AGO’s Fall Law Clerk Recruitment Program (for summer 2020) is now underway! Deadline is 9/3

The Attorney General’s Office is pleased to invite qualified second-year law students to apply for summer 2020 volunteer or externship positions.  Volunteer law clerks and externs glean worthwhile, enriching and educational experiences working for what we believe to be the best public law firm in the country.

The Office’s fall recruitment program is available to any qualified second-year law student.  At the conclusion of this recruitment program, offers to serve as a volunteer law clerk or extern will be made.  Those who receive offers will begin their clerkship during the summer of 2020.

The AGO will not be conducting on-campus interviews for the 2L fall recruitment program this year.  All applicants must apply via this system by 5:00 p.m. on September 3, 2019.  (The Honors Program will be participating in on-campus interviews.  If interested in that program, please visit our website at www.atg.wa.gov for deadlines and other information.). For complete information and application instructions please visit here.

UW Law Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic seeks Part-Time Staff Attorney

The University of Washington School of Law’s Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic is recruiting a Part-Time Temporary Staff Attorney. The staff attorney will be responsible for providing professional legal indigent defense representation for clients in the Tulalip Tribal Court (Felony and Misdemeanors) where the UW Tribal Defense Clinic maintains an office. The staff attorney would also be responsible for jail visits at the Snohomish County Jail and the Marysville Jail where Tulalip Tribal Court Defendants ordered held are detained. The position is 60% time and therefore a commitment of 3 days per week is required, with a typical schedule of Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The position is a 9 month appointment to practice in the Tulalip Tribal Court with direct supervision and frequent collaboration with other attorneys in a mutually supportive office environment. For additional details and application instructions please visit here.

Legal Counsel for Youth & Children seeks Staff Attorneys in Walla Wall and TriCities

In 2017, the Homeless Youth Legal Network of the American Bar Association named Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC) as one of twelve model programs serving homeless youth nationally. In partnership with local schools, government, and community organizations, LCYC is expanding its Youth Homelessness Program to Walla Walla, Benton, and Franklin counties this year. LCYC is looking for two passionate, collaborative, and innovative attorneys to help LCYC with this exciting new expansion initiative.

This is a fabulous opportunity to help design and implement an innovative service model to a new area of Washington. The attorneys’ focus will be on meeting the direct service needs of youth struggling with homelessness, while also collaborating with youth and community providers to help identify and influence systemic barriers to the elimination of youth homelessness.

For additional information and to apply please visit here. Positions will be open until filled.

City of Seattle seeks Legal Externs

City of Seattle LogoThe Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office offers a number of law student externship opportunities throughout the year. The Civil Division provides legal counsel and representation to the City’s elected and appointed officials, and departments, and consists of seven specialized areas of practice. To learn more about externship opportunities available and application instructions for the upcoming academic year please visit here.

US Department of Transportation Honors Program – August 18 Deadline!

The DOT’s Honors Attorney Program offers new law graduates and recent law graduates completing judicial clerkships or fellowships a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the Department’s diverse law practice.

During the two-year program, honors attorneys complete one rotation in the Department’s Office of the General Counsel and five rotations in the operating administrations’ Offices of Chief Counsel. Rotations provide each honors attorney with substantive and challenging assignments across a wide spectrum of legal fields. Honors attorneys find themselves working in practice areas such as administrative, aviation, environmental, constitutional, torts, labor and employment, and contract and procurement law. Honors attorneys may assist with litigation, draft legislation, enforcement, and participate in the rulemaking process. For additional details and application instructions please visit here.

**UW Law Students may apply to this position through OCI — please search for “Department of Transportation Honors Program” in SCS Online. 






EJW Conference, DOJ Honors Program & Internships, Postgrad Jobs, and More!

Apply for a Travel Grant to the EJW Conference & Career Fair (October 18-19 in Arlington, VA)

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair, bringing together more than 200 public interest employers to conduct interviews for full-time positions and internships. More than 1,400 law students from over 150 law schools attend the conference to participate in workshops and informal “table talk” discussions, receive résumé advice, and network with fellow law students and legal professionals. UW Law is able to fund $500 travel grants for up to 4 students to attend the conference!

