The National Center for Youth Law, founded in 1970, opened a new office in Washington, D.C. this year.  The DC office is staffed by a highly experienced group of litigators with strong civil rights backgrounds, strengthening NCYL’s already formidable litigation team.  Under the mentorship of their supervising attorneys, summer law clerks will research novel issues within youth law, write legal memoranda, and assist in ongoing and incipient litigation.  NCYL is committed to hiring a group of law students that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of our clients.  Please apply by January 31, 2017, at https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/16657.

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                The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2018 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be accepted from December 4, 2017 and reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.  LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $6,960 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14.50/hour). The Fellowship will run from May 22 to August 17, 2018, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

                Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.  In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence.  Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work.  In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

                LSO clinics perform a wide range of exciting work, including litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, transactional work on behalf of community organizations, and policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.  For 2018, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics:

  • Advanced Sentencing Clinic
  • Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic
  • Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Immigration Legal Services Clinic
  • Housing Clinic
  • Veterans Legal Services Clinic
  • Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

For more information on the work of each of these clinics, please visit www.law.yale.edu/lso.

                Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their LSO application to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise LSO of their situation and to request expedited review of their candidacy.

Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you have an interest, a resume, writing sample, transcript, and contact information for two references to lso.fellowships@yale.edu. (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is February 10, 2018.  Early applications are encouraged.

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) advocates for legal, regulatory, and policy reforms to improve the health of underserved populations, with a focus on the needs of low-income people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities.  CHLPI is a clinical teaching program of Harvard Law School and mentors students to become skilled, innovative, and thoughtful practitioners and leaders in health and public health law and policy.  Interns will be integrated into CHLPI’s ongoing projects, and may assist in:

Analyzing the potential impact of proposals to reform or replace the Affordable Care Act;

  • Providing law and policy analysis that informs state advocacy strategies to protect Medicaid;
  • Developing a national litigation strategy for anti-discrimination and improved access;
  • Implementing public health policies that target social determinants in order to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities; and,
  • Investigating best practices for initiatives to increase access to treatment and service programs serving vulnerable populations.

Interns will produce written products and develop policy analysis, research, writing, and presentation skills.  The Internship Program integrates formal assignments with informal opportunities to learn more about working in health law & policy and pursuing a public-interest career.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

The Summer Internship Program runs from Monday, May 21 to Friday, July 27, 2018. (Flexibility is allowed pending prior approval.)  Interns will work at CHLPI’s offices in the Legal Services Center Building (122 Boylston Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130) for a maximum of 40 hours per week.

All students are encouraged to apply for public interest fellowships or similar funding scholarships that may be available through their schools.  CHLPI will support accepted candidates with paperwork as needed from the sponsoring organization.  Additional support may be available through CHLPI for those unable to secure sufficient funding.

The Program is open to all actively-enrolled law students, with a few slots potentially available to students enrolled in other graduate- and undergraduate-level programs.  Students should have a demonstrated interest in health law & policy.

CHLPI is dedicated to mentoring a culturally-diverse generation of health advocates and encourages people of color, people with diverse abilities, immigrants, people living with chronic illness, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for the Internship Program will be considered on a rolling basis until January 27, 2018.  Applicants should complete this online form.   Applicants should then submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample as a single, consolidated PDF or word document to chlpi@law.harvard.edu.  (We encourage applicants to submit a policy or research paper as their writing sample, not a legal research memo or other document that was significantly edited by another person.)

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is accepting applications for judicial internship positions for summer 2018.  See the full announcement here.

The University of Denver College of Law is now accepting applications for its graduate fellowship program in clinical legal education. Denver Law’s Master of Laws (LLM) Clinical Teaching Fellowship Program offers attorneys the opportunity to gain extensive practice in law school clinical teaching under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty. Graduate fellows also learn about academic legal scholarship and, with the assistance of a faculty mentor, produce publishable-quality scholarship during their residence. Fellows receive an annual stipend and are awarded an LLM upon their successful completion of the fellowship. It is the explicit goal of the fellowship to prepare fellows for a career in clinical teaching.

