Opportunities

This page will feature scholarship, internship, and job opportunities as we receive notice of them.

 

 
Raising the Bar is a mentorship program designed for 3Ls who are preparing for the bar examination process.  The WBAYLD is recruiting lawyers of all ages to assist in this effort to help students of color increase their first time bar passage rate.  There is no minimum time requirement involved with mentoring.  However, mentors are expected to offer critical advice to their mentees regarding the application and examination process. 
 
Mentors and mentees will be matched based on a set of established criteria including the state where the mentee is sitting for the bar examination.   The student and mentor will establish the parameters for the mentoring relationship.  The mentoring relationship officially concludes AFTER bar examination results are released.  Mentors and mentees are encouraged to stay in touch beyond the examination process.

Types of assistance offered to mentees include, but are not limited to:

  • Giving advice on time management and testing taking skills
  • Lending bar materials
  • Acting as a cheerleader (source of encouragement)
Attorneys and law students are encouraged to read the overview to understand the importance of bar mentorship at http://www.washingtonbar.org/lsd_mentees.htm.

This is yet another opportunity for you to give back. To enroll in the Raising the Bar Mentorship Program, download the application form at http://www.washingtonbar.org/lsd_mentors.htm (attorneys / mentors) or http://www.washingtonbar.org/lsd_mentees.htm(law students / mentees) and e-mail it to the Raising the Bar Committee atwbayldbusiness@gmail.com.

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DRI Diversity Scholarship

DRI announces its annual Law School Diversity Scholarship program open to incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students.  Incoming second and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming second and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Law School or Law Student members of AAJ or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships.  To qualify for this scholarship, candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration who have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement in Principle.  See page three of this application for the DRI Diversity Statement.

Click here to download the application.

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Goodwin Procter Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students of Color

For the past seven 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.  Additional information on the Fellowships (including how to apply) can be found here.

DEADLINE: March 22, 2013

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 The Association of Black Women Attorneys, Inc. Scholarship Program

Criteria: The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

* demonstrated community service; * personal financial need; and * current enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited law school in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York.

Academic performance is NOT the deciding factor. Recommendations and personal statements should reflect community service activities. The recommendations must be attached to the application.

 No faxes will be accepted. The application is available on the website:

 www.abwanewyork.org

Deadline:   All applications should be postmarked by Wednesday, April 1, 2013 to:

Diane Gatewood, Chair-Scholarship Committee

The Association of Black Women Attorneys, Inc.

255 West 36th Street, Suite 800

New York, New York 10018

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Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship

The Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship is designed to help make our workplace and profession more diverse. Named in memory of Richard Mintz, a partner in the firm for 57 years and the son of one of the firm’s original members, the scholarship provides the recipient with a paid summer position in the firm’s Boston office, $10,000 toward the second year of law school, and a continuing working relationship with our firm throughout that year.

“My father and his partners took their responsibility very seriously — to build a firm that was inclusive and progressive in terms of its approach to diversity,” said Richard Mintz.

Applications are due between December 14, 2012 and February 15, 2013.
Download the Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship Application.

Applying for the Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship

Scholarship Application

The Mintz Levin Scholarship Committee is looking for a first-year law student from a diverse background who has demonstrated excellence in his or her studies, is community-minded, and has a commitment to diversity.

Scholarship Benefits

  • $10,000 toward tuition for the second year of law school
  • Paid summer position in Mintz Levin’s Boston office between the first and second years of law school
  • Working relationship with the firm throughout the second law school year
  • Opportunity to work with the Chair of Mintz Levin’s Pro Bono Committee to structure a unique program in the student’s area of interest

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ILI-African Center for Legal Excellence Internship

Internships at the International Legal Institute are rewarding experiences for law students with drive and interest in legal and judicial reform and training, as well as project implementation – with a focus on the African continent. Interns at ILI-ACLE take part in any number of activities that are on-going at their time of internship. These include assisting with the preparation of seminars (including curriculum development) and gaining insight into project implementation and management by assisting with on-going technical assistance projects.

Interns assist in conducting research, drafting reports, attending meetings and engaging in related administration. They also have an  opportunity to meet legal and other professional specialists at the forefront of public and private development in sub-Saharan Africa and across the globe.

ILI-ACLE will be accepting applications for 2013 summer internships from international law students until February 2013 or until all internship seats have been filled. Applications for internships from Ugandan law students are accepted year-round.

