Are You Interested in Human Rights? Attorney and Internship Positions Open

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Offering Paid Summer 2016 Law Clerkship

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The AFSCME Office of the General Counsel seeks law clerks for the summer term of 2016. AFSCME primarily represents employees within the public sector. The Office of the General Counsel provides in-house legal advice to the officers and employees of AFSCME and to affiliates throughout the country. The Office of the General Counsel is active in initiating and defending litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agenciesto safeguard the interests of the union.In addition to traditional issues of labor and employment law, the Office confronts numerous issues of constitutional law – especially federalism and First Amendment questions. The Office also provides substantial assistance to the union’s organizing and legislative departments in developing strategy and drafting legislation.

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Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law Seeking Equal Access Fund Staff Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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The Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law is a non­profit, public interest law office dedicated to furthering the legal, civil, and human rights of immigrants, refugees, children, prisoners, and the poor.

The Center seeks a full-time attorney to work on complex litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and to assist in providing technical support, advocacy support, and training to lawyers and paralegals employed by California legal services programs. The position also requires recruitment and coordination of law clerks and volunteers to assist in the Center’s work.

The position requires a pro-active and rigorously intellectual approach to the practice of law, ability to handle multiple projects at the same time, a positive attitude as well as a strong desire to work in the public interest.

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Human Rights Watch Seeking International Justice Summer Intern

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Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a student to intern with the International Justice Program (“IJP”) in the New York office for summer 2016. The intern will primarily focus on monitoring international law developments in targeted country situations and researching and drafting papers on issues of international justice.

This internship is open to law students and graduate students who are studying international criminal or humanitarian law. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights. Strong writing skills are essential. Relevant coursework is highly desirable. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in other languages, particularly French, is highly desirable. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required. Ideally this internship is full-time and a minimum commitment of ten weeks is requested.

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UW’s Office of Planning & Budgeting Seeking Higher Education Policy Analyst, Position Open Until Filled

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The Office of Planning & Budgeting (OPB) reports to the Senior Vice President of Planning & Management and provides analysis and information services to enhance university-wide planning and policy formation. OPB is responsible for planning and allocation of financial and physical resources to help the University fulfill its mission. OPB also leads University efforts in the fiscal and policy analysis of state budgets and legislation.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Higher Education Policy Analyst to work within the OPB and across its departments to provide fiscal and policy analysis and research on national and state higher education policies and practices in support of the executive branch of the University. This position will require expertise and in-depth knowledge of state legislative processes, state-level and national higher education data, and budget cycles. During state legislative sessions, this position will provide front line analysis and communication to the Assistant Vice Provost of Planning & Budgeting as well as the Office of State Relations. As such, this position requires flexibility, adaptability and experience in analyzing fiscal and policy information from a wide variety of sources.  This position will report to the Assistant Vice Provost of Planning & Budgeting and provide support to the Provost and staff, the University President, college deans and administrators, and faculty senate committees. Additionally, this person will work closely with the Office of Institutional Analysis, the University’s Budget Office,  and the Office of State Relations in the execution of state budget development and analysis as well as miscellaneous research, reports and presentations, and other projects as assigned. Finally, this position will liaise with counterparts in the Council of Presidents as well as the other institutions of higher education in the state.

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Brooklyn Defender Services Seeks Immigration Practice Summer 2016 Intern, Due 1/30/2016

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The Immigration Practice of Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) seeks summer 2016 law student interns.   BDS represents more than 45,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily indigent criminal, family, and immigration defense.  We believe all people—regardless of economic means—deserve respect, individualized care, and the fullest extent of legal protections whether accused of a crime or facing a civil legal obstacle to justice and opportunity.

BDS’s Immigration Practice has three primary focus areas: Padilla, Youth and NYIFUP.

