The Opening Statement
October 20, 2008
Published by the Career Services Office
Christine Paolino, Student Editor
This publication provides information on fellowships, internships, clerkships, writing competitions, and other
employment and educational opportunities.
The Opening Statement will generally be published on the 20 of each month.
*More information on all positions listed below is available in the CSO!*
(1L’s and 2L’s)
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) are pleased to
announce that they are once again offering Law Student Union Summer; a unique and exciting 10-week internship
for law students that combines front-line legal work with grass-roots organizing in real, ongoing campaigns by AFL-
CIO affiliated unions in various regions of the country. Participating students will receive a weekly stipend of $600;
transportation and housing expenses are also covered. Students may apply by sending an application, cover
letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcript, and three references to Nancy Schiffer, Associate General
Counsel, AFL-CIO; 815 16 Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20006; email@example.com. For more information you
can visit http://www.aflcio.org/aboutus/unionsummer/lsus.cfm. The application deadline is October 20, 2008 for
2Ls and January 26, 2009 for 1Ls.
The Public Interest Law Initiative is offering a Summer Internship Program to first and second year law students
to work with Chicago-area public interest law agencies. Interns receive $5,000 for ten weeks of work at one of 21
PILI-affiliated agencies. PILI’s affiliated agencies include some of the most dynamic and diverse organizations in
the country. Some are involved with advocacy or impact litigation affecting the public welfare, while others directly
serve individual low-income clients and families with their legal needs. Our interns receive excellent supervision
and invaluable hands-on experience while assisting others. To learn more about the affiliated agencies and to
apply online, please visit www.pili-law.org. Beginning on October 15, 2008 the application period for summer of
2009 will open. You will not be able to upload any applications or cover letters until that date. Check back on this
site for the upload link on or after that date. Due to NALP restrictions, first-year students will not be eligible to
apply until December of 2008. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through March of 2009.
Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver of the Michigan Supreme Court is accepting applications for Spring 2009
internships in her Traverse City office. Student interns participate in a variety of research and writing projects under
the supervision of Justice Weaver’s law clerks. This is an unpaid internship, but it provides great experience,
exposure, and invaluable career contacts. It also improves research and writing skills. Interested students can find
more information about the Court at http://courts.michigan.gov/. All persons interested in applying should submit a
brief cover letter and resume to Blair Griewahn; Michigan Supreme Court; Bayview Professional Building; 10850
Traverse Highway Suite 4480; Traverse City, MI 49684; Phone (231)929-3700, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be accepted until two interns have been selected .
The Rutherford Institute is currently accepting applications for their summer internship program which offers law
students the unique opportunity to learn practical legal skills, while developing a critical understanding of
constitutional law. Interns will research and write legal memoranda and briefs for attorneys, analyze and discuss a
broad range of constitutional and cultural issues, receive and respond to calls and letters for legal assistance from
potential clients, and much more. For more information about the Summer Internship Program and The Rutherford
Institute, please visit www.rutherford.org. To apply for The Rutherford Institute’s Summer Internship Program
students should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (under 20 pages) and two references to The
Rutherford Institute; International Headquarters; Post Office Box 7482; Charlottesville, VA 22906-7482 or email the
Institute at email@example.com. The application deadline for first, second and third year law students
is December 15, 2008.
The American Bar Association Section of Litigation is pleased to announce its summer 2008 Judicial Intern
Opportunity Program. The program is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first or
second-year minority and-or financially disadvantaged law students. Selected students are given an opportunity to
intern for six weeks or more during the summer with a participating state or federal judge. Positions are offered in
Illinois, Texas, California, Washington, DC, Miami, FL, and Phoenix, AZ. The program offers a $1,500 award to
each selected student. Applicants are required to submit four copies of each of the following: a completed
application, resume, legal writing sample no more than 10 pages in length, and a statement of interest. You can
find complete program information and a copy of the application at www.abanet.org/litigation/jiop. Questions about
the program can be directed to the Program Director, Gail Howard, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 988-
6348. Applications will be accepted on October 1, 2008 for 2Ls, and on December 1, 2008 for 1Ls. The
deadline for applying is December 31, 2008.
