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Paid legal internship available at Ms. JD [summer job search]

Ms. JD is seeking responsible and self-motivated law students who have just finished their first or second years of law school to intern for at least ten weeks in the summer of 2008. A $3,500 stipend will be provided.

Here is a complete job description. If you are ready to apply for the position, please complete this law clerk application online. A resume, cover letter, and writing sample are required along with three professional references, at least two of whom should be a law professor or previous employer.

Here's a review of the job from last summer's Ms. JD law clerk... (that would be me!) Last summer I got an outside public interest fellowship to work full-time for Ms. JD. It was such a good experience (for them and for me) that this year, they've decided to hire an intern directly. So I can tell you first hand that there's a variety of hands-on legal work, and plenty of work with practicing lawyers. With attorney supervision from Ms. JD's pro bono counsel, I researched and wrote memos on a couple of First Amendment issues; federal and California 501(c)(3) insurance and tax regulations; and a trademark application. I reviewed and revised several contracts. It was a great chance to network with attorneys at several firms, as well as attorneys working for several public interest orgs that have partnerships with Ms. JD. There was also lots of work on the website. That's just what I remember off the top of my head.

This summer's legal projects will differ somewhat (here's a list of job duties), but I hope that gives some sense of the variety of legal work available at a 501(c)(3) startup like Ms. JD. So if you happen to be a 1L (or a 2L) still looking for the right summer public-interest job, and you care about women in law, I recommend the position.

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