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Student Opportunities

Multnomah Bar Association LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship

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 EDI 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.

The application is open to any law school applicant now attending college in the state of Oregon or Vancouver, Washington, or who has other substantial ties to the state of Oregon. Individuals must also demonstrate a commitment to foster and expand diversity and inclusion in the Oregon legal community.

The scholarship committee will consider applications on an ongoing basis. However, applicants should submit the application by Friday, March 10, 2023, to ensure consideration.

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2023-2024 Clerkships - Statewide Tax Clinic

Legal Aid Services of Oregon

Background 
LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program that is committed to advocacy strategies having the broadest possible impact on client community problems. LASO is actively working to build an inclusive organizational culture that centers on racial equity. LASO is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a welcoming and culturally responsive environment for our staff and clients.

Positions
LASO is seeking law clerks for the 2023-2024 academic year. Statewide Tax Clinic clerkships are available in Portland. LASO also offers the following additional clerkship opportunities: Farmworker Program clerkships are available in Woodburn and Hillsboro. General clerkship positions are available in our regional offices in Albany, Portland, and Roseburg. For the full Farmworker Program and General clerkship descriptions, please visit LASO’s employment page: https://lasoregon.org/employment/.

Type of Legal Work
LASO’s Statewide Tax Clinic seeks to alleviate poverty through the use of the tax code; working to address the disproportionate outcomes taxpayers with limited English proficiency and other BIPOC taxpayers face in the “neutral” administration of the tax code. It does this by helping Oregonians across the state resolve disputes with the IRS and related Department of Revenue matters, including settling tax debt through the Offer in Compromise process; installment agreements or hardship requests; representation in tax audits and in U.S. Tax Court; help with worker classification issues; and assistance in applying for innocent or injured spouse relief.

Qualifications 
Class standing of 1L or above at time of application. Previous experience in tax or familiarity of the tax code is not necessary. Must demonstrate understanding and commitment to anti-bias principles, cultural knowledge, cultural humility, and addressing systemic racism and other forms of oppression. Must demonstrate interest in and commitment to advocacy for low-income communities and other vulnerable populations. Because we focus on helping taxpayers with Limited English Proficiency, the Tax Clinic has a hiring preference for bilingual candidates who speak English and Spanish or another language.

Positions open until filled. Review of resumes for Summer term to begin on January 17, 2023. The Tax Clinic also places law students throughout the year and post-graduation.

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Summer Clerkships - Farmworker Program

Legal Aid Services of Oregon

Background
LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program that is committed to advocacy strategies having the broadest possible impact on client community problems. LASO is actively working to build an inclusive organizational culture that centers on racial equity. LASO is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a welcoming and culturally responsive environment for our staff and clients. 

Positions
LASO is seeking law clerks for summer 2023. Farmworker Program clerkships are available in Woodburn and Hillsboro. LASO also offers the following additional clerkship opportunities: General clerkship positions are available in our regional offices in Albany, Portland, and Roseburg. Statewide Tax Clinic clerkships are available in Portland. For the full General and Statewide Tax Clinic clerkship descriptions, please visit LASO’s employment page: https://lasoregon.org/employment/.

The typical work schedule is based on a 35-hour work week, Monday through Friday 9:00-5:00 with a one-hour lunch break. Work location can be in-office or could be partially remote. Extended remote and flexible work schedules may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Type of Legal Work
LASO’s Farmworker Program represents agricultural workers in cases that involve employment, housing, unemployment, and civil rights issues. Law clerks will work on many aspects of client services including outreach to labor camps and community organizations, legal research and writing, conducting client interviews, and drafting administrative complaints and pleadings.

Qualifications
Class standing of 1L or above at time of application. Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for low-income communities and other vulnerable populations. Demonstrated understanding and commitment to anti-bias principles, cultural knowledge, cultural humility and addressing systemic racism and other forms of oppression. LASO has a hiring preference for bilingual candidates who speak English and Spanish or another language. For Farmworker Program positions, Spanish language proficiency is highly preferred.

Positions open until filled. Review of resumes to begin on January 17, 2023.

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Summer Clerkships - General Clerkship

Legal Aid Services of Oregon

Background
LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program that is committed to advocacy strategies having the broadest possible impact on client community problems. LASO is actively working to build an inclusive organizational culture that centers on racial equity. LASO is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a welcoming and culturally responsive environment for our staff and clients. 

Positions
LASO is seeking law clerks for summer 2023. General clerkship positions are available in our regional offices in Albany, Portland, and Roseburg. LASO also offers the following additional clerkship opportunities: Farmworker Program clerkships are available in Woodburn and Hillsboro. Statewide Tax Clinic clerkships are available in Portland. For the full Farmworker Program and Statewide Tax Clinic clerkship descriptions, please visit LASO’s employment page: https://lasoregon.org/employment/.

The typical work schedule is based on a 35-hour work week, Monday through Friday 9:00-5:00 with a one-hour lunch break. Work location can be in-office or could be partially remote. Extended remote and flexible work schedules may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Type of Legal Work
Clerkships in the regional offices (including Albany, Portland, and Roseburg) will have an emphasis on domestic violence, family law, housing, and/or public benefits, all within a framework of providing trauma-informed care. Law clerks will work on many aspects of client services including trauma-informed intake, outreach, legal research and writing, conducting client interviews, and representing clients in hearings.

Qualifications
Class standing of 1L or above at time of application. Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for low-income communities and other vulnerable populations. Demonstrated understanding and commitment to anti-bias principles, cultural knowledge, cultural humility, and addressing systemic racism and other forms of oppression. LASO has a hiring preference for bilingual candidates who speak English and Spanish or another language.

Positions open until filled. Review of resumes to begin on January 17, 2023.

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Term Law Clerk - Eugene, OR

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Oregon

Assist the judge during court hearings and with drafting related opinions and orders, including proofreading and cite-checking. Perform substantive review and processing of proposed orders, chapter 13 cases scheduled for confirmation, attorney fee applications, and other bankruptcy case documents to determine issues involved and compliance with legal requirements. Prepare pre-hearing memoranda for the judge’s review. Chambers administrative duties include answering the telephone; advising appropriate court personnel and parties on the status of particular cases; filing updates to treatises and other reference materials; and assisting the judge with administrative tasks including scheduling meetings and appointments and assisting with travel arrangements.

Qualifications
At the time of the appointment, the applicant must be a law school graduate (or be certified as having completed all law school studies and requirements and merely awaiting conferment of degree) from a law school of recognized standing. Applicants preferred who were in the top third of their law school class or otherwise demonstrate excellence in academics or writing.

Open until filled – Submit your application by 11/4/2022 to ensure consideration. We will continue to review applications received after 11/4/2022 until the position is filled.

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Diversity Scholarship Fund

American Arbitration Association - International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation (AAA-ICDR Foundation)

The AAA-ICDR Foundation is pleased to announce the Diversity Scholarship Fund which has been established through a special gift by the American Arbitration Association.

The fund grants diverse law students/professionals with up to $2,000 of financial assistance towards participation in a degree program or fellowship in alternative dispute resolution or attendance at a well-recognized conference. The mission of the Diversity Scholarship Fund is to encourage diversity and inclusion within the field of ADR by supporting the pursuit of knowledge and skill development through training experiences that encourage inclusive leadership growth in the field of ADR.

2021 Scholarships Totaled $39,605.05.

2020 Scholarships Totaled $12,463.

https://www.aaaicdrfoundation.org/diversity-scholarship-fund

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly until appropriated funds are expended.

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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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