Information on State Clerkships can be found on-line at http://vermontlaw.edu/career. Click on “Current Student
Resources.” Second, click on “JD/LLM.” Third, click on “Judicial Clerkship Guide.” Fourth, click on “Access the
Guide.” Under “Complete Guide” click on “Guide to Judicial Clerkship procedures.” The username is guide2008 and
the password is fightingswans. Click “Open” and you should be at the Guide to Judicial Clerkship Procedures.
The Federal Clerkship Database, https://lawclerks.ao.uscourts.gov/web/jobSearch , is the best source for Federal
Clerkship opportunities and deadlines. Federal court judges begin their hiring in September of the student’s third
year. Application deadlines vary from judge to judge. These federal clerkships are very competitive and only a
handful of the top law students from around the country will receive interviews.
For additional information on other clerkships please check the Judicial Clerkships board in the Career Services
Post Graduate Fellowships
Legal Services of New Jersey invites applications from first and second year law students for its paid Public
Interest Legal Intern Fellowship Program during the summer of 2009. This program’s purpose is to promote public
interest and poverty law opportunities for interested law students. The program is seeking for people who have
demonstrated their commitment to helping the disadvantaged through their prior work, extracurricular activities
during school, and volunteer efforts. To apply, you must complete an LSNJ Summer Intern application, which is
available in the CSO or can be downloaded from LSNJ’s web site (www.lsnj.org). If you need additional information
or have questions about the summer fellowship program, please contact Patti Koncius; Legal Services of New
Jersey; P.O. Box 1357; Edison, New Jersey 08818-1357; (732) 572-9100; email@example.com. Interested students
are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as hiring decisions will be made on a rolling basis beginning the
fall of 2008.
The Supreme Court Fellows Program offers a unique opportunity to learn about and contribute to the
administration of justice at the national level. The fellowship lasts for a one-year period and fellows are based at
one of the following: The Supreme Court of the United States, The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Federal
Judicial Center, or the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Supreme Court Fellows become employees of the federal
court system and receive salaries equivalent to GS-15/3 of the government pay scale (presently $123,006). To
obtain additional information or application materials, please visit the program’s website at
www.fellows.supremecourtsus.gov or call 202-479-3415. Applications should be mailed to Supreme Court Fellows
Program, Room 5, Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, DC 20543. Mailed applications must be
postmarked by November 11, 2008.
Southern Poverty Law Center offers two-year fellowships to recent law school graduates who possess strong
academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a strong commitment to public interest law. The
Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through education and
litigation. Currently, the Center’s areas of legal advocacy include juvenile justice, immigrant justice, education
reform, and combating hate groups. Fellowship positions begin in September 2009. The Fellow may be placed in
Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, or Florida and will work primarily on juvenile justice and school-to-prison pipeline
and litigation and campaigns. To apply for the 2009-2011 fellowship, please submit a cover letter, resume, one
unedited writing sample, and the names and phone numbers of three references by December 1, 2008 to:
Southern Poverty Law Center; ATTN: Human Resources; 400 Washington Ave.; Montgomery, AL 36104 or:
The University of Denver Morgridge College of Education and its partners, the Westminster Law Library and
Sturm College of Law, are proud to announce the Law Librarian Fellowship Program. Fellows will complete
intensive coursework and training in law librarianship, including a series of law specific courses and hands-on
instruction, to earn a Master’s of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree with a law specialization. The
application deadline for the 2009-2010 academic year is December 1, 2008. Apply online at
The Georgetown University Law Center is currently offering up to 30 two-year fellowships beginning in the
summer of 2009 leading to an L.L.M. degree in diverse fields of law. The clinics specialize in the following areas:
appellate litigation, applied legal studies, criminal defense, domestic violence, federal legislation, housing and
community development, public law, public representation, and international women’s rights. These clinical
teaching fellowships offer a rewarding educational and practice-oriented experience to highly motivated lawyers.
