Summer opportunities with UN Women; AGO Civil Rights Unit hiring externs; post-grad fellowship with Columbia Legal Services

Nov. 25: United Nations Women – Migration Internship

UN womenApplication Deadline: Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Women’s economic empowerment, including the empowerment of migrant women and girls, is one of the priority areas of UN Women, as reflected in the organization’s Strategic Plan 2013-2017. The Migration Portfolio forms part of the Economic Empowerment Section of the Policy Division at UN Women Headquarters in New York. In 2016, the Migration Team’s work-streams have included: Coordinating UN Women’s chairing of the Global Migration Group (GMG) in 2016; Managing the implementation of UN Women’s EU-funded project on “Promoting and Protecting Women Migrant Workers’ Labour and Human Rights: Engaging with International and National Human Rights Mechanisms to enhance Accountability” due to be finalised in early 2017; Supporting the UN system, requesting Member States and other relevant entities to develop gender-responsive approaches to migration that promote gender equality and the empowerment of migrant women and girls. Read more about the migration internship here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Nov. 30: UN Women – Women, Peace and Security Intern 

UN womenApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The Peace and Security Section leads on UN system-wide coordination on Women, Peace and Security, provides technical and financial support to the peace and security work of UN Women field offices, and implements a number of global initiatives that range from training women on mediation, peacekeepers on preventing and responding to sexual violence, and experts on investigation and documentation of international crimes, to rapidly deploying gender advisors to commissions of inquiry, peace talks, and post-conflict planning and financing processes, supporting gender-responsive public service delivery, and linking women in the community and grassroots organizations to police and other actors to ensure better protection. Read more here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Nov. 30: SEIU Fight for $15 one-year legal fellowship

seiuApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The Legal Department of the Service Employees International Union will have an opening for a law fellow in Washington, D.C., starting in September 2017. The SEIU Law Fellowship Program was established to introduce recent law graduates to a broad range of legal work within an international union, and offers an excellent opportunity for new lawyers to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a variety of cutting-edge issues related to the advancement of workers’ interests.

The 2017 Fight for $15 Law Fellow will provide legal support for SEIU’s campaign in support of the Fight for $15 movement. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to be involved in many areas of the legal department’s work. While each fellowship experience varies according to the work of the department, the Fellow can expect to be involved in at least some of the following types of work: litigation to enforce the labor and employment rights of union members; handling matters before the National Labor Relations Board; drafting amicus briefs in support of workers’ rights issues before the NLRB and appellate courts; advice and assistance to staff organizers on organizing campaigns; involvement in policy and legislative initiatives; and participation in SEIU’s political program. Read more here.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Dec. 1: Paid internship at public interest firm

Spiegel & McDiarmid LogoApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

The Spiegal Summer Program is designated to introduce law degree candidates or recipients to the firm’s practice areas (Electric, Gas, Environment and Energy, Hydro and Water, Telecommunications, Transportation, Utility Workforce, Public Policy and Lobbying, Litigation and Appeals, Compliance and Enforcement, and Contracts and Rate Negotiations), our approach to quality legal representation, and our culture. Summer Associates are intricately involved with the firm’s cases and fully utilize their skills in our challenging work environment.

Application Process: Please send resume and cover letter to recruiting@spiegelmcd.com

Dec. 1: Post-grad opportunities with the Presidential Management Fellows Program

PMF Logo1Application Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Since  1977 the PMF Program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities. The PMF Program is a great leadership training ground. You’ll perform valuable service to the American people while jump-starting your career, whatever you envision that to be. You’ll get full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, training, mentoring, plus an opportunity to make government work better. Find out more.

Application Process: Apply here.

Dec. 9: Children’s Law Center hiring summer intern

Children's Law Center LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to be the voice for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 8 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children. Visit www.childrenslawcenter.org to learn more about the organization, and click here to read the internship posting.

Job Description Children’s Law Center invites applications for summer 2017 law clerk internships to begin Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Law clerks have a wide variety of responsibilities including conducting client intakes, completing court runs, researching and writing about legal issues, interviewing clients and witnesses, locating resources for clients, attending court hearings, and accompanying attorneys on home and school visits.

Application Process: No telephone calls, please. Submit a resume, writing sample, references, and cover letter. It is mandatory for each applicant to explicitly rank his or her project preferences on a scale of 1 through 5 in their cover letter, with “1” designating an applicant’s first choice and “5” designating an applicant’s last choice. Children’s Law Center’s hiring committee may elect not to review applications which fail to designate the applicant’s project preferences in the manner requested.

Dec. 11: AGO, Civil Rights Unit hiring winter and spring externs

washington-ago-color-sealApplication Deadline: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

The Attorney General’s Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit works to protect the civil rights of everyone in Washington.  The Attorney General enforces state and federal laws, including laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, status as a family with children, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a breastfeeding mother, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. Read more here.

