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  September 14, 2012 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
For Job Search Tips, Read 'Strategic Ways to Land Employment in a Tough Economy'
Hillary Mantis consults with pre-law students, law students and lawyers. She is the author of Alternative Careers for Lawyers. Ms. Mantis has written an article in the National Jurist containing some ideas to get the job search started based on her experience counseling law students. In her article, she discusses getting a part-time job, applying for a state court clerkship, etc.

The 2012-2013 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide
The 2012-13 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide is a publication of NALP and PSJD. At first glance, seeking and applying for federal jobs can seem incredibly overwhelming, and job seekers may not know where to begin. The Guide contains: information about the benefits of a career in federal government; a look at the various kinds of work attorneys perform; an overview of where the most attorney jobs are (and will be) in the executive branch; resources to aid in finding the ideal opportunity; and tips on application processes. In addition to content offered in the Guide, NALP offers expanded content and resources on the PSJD Federal Government Careers page at http://www.psjd.org/resource?ResourceID=58. Readers should use the online content in tandem with the Guide.

Check Out The Government Honors and Internship Handbook for Summer 2013 Government Opportunities!
Comprehensive information about a wide range of government opportunities for the summer of 2013 is available in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook published by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. University of Miami School of Law students and graduates may access the handbook online or obtain a hard copy from the CDO. The site is password protected. Please ask your CDO advisor for the login information.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  

Saturday, October 13:
The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) Announces Its Conference entitled 'And Justice for All? Criminal Justice in the South'
The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC), the Emory Law School public interest student group, is delighted to announce their conference entitled 'And Justice for All? Criminal Justice in the South.' The conference will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Emory University School of Law, and it will broadly track the core stages a criminal defendant goes through as s/he moves throughout the justice system: pre-trial, trial and post-conviction. Following a keynote address by Stephen Bright, president and senior counsel for the Southern Center for Human Rights, the conference will feature three sets of panel discussions with topics such as search and seizure, prison conditions and rehabilitation of released defendants. Registration is open now. There is no fee to attend (small charge for those seeking CLE credits), but registration is requested in order to plan for materials and meals. Information is available on the website at http://www.law.emory.edu/academics/conferences/2012-epic-conference.html.

Thursday, November 1:
The Becker & Poliakoff Fellowship Opens October 1st!
Becker & Poliakoff Fellowship is a Florida based law firm committed to promoting and highlighting diversity in the legal profession. The firm established its Diversity Fellowship in 2011 to offer law school students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to demonstrate their own commitment to diversity in the legal profession. The Diversity Fellowship is awarded annually to a second year law student from a Florida University who meets the criteria. The goal of the fellowship is to identify future leaders who will practice law and conduct themselves according to the Core Values statement of the firm, including the value of promoting diversity. Top candidates will be contacted and interviewed. The award recipient will be announced on or about February 1, 2013. Please visit the website at http://www.becker-poliakoff.com/about/about_diversity.html or ask your CDO advisor for additional information.

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Announces its Program to Connect Law Students With ACEBC Members
The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel ("ACEBC") is excited to announce its program to connect interested law students with ACEBC members for purposes of asking questions about employee benefits as a practice area. Law students can find out what daily practice is like from an experienced employee benefits attorney. It's a challenging and enjoyable practice areas. The PDF poster with details of the program is located at http://www.acebc.com/public-docs/law-students/lawstudent.pdf. The website includes a link with details on how a student can contact the organization to participate and is located at http://www.acebc.com/law-student-outreach. If a law student is interested in talking with an ACEBC member about employee benefits practice, the law student should send an email to karen.case@americanbar.org with name, law school, email address and phone number. The law student may specify interest in a particular type of practice, such as in-house, government, law firm, not for profit or teaching. The information will be passed to an ACEBC member who will contact the law student. The ACEBC member has agreed to one email exchange or telephone exchange about the area that the student has selected (although, of course, the student and volunteer may agree to more discussions). Also, the discussion with the volunteer is intended as informational only. It is not a job interview, and students should not use the Law Student Outreach as a vehicle for seeking employment by contacting members.

