Monday, August 31, 2009

Seeking Members for Career Development Student Advisory Committee

The Career Development Student Advisory Committee, comprised of individual students and representatives from student organizations, will meet in September, October, February and March to share ideas about ways that the Center for Career Development can best assist students in meeting their career goals. The committee also will explore ways for Career Development to partner with individual student organizations to provide complementary programming, guest speakers and to combine resources to provide greater benefits to all. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email your resume along with a one to two paragraph expression of your interest by September 14th to

Friday, August 28, 2009

Humane Studies Fellowship

The Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University awards Humane Studies Fellowships of up to $12,000 to support the work of graduate students and outstanding undergraduates exploring the principles, practices, and institutions necessary for a free society.
Last year, more than $600,000 was awarded to students pursuing degrees in the US and abroad. 2008-2009 fellows are studying at universities around the world and come from a range of disciplines including economics, history, journalism, law, philosophy, political science, and public policy.
To be eligible for the fellowship, you must be an undergraduate in your junior or senior year or a graduate student pursuing a degree in any subject at any university full-time during the 2010-2011 academic year. Citizens of all countries are eligible to apply.
For more information or to apply online, visit Application Deadline: December 31, 2009.

Monday, August 24, 2009

George V. Powell Diversity Scholarship

All application materials must be postmarked by October 1, 2009 to be considered for the 2010 program.

Lane Powell has more than 130 years of commitment to our communities. This commitment is reflected in Lane Powell's hiring and promotion of women and individuals from diverse backgrounds. As part of this commitment to diversity, the firm has created the George V. Powell Diversity Scholarship. The George V. Powell Scholar will be a 2010 summer associate in the firm's Seattle or Portland office, and receive a $7,500 scholarship toward tuition and expenses during the student's third year of law school.

Academic Requirements and Selection Criteria

The firm is seeking candidates who will contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the legal community and who have a demonstrated desire to work, live and eventually practice law in Seattle or Portland. The candidates' academic achievements and record of leadership abilities, community service and involvement in community issues will be taken into consideration. Candidates must be second-year students in good standing at an ABA accredited law school. Candidates in four-year joint degree programs will be considered after their third year.

Application Procedures and Materials

To apply to the George V. Powell Diversity Scholarship, please provide the following materials:

  • cover letter, including a statement indicating eligibility to participate in the program
  • resume
  • current copy of law school transcript
  • legal writing sample
  • list of two or three professional or academic references

Application Materials should be mailed or emailed to:

Len Roden, Manager of Attorney Recruiting
Lane Powell PC
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98101-2338

For more information, visit:


Department of Justice Summer Law Intern Program

The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is the Department's competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. Selection for employment is based on many elements of a candidate's background including academic achievement, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, and summer or part-time legal employment. The Department also considers specialized academic studies (including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees), work experience, and extracurricular activities that directly relate to the work of the Department. Law students who have completed at least one full semester of legal study by the application deadline are eligible to apply. Most successful applicants intern the summer between their second and third year of law school; however, graduating law students who are entering a judicial clerkship or full-time graduate law program may intern following graduation subject to eligibility rules. Part-time law students are also eligible. Select the link above for details. The application deadline is September 8th, 2009. For more information, please reference the following link: htm.

Milbank Diversity Scholars

Each year Milbank selects law students who will receive a salaried summer associate position and a $50,000 scholarship ($15,000 to be distributed during the students’ third year of law school, and payment of the additional $35,000 contingent upon receipt and acceptance of a Milbank permanent offer, to be paid upon the students’ joining the Firm). For more information and to apply visit: Applications must be postmarked by September 15th.

King & Spalding Diversity Fellowship Program

The Fellowship is open to second year law students in good standing, whose presence will increase the ethnic and cultural diversity of the practice of law. Fellowship recipients will receive $10,000 and a summer associate position in the King & Spalding office of their choice (Atlanta, Charlotte, DC, Houston, New York, San Francisco or Silicon Valley) for Summer 2010. For more information and to apply visit: Applications must be received by September 1, 2009.