The focus of the Padilla team is to advise noncitizen clients of the immigration consequences of their criminal cases. Padilla Immigration Practice attorneys work in close collaboration with BDS defenders to avoid or minimize the negative immigration consequences of their noncitizens’ criminal cases. In a limited number of cases, immigration practice attorneys continue to advocate for BDS clients in the immigration system even after the criminal case is disposed. We advocate against our clients’ immigration detention, defend them in immigration removal proceedings, and provide assistance applying for immigration benefits.

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Department of Homeland Security – Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Seeking CRCL Interns, Due 3/1/2016 for Summer

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties seeks to provide motivated law students entering their second or third year of law school with an internship opportunity in Washington, D.C. The internship will provide experience in the fields of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Employment Law, Homeland Security, and the practical workings of the Federal Government.

The Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)supports the Department’s mission to secure the Nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law. The statutory authority for the Office is described in 6 U.S.C. § 345 and 42 U.S.C. § 2000ee-1.

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Environmental Law Foundation Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern, Due 3/1/2016

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ELF is looking for one or more legal interns to work on a part- or full-time basis during the summer of 2016. We highly value interns’ contributions and we’re looking for someone who’s ready to produce legal work at a high level.

ELF’s legal interns will assist in all aspects of litigation on our docket. Generally, the interns will be conducting legal research and drafting memos, briefs, discovery and/or pleadings. To the extent feasible, the interns will also attend hearings and settlement meetings. The interns will work closely with a staff attorney who will supervise their work and provide feedback. Because of our small size and fast-paced environment, interns will be heavily involved in all aspects of our work, from strategy meetings to brief writing. We are proud that we can offer interns the opportunity to do real, substantive, important work.

For more information, click here.

Position Openings in Seattle’s Legislative Department! Also, Fellowship & Other Clerkship Opportunities for 2015!

City of Seattle’s Legislative Department Offering Employment Opportunities

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Position Opening for Policy Analyst to Work in Central Staff Division, Due 8/12 by 4:00 PM

The Legislative Department, Central Staff Division, has an outstanding opportunity for an experienced Policy Analyst. Analysts conduct research and analysis on public policy and budget issues; evaluate proposed policy initiatives; draft legislation; and make recommendations regarding local, regional, and state issues for Seattle’s full-time, nine-member City Council. Analysts work with the Councilmembers, Legislative Aides, high-level government officials, and a wide variety of stakeholders. This “at-will” appointment serves at the discretion of the Central Staff Director.

This position will perform complex, independent policy analysis and advise the City Council on a wide-range of policy and budget issues with a focus on human services and education, including but not limited to preschool education, support for the Seattle School District, civil rights, evaluation of human services programs, domestic and youth and domestic violence prevention.

For a complete job description an application instructions, click here.

Position Opening for Legislative Assistant in the Office of Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Due 8/19

The Legislative Department is seeking applicants for the position of Legislative Assistant in the office of Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. This is a dynamic and fast paced environment which provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills in constituent relations, public policy development, research, analysis and community outreach. The office is comprised of three staff members and this position reports to the City Councilmember.

The position’s primary functions are to ensure the timely and accurate response to constituent requests and messages; to assist in the development of public policy through legislation, identify emerging issues, conduct research and analysis and recommend policies and course of action for successful outcomes. The person in this role provides advice to Councilmember on issues of policy, politics and procedures, including local, regional and state issues.  The Legislative Assistant articulates and advances the goals and polices of the Councilmember and helps develop strategies for a successful passage of legislation and implementation of policies as requested by the Councilmember.

This at-will appointment serves at the discretion of the Councilmember. The Councilmember seeks an organized individual, with a passion for public service, who can meet deadlines and who has strong analytical, written and oral communication skills.

For a complete job description, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls!  Environmental Defense Center Seeking Summer Law Clerk/Semester Extern, Due 9/1

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The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) is a nonprofit public interest environmental law firm, established in 1977, that represents community groups dedicated to environmental quality in California’s South Central Coast region (Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties). EDC represents clients in court and before government agencies, provides legal counsel and advice, and offers educational opportunities to the community on issues involving land use, open space and habitat protection, watersheds and water quality, wetland and natural resource protection, toxics, offshore oil and gas development, public lands, endangered species, marine protection, and public access.

