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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.

Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program

  • Application Deadline: January 7
  • 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.

Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunities Program (JIOP)

  • Application Deadline: January 11
  • Provides opportunities to disadvantaged or traditionally underrepresented law students. Qualified students who pass through the initial screening interview will receive a judicial interview. Interns will receive awards for participating.

ABA-Accenture Summer Internship

  • Application Deadline: January 27
  • The program will provide interns the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Accenture’s businesses.

Antitrust Law Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project

  • Application Deadline: January 28
  • 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.

ABA Prudential Summer Internship

  • Application Deadline: February 5
  • The summer internship program will provide interns the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses.

ABA Center for Innovation Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: February 11
  • 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. Bar admission is not necessary.

ABA-Microsoft Summer Internship

  • 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.

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

  • Application Deadline: March 29
  • 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.

Christine A. Brunswick Taxation Public Service Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: November 16
  • 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.

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

  • Offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. 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 Opportunities

  • A collection of resources for international law internships across the U.S.

Other Opportunities

Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Patent Prosecution Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: January 2
  • Paid Summer Associate Position and a $10,000 scholarship for 2L year

Cooley Diversity Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: January 4
  • 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.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: January 4
  • Banner & Witcoff will award $5,000 in law school tuition or other school-related expenses to Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L clerkship in the firm’s summer program.

Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: January 6
  • As a 1L Diversity Scholarship recipient, you will receive a paid position in our Summer Associate Program and $10,000 for your second year tuition and expenses.

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: January 7
  • This scholarship includes a $7,500 award to be applied to the recipient’s law school tuition, together with a paid summer associate position at the firm.

Milbank 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • 1L fellows will be summer associates in our New York office. As a fellow, you’ll receive specialized and comprehensive training opportunities and build your professional network with Milbank attorneys and fellow summer associates.

WardGreenberg Diversity Program

  • Application Deadline: January 18
  • This nationally-recognized program offers the opportunity for a successful applicant to join us at our Rochester, New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offices for a 10-week paid appointment during the summer of 2019 and to earn a $7,500 bonus

Finnegan Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: February 1
  • The Scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition and fees. The scholarship recipient will also join the firm as a 2019 2L summer associate in one of its domestic offices (Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Palo Alto, CA; Reston, VA; or Washington, DC).

Douglas Arant Public Interest Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: March 15
  • Fellowship recipients work a minimum of six weeks at a Bradley office and at least four weeks for their chosen organizations while still being compensated by the firm.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Annual Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1L – March 15, 2L – September 15
  • Scholarships of up to $5,000 to first-year students and up to $10,000 to second-year students including a Summer Associate Position

Bradley Summer Diversity Internship Program

  • Application Opens: March 1
  • Bradley provides paid four to six-week summer internships to enhance the education of well-qualified minority college students who are aspiring attorneys.

Google Legal Summer Institute

  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • 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.

 

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:
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