To apply for a travel grant please submit the following: 1) a copy of your resume and 2) a brief statement of interest (limited to 250 words) about why you would like to attend to Ann Spangler spangler@uw.edu by August 21, 2019. Selected students will be notified by August 23, 2019.

*Students must apply for any prescheduled interviews by September 15, 11:59 p.m. ET

DOJ AG Honors Program – Application now Open!

DOJ LogoSince 1953, the Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program has been recognized as the nation’s premier entry-level federal attorney recruitment program.  The Honors Program attracts candidates from law schools across the country representing a broad cross-section of experiences and interests. Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate’s background, including a demonstrated commitment to government service, academic achievement, leadership, journal, moot court and mock trial experience, clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of Justice and the relevant component.  The Department of Justice seeks high caliber attorneys to advance its mission and welcomes applications from candidates whose backgrounds reflect the Nation’s rich diversity.

For complete details and to apply visit here. Application deadline is September 8, 2019 (for a fall 2020 start date).

DOJ Summer Law Intern Program (Summer 2020)

DOJ LogoThe Department of Justice’s Summer Law Inter Program (SLIP) is the Department’s competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships.  Law students who participate in the SLIP benefit from an exceptional legal experience and invaluable exposure to the Department of Justice.  Interns represent diverse backgrounds and  interests, and come from a wide range of law schools throughout the country.

Law students who have completed at least one full semester of legal study by the application deadline are eligible to apply. Most successful applicants intern the summer between their second and third year of law school; however, graduating law students who will enter a judicial clerkship or a full-time graduate law program may intern following graduation.   All applicants should review the program’s eligibility rules.

For complete details and to apply visit here. Application deadline is September 8, 2019.

FCC Attorney Honors Program – Application Now Open

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Attorneys at the FCC work on cutting-edge issues in the communications and technology arenas. They promote the deployment of high-speed broadband communications; protect the rights of consumers; promote access to communications services for all Americans, including Americans with disabilities; analyze high-profile mergers and acquisitions; and promote public safety.

The Federal Communications Commission’s Attorney Honors Program is a two-year employment and training program designed to introduce selected candidates to the field of communications law and policy. For additional details and application instructions please visit here. Application deadline is September 17, 2019 (for a fall 2020 start date).

NJP seeks Pro Bono Coordinator

NJP LogoThe Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide law firm that pursues its mission through legal representation, community partnerships, and education to combat injustice and promote the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities throughout Washington.

NJP is hiring an attorney serve as Pro Bono Coordinator. The Pro Bono Coordinator (PBC) will develop and integrate volunteer attorney activity with NJP’s advocacy work across the state. The PBC is responsible for oversight of NJP’s mandated private attorney involvement activities, volunteer attorneys working in and with NJP offices/units, and other pro bono opportunities (i.e. law students, paralegals) sponsored by NJP. The position oversees NJP’s compliance with the Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) private attorney involvement requirements.

For complete job description and application instructions please visit here. Priority deadline is August 15, 2019.

Clallam Public Defender seeks Staff Attorney

The Clallam Public Defender Office seeks a full-time Staff Attorney. The Attorney will be responsible for representing indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors in District Court, and must be able to organize and manage a caseload with minimum supervision.

To apply please submit a resume and cover letter to: Harry Gasnick, Director, Clallam Public Defender, 212 East 5th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Position open until filled.

Community Action of Skagit County seeks Volunteer Lawyer Program Manager

The Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP) provides free, high quality, efficient and innovative civil legal assistance to low‐income people through the recruitment, training, mentoring, supervision, and support of volunteer lawyers. The VLP relies on the participation of lawyers who volunteer their time to assist low‐income residents of Skagit County with their civil legal needs. Pro bono services are provided through advice and brief service clinics, unbundled legal services, and full direct representation.

The VLP seeks a full-time Program Manager to provide leadership leadership in planning, developing, and implementing of the objectives of the program, and facilitate activities that ensure that the vision, mission, and initiatives of the program are effectively implemented and shared with the broader community. For a complete job description and application instructions please visit here. Position is open until filled.