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  March 2, 2012 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
NALP Summer Job Search Webinars Now Freely Available Online
The Association for Legal Career Professionals now has summer job search webinars, produced in conjunction with Equal Justice Works. These seminars are available on the NALP website. The two hour-long webinars offer expert tips and best practices on cover-letter and resume drafting, as well as interviewing and networking.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Board of Directors Now Accepting Applications for Student Directors
Looking to add non-profit management and administration to your advocacy toolkit? LSRJ is now accepting applications from law students interested in serving on the organization's national Board of Directors during the 2012-2013 term. Board leadership provides an invaluable opportunity to foster passion for reproductive justice while also providing tools and the knowledge necessary to be most effective in the movement. Student Directors serve an initial one-year term, followed by a possible one-year renewal term. Rising 2Ls are encouraged to apply. Students who serve during their 3L year and subsequently take a fellowship relating to reproductive rights or justice will be eligible for a second term. Applications due by 11:59 p.m. EST, March 16, 2012.

The AFL-CIO and Cornell University Are Sponsoring a Strategic Corporate Research Summer Program
The AFL-CIO and Cornell University are sponsoring a Strategic Corporate Research Summer School from June 10-15, 2012 in Ithaca, New York. The course (credit or non-credit) is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in working as union researchers and campaigners. The registration deadline is May 17.

Attend the People's Law Conference on March 23rd!
Join law students from across the deep South on March 23 and 24 for a two-day conference that roots the practice and study of law in social justice principles and experience. This conference will highlight the struggles of peoples and communities who are neglected and criminalized in casebooks and law classrooms, including communities of color, immigrants and LGBTQ communities. Learn from, and grow networks with elders, youth, and fellow students who are waging justice in the streets and in the courts. Share knowledge and strategies for supporting communities and movements as they struggle against environmental injustice, lack of access to housing and education, and oppressive policing and incarceration practices. Think collectively about the role of law students and lawyers in social justice work, and how we can support ourselves, each other, and the people at the center of these struggles. Registration deadline is March 9th!

Rule of Law Informational Series
The American Bar Association's Section of International Law continues its 2011-2012 series of Rule of Law Informational Sessions. These sessions explore the notion of rule of law, which organizations are involved in fostering the rule of law, and how to get involved. The sessions are free of cost and presented in-person, as well as via interactive teleconferences (advanced registration is required). Each teleconference will be recorded and accessible on the ABA International website.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  

Tuesday, March 6:
On the Hunt: A Tactical Approach to the 3L Job Search
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Room F-108. Join fellow students and several new attorneys for an interactive program that will equip you with the tools and strategies you need to succeed in your job search. To attend, please RSVP to AskUs@law.miami.edu.

Wednesday, March 7:
Fourteenth Annual Informational Career Fair
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m., The Bricks. Career choices keeping you up at night? Get the answers at the Informational Career Fair. Take this opportunity to speak with attorneys practicing in different areas of law about how they got started in their fields and what it is like to practice law on a daily basis. The fair will include attorneys working in small, midsize and large firms; public interest organizations; government agencies; the judiciary; and multinational corporations in a variety of practice areas, such as administrative, bankruptcy, civil litigation, corporate, criminal defense, criminal prosecution, elder, entertainment, health, immigration, intellectual property, international, labor and employment, media, military, personal injury, real estate and more. For more information, contact Cristina Ortega Lopez in the Career Development Office.

Wednesday, March 21:
Sedgwick Lunch-n-Learn
12:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m., Room A-110. Please join Sedgewick LLP attorneys Sherylle Gordon and Eric Lundt (UM JD 1990) in a Lunch-n-Learn session on interviewing tips and tricks. Designed to help diverse students navigate the confusing world of law firm interviewing etiquette, this program promises to be a straight-forward, candid discussion of common pitfalls and steps for success.

Friday, March 23:
Application Deadline for the 2012 Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program Coming Soon
The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program provides law students with the opportunity to dedicate at least 300 hours of their summer to a legal project at a qualifying nonprofit public interest organization. In 2012, 711 law students will be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps education award in the amount of $1,175 upon their successful completion of the Summer Corps program. Deadline is March 23rd!

Friday, March 30:
1L Diversity Luncheon
12:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m., Room A-110. Please join Sidley Austin attorneys Stanley Stallworth and Kerriann Mills in a candid and insightful discussion of life in big law. This is your chance to ask the questions you cannot ask in an interview: Is there really such a thing as work-life balance? How much work is 2000 billable hours anyway? How cold do Chicago winters get? And much, much more! Lunch will be provided.

Sunday, April 1:
Apply for the ABA YLD Scholarship
The ABA YLD Scholarship Program provides partial conference funding and an opportunity to become more involved in the Division. Scholarship categories include: General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Practitioners; Government, Public Sector and Military Lawyers; and Minorities in the Profession. Visit the CDO Blog for additional information.

Thursday, April 5:
Round Table Discussion of Diversity in the Law
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Student Lounge.This round table discussion will cover a variety of topics that impact LGBT students, attorneys and allies, and will address specific issues of importance to the LGBT legal community. Includes reception.

The 1L Firm Night Reception
The 1L Firm Night Reception, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 8th, has been postponed. Details to follow.


  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Friday, March 2:
City of Chicago Department of Law 2012 Summer Law Clerk Program
The City of Chicago Department of Law invites law students to apply for its 2012 Summer Law Clerk Program. The Summer Program is designed to provide current law students with a challenging unpaid clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for the City of Chicago. Participants in the Summer Program are not compensated. Some schools may offer students grants or allow for academic credit. Law clerks that have finished their second year of law school and qualify for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license may represent the City in mandatory tort arbitrations in the Circuit Court of Cook County; disciplinary hearings for the police and labor boards; and labor arbitration. They may also depose or examine witnesses in trials in state and federal court.

Friday, March 23:
Internship in Legal Ethics at SEC Headquarters
Although most SEC attorneys work day-to-day in securities regulation, many attorneys deal with other substantive areas. The Commission actively seeks interns every semester in Washington DC who are interested in legal ethics. The Office of Ethics Counsel reports directly to the Chairman. The Commission encourages applications to the Office of Ethics Counsel because it serves an important mission and because it provides interns with hands-on educations in legal fields outside of securities regulation. Students interested in the Office of Ethics Counsel should apply to Headquarters using the procedure described for the Law Student Observer Program on the website. Expected Washington, DC program start date is September 15, 2012.
Tuesday, April 10:
Law Clerk to Judges of the Court (Associate Legal Officer) (2 positions): International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands
Under the supervision of the judge to whom he or she will be specifically assigned, the Law Clerk will provide such judge with legal research and related assistance with regard to cases pending before the Court. The Law Clerk may also be required to provide legal assistance and support to a judge ad hoc participating in a particular case. In coordination with his or her judge, the Law Clerk may also, from time to time, be called upon to perform some specific legal tasks for the Registry.

Rolling Basis:
Broward College Seeks a Law Clerk
Broward College is seeking to hire a Law Clerk to work under the direction of the College's Vice President of Governmental Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Please see the full job description, duties involved and how to apply on Symplicity. Broward College is looking to fill this position as soon as possible.

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