Student Opportunities

Non D - Energy, Climate & Equity Intern

The Multnomah County Office of Sustainability

Office of Sustainability Description:

The Multnomah County Office of Sustainability was established in 2010 to help plan, implement and coordinate the County’s environmental sustainability programs. The Office of Sustainability's mission is to work with County Departments and the community to promote programs and policies that lead to a more equitable, prosperous, and environmentally sound Multnomah County. We envision a Multnomah County that is: Equitable, Livable, Healthy, Resilient, and Low-Carbon. Equity and environmental justice are core guiding principles that shape the office's approach to policy and programs.

The Office of Sustainability works with the community and County departments to develop unique partnerships that help make Multnomah County a better place to live, work, and do business. The Office of Sustainability is not only committed to a healthy planet but also firmly roots our work in Multnomah County's mission to protect the most vulnerable in our community. This value shapes the way we approach sustainability, an approach based on achieving social, economic, and environmental justice.

Job Responsibilities:

This internship opportunity will support the Office of Sustainability with a specific project co-created based on the intern’s interests and experience and the Office’s needs. Potential projects could include:

Research and write about policies and models used in other regions to advance equitable outcomes in climate and energy work.

Evaluate effectiveness of local urban heat island and climate resilience strategies.

Developing innovative and impactful communication strategies to engage new audiences in topics of environmental and energy justice.

Closing Date: April 03, 2022

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Law Clerk

Judicial Department, State of Oregon

Our Law Clerk Positions

Each judge or justice works with at least one law clerk, although both Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals have hired “floater” clerk positions in the past, who provide extra support when needed. We don’t identify which judges are hiring, because some don’t hire from every recruitment. We encourage you to apply for all three courts.

These positions are limited duration, with a typical period of employment for two years. Occasionally, a judge or justice will agree (prior to start of employment) to employ a law clerk for a shorter period than two years. As a limited-duration employee, you have the same options for benefits as a permanent employee.

The Experience You Gain as Law Clerk

Some of the experience you gain may differ based on the court and the types of cases each court handles. However, you will spend a lot of your time researching and writing regardless for which court you work. You will research complex legal issues that arise in the course of cases on appeal. You will evaluate petitions for review requesting consideration of cases by the Oregon Supreme Court. You will discuss legal issues with judges and others (as appropriate). As a law clerk, you draft and edit opinions or memoranda to be used in preparing opinions. You prepare pre-argument case summaries or memoranda, summaries of opinions, proofread and check citations in opinions, and perform other related tasks when needed.

Most importantly, you will be furthering our mission of providing justice in a fair, thorough, and timely manner.

Who We Want and Need

We need analytical thinkers and demonstrably skilled writers. We need law clerks who are good issue-spotters when researching complex legal issues. We expect our law clerks to handle and safeguard information that may be disturbing, controversial, or confidential. We need reliable performers, who want to come to work and learn as much as possible from us while here. We value diversity of thought that reflects the public we serve.

Application Deadline: 04/06/2022

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Externship - Oregon Tax Court

Magistrate Division, Oregon Tax Court

The Oregon Tax Court is recruiting externs for Summer and Fall 2022. Applications for Summer 2022 are due by February 25, 2022.

The Oregon Tax Court is a statewide court that hears cases arising under the state tax laws. Cases commonly involve property valuation, state and federal income tax, corporate excise tax, state and federal constitutional law, and civil procedure. The court conducts case management conferences, mediations, oral arguments, and trials. Judicial officers prepare well-reasoned, written decisions in each case.

Extern applicants must have completed one full year of law school but need not have a background in tax. Highlights of the externship program include:

Working with judicial officers and staff attorney. Externs meet frequently with the judge, magistrates, and staff attorney. Externs gain insight into how the court operates.

Research and writing. Externs learn to research tax law and apply the methodology of statutory construction used by Oregon courts. Externs draft decisions, orders, and memos.

Preparation for practice. Externs observe a variety of hearings, some with self-represented litigants and some with counsel. Externs learn how lawyers can help their clients and the court.

Application Deadlines:

Summer 2022 - Applications Accepted / January 3, 2022, to February 25, 2022
Fall 2022 - Applications Accepted / May 2, 2022, to July 1, 2022
Spring 2023 - Applications Accepted / August 29, 2022, to October 28, 2022

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DOJ Law Clerk Program 2022

Oregon Department of Justice

The Oregon Department of Justice is seeking outstanding, current first- and second-year law students to fill law clerk positions beginning May 2022. Positions are located in Salem, Portland, Eugene, Bend, Medford and, Pendleton and will be full-time summer positions with the hope that the successful candidates will consider continuing employment on a part-time basis throughout the following school year. Many clerks are able to stay on with the Department until graduation.

Law students are employed to provide legal support to Assistant Attorneys General. The volume and scope of our legal work allows us to entrust each law clerk with a significant and appropriate level of responsibility, which helps clerks work productively and facilitates growth and career development. Assignments can vary depending on division and section placement, business need, and the individual strengths and interests of a given law clerk. Attorneys-in-Charge or designated law clerk supervisors assign law clerks to work with individual attorneys on a case-by-case basis. A clerk may be tasked with:

+ conducting library and legal research and delivering written legal analysis or oral briefing;
+ assisting with civil, criminal, juvenile, or administrative litigation;
+ appearing in court on behalf of a state agency;
+ investigating factual matters and producing a written product (The final result may be used by the supervising attorney as background, or it may be incorporated as part of an opinion, pleading, memorandum, or brief.);
+ projects that take anywhere from minutes to months;
+ assignments for one or multiple attorneys, sometimes simultaneously;
+ case organization and strategy assessments; and,
+ all manner of other assignments, as they come up in the Department's work.

