NCLA Internship Spotlight

Jillian Stern

Summer Law Clerk

Law School: George Washington Law School

Expected Graduation: 2022

Hometown: Parkland, FL

Campus Activities: Jewish Law Student Association, new member of Public Contracts Law Journal 

Hobbies: Reading historical books, watching Netflix, visiting D.C. museums (when they are not closed due to COVID)

What were your duties as an NCLA intern?

Research and memo-writing, largely concerning COVID’s impact on businesses, as well as some other types of research, such as research into the various deference principles, as well as the pro-veteran canon of interpretation.

What did you most enjoy about your internship?

The opportunity to work with all of the amazing litigators and expand on my research skills, as well as read some interesting journal notes in the process of my research.

What interesting thing(s) did you learn about Administrative Law?

While Chevron is the most well-known deference principle, I learned there are over ten types of deference principles.

How might you use what you’ve learned later in your professional career?

The skills I learned this summer in terms of research and memo-writing will be with me the rest of my career. In addition, the unique experience of working remotely has taught me valuable skills in communicating electronically and the importance of even the smallest communications in order to remain on the same page with coworkers.

Any advice for other students who want to intern at NCLA in the future?

Administrative law is something that is not usually taught in-depth in the first year of law school, so be ready to learn on the job. You might have some knowledge about Chevron and some other deference principles, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.