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Requisition Number 18-0119
Post Date 12/17/2018
Title Summer Law Clerk
Department Dept - Legal
Job Category Temporary Employee
Number of Openings 1
FLSA Non-Exempt
Tier Tier G 2
City Herndon
State VA

The Summer Law Clerk works full time (at $25/hour) for 10 weeks in the summer with the National Student Clearinghouse’s Legal department on a variety of legal matters.  The focus areas of this position will be on issues such as data privacy law and legislation, contracts, and legal issues facing non-profit entities.  This may involve tracking and analyzing federal and state student data privacy and data security legislation and its impact on the Clearinghouse’s services and product initiatives pertaining to the use of data; assisting with the drafting and interpretation of contracts related to Clearinghouse services and products; legal research; and assisting the Clearinghouse’s attorneys in providing counsel to internal clients on other legal matters as necessary. Key to each of the responsibilities will be ensuring the protection of personally identifiable information and the proprietary data and intellectual property of the Clearinghouse. 

The learning objective includes learning the basics of federal and state student/consumer data privacy laws and legislation; better understanding the role of in-house counsel; and improving legal research and writing skills. ​​Additionally, this individual will work collaboratively on a group project with Clearinghouse interns, and deliver their findings at the end of the program to internal stakeholders.

During the internship, interns are able to request up to two weeks of unpaid time off.  While the position is scheduled from May 31 – August 9, 2019, there is the possibility for the position to continue part-time during the school year.

Application Process: Upon completing an application qualified candidates will be invited to complete a video interview, and selected candidates will be invited for a phone conversation with the prospective manager.

How You Contribute:

  • Performs legal research and analysis of matters relating to data use, data privacy, data security, non-profit status, and other areas to assist the Legal department in providing legal advice to business teams.  Research will focus on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Higher Education Act (HEA), state student/consumer data privacy laws, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and/or the Internal Revenue Code. 
  • Prepares, reviews, and edits drafts of commercial and other business agreements at request of supervising counsel. Performs research related to contract provisions as needed.
  • Assist with the tracking and analysis of proposed state and federal legislation regarding student/consumer data privacy. 
  • Present research findings to Legal Department and business teams, as appropriate.
  • Maintains complete confidentiality in all matters relating to the Legal Department.

Position may be required to perform other duties as required. These essential functions are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

What You Bring to the Table:

  • Completed at least one year of law school by start date, with strong academic performance and enrolled in a subsequent semester following the internship.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated comfort with technology.
  • Competence with Microsoft Word and Excel and willingness to learn new applications.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete work with minimal supervision. 
  • Must be able to work entire internship period of May 31-August 9, 2019 at our Herndon, VA office, and provide a copy of law school transcript with application.


  • Demonstrated interest in and familiarity with data privacy law (such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the European General Data Protection Regulation).
  • Familiarity with education law and current issues in education.

Physical Demands:

  • Use of a computer terminal and/or laptop computer for 8 or more hours a day.
  • Use of a copy machine, fax machine, and telephone.
  • Frequently required to sit for 7 or more hours per day in close proximity to others in an open office environment.
  • Occasionally required to use hands and fingers to operate, handle, and reach.
  • Vision abilities include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of this job. 
  • NSC strives to hire, promote, and retain the best qualified individuals for our employment opportunities. Our policies are intended to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law. NSC strives to have a culture that is diverse and equally welcoming to all. As a Federal contractor, NSC is subject to requirements to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities. NSC is committed to its outreach efforts and practices to promote employment and advancement of members of these groups. To read our entire policy, go to:
  • PAY TRANSPARENCY POLICY NSC will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by NSC, or (c) consistent with the NSC’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 C.F.R. 60-1.35(c)
  • Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.
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