The Civil Rights Unit in Seattle has an excellent opportunity for a second or third-year law student seeking an externship beginning in January and ending in May, the Civil Rights Unit also understands UW is on the quarter system and will work on start/end dates that work for all. The position would involve assisting with the investigation of civil rights complaints, conducting legal research on civil rights laws in Washington state, drafting written discovery as necessary and other duties as assigned.

Application Process: Apply here.

Dec. 15: Summer internship with the Urban Justice Center, Mental Health Project

Urban Justice Center NYCApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center is a team of attorneys, social workers, and advocates dedicated to enforcing the rights of low-income New Yorkers with mental illness. We represent individual clients, bring class action lawsuits and engage in community education with the belief that low-income people with mental illness are entitled to live stable and full lives, free from discrimination.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in substantive legal work, including interviewing clients, representing clients in court and at administrative hearings, researching and writing briefs, and working on class action lawsuits and systemic reform.

Application Process: Apply here.

Rolling deadline, paid: Columbia Legal Services Elder Law Fellowship now accepting applications

columbia20legal20servicesApplication Deadline: Open until filled, first round of applications considered by Nov. 21

For many years, Columbia Legal Services has represented some of the most marginalized people in our community. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice. As a proud member of the Alliance, our vision of justice is when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. Through large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our lawyers and staff work in furtherance of our mission. The ideal candidate for any position at Columbia Legal Services will be able to articulate their role in the achievement of that vision.

Columbia Legal Services seeks a one-year Elder Law Fellow to support its practice on behalf of low-income clients and to advance systemic reform. Areas of practice on behalf of seniors will include public benefits, guardianship, housing, and access to medical or mental health services. A willingness and ability to learn these areas is critical to success. Read more about the fellowship here.

Application Process: Read about the application process here.

Rolling deadline, paid: Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project

nw-justice-projectApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Northwest Justice Project Farmworker Unit seeks summer interns to assist experienced attorneys in serving migrant farm workers through farm labor camp outreach, community education and legal work. Law student outreach is an essential component in helping workers in their efforts to enforce their labor rights and obtain access to needed services.

Law students will work with attorneys on ongoing cases and projects, including farmworker sexual harassment cases and community education, pesticide safety, wage theft, and advocacy related to the H-2A temporary visa program for farmworkers. Northwest Justice Project is the LSC funded staffed Legal Services program for Washington State. The positions are focused full –time on farmworker advocacy. Read more here.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Want to Protect the Earth? Summer Internship Positions in Environmental Law!

Office of Management and Budget Recruiting Two Policy Analysts

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We are recruiting for two policy analysts for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We are seeking someone with experience relating to K-12 education and someone with experience in labor-related issues, including job training, pensions and unemployment insurance.  In both cases we are particularly interested in current students or recent or upcoming graduates of master’s degree programs in relevant fields.

Policy analyst positions at OMB are particularly exciting for people launching their careers in public policy.    In addition to developing the President’s Budget, OMB staff are responsible for providing the Executive Office of the President with policy and technical support on a wide range of issues. Analysts in these positions are responsible for reviewing the work and recommendations of agencies at many levels, and play a critical role in the policy and budget formulation processes.  OMB analysts interact with and provide policy analysis to numerous offices throughout the Executive Office of the President, including the Domestic Policy Council, National Economic Council, and Office of the Chief of Staff.  These career positions provide a great opportunity for individuals interested in public policy to see how Federal programs work at all levels.  We are looking for individuals who have strong analytical, communications, and interpersonal skills and can work effectively in a fast-paced environment.

For more information, click here.

University of Oregon School of Law Seeking Two Associate Directors for the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development in Eugene, Position Open Until Filled

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As the state’s only public law school, the University of Oregon School of Law is charged with providing an exemplary, accredited legal education in a cost-effective manner.

The Associate Director is one of three full-time professionals in the Center for Career Planning and Professional Development (Career Center) who report to the Assistant Dean for Career Planning and Professional Development.  We are currently seeking to fill two Associate Director positions.

The Associate Director’s work is shaped by key areas of substantive expertisesuch as: state trial court clerkships, private law firms, alternative JD career paths, and public interest and public service.  In addition to substantial career counseling responsibilities, including job search strategy, document review, and interview preparation, the Associate Director represents the Career Center and the University of Oregon School of Law to external audiences while engaging in marketing and outreach.  The Associate Director also collaborates with the Assistant Dean for Career Planning and Professional Development on the content and execution of the 1L Career Exploration and Professional Planning course.  Duties also include planning and facilitating Career Center programming, including workshops and panel presentations, and managing budgets related to these activities.

