The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization® are pleased to announce the fourth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2014. The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for highly-qualified minority, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged law students. The Project is national in scope and will place 75 students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, and magistrate judges’ chambers across the country. Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions. Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in a federal court.
There will be an initial screening, which will identify qualified candidates eligible for a first-round interview conducted in-person or by telephone. Applicants who clear this round will be referred to one of the Project’s Participating Judges for a second-round interview, after which each Participating Judge will make a final hiring decision. Applicants who are hired must commit to attending two mandatory training workshops prior to the beginning of the internship, either in-person or via videoconference, and must be available to work full-time as an unpaid intern for a minimum of six weeks.
The information on how to apply included below is also available at:
All of the program requirements are attached in the accompanying Memorandum of Understanding. Applicants should submit the following materials as one PDF document in the following order:
(1) a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in diversity and participating in the Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project;
(2) a resume;
(3) a law school transcript, official or unofficial (if first semester law school grades are unavailable or incomplete, please send an undergraduate transcript and supplement with law school grades as they become available);
(4) a writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length);
(5) a list of three references; and
(6) a signed Memorandum of Understanding.
Please name your PDF document as follows:
Firstname_Lastname_Summer 2014 JRC-JTB Application.
At present, this is an unpaid internship, so applicants are encouraged to seek law school or non-profit funding. Also, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to the ABA’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, which has been a source of funding for Project interns.
Applications will be received online until 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 6, 2014. Electronic applications will be available at www.jtbf.org the week of October 28, 2013. Early applications are highly encouraged. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Cover letters may be addressed to: Carla Jordan-Detamore, United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia, Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse, 401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact JRC-JTB Program Director, Laura Ramsey, at (312) 258-4868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of State’s Pathways Recent Graduates Program Job Announcement is now open on USAJobs.gov for the IT Specialist job series, and is scheduled to close at 11:59pm EST on the day that 200 applications is received, or Friday, November 8, 2013, whichever comes first.
Go to https://state.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/344074900 to view the vacancy and start the application process.
To qualify for a Pathways Recent Graduates position, you must meet the qualifications listed in the announcement, and have COMPLETED your educational requirement BY THE DATE OF APPLICATION.
Visit the forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Engage on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search the FAQs for more information.
U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.
For the 8th year, the CSD will be hosting an event exclusive to 1Ls called “The Starting Line” in the Atrium on Thursday, November 14th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Attorneys from the academic, corporate, judicial, government/public interest, private practice and alternative sectors will be in attendance to visit with students in a table talk format regarding their careers, areas of practice, and the hiring criteria used by their specific firms/organizations.
Please note, this event is not designed as a venue for employer recruitment. Rather, The Starting Line is an educational event for 1Ls, which we hope will demonstrate the versatility of the Juris Doctor degree and provide you with an opportunity to speak with a diverse group of attorneys about their own career paths in the law. Business dress is required and your resume will serve as your ticket for entry. Make sure to drop off your resume to our CSD staff and do not bring one with you into the event! For more information about what to wear and bring, visit our website at http://fcsl.edu/startingline.
All 1Ls must RSVP on the Events tab of Symplicity by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12th. Remember that all students are already registered in the Symplicity system, you simply need to log in using your regular FCSL login information. We look forward to seeing 1Ls on Thursday for this fun and informative event!
eLawyering and the Future of Legal Work
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
12:00 – 12:45 pm
Florida Coastal School of Law
FCSL Career Services Department
FCSL Center for Law Practice Technology
The American Bar Association eLawyering Task Force
(Law Practice Management Section)
eLawyering is doing legal work – not just marketing it – over the Web. Pioneering practitioners have found dramatic new ways to communicate and collaborate with clients and other lawyers, produce documents, settle disputes, interact with courts, and manage legal knowledge. There are exciting initiatives underway now that deserve attention by all lawyers – present and future.
The legal profession is being disrupted from without and from within. To be successful in the coming era, lawyers will need to know how to practice over the Web, manage client relationships in cyberspace, and offer “virtual” legal services.
Come hear about the knowledge and skills you need to prosper in the years ahead and the new legal technology and law practice management courses to be offered by the Center for Legal Technology at Florida Coastal School of Law.
This is a 35 minute presentation on the Center’s Program and how its courses lead to new careers preparing students for 21st century law practice. There will be the opportunity for students to ask questions about the Center and the courses.
- Richard Granat, Co-Director and Affiliate Professor of Coastal Law’s Center for Law Practice Technology, http://www.fcsl.edu/clpt and www.digital-lawyer.com; Co-Chair, eLawyerng Task Force, American Bar Association; and CEO and Founder, www.directlaw.com- a virtual law firm platform provider.
Pizza and drinks will be provided to those who RSVP on the Events tab of Symplicity or email email@example.com!
The ABA Business Law Section offers two outstanding initiatives specifically for law students. Please consider taking advantage of these opportunities to gain a unique and rewarding experience and earn some extra cash.
2014 Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest
This highly regarded student writing contest is in its 28th year. Law students writing on a business law subject of general and current interest have the opportunity to win up to $2,500 and a paid trip to the Section Spring Meeting in Los Angeles, CA.
Visit our website for more details regarding the contest requirements and to download a 2014 submission entry form. Submissions are due January 10, 2014.
2014 Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program
Up to 9 law students from diverse backgrounds are placed in summer business court clerkships around the country. Students will gain invaluable experience and the opportunity to build their network. They will also receive a stipend to cover living expenses for the duration of the 8-week clerkship.
Visit our website for more details regarding the applicant criteria and application process or view the application in the attached document. The application Deadline is Friday, December 27, 2013.
Please contact Lauren Shores at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-988-6398 with any questions.
Join the CSD on Thursday, October 31st at 12:00 PM in Room 465 to learn the basics of networking and how it will help with your job search. Lunch and refreshments will be served to those who RSVP!