EDC hires law students for summer clerkships as well as externships during the regular school year. Law clerks and externs are involved in substantive activities such as conducting legal research; drafting memos and pleadings; participating in client meetings, strategy discussions and negotiations; appearing before public agencies; and observing court arguments. EDC attorneys involve students in every aspect of actual cases.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Position Opening For Research Analyst 4 on Aging & People With Disabilities in Oregon’s Department of Human Services, Due 9/5

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The Oregon Department of Human Services, within Office of Business Intelligence, is seeking to fill one permanent, full-time Research Analyst 4 position to provide services to the Research and Analysis Unit.  This position is located in Salem (500 Summer St NE) and is represented by a union.

This position will be heavily involved in the design and creation of a SQL-server-based data warehouse for the APD Case Management system. This includes working independently to understand the data tables and relationships in the online-transactional database of the Oregon Access Case Management system and to determine business rules that help transform this data into more usable reporting constructs.  Independently or in consultation with users identify areas and topics needing data/report support.  Focus on the design and development of automated and distributed reports for APD Program. Work with other program areas as needed to further the goals of DCRU.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) Offering Employment Opportunity for Legal Corps Fellow, Due 10/5

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Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps have partnered together to provide the new Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellowship opportunity to remove legal barriers to employment for economically disadvantaged individuals across the nation. The EOLC Fellow will provide legal assistance to individuals in northwest Minnesota with a legal barrier to employment such as an expungement-eligible criminal record, revocation/denial of an occupational license, and the loss of a driver’s license.

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) provides high quality legal representation and community legal education to low-income and elderly persons in 22 northwestern Minnesota counties, using three staffed law offices and 210 private Judicare attorneys.  One Fellowship is available in LSNM’s Alexandria regional office.  Based on Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service will begin on (Date TBD) for two years, pending renewal after the first year.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Rising 3Ls and Recent Grads!  Fellowship Sponsor – Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship in New York Seeking Applicants for the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program!  Due 10/15

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For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

Overview
The Fellowship was established by the ACLU Board of Directors in memory of Marvin M. Karpatkin, the late General Counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union, who died in January 1975, at the age of 48.  Mr. Karpatkin was one of the ACLU’s most active attorneys during the 1960s and early 1970s.  He left his special mark in the areas of selective service and military law.  His interest in those areas grew out of his own strong opposition to the Vietnam War and his desire to help those who, younger than himself, were faced with performing military service in a war they would not support.

Racial Justice Program (RJP) attorneys and staff work to challenge racial discrimination and related issues that have a disparate impact on communities of color, particularly in the areas of criminal justice and education and seeks to provide full access to participation in the economic system regardless of race or ethnicity.  In the area of criminal justice, we are dedicated to reducing the unwarranted and disproportionate targeting and incarceration of people of color.  In the area of education, we seek to ensure that all children have access to quality education, regardless of race or ethnicity. Specifically, we have filed civil challenges to the inadequate provision of indigent criminal and juvenile defense, racial profiling, and disparate educational opportunities.  We have also campaigned against the racially-disproportionate imposition of incarceration and school discipline and are working to counteract the negative effects of discrimination in mortgage lending on communities of color.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

Legal Foundation of Washington Offering 2015 Summer Goldmark Internship in Walla Walla, WA, Due 10/17 by 5:00 PM

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The program is named for Charles A. Goldmark, the Foundation’s second president at his untimely death in January 1986. Chuck was a firm believer in, and a forceful advocate for, equal access to the justice system. The internship was created as a tribute to Chuck and to encourage young lawyers to emulate his ardent commitment. The Goldmark Equal Justice Internship is made possible by a matching grant from the Goldmark Family Foundation.

