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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 – Travelers Summer Internship

  • Application Deadline: January 1
  • The goal of the 1L Summer Legal Internship Program is to hire and develop high potential candidates by providing meaningful experiences with, and exposure to, seasoned attorneys. Summer legal interns have the opportunity to conduct legal research, draft briefs and motions, and observe proceedings in various courts.

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.

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.

Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline Judicial Clerkship Program

  • Application Deadline: TBA
  • The Judicial Clerkship Program (JCP) introduces diverse law students from around the country to judges and law clerks.  The program informs and educates the students as to the life-long benefits of a judicial clerkship. The program also encourages judges to consider students of color that they otherwise may not have considered for a judicial clerkship. 

ABA Prudential Summer Internship

  • Application Deadline:February 4
  • 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 Accenture Summer Internship

  • Application Deadline: February 15
  • The 2019 summer law intern program will be held at Accenture’s downtown Chicago offices. The 1L summer internship will run approximately 9 weeks from June 10 through August 2, 2019. Interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $6,500.

ABA-Microsoft Summer Internship

  • Application Deadline: February 15
  • 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 27
  • The Program will pay a $3,500 stipend to three law school 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. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice.

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.

Federal, State, & Local Government Internships

  • The Government and Public Sector Lawyers Group’s list of federal, state, and local government legal internships for law students.

Civil Rights and Social Justice Internships

  • Legal interns will work directly with the Section’s attorneys and other staff members on policy and project development and implementation. Internships are available year-round and applications are accepted until positions are filled. Candidates should email a resume, a brief writing sample (less than 10 pages), and a cover letter detailing the candidate’s interest in working for the Section.

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.

Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: January 4
  • The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: Each selected Fellow receives a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices during the summer of 2019; mentoring throughout the academic year by members of the firm; participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program; and a scholarship reward of up to $30,000.

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.

Bristol – Myers Squibb Diversity and Inclusion Internship

  • Application Deadline: January 7
  • This is a paid summer legal internship and intended to provide exceptional law students with a unique and in-depth opportunity to work in the corporate law department of a premier global BioPharma company. We seek qualified law students of diverse backgrounds who have exhibited an interest in learning about healthcare, pharmaceutical, or corporate practice.

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.

Perkins Coie 1L Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: January 7
  • Multiple fellowships available across the country for diverse 1L law students

Blank Rome Diversity Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: New York Deadline January 7, Philadelphia & DC Deadline January 18
  • This fellowship is aimed at helping evening law students gain experience and funding.

Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: January 11
  • Our 1L Fellowship Program offers a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school. Over the eight to 10 week program, 1L Fellows will work in one of our US offices and in the legal department of one of our clients

Reed Smith 1L Diversity Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: January 14
  • Multiple Fellowships

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

1L Diversity Scholar Program

  • Application Deadline: January 20
  • The Diversity Scholar Program is a coaching, mentorship, and recruiting program designed to help law students understand their career goals and secure employment while simultaneously preparing them with the skills required to flourish in their legal positions.

Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship

  • Application Deadline: January 25
  • All diverse first-year law students (expected to graduate Spring 2021) who advance the value of diversity in the Charlotte legal market are encouraged to apply for this clerkship.

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).

BGD’s Diversity Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: February 11
  • Bingham Greenebaum Doll Scholars Program participant(s) will have a paid position in the firm’s summer associate program in the Indianapolis and/or Louisville Office. At the completion of a successful first summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to return to the firm for a second summer, Scholars Program participants will receive $5,000.

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 Deadline: 1L – March 15, 2L – September 15
  • Bradley provides paid four to six-week summer internships to enhance the education of well-qualified minority college students who are aspiring attorneys.

NCTA’s Internship Program

  • Application Deadlines: Summer- March 31, Fall- September 15, Spring- December 31
  • NCTA is offering internships in Government Relations, Industry & Association Affairs, and Technology at their DC office.

Arent Fox Annual Diversity Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: August 15
  • The DC, LA, NY, and SF offices will each award one second-year law student $20,000 and a salaried position.

Skadden Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: September 16
  • The program provides two-year fellowships to talented young lawyers to pursue the practice of public interest law on a full-time basis.

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.

1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • The Brown Rudnick 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship is a program aimed at first year law students, who are also the first in their family to graduate from college.

Spectrum Legal Intern, Government Relations

  • Currently accepting applicants
  • Charter Communications currently seeks a Legal Intern for its Government Affairs office located in Washington, DC.

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholarship Program

  • A list of over 100 diversity programs

NALP Diversity Programs

  • Database of diversity programs

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