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  August 31, 2012 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
PSLawNet Launches New Website and Name
PSLawNet announces the launch of a newly designed website, which went live on Monday, August 27. With the new website launch, PSLawNet will also be changing its name to PSJD to more accurately reflect the audience of the new website. PSJD is a free public interest law jobs database for law students and alumni of over 200 subscribing law schools and free for employer organizations to post job listings. The new site welcomes visitors with a clean uncluttered design, easier navigation, enhanced search features, and new tools for job-seekers and employers while still offering the same great content as the current website. PSJD's current and prospective employers will find detailed information and resources to aid in their candidate search. Current PSLawNet employers will be able to login to the new PSJD website using their existing PSLawNet login credentials.

Check Out the Blog Post titled Resource Guides to Careers, Networking, Funding (and more) in Development, CR, and Related Fields in the Peace and Collaborative Network Website
This website is designed to provide networking and sharing of promising practices. Individuals are not allowed to post their individual requests to find jobs as the site would be deluged and there are other websites that do provide this service. However, the site developed several short guides to careers, academic programs, funding, research, teaching resources, practice in peace building, international development, human rights and related fields. In addition, there are several guides for how to use and manage your Peace and Collaborative Development Network Account. Please feel free to suggest additional resources for each guide and ideas for new themes and check back periodically as new guides are being developed.

The ABA Section of International Law is Having 2012 Fall Meeting at The Fontainebleau on Miami Beach in October
The ABA Section of International Law is having its fall meeting at The Fontainebleau on Miami Beach. The 2012 Fall Meeting is from October 16-20, 2012. The ABA International Fall Meeting is one of the most important gatherings of international lawyers. Fall Meeting attendees will include high-level practitioners with the largest and most respected global law firms; lawyers with the most prominent regional and national firms inside and outside the U.S.; U.S.-based small-firm and solo practitioners with significant international practice; corporate and in-house counsel; lawyers serving in government or with non-governmental organizations and inter-governmental organizations; and academics. ABA International is the ABA home for leading international practitioners, and the 2012 Fall Meeting is a Must-Attend meeting for lawyers with a practice or interest in international legal issues. Pre-Registration Final Deadline is September 28, 2012. You can register after that date, but you would not be able to register online. The registration fee for law students is $75.00 (ABA member)/$100 (non-member).

'Top 10 Suggestions and Resources for Finding Internships in International Development, CR and Related Fields'
Many students are interested in finding appropriate internships in these fields to help develop their skills and experience. There are a number of suggestions that could be helpful in the search for a great internship that are offered on the Peace and Collaborative Development Network. The site is designed to provide opportunities for networking and sharing resources.

Akerman Senterfitt Student Scholarship (24th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports, and IP Law Conference)
The Akerman Senterfitt Student Scholarship provides a partial scholarship to law students attending the 2012 North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Conference. Partial scholarships in an amount not less than $1,000 are awarded to three (3) law students. Scholarship funds will be deducted from conference travel expenses. All applicants must have completed at least the first year of study at their respective law school. Scholarships are awarded on criteria as the Conference Board sees fit including, but not limited to, the following: a) a strong interest in entertainment, sports, and/or intellectual property law, including participation in school Sports, IP, and/or Entertainment Society (if applicable); b) all application questions must be answered; c) grades are considered if and when the Board deems necessary. All applicants must attach a resume, cover letter, and transcript. For the 2012 Scholarship Application, instructions and for a brochure, please contact your CDO advisor. All applications must be received no later than September 05, 2012.

Read The Careerist Article Titled Am Law 100 Lawyers Discuss the Dos and Donts of the Interview Process
The Careerist has published an article titled Am Law 100 Lawyers Discuss the Dos and Donts of the Interview Process. Guest blogger, Meghin Delaney, gives an inside look at the Big Law interview process from the perspective of lawyers at Paul Hastings, Wilson Sonsini, McDermott, Cooley, and Ballard Spahr. Learn what interviewers think about your resume, preparing for an interview and the actual interview itself. Receive tips and advice from interviewers themselves.

The South Florida Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel Ambassadors Program
The South Florida Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACCA-SFL) is pleased to announce the launch of its Ambassadors Program for South Florida law students. Participating law students, or "ACCA-SFL Ambassadors," will volunteer at various events during the year. This will provide the students with a unique networking and educational opportunity. With access to ACC-SFL in house counsel membership and its law firm sponsors, students will be able to build relationships and attend seminars on current legal issues. ACCA-SFL, a non-profit association, is the South Florida chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the largest community of in-house counsel, serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, and other private-sector organizations around the globe. ACCA-SFL is now looking for Ambassadors to volunteer at its Third Annual CLE Conference on September 20th. Visit the website for additional information on events. Law students should contact Deborah Hanley, Executive Director, at execdir@acca-sfl.com to become an ACCA-SFL Ambassador.
 

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  
 

Tuesday, September 4:
U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General's Summer Law Intern Program (2Ls) and Honors Program (3Ls)
For the Intern Program, law students who have completed at least one full semester of legal study by the application deadline are eligible to apply. Most successful applicants intern the summer between their second and third year of law school; however, graduating law students who will enter a judicial clerkship or a full-time graduate law program may intern following graduation. For the Honors Program, eligibility is generally limited to graduating law students and recent law school graduates who entered judicial clerkships, graduate law programs, or qualifying legal fellowships within 9 months of law school graduation and who meet additional eligibility requirements. Visit the website at http://www.justice.gov/oarm/ or ask your CDO advisor for additional details.