No Deadlines:
Check Out The Gender Justice Observatory
The Gender Justice Observatory is a free online information system which contains analytical summaries and the full judicial opinions that have a significant impact on gender issues. It offers students the possibility of long distance collaborations. Visit the website for more information.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Friday, September 21:
ABA Section of International Law Africa Committee is Seeking Intern to Work on the Committee Quarterly Newsletter, Africa Law Today
The ABA Section of International Law Africa Committee is seeking one intern to work on its quarterly newsletter, Africa Law Today. The Africa Law Today student internship allows law students the opportunity to edit, proofread and cite check articles submitted to the Africa Committee for publication. The students are exposed to work from experts and colleagues in areas ranging from human rights and AIDS policy research to the effects of international conventions and treaties on African business and development. The internship enables interns to become involved in the Committee through monthly conference calls, and provides a vast array of resources and networking opportunities pertaining to the legal communities throughout the African continent. Work will be done remotely, though you must have access to the internet and email. For responsibilities, qualifications and how to apply, visit the CDO Blog.

Thursday, October 11 and Rolling Basis:
From the CDO: Two New Summer Honors Program Opportunities for 2L Students
The CDO would like to provide you with information on two additional summer honors program opportunities with government agencies available to 2L students. Both programs are listed in the Symplicity Job Posting Database. U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Summer Honors Legal Internship Program (Symplicity Posting #10182). There are few, if any, offices that can provide summer law clerks the diversity of practice areas and experiences that are available as an OSD Honors Legal Intern in DoD OGC. This is a paid position. Deadline is October 11, 2012. The second opportunity is through the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) Summer Honors Program (Symplicity Posting #10185). Second-year law students should apply now for SEC internships. The SEC will hire interns in Washington DC, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco. Students may apply to SEC offices in up to three cities. This is an unpaid, volunteer position that may qualify for externship credit through the Externship Program. Applications should be sent as soon as possible as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Monday, October 29:
The Center for Reproductive Rights Columbia Law School Fellowship
The Center for Reproductive Rights Columbia Law School Fellowship is a two-year, post-graduate fellowship offered by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia Law School. The Fellowship is designed to prepare recent law school graduates for legal academic careers in reproductive health and human rights. Fellows will be affiliated with the Center and the Law School and will participate in the intellectual life of both programs. This is a full-time, residential fellowship for up to two full years starting in June, July, or August 2013. The Fellow will be a member of the community of graduate fellows at the Law School, will be integrated into the legal and policy work of the Center and will have a work space at both locations. Fellows will pursue independent research and scholarship in preparation for entering the legal academic job market at the conclusion of their first year. Fellows are expected to produce a work of serious scholarship during their tenure. Fellows will also have responsibility for the planning and hosting of academic conferences and/or roundtable discussions. The scope and detail of the work will be agreed upon in consultation with a faculty mentor and the Center for Reproductive Rights. For additional information regarding stipend, benefits, eligibility and application instructions, download the application from the website.

Positions Open Until Filled:
Americans for Immigrant Justice Seeks Interns
Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) is seeking motivated interns interested in immigration, civil rights and criminal legal issues. Interns will assist on a project that works with a large immigration detainee population in Southern Florida. The focus of the project is to help provide legal representation to immigration detainees at underserved facilities. In addition, the project seeks to provide advocacy for, and assistance to, detainees who have suffered constitutional rights violations. The position is unpaid, but AI Justice is willing to work with schools so that interns can receive course credit for externships. Interns will work under the supervision of the Fellow. AI Justice is an independent, non-profit legal services provider located in Miami, Florida, which helps advocate for immigrant rights nationwide. For information about responsibilities, criteria and how to apply, please visit the CDO Blog.


  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did You Know That A Judicial Clerkship Provides a Recent Law Graduate With Many of the Tools Necessary for a Successful Legal Career?
For additional information, contact Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships, at the CDO.