To apply for an internship with ILI-ACLE, please email Ms. Neha Pandya, Director-Programmes and Special Projects at npandya@ili.or.ug, copying administrator@ili.or.ug with a detailed letter of interest, current CV, academic/professional letter of recommendation and proposed dates for internship.

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Earl Warren Legal Training Program, Inc. – Public Interest Law Scholarships

99 Hudson Street, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10013
212.219.1900
Awards of $1,500 per year for three years (plus a $2,500 summer intern grant) are available to African American law students who are U.S. citizens and who pledge to work one year in the field of public interest law for every year of financial backing provided. Preference is given to needy applicants who are under 35 years of age.
Deadline: March
http://www.naacpldf.org/scholarships

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MANHATTAN LEGAL SERVICES is a not for profit organization that provides free legal help in civil cases to low-income Manhattan residents.  We are seeking an individual to fill the position of Process Server-Investigator/Clerk Messenger.  The responsibilities of this position include all of the duties under Process Server-Investigator/Clerk Messenger as described in the collective bargaining agreement.

 

Candidate must be bilingual; some college education is preferred.  Salary is commensurate with experience and is governed by a collective bargaining agreement. We offer an excellent benefits package.

 

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to smcdonald@mls.ls-nyc.org.  No phone calls please.

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Cooley LLP Diversity Fellowship

As part of Cooley LLP’s ongoing commitment to diversity, they are proud to offer Diversity Fellowships to outstanding first year law school students. Award recipients will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition. The award will be paid in three installments:  $10,000 upon completion of the 1L summer with the Firm; $10,000 upon completion of the 2L summer with the Firm; and the remaining $10,000 upon joining the Firm as a full-time associate.* Students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity are encouraged to apply. Award recipients will be announced in the Spring of 2013, with the Summer Associate position to start following the successful completion of the recipient’s first year of law school.

*In order to receive the second payment of the fellowship award, a Cooley Diversity Fellow must receive and accept an offer to return to the Firm following the Fellow’s 2L year and must not be the recipient of a diversity award from another law firm paid between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014.  To receive the final payment of the fellowship award, a Cooley Diversity Fellow must receive and accept an offer of full-time employment and join the Firm as a full-time first year associate or as a full-time associate post-judicial clerkship.

More Information: http://www.cooley.com/diversityfellowship?MailKey=5179997

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Job Posting: Director of Contracts and Grants for South Brooklyn Legal Services

The Director of Contracts and Grants will assist the Project Director and Director of Administration in the management of government and private contracts and grants, including creating systems for tracking goals and data, ensuring compliance with contract requirements, and preparing grant reports.  The Director will also be responsible for maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of contract requirements, working with our technology team to build out our case management system, and training staff. The Director will work closely with unit managers to help them track contract goals and requirements and will assist unit managers, the Project Director and Director of Administration on grant-specific and program-wide audits.

Candidates must have experience with grant management and compliance issues in a legal services environment, intermediate knowledge of our case management system, Excel and Adobe Pro, and excellent written and oral communication skills.

To apply, forward a cover letter with your resume and current or most recent salary to:

​Meghan Faux, Esq.
​Acting Project Director
​South Brooklyn Legal Services, Inc.
​105 Court Street
​Brooklyn, NY   11201
​e-mail:  mfaux@sbls.org
​Fax:  718-855-0733

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PALS 2013 Summer Civil Rights Fellowship Program

 What is the PALS Civil Rights Fellowship Program?  The PALS Civil Rights Fellowship Program will place three deserving law students of color with leadership potential, a commitment to social justice work, and excellent legal, written, research and communications skills, in a ten-week summer fellowship at one of the following civil rights organizations: Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.

What is included in the fellowship? Recipients will be granted a $5,000 stipend. Each PALS Fellow will have a designated PALS Summer Mentor and will participate in specific required events with the other Fellows and their Summer Mentors. Training will also be supplemented by PALS networking, professional development and skills workshops.

The application deadline is Friday, January 18, 2013, at 11:59 p.m., EST. However, applications will be reviewed and decided upon on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply early. Please see the attached APPLICATION and full DESCRIPTION. Should you have any questions regarding the fellowship, please email the Executive Director of PALS, Paula Brown Donaldson, Esq. at executivedirector@palsprogram.org

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Herbert Lehman Scholarship for African-American Law Students
Sponsor: NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
Description: this program is open to African Americans who are students at law schools where African Americans are significantly underrepresented. U.S. citizenship is required.
Contact: 212/965-2225
Mbagley@naacpldg.org
http://www.naacpldf.org/scholarships

Deadline: Applications must be requested by February

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African-American Law Student Fellowship

Sponsor: The National Bar Institute
Description: Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to creating equality and justice for African-Americans through work in their law schools, their neighborhoods and community and intend to return to a Black community to practice law.
Contact: 202-842-3900
www.nationalbar.org/nbi/NBI-AA-FellowshipApp.PDF

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The Ms. JD Fellowship is now open for applications!

