2L Summer 2014 Clerkship Sponsored by NBLSA & Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual is pleased to partner with the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)  to provide a 2014 summer clerkship opportunity to a second-year law student. Through the partnership, the NBLSA assists Northwestern Mutual in selecting a NBLSA member student to join Northwestern Mutual’s summer program for a 10-week clerkship located at Northwestern Mutual’s headquarters in Milwaukee, WI.  For more details on this opportunity, see the following information.

Clerkship Description and Responsibilities

Northwestern Mutual’s law clerks are exposed to the full range of the law department’s practice. Law clerks work with experienced attorneys in the in-house law department and with management and staff of the company on a variety of assignments.

The law clerk will work approximately 30 hours per week, paid approximately $30 per hour, and may work with all practice areas of Northwestern Mutual’s law department, including: insurance, investments, real estate, litigation, general corporate law, and taxation. The clerk will be paired with a mentor attorney during the summer. All work assignments are cleared through the Clerkship Coordinator, and clerks will have weekly workload meetings with the Clerkship Coordinator.

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Law Clerk Positions for Diverse Students

Diversity Law Clerks, Buckley Sandler

BuckleySandler LLP is currently seeking Diversity Law Clerks to work in our Washington, DC office during the spring semester.  Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity; be enrolled full-time at an ABA accredited law school with an antici­pated graduation date between May 2014 and May 2015; not have accepted an offer for post-graduation employment elsewhere if a 3L;have demonstrated academic achieve­ment, including at least a grade point average of 3.5 out of a 4.0 or higher (or equivalent) and strong writing skills; and be willing to work between 10 and 20 hours per week. 

Law clerks will be compensated on an hourly basis, and, if offered a post-graduation associate position with the firm, they will receive a bonus upon joining the firm in that position.  Each law clerk will be assigned an attorney mentor who will serve as a liaison between the stu­dent and the firm and facilitate the clerk’s professional growth and learning.  Continue reading

SAVE THE DATE- NBGSA 26TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE- May 28-June 1, 2014, Baton Rouge, LA

The National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary graduate student organization will be celebrating its 26th annual conference from May 28-June 1, 2014, in Baton Rouge, LA. Our theme this year is:  Different Paths, One Journey: The Many Experiences of Black Graduate Students.

This event will host participants from around the country. Conference attendees will participate in poster and oral presentations, paper competitions, and engage in workshops designed to aid with their overall graduate experience. Additionally, an impressive number of keynote speakers composed essentially of highly regarded scholars and academicians will deliver speeches and share their success stories.
For more more information on how to register, please visit
For more information on how to send your abstract for oral presentation, poster presentation, paper competition, workshop, etc…, please visit http://nbgsa.org/nbgsc2014/agenda-programs/call-for-papers

Job Opportunities

Below is a vacancy announcement, #14-003, for an Assistant Federal Defender, Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Defenders Office, Sacramento, California.

CHU-AFD 14-003


The Department of Labor’s, Office of the Solicitor is recruiting to fill the position of Regional Solicitor in Philadelphia.  The vacancy announcement, including the qualifications and application process, is listed in the USAJOBS(www.USAJOBS.gov) announcement for this position – vacancy announcement DOL-SES-SOL-14-09.  Applications must be received by March 17th.  You can access the job announcement at:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/361819400


A vacancy announcement for the Policy and Law Advisor, GS-0301-09/11 position has been posted on USA Jobs.  The announcement numbers are: MS-14-HRC-OL-066 & DE-14-HRC-OL-066.  It will remain open through Wednesday, February 26, 2014.  Here is the announcement information:






WRITING COMPETITION: International Economic Law

The Houston Journal of International Law wishes to law students at all levels (J.D., L.L.M.) to compete for the James Baker Hughes Prize, awarded to the best unpublished student-written manuscript on the subject of international economic law. “International economic law” is a broad term that we consider to include all legal aspects of economic relations, from private business matters to international trade conflicts.  This $500 cash award is funded by a grant from Judge Lynn N. Hughes, and the winning submission will be published as the “James Baker Hughes Prize” article in an upcoming issue of the Houston Journal of International Law.

Enclosed is a notice of the competition and the manuscript guidelines.    Manuscripts must be received byApril 15, 2014.


Essay Competition–$5000 Cash Prize

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is now accepting entries for its first Diversity Committee Writing Competition.  A winner will be selected from each class (1L, 2L and 3/4L) and each winner will receive a $5,000.00 cash prize.  Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  Details are included in the attached memo.

LSAC Writing Competition Memo 2.12.2014

Legal Internship at the Peace Corps


The Peace Corps Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is currently accepting applications for a full-time Legal Internship position during Summer 2014 (May through August) and for a part time Legal Internship during Fall 2014. The OGC legal intern provides support to the legal staff, consisting of 10 attorneys, which may include legal research, drafting legal memoranda and correspondence, researching legislative history, assisting in discovery and
trial preparation, coordinating responses to requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act, helping to coordinate a variety of program activities, and performing assigned administrative
functions. See below and attached for more information.

Preference is given to second-year law students; however, first-year law students with strong research and writing skills are encouraged to apply. These internships are not paid but may qualify for course credit or part of a law school’s work-study program.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Carmen Chang, cchang@peacecorps.gov. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until February 28, 2014.  Please see the Statement of Work below for further information.

Statement of Work – Legal Intern

How Do You Plan For Going Solo?

This piece, written by Susan Carter Liebel, informatively and clearly lays out a few main points which one must consider before going into successful solo practice. An expert on the topics of solo practice and working for smaller firms, Liebel is the CEO of Solo Practice University, an online educational program which masterfully tackles the questions new solo practitioners often face.  

When you open your own law practice (and odds are you will whether directly out of law school or ten years in) you go from wearing the singular hat of “lawyer” to wearing the many hats of a small business owner: lawyer, office manager, accountant, IT, and marketing public relations executive. You are a business person first and foremost and have to approach everything you do as a business person. You are selling you, the lawyer, as your product. And you have to market the product. And no successful business is run without first constructing a business plan.

You don’t have to have an MBA or be an accountant to run a business or be able to write a formal business plan. Whatever shortcomings you perceive, trust me, they are surmountable. You simply analyze these “shortcomings,” then manage them. And whatever your fears, they are certainly no excuse to stay an employee somewhere else if your goal or your need is to be your own boss. Continue reading

2014 National Diversity Pre-Law Conference & Law Fair

Interested in attending law school?  You should attend the INAUGURAL NATIONAL DIVERSITY PRE-LAW CONFERENCE & LAW FAIR 2014 LAUNCH EVENT!

This new and groundbreaking event will take place from Friday, April 4, 2014 and Saturday, April 5, 2014 at The Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill in downtown Washington, DC.

The event is completely FREE OF CHARGE.  Registration is now open!  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-inaugural-national-diversity-pre-law-conference-and-law-fair-2014-tickets-9490942665

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event!  For more information, please visit our official website at http://www.diversityprelawconference.org!

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Call for Applications: Zelle Hofmann 2014 Diversity Scholarship ($30,000)

On behalf of the national law firm Zelle Hofmann, we are pleased to announce a call for applications for our 2014 Diversity in Law Scholarship.  The keystone of the firm’s Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship. Continue reading