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  January 2012 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
Registration is Open for the 2012 RebLaw Conference
Registration is OPEN for the 2012 RebLaw ("Rebellious Lawyering") Conference! RebLaw 2012 will be held at Yale Law School on the weekend of February 17-18. There will be nearly two dozen panels and workshops, including Enforcing Labor Rights in a Transnational World, Mobilizing for Sexual and Reproductive Justice, Fighting the Monopoly on Medicine and more!

PSLawNet Resource Page Has Been Updated and Expanded
PSLawNet's resource page for public interest law students searching for summer funding is newly updated and expanded. Detailed information on over 50 funding opportunities is available. Many deadlines are approaching!

The Foreign Policy Association Has a Career Center
The Foreign Policy Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world and serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding of, and providing informed opinions on global issues. Among other things, the FPA has a national, grass-roots discussion program, a Career Services section with tools for established and emerging foreign policy professionals and foreign policy blogs.

Read Life Upon the Wicked Stage for Great Interviewing and Job Search TipsPoint Scholarship
The Career Development Office has several articles and tips on its website, ranging from markets trends to networking. Last month, William A. Chamberlain wrote a terrific piece on interviewing and job search tips for attorneys. Read this article titled Life Upon the Wicked Stage: Lessons Lawyers Can Learn From the Acting Profession.

Attend a Practising Law Institute Program on Scholarship
The Practising Law Institute ("PLI") PLI offers scholarships to students for live AND archived programs. The cutting-edge, practice-oriented information that leading lights of the legal world share at PLI programs can give you an edge in this tough market by giving you practical insights into the practice areas of most major law firms, giving you an idea how the best and brightest in practice think and speak, showing hiring partners that you are a proactive, inquisitive, self-directed learner and giving you something timely and thought-provoking to talk about in interviews.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  
  Tuesday, January 17:
Suffolk Law School International Internship Program
Room F-108, 12:30-1:50 p.m.

Week Long Event, January 17-21:
Diversity Week
Join us for panels on relevant legal issues, music on the bricks, a family picnic and other interesting events during Diversity Week.

Thursday, January 19:
International Legal Internships for Summer 2012
Interested in working abroad next summer for academic credit? Possibly in Paris, Hong Kong, or Buenos Aires? The Career Development Office is hosting an information session on Thursday, January 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109. Suffolk University Law School and The Center for International Legal Studies offer this unique opportunity to acquire practical legal experience in law firms and international organizations in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Wednesday, February 1:
An Evening with Judge Rosemary Barkett
Join us in the Student Lounge, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, February 6:
Perspectives of the General Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Non-Profits
With her book Good Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits, Lesley Rosenthal, the astute General Counsel of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, has created the indispensable guide for the most common legal, governance and fundraising compliance issues facing nonprofits. Ms. Rosenthal on campus on Monday, February 6 at 12:30pm in Room F109. If one day you aspire to work in a General Counsel's Office or serve the legal needs of non-profits, this is a must-see presentation. Lunch will be provided. Email Karen Warren in the CDO for RSVP information.Room F-109; 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 9:
Ten Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing a Practice Area
Room F-109, 12:30-1:50 p.m.
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. Room F109, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 22:
From Law School to In-House
The Career Development Office and United Way Present "From Law School to In-House." Four attorneys from MasTec, burger King, Royal Caribbean and Ryder who have devoted their careers to serving as in-house counsel will discuss the role of in-house counsel and share their insights, perspectives and experiences with UM Law students. Please RSVP to Tere Rodriguez in the CDO by February 10th! Room E-365, 12:30-1:50 p.m.

Thursday, February 23:
Distinguishing Yourself Through International Law Opportunities
Join Professor Matthew Wilson, an attorney with international experience and current Associate Professor of Law at University of Wyoming College of Law. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable information about finding jobs, clients, or other opportunities involving transnational or international matters. Room 352, 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 1:
1L Progressive Luncheon
The Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7:
Informational Career Fair
The Bricks, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 27:
Speed Networking Event
Student Lounge, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 2:
Applications Now Available for Summer 2012 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program For Distinguished Florida Law Students
Copies of the application materials may be picked up in the Career Development Office, Room A112. The deadline to submit application materials to Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships (Career Development Office Room A112) is Friday, March 2nd at 5:00 pm. An information session regarding the Summer 2011 program will be held Tuesday, February 7th at 12:30 p.m. in Room A110. Former interns will be on hand to discuss their experiences at the Court. Pizza will be served.

