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  May 11, 2012 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
Free Access for Students/Graduates in Public Interest Work & Academic Summer Access
LexisNexis offers students and upcoming graduates working in public interest positions free access to federal and state cases, codes, regulations, law reviews, Shepard Citation Service and Matthew Bender treatises through a program called ASPIRE. ASPIRE provides all students and graduates (including December 2011 graduates) engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work free access to these programs. Students need to complete the Registration Form to get started. Please refer to the website for additional details, or ask your CDO advisor.

PSLawNet Revamped its User Guides
PSLawNet has revamped its user guides! The Job Seeker Guide offers over 13,000 employer profiles and over 1,200 job opportunity postings, including internships, postgraduate fellowships and full-time positions for attorneys, ranging from entry to executive level. The PSLawNet Fact Sheet discusses all the resources available.

The Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop is Now Online
The Judicial Clerkships Nuts & Bolts Application Workshop, which was held Wednesday, April 11th, is available online. Handouts from the workshop are also available. If you are applying for postgraduate clerkships, please watch this recording and then schedule a time to meet with Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships, at the CDO so that you can discuss your individual application strategy. It is important to begin thinking about the application process now, as many state court judges are already hiring.

Attention Class of 2012: Join the ABA for Free!
The American Bar Association (ABA) invites the Class of 2012 to join the ABA for FREE. Sign up and discover the benefits of ABA membership, including free resources from the ABA Career Center, complimentary memberships in specialty groups, access to the ABA Journal and eJournal and networking opportunities through the member directory.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  

Wednesday, May 23:
NALP is Hosting: Summer Success: Getting the Most from Your Summer Public Interest Experience
NALP is hosting Summer Success: Getting the Most from Your Summer Public Interest Experience on May 23 at 3:00 p.m. This free webinar will give students practical tips on how to develop professionally and personally while interning at public interest offices this summer. Students will get insider advice from public interest attorneys and community leaders on how to walk away from their summer positions having had an invaluable experience. The wonderful Deb Ellis and Sherizaan Minwalla from the Tahirih Justice Center will be leading the webinar. Visit the CDO Blog for registration information.

Wednesday, May 30:
Equal Justice Works Now Accepting Applications for its National Advisory Committee
The NAC serves in an advisory board capacity to Equal Justice Works, and by serving on the NAC, you can play an important role in providing feedback and guidance on select Equal Justice Works initiatives. The NAC is currently seeking four law student members to fill positions that will begin service on July 1, 2012 for a two year commitment that will end on June 30, 2014. As a member of the NAC, you are required to attend one annual meeting per year and participate in periodic conference calls throughout the year to work on projects designed to help Equal Justice Works improve existing programs and develop new initiatives.

Varied Deadlines:
List of Overseas Posts Offering the June Foreign Service Officer Test Now Available
The list of overseas posts offering the June 2012 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) is now available. To see the list and to view the steps in the Foreign Service Officer selection process, please visit the CDO Blog or the website.

Varied Deadlines:
Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF) 2012 Summer Legal Institute Deadlines Have Been Extended
The main objectives of the Summer Legal Institute are to inspire diverse students to enter the legal profession, convince them that this profession is attainable, and assist them in college admission and preparation. In addition to these goals, the JTBF Scholars also take away other skills. The mock trial gives the student public speaking experience in front of an actual judge or attorney, and the lessons in basic legal research provide the student with a familiarity certain to be applicable and helpful in a college curriculum. Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF) 2012 Summer Legal Institute application deadlines have been extended. The Chicago program deadlines are May 18th; application deadlines for Indianapolis and the Twin Cities are rolling; Detroit has a deadline of July 2, 2012; and Washington, DC has a deadline of June 11, 2012. Students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible, as applications will no longer be accepted once all spots are filled. Visit the website or the CDO Blog for additional information.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Friday, June 15:
2012 Latham Watkins Diversity Scholars Program
The Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program awards six law students at ABA-accredited law schools a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for use during their second year of law school. Started in 2005, the Diversity Scholars Program is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers in global law firms and intend to practice law in the United States. The Diversity Scholars Program is among a range of ongoing activities that enhance the firm efforts to recruit and hire diverse summer clerks and attorneys. The process is open to all law students at ABA-accredited law schools who have completed their first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline.

Friday, June 22:
Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Now Available
Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2012. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2013 in the following offices: Birmingham, AL; Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN; or Houston, TX. Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

Friday, July 20:
Patterson Belknap Establishes The Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP has launched the Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship. The Fellowship, which includes an award of up to $15,000, will be offered to an exceptional rising second-year law student who shows the promise both of becoming an outstanding attorney and of contributing meaningfully to the diversity of Patterson Belknap and the legal community. The Fellowship will be awarded in the course of the regular fall recruiting season for summer associate positions and the Fellow will participate in the regular summer associate program at the Firm in the year after the Fellowship is awarded. In addition to a paid position as a 2L summer associate, the Fellow will receive $5,000 on the first day as a 2L summer associate, $5,000 upon acceptance of an offered position as an associate at Patterson Belknap and $5,000 on the first day of joining the firm as an associate.

Open Deadline:
University of Miami School of Law Alumni Relations & Development Office Seeks Graduate Assistant
Attention rising 2L and 3L Students! The University of Miami School of Law Alumni Relations & Development Office is seeking a Graduate Assistant to work in the office. The candidate should possess a journalism or creative writing background, be knowledgeable in social media to report to the Assistant Dean for Alumni and Development. The candidate will work with the LAA Board of Directors to produce class notes, alumni profiles for use in electronic newsletter and other alumni publications. The candidate will work 15 hours per week during the semester; summer employment is flexible. You may view this opportunity at Symplicity Posting #9442.


  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did You Know That The CDO Symplicity Library Provides Job Search Related Materials Including Employment Opportunities, Application Forms, and Employer Information?
For additional information, visit the CDO Document Library on Symplicity, or ask your CDO advisor.