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  February 3, 2012 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
Join the ABA Law Student Division 2012-2013 Leadership Team
The ABA Law Student Division has numerous leadership positions available either by election or appointment. All candidates must be ABA Law Student Division members in good standing (dues paid in full). Nominations must be signed by your dean and postmarked by the deadline date indicated. Please visit the website for the eligibility requirements, the nomination/application forms, deadlines, and mailing instructions.

Annual Law Student Conference on Public Interest Litigation
Each year the Institute for Justice, the leading libertarian public interest law firm in the nation, brings 40 top law students to Washington, D.C., to learn how to use law as a force for freedom. This year, the conference takes place from June 22nd to Sunday, June 24th, 2012. Travel scholarships are available for a limited number of students accepted into the program. Applications are accepted through March 1, 2012.

Read Here for Information About the Educational Debt Relief Program
President Obama issued an executive order in the fall announcing new programs that will reduce the burden on students repaying their federal student loans. One proposal, Special Direct Consolidation, is in effect now through June 30, and allows certain borrowers to consolidate their loans and receive an interest rate reduction. The President also proposes changes that would allow certain borrowers to receive lower monthly payment amounts based on income. To learn more about these presidential initiatives and stay up-to-date on educational debt relief news, check out the Student Loan Ranger blog at U.S. News Education.

Learn About the University of Miami School of Law HOPE Public Interest Resources Center Resources and Announcements
For the next few months, HOPE will be highlighting helpful resources and exciting opportunities for Summer 2012 on its Public Interest Resource Center. Check out the HOPE Public Interest Resources Center upcoming events on campus, summer resources, opportunities in the community, and other announcements on the CDO blog.

Read the Career Development Office Handout Titled How to Avoid Making Common Mistakes When Conducting a Legal Job Search
Conducting a job search can be time consuming and complex. For job search tips, review the Career Development Office (CDO) handout titled How to Avoid Making Common Mistakes When Conducting a Legal Job Search. The handout discusses tips regarding your application materials, interviewing and following up with potential employers. Go to the Symplicity Document Library to obtain access to this handout. If you have any questions, please contact your CDO advisor.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  
  Monday, February 6:
Eleventh Circuit Judicial Internship Program Begins

Monday, February 6:
Perspectives of the General Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits
12:30-1:50 p.m., Room F-109. If you aspire to work in a General Counsel's Office, or serve the legal needs of nonprofits, then come to this event. Speaker Lesley Rosenthal will discuss legal topics relevant to fundraising, finances, communications, human resources, operations, contracts, government relations and more. Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, February 9:
Ten Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing a Practice Area
12:30-1:50 p.m., Room F-109.

Wednesday, February 15:
CIA National Clandestine Service Recruiting Visit
12:30-2:00 p.m., Room F-309. Learn about the exciting positions available right now within the National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency. If you are interested in a diverse work environment with opportunity for growth, want to serve your nation, and interested in foreign events and current affairs, then you may be qualified to join a dynamic team of government professionals who are helping to safeguard the United States.
Thursday, February 16:
Interested in the Patent Bar?
If you are a student with an undergrad degree (or at least about two years of coursework) in engineering or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, some computer science degrees), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, join us for a presentation by Mark Dighton, Patent Law Institute's Director of Law School Relations and a Director of their Patent Bar Review Course. 12:30 p.m., Room F-109.

Friday, March 2:
The 2012-2013 Gubernatorial Fellows Program
The 2012-2013 Gubernatorial Fellows Program is the most prestigious leadership and public service program in Florida. Participation in the program provides college and university students with firsthand, high-level experience and insight into how government operates. The program gives Florida college and university students the unique opportunity to work alongside state government top staff for two semesters. Fellows are paid for their time on the job and, in most cases, tuition is waived. Fellows also travel throughout Florida and to Washington, D.C. to meet with local and federal government officials. Visit the website or the CDO blog for additional information.

Rolling Basis:
Gunster Offering a Scholarship to Participate in the 30th Annual Federal Securities Institute
Gunster is again offering a scholarship for one student to participate in the full two-day 30th Annual Federal Securities Institute on February 16-17 at the Eden Rock Hotel in Miami Beach. Gunster would also like to invite 10-15 students to join the firm at the Securities Institute Reception on the evening of Thursday, February 16th. If you are interested in securities, please email your resume (no cover letter is required) to Lori Lorenzo at the CDO.

  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Monday, February 6:
American Health Lawyers Association Diversity in Health Law Summer Internships
First and second year students are encouraged to apply. Interns will be responsible for assisting the Vice President of the organization with editing the groups various journals, writing case summaries, interviewing leaders and writing special profiles, researching topics for conversations with policy makers, assisting in marketing, fundraising and a variety of other duties. For more information please see DIVERSITY DIGEST: Diversity in Health Law in the Symplicity Document Library.

Friday, March 2:
Summer Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students
Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2012 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students. Interns function as law clerks reviewing and making recommendations on petitions for discretionary review, attorney discipline matters and pending cases. Interns have the opportunity to attend oral arguments, discuss cases with staff attorneys and the assigned justice and assist in drafting of orders and opinions. Interns also attend special lectures, group discussions and training sessions. An information session will be held on Tuesday, February 7th at 12:30 p.m. in Room F-108.
Wednesday, March 14:
2012-2013 Embassy Policy Specialist Program-Fellowship Opportunity
IREX is pleased to announce the competition for the 2012-13 U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS). The U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program provides funding for U.S. scholars and professionals to travel to Eurasia and serve U.S. Embassies or USAID Missions as policy specialists on a research topic proposed by the Embassy/Mission. Researchers are able to directly contribute to the formation of U.S. public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the policy-making community, as well as increase their understanding of current regional issues and develop and sustain international networks. The fellowship provisions include: logistical support, international airfare, visa support, in-country housing and workspace, a living expenses stipend and emergency evacuation insurance.

Rolling Basis:
Professor Michael Froomkin Seeking Law Students to Help Manage a Major Robotics Conference
Professor Michael Froomkin is seeking to hire law students to help manage a major conference on legal and policy issues relating to robotics, to be held at the University of Miami School of Law on April 19 & 20. The candidates who fill these slots would be asked to attend and assist with the conference, for example liaising with speakers, and summarizing events online, on Twitter and other media.

  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did You Know That Your Application Materials (Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, Transcript) Will Get You An Interview, But The Interview Will Land You The Job?
For interviewing tips and to read about the importance of conducting mock interviews, visit the CDO website.