Application Deadline: 01/23/2022

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Law Clerk, City of Bend

City of Bend

Under the supervision of the City Attorney and Assistant City Attorneys, provide legal research and support to the legal department on a host of issues important to the City including transportation bond and other Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects, real estate, long range planning, affordable housing and homelessness, environment and climate, additional City committees, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) work.

This position is designed to provide a law student, new lawyer or lawyer from another state the opportunity to gain public law experience in a wide range of disciplines, under the mentorship and guidance of more experienced attorneys, while observing municipal government in action.

Closing 1/7/2022 12:00 PM

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2022 Summer Renewables 1L/2L Law Clerk

AVANGRID, Inc.

AVANGRID Renewables, with headquarters in Portland, OR, is one of the largest renewable energy companies in the United States. Its in-house legal department, consisting of a General Counsel and eight attorneys along with 2 non-attorney legal professionals, deals with legal issues spanning the commercial/regulatory/litigation spectrum of the renewable energy industry. A law student working in the department could expect to participate in the day-to-day dynamics of providing legal advice to a sophisticated business team engaged in complex and broad business, and to engage in conversations about legal issues affecting renewable energy.

The Summer Law Clerk will assist the in-house legal team in a variety of matters. These matters may include, subject to the practical experience and needs of the business during the internship period, reviewing and revising contracts, drafting memos, legal research, assisting in due diligence and major transactions, and other special projects. The Summer Law Clerk will be given the opportunity to work with the attorneys and staff in the legal department, as well as business personnel, and outside counsel.

Please send a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample (no more than 10 pages).
Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022. While GPA and class rank are important, other factors, such as background, experience, and enthusiasm for renewable energy are of equal value in reviewing applications for this position.

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AILA DEI Law Student Scholarships

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The AILA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion scholarship program reaffirms our commitment to increasing diversity within AILA, legal education, and the legal profession. These scholarships provide financial assistance to qualified AILA law student members that identify with a group that is underrepresented in the legal profession and our organization, and specifically includes future AILA members from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Each scholarship includes a full payment of $750 issued directly to the awardee. The scholarship money will be taxed based on current IRS guidelines.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria Include:

* Current AILA law student membership is required. All memberships will be verified during the selection process. Join AILA for FREE online by completing a short application and submitting your current law student transcripts.

* Plus One or More of the Following Criteria:
- Recipient is a member of a diverse population group or has other diversity and inclusion factors, including but not limited to, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, education, other factors;
- Financial need;
- Demonstration of diversity and inclusion obstacles and how they were overcome/overcoming; and/or
- Active service in immigration law field / interest in working in immigration law field.

Application Requirements
* Be an AILA law student member in good standing.

Submit your scholarship application by Friday, July 30, 2021.

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Pre-Law Diversity Fellowship

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Davis Wright Tremaine is a national law firm with more than 550 lawyers representing clients based throughout the United States and around the world. DWT’s Pre-Law Diversity Fellowship was created by a team of DWT associates and staff who are intentionally dedicated to seeing the firm’s diversity, inclusion, and equity values put into practical action.

Application Deadline: April 8, 2021

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2021 LSAT Prep Scholarship

Multnomah Bar Association

The Multnomah Bar Association’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee seeks to foster and expand diversity in the Multnomah County legal community and the state of Oregon. To achieve this goal, the MBA ED&I Committee awards scholarships for LSAT preparation courses to law school applicants whose future involvement in the law will enhance the diversity of our bench and bar.

Applications be submitted by Friday, March 5.

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2021 Summer Internship Law Clerk

Liberty Mutual Insurance / NAPABA

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is pleased to partner with Liberty Mutual Insurance Group Legal Department (Liberty Mutual), a Fortune 100 Company, to provide an exciting opportunity for one enthusiastic second-year law student who is interested in making an immediate and valued contribution. As a Law Clerk you will provide technical support to staff litigation attorneys, perform legal research and assist in drafting and filing legal trial documents. Through this partnership, NAPABA and Liberty Mutual will select one Law Clerk for one of Liberty's 60+ litigation offices for a 10 to 12-week summer clerkship offering competitive pay. Due to COVID, this position may be remote where Liberty's Field Legal operation has thrived with technology and innovation, promising to make a remote clerkship opportunity robust and meaningful.

All materials must be received by 5pm EST on March 1, 2021.

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NAPABA Summer Intern

McGuireWoods / Napaba Law Foundation

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is pleased to partner with the NAPABA Law Foundation and McGuireWoods to offer an internship opportunity that supports the development of students interested in the legal profession and will help students develop a commitment to advocacy on behalf of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The program seeks to achieve these goals by providing undergraduate and law school students with meaningful internship experiences at the Washington, DC offices of NAPABA and NLF.

All materials must be received by 5pm EST on April 1, 2021.

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