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  July 6, 2012 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
Quick Reminder About Fall Recruiting 2012!
Fall Recruiting 2012 is here! Bidding for employers participating in the Fall Recruiting 2012: Fall OCI Program-Phase I begin on Friday, July 6 at 9 a.m. EST and will conclude on Thursday, July 12 at 11 p.m. EST. These employers are seeking to interview rising 2L students for summer 2013 positions. All application materials submitted by the stated deadline of Thursday, July 12 at 11 p.m. EST will be forwarded to employers for consideration. No late submissions will be accepted. Students are encouraged to apply and to give themselves a chance to be considered. Please review and reference the original email sent to you on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 regarding the introduction of Phase I of the Fall Program. Also, please carefully read the Fall Recruiting 2012 Handbook (available on the Symplicity Document Library) for relevant information and answers to most of your questions. For additional information or questions, contact your CDO advisor.

Registration for the 2012 Los Angeles Interview Program (LAIP) is Now Open
Registration for the 2012 Los Angeles Interview Program (LAIP) is now open. You will be notified via email once bidding starts. As such, please continue to check your email periodically for bidding updates. University of Miami School of Law students who pre-registered for this job fair received an email recently with bidding instructions. All Miami law students interested in this job fair who did not pre-register should contact Nirva Pierre-Louis of the CDO to receive the information and be added to the LAIP mailing list.

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP Summer Associates Now Have a Blog
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP summer associates have started blogging about their summer experience. If you are interested in large firm life or in working with Bilzin, visit the blog for interesting information about summer events, activities, etc. As you start preparing for the OCI season, it may also prove informative. Visit the blog.

The Career Development Office Announces the Launch of the Fall 2012 Externship Program
The CDO would like to announce the launch of the Fall 2012 Externship Program. The Fall 2012 Externship Program provides second-year (2L), third-year (3L) and domestic LL.M. students an opportunity to gain practical legal experience by working with local, national, and international corporations, government agencies, public interest organizations and the judiciary for academic credit. Students gain practical legal experience by working under the supervision of lawyers, which is supplemented and enhanced by a corresponding academic course. Detailed information about the Fall 2012 Externship Program has been communicated to students through e-mail (e-mails were sent to the e-mail address attached to a student's Symplicity account). Any questions about the administration of the Externship Program may be sent to externship@law.miami.edu. Questions about the academic course should be directed to Professor Jennifer Zawid.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  

Sunday, July 1:
The 2012 Diplomacy Fellows Program Application Process Opens on July 1, 2012!
The 2012 Diplomacy Fellows Program application process opened on July 1, 2012. The online application link will be available on the Diplomacy Fellows Program website when the vacancy announcement is posted. The deadline to submit completed applications is 11:59 pm Eastern Time on July 31, 2012. Any applications received after that date will be disqualified. Visit the Diplomacy Fellows Programs website at http://careers.state.gov/dfp for more information about eligibility and qualifications. Please note that the Diplomacy Fellows Program is open only to U.S. citizens who have participated in one of the approved programs listed on the site.

Friday, July 20:
The 2012 Latham Watkins Diversity Scholars Program Deadline Has Been Extended to July 20th!
The original deadline has now been extended to July 20, 2012. 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. Factors considered in choosing the Diversity Scholars include motivation for pursuing a legal career, academic and leadership achievements, life experiences and challenges, and desire to practice at a global law firm and contribute to its diversity objectives. Candidates are asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by the deadline. The scholarships are not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham. Application forms and more information on the program can be found on the website at http://www.lw.com/AboutUs/Diversity.

Friday, October 12:
The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship Now Accepting Applications!
The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship offers the opportunity for recent law school and public policy school graduates to develop the experience, skills and network critical to a rewarding career in public interest advocacy. BPI Fellows have gone on to become the executive director of a non-profit organization that serves youth interests, practice affordable housing law, accept a full-time staff position with BPI and more. In addition to receiving an invaluable learning opportunity by engaging in BPI day-to-day work, Fellows receive an annual salary of $46,000 with medical and dental coverage. Debt service on law school or graduate school loans for the duration of the Fellowship may be available, based on need. The duration of the Fellowship term is one year, renewable for a second, beginning in the summer or fall. To download the flyer and for additional information, please visit the website at http://www.bpichicago.org/pg.php.

PLI Offering Free Program: How to Succeed as a Summer Associate
PLI is again in the process of scheduling their very popular, free program titled How to Succeed as a Summer Associate. A summer associate position is really a twelve-week interview. Simply avoiding career-limiting behavior is not enough; you need to successfully navigate the dilemmas and challenges you will face during the summer. PLI experts will help you figure out how to turn this opportunity into a permanent position at the firm. If you have not yet secured a summer position and want to be ready to put yourself out there next year, this program will provide an excellent opportunity to gain valuable insight into the summer associate process. At this free program you will get practical advice from law firm partners who have not only been through summer associate programs themselves, but who are now involved in supervising the summer associates at their respective firms. The date and time for this program is TBA.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Friday, July 13:
Immigrant Defense Project Seeks 2013 Legal Fellowship Candidates
The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) announces the opportunity to apply for sponsorship for post-graduate legal fellowships starting in the fall of 2013 (applications due in the fall of 2012). IDP seeks rising third-year law students and other eligible candidates to sponsor for public interest law fellowships offered by programs such as Equal Justice Works, Soros Justice Fellowship, Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship Program, Arthur Liman Public Interest Program, and other law school-funded initiatives that would provide funding to new attorneys to work under IDP supervision on a project to respond to unmet legal needs. To apply, please submit a cover letter (including a statement of interest and a sketch of project idea(s)), resume, writing sample, and names and contact information of at least three references via email. No phone calls, please.

Friday, August 10:
Sidley Austin in New York Seeks 2L Student for 2013 Summer Associate
Sidley Austin in New York is seeking a 2L student for a 2013 summer associate position. The New York office, with more than 340 lawyers, is one of New York City's largest law offices. Located in the heart of the world financial center, this office has served the global financial community with innovative legal solutions for over 90 years. Sidley has a substantial litigation practice in New York, with approximately 80 lawyers focused on all aspects of civil litigation, arbitrations and investigations. The New York office has also handled significant securities litigation and SEC enforcement matters representing companies, financial services firms, professionals and individuals in high stake cases. The firm litigation experience is strong in areas of particular concern to the financial community, including accountants liability, antitrust, bankruptcy, commercial transactions, foreign corrupt practices, intellectual property, lender liability and other complex matters. For information abut credentials, salary and how to apply, please go to Symplicity Posting #9611.

Rolling Basis:
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Women Rights Project Fellowship
The Women Rights Project of the ACLU National Office in New York City (WRP) seeks applicants for sponsored fellowships, such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Liman and other public interest fellowships, beginning in the Fall of 2013. Founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, WRP has been a leader in the legal battles to ensure the full equality of women in American society. WRP has overall responsibility for implementing ACLU policy in the area of gender discrimination. WRP conducts direct litigation, files amicus curiae briefs, provides support for ACLU affiliate litigation, serves as a resource for ACLU legislative work on the rights of women and seeks to advance ACLU policy goals through public education, outreach and participation in coalitions. WRP has three core priority areas of focus: education; violence against women and girls; and employment. Cutting across these priority areas, WRP seeks to incorporate an international human rights framework into its litigation and advocacy efforts. Applicants are encouraged to send materials as soon as possible.

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 Has Podcasts Regarding Topics Ranging From International Law to Working In-House?
For additional information, visit the CDO website or ask your CDO advisor.