  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Thursday, January 19:
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis Offers Apprenticeship Program for 2Ls
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, Nashville's oldest and largest law firm, offers an apprenticeship program specifically designed for yourclass when you enter your 3L year. Schola2Juris is a six-week, practice-specific fall apprenticeship that provides a unique opportunity to gain law firm experience while earning a $10,000 scholarship. The apprenticeships that are offered to students are actual job openings with Waller Lansden that, depending on individual performance, will lead to employment after graduation. You are invited join John Tishler, Chairman, and Kathleen Pearson, Director of Professional Recruiting, on January 19th for lunch to learn more about this exciting new opportunity. The program will be held from 12:30 - 1:30 in Room A110. Please RSVP by Monday, January 16th to kathleen.pearson@wallerlaw.com.

Friday, January 27:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Seeks 2L Students for Legal Interns
The Civil Rights Division (CRD) in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) seeks legal interns to assist with its enforcement and outreach efforts. Interns will gain invaluable exposure to public health issues from the perspective of the Federal government. Specifically, the interns will assist CRD personnel with discrimination complaints, investigations, pre-grants, clearances, and regulatory compliance. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis for the spring, summer and fall terms.

Tuesday, January 31:
The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project (Summer 2012)
The ABA Section of Antitrust Law will again sponsor the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Opportunity project that is open to 1Ls and 2Ls only. Students will submit an application to be placed for a minimum of eight weeks during the summer of 2012 in the consumer protection department of one of 23 participating State Attorneys General offices, Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs, State of Hawaii, and the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Each selected student will receive a $5,000 stipend.

Wednesday, February 1:
The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship
The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, a component of the Fullbright U.S. Student Program allows fellows to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Mongolia, Nepal and Nigeria, among others. Professional placements for candidates will be in public policy areas including public health, education, agriculture, justice, energy,environmental and others. Candidates must be in receipt of a master's or J.D. degree by the beginning of the Fellowship or be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program. Applicants must complete and submit the Fulbright U.S. Student Application including the supplemental Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship section by February 1, 2012. Departure for assignments will begin in Summer - Fall 2012.
Friday, February 3:
The Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers Announces its Inaugural Bar Study Scholarship
The scholarship is meant to help the recipient while he or she studies for the Florida Bar Exam. For the 2011-2012 academic year, a scholarship will be awarded to a deserving full-time or part-time law student who will take the Florida Bar Exam for the first time in July 2012 and who has promoted the CFAWL mission through CFAWL membership and/or volunteer work. This student will have demonstrated leadership and involvement on his or her campus and in the general community.

Monday, February 6:
The Reginald F. Lewis Fellowships for Law Teaching 2012-2014
Harvard Law School (HLS) is offering the Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship for Law Teaching beginning in the academic year 2012-2013. The fellowship is designed to bring to HLS a law school graduate who has demonstrated a strong interest in law scholarship and teaching, and who is preparing for a career in law teaching.

Wednesday, March 14:
FCBA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Funding of Unpaid Communications-Related Legal Internships
For the 19th consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation will award stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund. In 2012, the Foundation will award several stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other Federal, state and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology). Applications must be post-marked by Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

Rolling Basis:
PILnet Offers Unpaid Internships in Public Interest Advocacy and Human Rights in Europe and Asia
PILnet offers unpaid internships for students willing to gain experience in the promotion of public interest advocacy and human rights in Europe and Asia. Internships are normally ten to twelve weeks in length, 40 hours a week, and are offered in the spring (February to May), summer (June to August), and fall (September to November) of each year, depending on the needs of each PILnet office.

  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did You Know That Approximately 80% of Jobs Are Found Through Networking?
For more networking tips and to read about the importance of networking and certain networking tools such as informational interviews, visit the CDO website.