For more information, click here.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide Seeking Summer Environmental Law Intern

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ELAW is a network of public interest environmental lawyers and scientists who use the law to protect the environment. We provide legal and scientific resources to advocates in approximately 70 countries who are working to protect the environment and human rights. Legal interns assist the Staff Attorneys in responding to requests for assistance. These requests generate both short and long-term projects. Projects may include legal research (US and international); obtaining information about multinational companies planning to enter new countries; identifying model statutes and regulations; or evaluating legal doctrines and theories. Interns prepare memoranda to send to overseas advocates and communicate directly with these lawyers. ELAW Staff Attorneys work with interns and oversee all projects.

For more information, click here.

Earthjustice Seeking Law Externs in Northwest Office for 2016, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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The Northwest Regional Office of Earthjustice, located in Seattle, Washington, is seeking students who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment for externships in the spring or fall of 2016.

Externs work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, an extern’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. Externs may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, to participate in moots of oral arguments, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel.

For more information, click here.

Human Rights First Seeking Legal Intern for Refugee Representation in Washington, D.C., Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 Opportunities Available

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Human Rights First welcomes law students to apply for its spring 2016 legal internship with the Refugee Representation team. We are looking for students who are currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest in and commitment to human rights, are preferably fluent in a relevant second language, and want to work on behalf of indigent asylum-seekers.

We seek part-time interns (15 hours per week minimum) for the spring semester. Interns will be based in our Washington, D.C. office. All internships are unpaid.

The Refugee Representation program works to provide indigent asylum seekers with quality legal representation in their asylum cases. The program also advocates for legal reform and policy change on issues affecting asylum seekers in the United States.

For more information, click here.

Animal Legal Defense Fund Seeking Summer 2016 ALDF Litigation Program Clerk, Monthly Stipend Available, Due 12/1

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The clerkships are full-time, during summer 2016, for a period of 3 months (approximately 12 weeks) with a flexible starting date (dependent upon the student’s schedule).

The clerks will be closely supervised and trained by top experts in animal law. Clerks will complete legal research, work with ALDF’s litigation department in developing new cases, and learn how to prepare pleadings in cases currently handled by ALDF. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on civil animal law issues, but there will be exposure to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. Seeking Summer Law Clerks, Due 12/2

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Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education.  Children’s Law Center invites applications for summer 2016 law clerk internships to begin Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Law clerks have a wide variety of responsibilities including conducting client intakes, completing court runs, researching and writing about legal issues, interviewing clients and witnesses, locating resources for clients, attending court hearings, and accompanying attorneys on home and school visits. Law students who wish to intern with the Children’s Law Center will receive one-on-one supervision from an attorney throughout the summer.

The following projects within Children’s Law Center are accepting summer law clerks: Guardian ad litem Project (GAL), GAL Special Education Project, Families First (FF), Heathy Together (HT), and Policy Team.

For more information, click here.

Paid Internship! District Department of the Environment Seeking Environmental Legal Intern, Due 12/4

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The Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), Office of the General Counsel (OGC) seeks to hire a legal intern.  DOEE is the leading agency for energy and environmental issues affecting the District of Columbia.

DOEE’s OGC has a staff of nine attorneys and one operations specialist.  Legal interns are generally responsible for assisting OGC attorneys with the issues described above and various research projects as they arise. In addition, legal interns have the opportunity to interact with many of DOEE’s engineers, biologists, technicians, inspectors, environmental specialists, and other staff on a wide variety of District?related issues, including air and water quality, hazardous and toxic substances, underground and leaking underground storage tanks, lead?based paint matters, and energy and sustainability issues.

Legal interns are immersed in work of the office and have consistent communication with staff and supervising attorneys.  Interns participate in all office functions and are in consistent contact in person or via email.  Interns may work closely with a number of different attorneys who are all asked to comment, review, and evaluate the intern’s work.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls! New York University School of Law’s Open Society Presidential Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, Due 12/10

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The Open Society Presidential Fellowship is awarded yearly to recent JD, LLM, MPA, MPP, and MBA graduates from accredited law, public policy, and business schools. Based in New York City, Fellows pursue work related to human rights, good governance, and justice through an 11-month residence within the Office of the President at the Open Society Foundations.

Fellows will work with staff, grantees, and other fellows on special initiatives that address the legal, business, policy, and organizational issues confronted by the Foundations’ various programs and projects. They will gain exposure and connections to the Open Society Foundations’ leadership and partner organizations, and cultivate knowledge about open society strategies.

For more information, click here.

Public Interest Network Seeks UW Grads!

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The Public Interest Network Seeks UW Grads! The Public Interest Network  is a family of organizations that use organizing, advocacy, research and policy analysis, and litigation to create change. They work on a variety of issues, including stopping global warming, protecting consumers, and getting money out of politics. They are actively recruiting UW law grads for JD advantage positions! For the right candidates they may delay start date for after the bar exam.

Check out some recent postings here:

Clean Water Advocate (Environment America) (DC)
Clean Energy Advocate (Environment America) (DC)