Equal Justice Works Fellowships

The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program creates partnerships among public interest lawyers, nonprofit organizations, law firm/corporate sponsors and other donors in order to afford under represented populations effective access to the justice system. The Equal Justice Works (formerly NAPIL) Fellowships Program was launched in 1992 to address the shortage of attorneys working on behalf of traditionally under-served populations and causes in the United States and its territories. Recognizing that many obstacles prevent committed attorneys from practicing public interest law, including the dearth of entry-level jobs and daunting educational debts, the program provides financial and technical support to lawyers working on innovative and effective legal projects. The two-year Fellowships offer salary and generous loan repayment assistance; a national training and leadership development program; and other forms of support during the term of the Fellowship. The 2010 fellowship application process is open from July 7 to September 17th. For more information, please visit their website at:

American Bar Association’s Division For Public Services Clerkship

The Division offers two Clerkship opportunities: The first is a ten-week Spring/Summer Clerkship, open by competition, and offering law students entering their second or third year at an ABA-accredited law school the opportunity to design and complete a legal research and writing project in substantive areas of Division concern. To qualify, you must have an interest in, and plan to write about, one of our areas of involvement: bioethics and the law; disability law; election law; environmental law; homelessness and poverty; immigration law; the Law Library of Congress and access to legal resources; national security law; substance abuse; or public interest in law school and as a career. Applicants are required to join the ABA Law Student Division at If of acceptable quality, the work product may be published by the Division. The second is a Fall/Winter Clerkship and typically involves conducting project research and writing; developing information for directories and other databases; coordinating survey development, distribution and results; or editing manuscripts for publication. Applicants may be undergraduate or law school students, depending on project need.

Please note: When applying for the Clerkship, please indicate which Clerkship you are applying for (i.e., Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter). Clerkships are unpaid. We encourage law students to incorporate the Clerkship into law student externship/internship program and/or to seek supportive law school funding where needed. The Deadline for the Fall/Winter Clerkship is September 1, 2009. The Deadline for the Spring/Summer Clerkship is December 1, 2009.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Office of General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) plays a vital role in helping the Department accomplish its mission of assuring decent and affordable housing, enabling all Americans to achieve homeownership, providing resources for communities to build strong neighborhoods, preventing homelessness, and enforcing fair housing laws. OGC attorneys provide legal opinions, advice and services with respect to all departmental programs and activities.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Third-Year Law Students

Washington State Attorney General's Office

    Though we are not in a position to extend hard offers this fall, we will entertain applications from those who wish to apply for “preferred pool status” within our larger attorney hiring pool. We expect that at the end of the process, up to 8 to 10 applicants will attain “preferred pool status”. From a practical standpoint, this means that between August 1st and November 1st of 2010, divisions with approval to fill vacancies consistent with the interests and experience of those who have preferred status, must consider these particular candidates before they will be allowed to consider candidates from the larger pool.

    To apply and be considered for “preferred pool status”, those interested will need to submit ALL required application material (i.e., letter of interest, AGO application form, resume, law school transcript and one letter of recommendation) by September 18, 2009. This information will be reviewed and a limited number of invitations to interview will be extended. These interviews are scheduled to be held in our Seattle, Olympia and Spokane offices in mid-October; no on-campus interviews will be conducted. Those invited to interview may elect to conduct their first interview by telephone.

Recruitment Programs

Washington State Attorney General’s Office

    During the fall, the Washington State Attorney General's Office interviews second-year law students and makes offers for law clerk positions commencing the following summer. Normally our office makes 40-45 offers to 2Ls. The present salary for second year students is $13.67 per hour.

    To apply and be considered for a law clerk position, interested second-year law students will need to submit ALL required application material (i.e., letter of interest, AGO application form, Conflict Screening Questionnaire, resume, law school transcript and one letter of recommendation) by September 18, 2009. This information will be reviewed and a limited number of invitations to interview will be extended. Those invited to interview may elect to conduct their interview by telephone.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Legal Positions with the State of New York

If you are considering relocating to New York, a government job with the State of New York might be an excellent way to smooth the transition. J.D. graduates who are eligible to take the New York Bar exam and students within two months of graduation can apply to the New York State Department of Civil Service. Although NY bar admission is not required at initial hiring, it is necessary for continued employment.

The Department of Civil Service requires applicants to register for “Examination 20-131, Legal Specialties” which does NOT require that you take a test and does NOT require an examination date. It does require an “Education and Experience” exam which means that an applicant is required to complete several forms so that the applicant’s education and experience can be compared to that of other applicants. Because positions at many different agencies are filled through this exam, your ranking may be different for different jobs (if you have an engineering degree, for instance, you may receive additional points for an opening with the Department of Transportation).

More information can be obtained from .