The STAR Project serves individuals with felony convictions, most having been released from incarceration in the past year. A majority of clients
have significant Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) which impede their integration back into society as contributing members.  The Goldmark Intern will aid clients who receive Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability benefits to have their LFOs waived by the courts, and work to establish reasonable restitution payments for clients seeking employment but who have holds on their driver’s licenses.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

Check Out These Fellowships, Immigration Work, and Other Housing-Related Positions

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Nome Superior Court in Alaska Court System Seeking Law Clerk I, Due TODAY

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The Alaska Court System is accepting applications for a Law Clerk to serve a Superior Court Judge in Nome, Alaska. The position will be available August or September 2014 and last one year. The successful applicant will perform research relating to motions before the court; summarize case files; and prepare memoranda and recommendations. The position may also organize files, review case files for procedural sufficiency, review orders and judgments prepared for signature, and assist in the preparation of jury instructions and other duties. After training, the law clerk will act as the Deputy Magistrate during arraignment hearings one weekend per month.

Benefits: The ACS provides health insurance for the employee and eligible dependents, 11 paid holidays, personal leave accrual, Supplemental Benefits System (SBS), and the opportunity to participate in the Deferred Compensation Plan. Travel and moving expenses may be eligible for reimbursement according to the policies of the ACS.

For more information and application details, click here.  Click on “Information for Prospective Law Clerks” for complete details.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Seeking Summer Intern in Immigration Section in Washington D.C., Due 3/9

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The purpose of this internship for Summer 2014 is to assist the Immigration Section in the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL). CRCL’s Immigration Section works to ensure that civil rights and civil liberties protections are incorporated into the Department’s immigration-related policies, programs, and activities and supports the CRCL Officer in her role as the designated Department point of contact for international human rights treaty reporting and coordination under Executive Order 13107.

This internship is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) in Washington, D.C.  The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) supports the Department’s mission to secure the nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Attention Class of 2016!  Goodwin Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students of Color, Due 3/14

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For the past eight years, Goodwin has invested in a diverse legal community by offering fellowships to high-achieving law students of color.  Our fellowship program offers awards of $7,500 to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school.  This program allows us to connect with a wide array of talented students early in their legal careers who are committed to giving back to their communities.

In addition to the monetary fellowship award, selected fellows are guaranteed a “straight-to-callback” interview with the Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interviewing season during their second year of law school.  Fellows will also be invited to participate in some of our summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization.

Click here for additional information on the Fellowships and application details.

Attention Recent and Post Grads!  U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Population, Refugees & Migration Seeking Full Time Attorney, Due 3/14

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The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Senior Protection Officer and the overall supervision of the Representative. After undergoing necessary briefing on the job, the incumbent and the supervisor will agree on a number of objectives to be met as well as core, functional and managerial competencies s/he should demonstrate during the assignment. The supervisor will provide the necessary coaching required by the incumbent throughout the assignment.

Please note that PRM-sponsored JPO positions are open to U.S. Citizens only.  Application deadline is March 14, 2014.  Photo courtesy of UNHCR.

For more details and application information, click here.

Attention Post-Grads! Victim Rights Law Center Seeking Two Full Time Staff Attorneys in Oregon, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), a nonprofit law center that provides free legal services to victims of sexual assault in Oregon and in Massachusetts, as well as legal technical assistance nationally, seeks a full-time, Oregon-licensed attorney to join our team and coordinate the VRLC’s transitional housing partnership. The attorney will provide training as well as legal assistance to sexual violence survivors who are homeless, with a special focus on survivors who are older, Latina or have disabilities. Services to be provided include legal screening and limited legal representation, sexual assault and legal trainings (for both homeless advocates as well as survivors experiencing homelessness) on how to use existing civil laws to meet sexual assault survivors’ needs. The attorney will also help the VRLC’s technical assistance team support lawyers, advocates and other victim service providers in their efforts to use existing civil laws to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors. This position is grant funded. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years legal experience, including some litigation practice, as well as experience working with sexual assault survivors and with vulnerable populations. Spanish language fluency is preferred, but not required.

