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ABA Career Central Internship Postings

Legal Career Central offers a job board with internship, fellowship, clerkship and job postings. Law students will also find and tools for entry level legal job seekers.

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ABA-Sponsored Law Student Internships, Fellowships and Clerkships

Nothing beats learning through practice. ABA Specialty Groups offer internship opportunities and more to help students learn the skills they need to excel in the legal profession.

ABA Commission on Disability Rights Internships

  • The American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights keeps a constantly updating list of internships for law students with disabilities. Learn more.

Antitrust Law Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project

  • Annual application deadline: January
  • Offers 1L and 2Ls the opportunity for summer internships in the Consumer Protection Departments and/or Antitrust Law Departments of state attorneys general offices throughout the United States. Each participant receives a stipend. For details contact Deborah Morgan at 312.988.5606  Learn more.

ABA Center for Innovation Fellowship Application

  • Annual application deadline: January 31.
  • Law school graduates will spend one year in-residence at the ABA headquarters in Chicago, IL. These fellows will receive a stipend of $45,000, along with benefits, during their time in the program. The first cohort of fellows will begin August 1 and complete their work by July 31. Bar admission is not necessary.

Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program

  • Annual application deadline : January
  • Designed to expose students to business law and business courts.  Participants receive a stipend and placement in a business court clerkship.  Limited to minority or otherwise disadvantaged candidates who have completed the equivalent of their first year of law school. Learn more

Homelessness and Poverty John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund

  • Annual application deadline: March
  • Provides a stipend to 3 law students each summer in support of their internships at the organization of their choice where they provide direct legal services and/or policy based advocacy related to homelessness and/or poverty. Learn more

ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) Internships and Fellowships

  • ABA ROLI offers internships and fellowships during the spring, summer, and fall semesters, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Interns for ABA ROLI work with program staff of their assigned division to gain a better understanding of international development programs and international rule of law issues. Focus areas range from research and regional concentrations to outreach and knowledge management, and vary according to program needs.

International Law Internship Opportunity

  • Annual application deadline: February
  • The program is intended to facilitate the establishment of legal internships for U.S. law students interested in the practice of international law with overseas law firms. Learn more

Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunities Program (JIOP)

  • Annual application deadline: Jan. 11, 2019
  • Applications open for 2Ls: Nov. 5; for 1Ls: Dec. 1.
  • Provides opportunities to disadvantaged or traditionally underrepresented law students. Internships are made possible through the generous judicial officers at state, federal and appellate levels. Qualified students who pass through the initial screening interview will receive a judicial interview.  Interns will receive awards for participating. Learn more

ABA Travelers Summer Internship

  • Annual application deadline: December
  • The goal of the Summer Legal Internship Program is to hire and develop high potential candidates into attorney positions at Travelers. Summer legal interns have the opportunity to work directly with seasoned attorneys during the summer months and conduct research, draft briefs and motions, and observe proceedings in various courts.

ABA Prudential Summer Internship

  • Annual application deadline: February
  • The summer internship program will provide interns the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses.

ABA Microsoft Summer Internship

  • Annual application deadline: March
  • Legal interns will work within Microsoft’s Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department in Redmond, Washington. They will have a broad range of responsibilities from across the department, which may include researching legal issues impacting business strategy, drafting transactional documents, attending client meetings and product reviews, and collaborating with internal teams on cross-group projects.

Taxation Public Service Fellowship

  • Annual application deadline: October
  • Developed to address the need for tax legal service assistance around the country, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service for those lawyers who participate. Open to recent J.D. and LL.M. graduates and judicial clerks who commit to working in tax-related public interest, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations for two years.  Applicants must select and arrange employment prior to applying, and must confirm their work will involve taxation or the administration of tax law.  Up to two Fellowships will be awarded each year, and the Section will fund the salary, benefits and law school debt service (when applicable) for each awardee.  Learn more

2018 Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Law Students

  • Application deadline: January 10th, 2018
  • The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for law students from communities underrepresented in the legal profession. Operating nationally since 2011, the JRC-JTB Project has placed nearly 300 law students in successful internships to date. Over 100 judges have participated in our efforts and look to the JRC-JTB Project for summer internship candidates. Fifteen JRC-JTB intern alumni have secured post-graduate judicial clerkships. The Project is national in scope and will place about 100 students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, magistrate and select state appellate judges’ chambers across the country. Learn more.

Other Opportunities

Google Legal Summer Institute

  • Application deadline: December 1, 2018
  • The Google Legal Summer Institute (LSI) is a unique in-house and law firm experience where underrepresented 2L law school students are invited to spend the first week of the program at Google Headquarters in California followed by a full summer internship with one of our partner law firms around the country. LSI aims to improve access to in-house careers at tech companies by expanding opportunities and removing barriers for underrepresented talent in the legal industry. LSI scholars are a diverse group of students with interests across all legal practice areas. Learn more.

Assistant Program Director – Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization

  • Application deadline: TBD
  • The Assistant Program Director (“APD”) will work with the Program Director to develop and administer the national JTB-APO Summer Legal Institutes and Middle School Law Camp during the Summer of 2018. The APD reports to the Program Director and the Executive Director. The APD position is temporary with an estimated duration of May 14, 2018-August 24, 2018. The APD must be willing to travel, as it is mandatory to assist in implementing the Summer Legal Institute programs in JTB-APO’s program cities. Learn more.

Videos – Tips for Judicial Clerkship Applicants

Here are two programs with candid tips from actual federal judges describing how law students can land a federal judicial clerkship. Both are presented by the ABA Law Student Division and the ABA National Conference of Federal Trial Judges.

Demystifying the Judicial Clerkship Application Process and Experience Part I



Demystifying the Judicial Clerkship Application Process and Experience Part II:
Specialty Courts