In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD’s program to promote mentoring and professional development. Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students from across America as Fellowship winners. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship winner is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award Winners and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners. This year’s class will get that opportunity. In addition to their mentorship, the Fellows will choose a project that they want to work on as a group. With Ms. JD’s support, the Fellows will have the chance to spend the year working together to help change the face of the legal profession the way they want to see it changed.

To read more about the program, please see: http://ms-jd.org/msjd-fellowship

To apply to the 2013 Fellowship, please see: http://ms-jd.org/2013-ms-jd-fellowship-application-now-open

Please contact fellowship@ms-jd.org if you, or any fellow students you share this information with, have any questions regarding the application process.

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2013 Lowenstein Sandler Scholars Program for 1Ls

The 2013 LS Scholars Program will provide up to four law students with $10,000 scholarships toward second-year tuition and paid Summer Associate positions with the firm upon completion of the first year of law school. The 1L summer positions will offer a salary of $2,700/week or $27,000 for ten weeks from May 20 to July 26, 2013.

Applicants for the 2013 Lowenstein Sandler Scholars Program must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. The LS Scholar must spend a full ten-week summer at the firm.

To be considered, please submit the following application materials before February 1, 2013:

Detailed cover letter presenting your career goals and reasons you should be a 2013 Lowenstein Sandler Scholar including how you might contribute to our diverse community;   Current resume;   Undergraduate college and law school transcripts; (Unofficial versions are permitted and can be sent when available in February);   Writing sample from first semester legal writing course (Original student work product);    Personal essay(upto500words)describing your most significant challenge and how you met that challenge;   Two references: Name and contact information for a law professor, legal writing instructor and/or previous employer

Please upload your application to the “self-apply” link on our website and also send your documents by email to:

  • Mary J. Hildebrand, Esq.
    Partner and Chair, Inclusion and Diversity Committee Lowenstein Sandler LLP
    65 Livingston Avenue
    Roseland, New Jersey 07068 mhildebrand@lowenstein.com
    www.lowenstein.com
    Tel 973 597 6308 Fax 973 597 6309

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Diversity Fellowship at Stoel Rives

Stoel Rives is committed to fostering diversity within their firm and their communities. To further this goal, they are proud to offer Stoel Rives First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowships in their Portland and Seattle offices. Recipients will each be awarded a salaried summer associate position for the summer of 2013 and a $7,500 tuition scholarship for the following academic year.

To apply and learn about the selection criteria please click here.

To learn more about our firm, please visit our web site.

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Leading advocacy organization seeks students of color for paid summer internships

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking law students of color who are interested in dedicating a summer to advance cutting edge legal strategies and policy solutions.  We recognize that summer is a time to explore new areas of interest, and therefore prior experience in the environmental field is not required.

CLF recognizes that to fully understand and successfully overcome barriers to equal access to a clean and healthy environment as well as livable communities, we need to bring together the best and brightest talent that reflects the diversity of the communities most affected by environmental impacts – communities that often are under-represented in the field of environmental advocacy.  CLF is therefore committed to actively and specifically recruiting law students of color as part of our Cavers Internship Program.

Opportunities are available in our Boston, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, Concord, New Hampshire, Providence, Rhode Island, and Montpelier, Vermont locations.

Applications received by February 1, 2013 will receive first priority.  Limited paid positions available.

For more info visit: www.clf.org

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Wachtell Lipton 1L Diversity Summer Associate Program

This annual program offers a small number of students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to work at the firm during their 1L summer. The program is open to students who possess a proven track record of academic success and leadership ability, excellent writing skills, and an interest in our practice.

Students interested in applying for this program should submit the following materials (in hard copy or via e-mail): Resume; Undergraduate transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable); Law school transcript when available (an unofficial copy is acceptable, and should be sent as a supplement if not available when the application is submitted); A one-page personal statement/essay indicating eligibility for and interest in the program

Applications should be received by December 31.
Please Submit Your Application Materials To:

Kisha Nunez, Manager of Recruiting and Diversity Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz
51 West 52nd Street New York, NY 10019 kcnunez@wlrk.com

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Advocates for Children of New York: Summer Law Student Intern Program in Education Advocacy

Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) is seeking law students for its Summer Law Intern Program in Education Advocacy, which is based on a clinical model. Interns work closely with clients (families of children 0-21 in NYC) throughout all stages of representation from intake to investigation to settlement negotiations and from preparation to possible execution of administrative hearings regarding the provision of special education services.

