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Please see below for some important information to assist you with your summer employment search.

Transcript Request

If an application requires a transcript, use a copy of your official transcript from the Registrar’s Office. Do not use a printout from BannerWeb. You may request your transcript now for delivery after grades are finalized. To request an electronic copy of your official transcript:

  1. Submit a Transcript Request Form (free) or Parchment request (paid) through the Registrar’s Office website.
  2. Once you receive the electronic transcript via email from Parchment, do NOT open the document in Preview or any other program (Word, Pages, etc.). Instead, follow the Library’s instructional blog to decrypt the document.
  3. Finally, upload the document to LawQuest. If you save your transcript it was received, without following the steps above, the encryption will make it unusable.

Judicial Internship Applications

Among employers who will recruit summer interns the earliest are federal judges. We have contacted the federal judges in Virginia and posted positions for those who are hiring, with deadlines as early as Sunday, January 14, in LawQuest. Please see emails from Caitlin Bradley for updated information, including forthcoming details about applying to judges in other geographic locations and state court judges in Virginia.

Job Postings

LawQuest job postings should be a part of your overall search strategy. There are 300+ positions for 1Ls in the system currently. Positions are added each weekday, so check back often.

Also, see the Government Honors & Internship Handbook for hundreds of opportunities, primarily with federal government agencies (the password is case sensitive: RichmondLaw). Some state and local government agencies are included also. Note that some positions, such as with a division of the Department of Health & Human Services (here) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have application deadlines as early as January 12 and 16, respectively. These positions are not posted in LawQuest, so review this resource separately.

Employer Diversity Programs

There are a number of employer-sponsored diversity (defined broadly and individually in each instance) recruiting initiatives. Each program below is posted in LawQuest.

  • The Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project (SJID) and the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) are for students interested in working with judges over the summer. The application deadline for SJID is rolling, but no later than January 14; the application for JIOP is January 12.
  • Through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars program, students may apply for opportunities to work with member employers, primarily law firms and corporations. LCLD summer opportunities are posted on the LCLD Job Board. Some individual members, including law firms in Richmond and DC, have posted positions in LawQuest. Application deadlines vary, but early applications are encouraged.