Fellows enroll in a three-year program during which they are in residence at one of Denver Law’s five in-house clinics:  the Civil Litigation Clinic, the Civil Rights Clinic, the Community Economic Development Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, and the Environmental Law Clinic. Fellows will directly supervise J.D. students enrolled in the clinics, first as co-supervisors with clinic faculty and then on their own. Fellows also assist in teaching clinic seminars and perform work on their own client matters. Additionally, fellows enroll in a clinical pedagogy seminar and other activities designed to support an interest in clinical teaching and legal education. In addition to the above requirements, to complete the degree, the fellow must write a law review article of publishable quality.

Each of Denver Law’s five clinics will offer one clinical teaching fellowship that will commence in the summer of 2018. Clinical Fellows receive an annual stipend of $50,000, health and dental benefits, a waiver of all tuition and fees in the LLM program, and a travel budget for conferences. As full-time students, teaching fellows also may qualify for deferment of their student loans. In addition, teaching fellows may be eligible for loan repayment assistance from their law schools. Fellows are integrated into the intellectual life of the law school and the larger University. They are invited to attend faculty workshops and participate in mentoring sessions.

Qualifications: J.D. or equivalent; minimum 3 years of practice experience in the relevant area of law; excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interest in clinical teaching. Fellows must be members of the Colorado Bar or willing to petition for admission prior to the start date of the fellowship (Colorado permits lawyers teaching in a clinical program to waive into the Bar).

How to apply: To apply for a fellowship, please submit the following:

  • Resume
  • List of references
  • Statement of interest of no more than two pages. The statement should address a) why you are interested in this fellowship; b) what you can contribute to the clinic; c) your experience with the area(s) of law in which the clinic practices and with public interest/social justice work; d) your professional or career goals for the next five or ten years; and e) anything else you consider pertinent.
  • Please note: If you are applying for a fellowship in the Civil Rights Clinic or the Criminal Defense Clinic, please also submit a writing sample that represents recent, challenging legal work. The writing sample should not be a collaborative work or a document significantly edited by someone else.

Please send all application materials via email to Laurie Saraceno at lsaraceno@law.du.edu, and use “LLM Application” as the subject line.

 Deadline: The application deadline is January 26, 2018, though applications will be considered on a rolling basis with priority given to those received by January 12, 2018.

December 2017 Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse.

November 29, 2017

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, D.C.’s oldest and largest general civil legal services program, seeks a highly qualified candidate for its Sidley Austin Appellate Advocacy Fellow. The one year fellowship, made possible through the generous support of Sidley Austin LLP, will begin Fall 2018.

Legal Aid’s nationally-recognized Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project, which will house the fellow, has been called a “model of excellence” by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. Named after its first Director, a renown appellate and U.S. Supreme Court advocate, the Project litigates precedent-setting appeals on behalf of Legal Aid clients and files “friend of the court” briefs in cases involving matters of importance to people living in poverty. Beyond litigation, the Project provides appellate instruction, consultation, and advice to the larger D.C. legal services community. Although most of the Project’s work involves cases before the District’s highest court – the D.C. Court of Appeals – the Project also gets involved in administrative appeals and cases before the D.C. Superior Court and the federal courts. For more information about Legal Aid and the Appellate Advocacy Project, please visit our website, www.legalaiddc.org, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.Org.

The Sidley Austin Appellate Advocacy Fellow will be responsible for conducting legal research and writing; drafting legal and factual memoranda and briefs; conducting applicant and client interviews and meetings; reviewing and analyzing court filings and records; assisting with the maintenance of Legal Aid’s appellate case files, records, and dockets; engaging in oral advocacy, as appropriate; and other tasks as assigned to him/her by the Appellate Project Director, the Legal Director, or the Executive Director.

Ideal applicants are recent law school graduates or individuals who have completed a judicial clerkship or will have completed a clerkship by the fall of 2018. The successful candidate will also have the following:

  • Exceptional legal research and writing skills;
  • Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
  • An ability to multitask, juggle and complete assignments, and meet deadlines;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice;
  • An ability to work with Legal Aid’s diverse client community; and
  • Proficiency or fluency in Spanish or another language a plus.

Membership or eligibility for membership in the D.C. Bar is required.

The Sidley Austin Appellate Advocacy Fellow will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid offers a generous benefits package.

To Apply

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve. Please submit a resume and letter of interest here: https://legalaiddc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=5. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.