Deadline to Apply and Application Process: AFC will review applications and make offers in two stages. We strongly encourage 2Ls to apply by November 25, 2012. Second-year law students who apply by November 25th at 5pm will be considered for interviews taking place on December 7th and 10th. The final application deadline for all law students is January 6, 2013 at 5pm. Students who apply by that date will be considered for interviews taking place on January 22nd and 23rd. We will notify students selected for interviews a few days before the interviews.

How to Apply: Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to summerlawintern2013@advocatesforchildren.org. You may address your cover letter to “Summer Intern Hiring Committee.” You should highlight any personal or professional experience that demonstrates your connection to the populations that AFC serves, as well as your interest in interning at AFC.

About AFC:  For more information about AFC, see website: www.advocatesforchildren.org

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The PALS Mentoring Program Open Enrollment period began, Thursday, October 4, 2012, and concludes on Monday, November 5, 2012.

Students interested in being matched with a mentor are now asked to submit a brief essay (250-500 words) addressing the following topic:

As a law student of color what do you hope to gain by participating in the PALS Mentoring Program and the PALS Community? Please explain why it is important for you to pay this forward when you become a practicing attorney.

*Please note that only first year law students are officially matched with attorney mentors due to limited space.

Application Process

  Students Who Have Previously Created a Student Profile on the PALS Website:

  1. Email info@palsprogram.org to indicate that you would like to be considered for participation in the mentoring program as a “mentee”.
  2. Utilize Email Subject : “PALS 2011 – 2012 Mentee Application”
  3. Attach your application essay in .doc or .pdf format to the above referenced email
  4. PALS will respond to your email within 7 business days indicating receipt of application materials and a completed mentee profile status.

Students who have NOT Created a Student Profile on the PALS Website:

  1. Go to www.palsprogram.org/mentee and fill in all requested information on the online form.
  2. Upload application essay in .doc or .pdf format.
  3. PALS will respond to your email within 7 business days indicating receipt of application materials and a completed mentee profile status.

Students matched through the program will be required to review the PALS Mentoring Manual and sign a Participation Agreement with their mentor.

If you have any questions or concerns about the PALS Mentoring Program, please contact PALS at info@palsprogram.org.

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GYC’s January 2013 Human Rights Program in Rwanda: The deadline is is October 17. They encourage young leaders (ages 18 – 30) to apply.The application can be downloaded from www.globalyouthconnect.org/participate. Interested candidates can also view video and read testimonials, as well as review blog posts from our participants at gycvillage.org and the Open Society’s YouthPolicy.org.  Specifically, they are looking for young leaders who are interested in the following (or related) fields: international relations, peace-building, conflict-resolution, development and human rights.

Information provided by: Jesse Hawkes, Executive Director
www.globalyouthconnect.org

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Proskauer’s Silver Scholar Program is an award designed to increase diversity within the firm and the legal profession.  The selected student will receive a summer associate position at Proskauer and be eligible for a cash award of up to $30,000.  The award is named after Edward Silver, the first elected Chairman of Proskauer and one of the nation’s leading labor lawyers.  The program reflects and is an outgrowth of Ed’s lifelong commitment to fairness, diversity and equal opportunity.  The application asks for the following materials: a resume, undergraduate and law school transcripts, a persuasive legal writing sample, a personal statement and three references.  The application deadline is September 7, 2012.

Please visit the Silver Scholars Program page below for more details.  If you have any additional questions, please email silverscholar@proskauer.com.

http://www.proskauer.com/diversity/silverscholar/

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is currently accepting applications for its 2013 Summer Legal Internships, available in their New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Santa Monica, and Chicago offices.

applications can be submitted online

Please don’t hesitate to contact Michelle Wu if you have questions or require additional information.

Phone: (212) 727-4406         Email: miwu@nrdc.org

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Spring 2013 white house internship program application now open

Application Deadline: September 23, 2012

As White House Interns, young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation. While their tasks vary by department, all interns are united through weekly events including a weekly speaker series with senior staff members, off-site field trips, and mentorship opportunities. Most importantly, the internship experience includes an emphasis on service and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.

Please visit www.whitehouse.gov/internships for more information.