Thursday, September 6:
Eleventh Judicial Circuit Internship Program Orientation Meeting
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Room A-110. If interested in interning with the 11th Judicial Circuit, please attend this meeting.


Friday, September 7:
U.S. Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor Honors Attorney Program (3Ls)
The Department of the Interior (DOI) Solicitor Honors Attorney Program is designed to recruit highly-qualified recent law school graduates and judicial law clerks for its Headquarters law divisions in Washington, D.C. During this one year program, Honors Attorneys/Law Clerks participate in developmental opportunities, rotate through the five Washington D.C. divisions, and receive other opportunities to enhance their skills in the practice of law in the DOI programmatic areas. For additional information, please visit the website at http://www.doi.gov/solicitor/honors_attorney.html or ask your CDO advisor.

Late September:
Presidential Management Fellows Program, Office of Personnel Management (3Ls)
The Presidential Management Fellows Program has an online application which is expected to open in late September. Students will receive an email from the CDO with further information on how to apply. If you have any questions, please visit the website at http://www.pmf.gov or email Karen Warren in the CDO at kwarren@law.miami.edu.

Monday, October 1:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Summer Law Internship Program (2Ls) and Honors Program (3Ls)
The Summer Law Intern Program is a competitive program for compensated positions in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters located in Washington D.C. Successful candidates will be afforded the opportunity to work in the different legal divisions within OGC headquarters, including Immigration, Regulatory Affairs, Operations and Enforcement, Legal Counsel, General Law, Technology Programs, National Protection and Programs and Intelligence. They may interact with clients, attend legislative hearings, and meet with attorneys and representatives from other agencies over the course of the summer. Although the deadline to apply is October 1, 2012, applicants are encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

TBA:
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Summer Honors Program (2Ls)
Opportunities are available in Washington DC and regional offices nationwide, including Miami. Application information for this year's program is not yet available. However, keep viewing your emails from the CDO or ask your CDO advisor for additional information.

 

  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Friday, September 21:
The Federal Communications Commission Has An Attorney Honors Program
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Attorney Honors Program is a two-year employment and training program designed to introduce law school graduates to the field of communications law and policy. The FCC is now accepting applications for the Fall 2013 class from law students in their final year of study and judicial clerks. Honors Program attorneys will participate in the many varied aspects of federal administrative practice as they relate to the FCC oversight of television, radio, cable, wireless, wireline, satellite, and other communications services and facilities. All Honors Program participants will work at the FCC headquarters in Washington, DC and will be assigned to one of the agency bureaus. Specific placements within the agency will be based on the interests and experience of the applicant and the needs of the FCC. Participants may have the opportunity to rotate to a new assignment within the agency at the end of their first year. During their two years in the Honors Program, attorneys also will be afforded professional and educational opportunities. At the end of the two-year program, Honors Program attorneys will be eligible for consideration for continued employment at the FCC. For additional information regarding eligibility, how to apply, questions and to see the brochure, please visit the website.


Friday, September 21:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2013 Spring Semester Legal Extern Program
The HHS Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) seeks two to three interns for its 2013 Spring Semester Legal Extern Program. The positions are unpaid and applicants must be participating in a school sponsored, for-credit externship program. Although program dates are flexible, selected applicants must commit to working a minimum of 32 hours per week. Legal Externs will investigate cases with OCIG attorneys, perform legal research, write legal memorandums, and draft briefs. Applicants must be in their second or third-year of law school or in an LL.M. program. Applicants must commit to working at OCIG for a minimum of 32 hours per week for 10-12 weeks. A demonstrated interest in health care law and public service is a plus. To apply, submit cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and five-page writing sample. For additional information, please visit the website or speak with your CDO advisor.
Friday, September 28:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Legal Honors Program is Accepting Applications for 2013-2014!
The HUD Office of the General Counsel is responsible for providing legal services that support and facilitate its mission of creating strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable housing. The program is open to 3L students who will receive a J.D. on or before June 30, 2012 or be a judicial law clerk; be able to assume the position on or before September 30, 2013; be able to communicate effectively; not be admitted to any State or territories of the U.S.; and either have at least a B average, be in the top 50% of the class, have relevant work experience, have special training or have engaged in significant extracurricular activities (law review, moot court, clinical program). Brochures containing detailed information about HUD and its Legal Honors Program are available in the Federal Agencies bin in the CDO Resource Room. To learn more about the Legal Honors Program and download an application, log onto the HUD Office of General Counsel website.


Monday, October 15:
Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowship
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013 - 2015 fellowship from students entering their third year of law school for the Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowship, an exciting, two year, public interest fellowship. The Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowship will be awarded to a talented, committed law school graduate at the beginning of her or his career in the area of poverty law. The fellow will be placed at the Empire Justice Center in Rochester, NY, and will represent low-income clients in complex areas of litigation and other types of advocacy. The background and interests of the fellow will be matched with the high priority legal concerns of the poor which are not currently being addressed or that require additional resources. Starting salary is $40,000. In addition, Empire Justice Center offers a generous benefits package. The fellow will be notified in January, 2013 and will begin work in September, 2013. For application instructions, visit the website or ask your CDO advisor.
 

  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did You Know That The CDO Works With The South Florida Legal Community To Provide Students With Networking And Mentoring Opportunities?
Read about the various mentor programs operating in South Florida.