About the Pro Bono Newsletter
The Office of Public Service Programs is here to serve students who are pursuing a career in public interest law and provide opportunities for all students to engage in the School of Law's tradition of public service. Look out for the Public Service Newsletter each Monday for information about public service career opportunities, events, resources, news, and more. View past newsletters.
Reminder for 2L and 3L Summer Grant Recipients: Log C-PILO Volunteer Hours!
Any students who have already completed volunteer hours are reminded to log their hours online. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ashley McAlarney with any questions.
Save the Date!
UNC Law 2013 Public Interest Retreat
Please save the date for UNC Law's
2013 Public Interest Retreat to be held on
February 15 at the Law School starting at 1:00 p.m. A more detailed
agenda will be available in the coming weeks, but you can look forward to
networking opportunities with public interest alums, topical breakout sessions
featuring local practitioners and professors, a session on affording life as a
public interest attorney, and an inspiring keynote address. Registration
information will be available soon.
3L Public Interest Job Search Group
Wednesday, January 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5054
Third meeting of 3L Public Interest Job Search
Group. The group will be closed as of January 9, 2013. Contact Adrienne Allison
or Samara Reynolds
for further information.
Immigration Law Career Panel
Tuesday, January 15, 12:00-1:00, Room 4004
Come hear a panel of immigration practitioners in
the area. Learn about career possibilities in public interest immigration,
private practice, and government as well. Co-Sponsored by the ILA and the
Career Services Office. Pizza will be
Environmental Law Career Panel
Tuesday, January 15, 4:30-9:00 p.m., Boardroom 5003
The UNC Environmental Law Project (ELP) will host a
career panel of regional attorneys specializing in environmental law, with
experiences in various sectors, including private firms, nonprofits, and state
government. There will be opportunity for Q&A as well as post-event
networking. Refreshments will be provided.
Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities
Reminder: Spring OCI Bidding Begins Friday
Bidding for the first session of spring on-campus
interviews begins Friday, January 11. The four spring OCI sessions include
public interest employers like Disability Rights NC, Center for Death Penalty
Litigation, and more. Log on to Symplicity to check out the job postings and
submit your bids.
deadlines for the four spring OCI sessions are listed in the 2013 Career Services Timeline.
PSJD and Equal Justice Works Opportunities
Public Interest Summer Job Search Webinar Series
PSJD and Equal Justice Works present
a two-part public interest summer job search webinar series. The January 15 webinar will focus on drafting cover letters and resume.
The January 22 webinar will focus on interviewing and networking. The
webinars are free, but registration is required. (Links to registration
Equal Justice Works Summer Corps
The application for the 2013 Equal
Justice Works (EJW) Summer Corps program opened on Tuesday, December 18, 2012,
and will continue on a rolling basis
until the application closes on Monday,
March 18, 2013. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide 1L and 2L
students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for
dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public
For more information on the Summer
Corps program and application process, review EJW's FAQs for applicants.
Also, be sure to attend one of EJW's upcoming webinars in which members of
EJW's Federal Programs team will discuss in detail the Summer Corps program and
how to create a successful application. Viewers will be able to ask questions
during the webinar. Students can register to attend the January 8
or February 13
webinar on EJW's website.
Be sure to follow the PSJD blog for public interest job search resources and news. There is
even a featured public service "Job o' the Day" that students can learn more
about and apply to through the PSJD website.
Upcoming Federal Government Internship Deadlines
of Commerce Internship: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin. (1L
& 2L) -- Jan 15
Institution Internship (2L) -- Jan 15
Labor Relations Board Internships: Enforcement Litigation, Appellate, and
Supreme Court (2L) and Division of Judges (2L) -- Jan 15
Foundation Internship (1L & 2L) -- Jan 18
- White House
Intern Program (1L, 2L, 3L) -- Jan 27
- DOT OCG
Internship (1L & 2L) -- Jan 30
- EPA Region
3 (Philadelphia) Summer Clerkship (1L & 2L) -- Jan 31
For additional opportunities in federal government offices around the
country, visit the Government Honors & Internship Handbook. (U: ranger, P: cookies)
Summer Internships with US DOJ Agencies and US Attorney's Offices
There are multiple volunteer summer internship opportunities available
through US Department of Justice agencies and US Attorney's Offices around the country. Deadlines for these
programs vary widely (Dec., Jan., Feb., March, etc.) and most are
open to both 1L and 2L students.
NCDOJ Attorney General's Summer Internship Program
The North Carolina Department of Justice (NCDOJ) Attorney General's Office
handles issues that affect every aspect of state government and the lives of
North Carolina residents. Internships are offered in ~30 diverse
sections/divisions. Serving as a legal summer intern gives students an
opportunity to work alongside some of the state's very best attorneys and see
first-hand the challenges our lawyers face. Though the internships are not
paid, the experience gained from working with the state's attorneys and from
participating in a variety of related events is invaluable. Both 1Ls and 2Ls
are eligible to apply. Application materials and full Section Descriptions are
posted on the program's website. Sections plan to make final decisions by March
1. Application Deadline: January 25, 2013 (5 p.m., via email).
Current Pro Bono Opportunities
Saturday, January 12, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Room 4004
Training for preparation of client income taxes. Pro
bono hours are earned for training upon completion of one volunteer
session. Breakfast and lunch will be served!
Community Legal Project Spring Training
Monday, January 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4082
The Community Legal Project is a partnership program between UNC Law and the Compass Center for Women and Families that provides clients with
needed information on family or landlord/tenant law. At the clinic, which is held each Thursday evening, student volunteers meet
with clients to gather information about the client's case, conduct research,
and produce a brief memo that they submit to the CLP coordinators. We send the
memo to be reviewed by an attorney and have it back to the student before their
follow-up appointment with the client two weeks later.
Student volunteers receive training on maintaining confidentiality, providing legal information rather than advice, and working with clients
who are often at a very emotional time in their lives. It is a great
opportunity for students to practice interviewing and "real world"