The clinical teaching fellowships offer an annual stipend of approximately $50,000, in addition to all tuition
and fees in the L.L.M. program. Clinical fellows also receive health, dental, and other benefits. For descriptions of
each fellowship, application instructions, and a list of application deadlines, please visit our web site at
http://law.georgetown.edu/clinics/fellowships.html or see a copy of the fellowship brochure in the CSO. Application
deadlines range from October 31, 2008 to March 1, 2009 depending on the fellowship of interest.
The ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and
Indigent Defendants are sponsoring the Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program. The ideal intern will have a
demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them.
The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and October 1 to the program of his or
her choice. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law students who spend the summer months
working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or
indigent clients or their advocates. Each applicant should submit a cover letter, resume, application form (available
at http://www.abanet.org/homeless/curtin_application.html) and a prospective program’s supporting statement to
the Curtin Internship Program, American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 740 15 St.,
N.W., Washington, DC 20005. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 23, 2008. For more
information please contact the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty at (202) 662-1694 or via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at http://www.abanet.org/homeless/curtin.html.
(Generally all students)
The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship, Inc. is sponsoring the 2009
Tannenwald Writing Competition. Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance
with the Competition Rules available at www.tannenwald.org. Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top
three papers. Papers should be sent to the Tannenwald Foundation, Ste. 200, 1275 Pennsylvania Ave., NW,
Washington, DC 20004, attn: Melnie Moore. For more information contact Nancy Abramowitz at 202-274-4164 or
by email at email@example.com. The deadline for submitting papers is 9:00 p.m. EST, July 1, 2009.
The Public Justice Foundation has acquired the Roscoe Hogan Environmental Essay Contest from the Roscoe
Pound Institute. The Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest is a $5,000 cash award given to the author
of the winning essay. The 2009 topic is “Pollution Preemption: Federal Preemption of State Tort Law and
Environmental Protection.” Essays can only be written during the academic year covered by the competition and
may not be prepared as part of paid legal work outside of law school. The intent-to-enter submission deadline is
January 30, 2009. The essay contest deadline is March 31, 2009. Additional information is posted on the Public
Justice website, www.publicjustice.net.
The Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business is sponsoring the Daniel T. Murphy Student Writing
Competition. This years topic is “The WTO Dispute Settlement System.” All entries must pertain to the topic and
authors are expected to strongly include and analyze the topic material within their written work. First place
receives $500 and publication in Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business’s Annual Survey of the Law of the
WTO. Second place receives $200, and third place received $100. All interested students must email
RJGLBAnnualSurvey@richmond.edu by December 1, 2008 to request submission. Students should mail a copy of
their submission to Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business Annual Survey; University of Richmond School
of Law – Office 318; 28 Westhampton Way; University of Richmond, VA 23173. Entries must be postmarked by
December 5, 2008.
Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc. (ASECA) is offering their annual
competition, which awards prizes for outstanding papers in the field of securities law. Three cash prizes will be
awarded at ASECA’s annual dinner on Friday, February 6, 2009 in Washington DC. A first place receives $5,000;
second place receives $3,000; and third place receives $2,000. Two copies of each submission should be sent to
ASECA, P.O. Box 5767, Washington, DC 20016, and must be received by ASECA no later than November 15,
(1L’s and 2L’s)
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is now accepting applications for its Diversity Scholarship. Dinsmore & Shohl LLP will
select multiple Scholars who will receive a salaried summer associate position and up to $10,000.00 scholarship.
Scholarship recipients will be Summer Associates in one of the firm’s offices during the summer. Recipients will
also be assigned a mentor – a Dinsmore & Shohl LLP lawyer – at the time the scholarship is awarded. The mentor
will be available to the Scholar as a dedicated resource to assist with professional development. First-year law
students must submit applications between December 1 and 31, 2008. (The deadline for second-year law
students has passed and was between July 15 and August 31, 2009.) Please submit applications to Jennifer L.
Stark, Manager of Legal Recruiting, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, 1900 Chemed Center, 255 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati,
OH 45202. Applications may also be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax (513)
Summer Study Abroad 2008
(1L’s and 2L’s)
Please come to the Career Services Office visit the student lounge bulletin board postings for program flyers and
information request cards.