Privacy Project Staff Attorney Position

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) seeks a full-time attorney, with excellent writing, product development and organizational and communication skills, as well as a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, and a commitment to serving vulnerable populations. Based in our Portland, Oregon, office, the successful candidate will help implement VRLC’s new Privacy Rights Project by conducting legal research, developing resources, creating curriculum, and delivering state and national trainings on the privacy rights of victims of sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years legal experience, expertise serving sexual assault survivors and/or addressing victims’ privacy rights, and experience creating and delivering engaging, effective, in-person and web-based trainings.

For application information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Andrade Legal Seeking Summer Law Clerk To Assist With Its Immigration Docket in Idaho, Due 4/1

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Andrade legal seeks law student for a summer internship to assist with its immigration docket.  Student will join team of lawyers and staff handling the firms removal defense, family immigration and detention docket.  Law student will also assist firm prepare educational materials to be used in trainings with criminal defense attorneys, courts and the community at large.  Tasks may include drafting legal memorandum, legal research, gathering and summarizing evidence in support of hardship waivers and visa applications and assisting attorneys launch a program to educate incarcerated individuals about deportation proceedings.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP Seeking Full Time Attorney in Boston

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ZALKIND DUNCAN & BERNSTEIN LLP, a premier Boston criminal defense and civil litigation firm, seeks an associate to start in fall 2014.  This progressive 10-lawyer law firm has an exceptionally interesting and dynamic federal and state court practice, at both the trial and appellate levels.  Recent criminal cases include first degree murder, white collar, federal drug, sex offender registry and street crime cases.  Our civil practice consists of employment discrimination, civil rights, academic discipline, First Amendment litigation, GLBT legal issues, complex domestic relations, and serious personal injury litigation. Excellent benefits.  More information about our firm can be found on our website: http://www.zalkindlaw.com.

For more information on the position and application details, click here.

Interested in Practicing in California? The Eviction Defense Collaborative Seeks Entry-Level Staff Attorney in their San Francisco Office

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The Eviction Defense Collaborative seeks an enthusiastic individual to join our team in fighting for tenant rights and saving homes. As a staff attorney you will work with a team of attorneys, interns and volunteers in assisting primarily in pro. per. tenants fight their eviction lawsuits.

The Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) provides legal assistance and advocacy to low-income and indigent tenants in San Francisco who are being evicted. We assist by educating tenants about the legal process, advising them of their options, drafting responsive legal documents, providing referrals to assist them in fighting their evictions and negotiating legal settlements. The EDC also administers one-time rental assistance grants and loans to help tenants who are behind in their rent to pay the rent and stay in their homes. The work at the EDC is made possible by a small staff and many volunteers from local schools and the community. The work environment at the EDC is collegial, rather than having a rigid hierarchy of job positions, and we work as a team to assist the tenants who seek our help.

For more information and application details, click here.

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U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Seeking Summer Intern in Washington D.C., Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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Professional Staff Group (PSG) VII, the Office of the General Counsel’s Appellate Litigation Division, represents the Secretary before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). It is the newest and largest group in OGC. With more than 120 persons, the staff includes approximately 70 appellate attorneys and a support staff of paralegals, legal assistants, and copy clerks. A 14-member management team completes the PSG VII staff.

Interns will initially be provided instruction in veterans law, as well as the VA adjudication system. The student will then be assigned a limited case load and will perform research and writing tasks associated with the needs of individual cases depending on their procedural posture. It is expected that at the completion of the
externship, the student will have prepared a pre-Briefing Conference memo, participated in a Briefing Conference, drafted procedural motions, and drafted and filed an Appellate brief with the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). Additionally, the student will be expected to attend and participate in moot
courts in preparation for oral argument before the CAVC.

For more information and application details, click here.