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CDO: 2L PI/PS Job Search and Program Reminders

Dear 2L:


We hope you have enjoyed your summer. We want to take this opportunity to remind you about some useful resources and programs to help you get underway with your Public Interest/Government job search for next summer.  As a starting point, we hope you will review the PI/PS job search email we sent earlier this summer, which highlights a number of important avenues for securing PI/PS summer placements.

In addition, please take a moment to review the following reminders and updates:




August 19, 2010
1:00 – 2:00pm
Room 140


One of the most important tools in finding a job is the ability to interview well.  Please join us for a panel discussion on how to interview effectively with public interest and government employers.  This presentation will give you an opportunity to discover what interviewers are looking for.  Learn what to expect and learn what to avoid.  Attorney panelists will include:

  • Megan Hailey, Habeas Corpus Resource Center
  • Patricia Salazar, Centro Legal de la Raza
  • Mark Poole, California Attorney General's Office

NOTE: For those of you preparing for private sector interviews, we will not be doing a live program on private sector interviewing this semester. There are a number of excellent resources on the CDO website, which you can view at the CDO Interviewing webpage.




On Thursday, September 2, from 5:30 - 7:30pm, we will be holding our annual Public Interest/Public Sector Employer Reception at Berkeley Law.  Over 40 PIPS employers have already signed-up to attend this “table talk” event.  This event is an excellent opportunity to introduce yourself to potential employers and to learn about their work and internship opportunities.  We will email you more information, including the list of employers who will attend, as this event approaches.




OCIP bidding for Phase 1 gets underway today.  If you are interested in the PI/PS employers who will be attending OCIP, please don't miss the opportunity to bid on interview slots with them.  Be sure to review the details associated with each of these opportunities, as some employers have specific requirements for additional application materials.  The following PI/PS employers will be joining us for OCIP:


OCI - Phase 1

  • Altshuler Berzon LLP
  • Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission
  • California Energy Commission (The CEC asked us to share this document with you.)
  • Disability Rights Advocates
  • Employment Law Center Legal Aid Society of San Francisco
  • Federal Defenders of San Diego
  • Federal Public Defender Central District of California
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • National Association of State PIRGs
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Office of Chief Counsel, IRS
  • San Francisco District Attorney
  • US Air Force JAG Corps
  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • US Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser


OCI - Phase 2

  • Alameda County District Attorney's Office
  • Alameda County Public Defender
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Earthjustice, Northern Regional Office
  • Equal Rights Advocates
  • Federal Public Defender Northern District of California
  • Federal Public Defender Northern District of California
  • Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
  • Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Riverside County District Attorney
  • Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP 



The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) hires more summer legal interns than any other federal government agency.  If a DOJ summer internship is at or near the top of your list, you should consider applying to both the Summer Legal Internship Program (SLIP) and the Volunteer Legal Internship Program (VLIP).

The differences between these two programs are that the SLIP is a paid program and the VLIP is not; and that a limited number of divisions/sections participate in the SLIP, while nearly all of the divisions/sections participate in the VLIP. 


SLIP also involves a centralized on-line application, which opened up on July 26, 2010 and is due on September 7, 2010.  More information about SLIP, including an application checklist and timeline, a list of participating components & their anticipated hires, and answers to frequently asked questions can be found herePlease note that SLIP applications are NOT being reviewed on a rolling basis; however, we would recommend submitting your on-line application no later than Tuesday, August 31 to account for the slow-down the system sees as the deadline approaches. 


The VLIP has a decentralized application process.  Since this program tends to attract a lot of 1L applications, comprehensive information (including deadlines and hiring components for summer 2011 internships) is not typically made available on the website until late November.  You should, however, plan on applying directly and independently this August to any of the offices in which you are interested that are listed as participating in the VLIP.  Unlike with SLIP applications, VLIP applications (in some divisions/sections) have been reviewed on a rolling basis.

A list of agencies (with application instructions) that will hire summer 2011 legal interns through the VLIP program can be found here; you should follow these application instructions in connection with your summer internship applications.  Finally, some of the DOJ components have in the past opened up summer internship positions early for 2L applications on PSLawNet.  To find these opportunities, do a search for internships with "U.S. Department of Justice" in the "Organization Name" box. 

New Resource! We have posted on our website a memo containing candid advice from students who participated in the SLIP interview process, as well as sample essay responses from successful applicants. 


(1)   When you are filling out the application, you should select the “Law school does not rank” option.  

(2)   Also, on the application, because Berkeley Law does not calculate cumulative GPA information for students, you should enter “NA” in the text box that asks you for cumulative GPA information.


If you are interested in pursuing summer internships with other federal and state government agencies, you should review the Government Honors and Internship Handbook and some of the other resources listed in PSLawNet’s Government Career Library.  Please contact the Career Development Office to request for the username and password.

UPDATED RESOURCE!!  The 2010-11 version of the Government Honors and Internship Handbook is now available. This guide contains a comprehensive list of and information about legal internship and post-graduate opportunities with federal, state and local agencies.  For more resources to support your government job search, please see our Public Sector Careers page. To access the handbook, contact the Career Development Office to request for the username and password.

Don’t Forget to Check the B-Line
We will also be posting government job announcements to the B-Line throughout the summer and the fall. 




We know that your PI/PS job search will be very individualized, and we hope that you will set up a time to meet with us one-on-one so that we may be of assistance.  Please feel free to arrange an appointment through our on-line appointment scheduler or to contact us via email.  As a reminder, here is a list of our attorney-counselors’ specialty areas, though any of us would be happy to meet with you.

 Public Interest Job Search
(including DA & PD careers)

  • Alex Lee
  • Linda Maranzana


Government Job Search

  • Eric Stern