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  February 17, 2012 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
2012 Patent Law Interview Program - Bidding Opens Monday, Feb. 13
Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2012 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday, August 2 and Friday, August 3 in Chicago, Illinois. This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, and rising 2L and 3L students. Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program. Please keep in mind that a vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students. Online student registration will begin on Monday, February 13 and close on Monday, March 5. Direct any questions to Karen Warren in the CDO.

Lawyers to the Rescue Public Service Award
Lawyers to the Rescue, a non-denominational humanitarian organization created by lawyers, is committed to bringing legal assistance and humanitarian support to people around the world in times of crisis, independently of any political, religious, or financial agenda. The organization was founded by lawyers, but is open to all. The Lawyers to the Rescue Public Service Award will take place on February 28, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Miami School of Law.

Considering an Alternative Legal Career? Read This Article From a Professional Development Expert
During law school, some students realize that they do not want to practice law. After practicing for several years, many attorneys also reach the same conclusion. What do you do next? Read this interview given by Serena Claire Josephs, a firm-wide attorney professional development specialist at an Am Law 100 firm. There are other options.

Attend the 26TH Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime
Interested in corporate law or being in-house counsel? Want to network with attorneys and professionals involved in all aspects of prosecution and defense of white collar crime? Attend the 26TH Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime from February 29 to March 2, 2012, at the Eden Roc Renaissance in Miami Beach. ABA ONRamps allows law students to attend ABA conferences and have their registration fee waived in exchange for their services. You can volunteer based on your availability.

Read About The 10 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make While Interviewing at Public Interest Law Career Fairs
Lauren Burke is the co-founder of AtlasDIY, developing immigrant youth, and the immigration attorney at the New York Asian Women Center. Lauren is a former Skadden Fellow at The Door, where she worked with Chinese child survivors of human trafficking. Since graduating from NYU Law in 2009, she has worked with over thirty law students in a direct and clinical capacity and loves sharing the advice she learned from tripping (literally!) in dozens of legal interviews. Read her tips regarding interviewing at Public Interest Law career fairs.

  Career Development Office Events & Deadlines  

Wednesday, February 22:
From Law School to In-House
12:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m., Room E-352. The Career Development Office and United Way present a panel of four attorneys from Burger King, Royal Caribbean, Ryder and MASTEC who have devoted their careers to serving as in-house counsel. They will discuss the role of in-house counsel and share their insights, perspectives and experiences with UM Law students.

Thursday, February 23:
Distinguishing Yourself Through International Law Opportunities
12:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m., Room E-352. Speaker is Professor Matthew Wilson.

Wednesday, February 29:
Is it IN to be OUT: Advice for Being Out on Your Resume and in Your Interviews
12:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m., Room F-109. Panelists discuss their experiences in practice, both in applying to jobs and evaluating potential candidates, and provide advice to students on best practices for disclosing involvement with LGBT organizations and the implications for including this information on your resume or during your interview.

Thursday, March 1:
U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Informational Session
12:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m., Room F-209. Jeffry R. Olesen, a Senior Foreign Service Officer and Diplomat-in-Residence at Florida International University and Miami-Dade College, will give an Information Session on State Department careers. The presentation will cover both Foreign Service Officer and Specialist job opportunities, Civil Service, and student internships. The Foreign Service Officer Selection Process will also be reviewed, as well as issues about Foreign Service life and how best to prepare for a career in International Affairs. All students are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, March 7:
Attend the 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 you have been looking for at the annual 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 really like to practice law on a day-to-day 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. For additional information, please contact Cristina Ortega in the CDO.

Thursday, March 8:
The 1L Firm Night Reception
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center. The CDO invites local law firms to participate in its annual 1L Firm Night Reception. The 1L Firm Night Reception is intended to give first-year law students a chance to network with attorneys and learn about the practice of law. Generally, attorneys from participating law firms attend the reception, given on campus at The Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center, and give a brief presentation about the firm. The 1L Firm Night Reception also serves as an opportunity for firms to showcase themselves to first-year law students. The The 1L Firm Night Reception is an exciting, non-recruiting event that allows students to network with practicing attorneys and recruiting directors in a relaxed, yet professional, setting.

Rolling Basis:
HOPE Summer Program in Tanzania: African Probate & Policy Initiative
The African Probate & Policy Initiative is designed to foster study, research, and on-site experiences in Africa. The Initiative will focus on the role of probate and property laws in Tanzanian society, the impact of HIV/AIDS and other illnesses, and the human rights implications of life in Tanzania. The Course Title is African Probate & Policy Initiative for 6 Credits. For additional information, please contact Gretchen Bellamy, Director of International Public Interest Programs, HOPE Public Interest Resource Center.

  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Monday, February 20:
Yahoo! Business & Human Rights Program, Spring Internship 2012
The Business & Human Rights Program at Yahoo! was officially launched in May of 2008 to help integrate human rights decision-making into business operations. The BHRP is looking for a passionate, brilliant, hard-working intern who will work with a cross-functional team (including legal, security, public affairs, product, government affairs and emerging markets) to build and support key components of the Program. The Internship period is approximately 10 weeks, with a March start date and consists of 16 hours per week, paid. The position is in Miami, FL (there is no relocation available for this position). No phone calls, please.

Wednesday, March 14:
2012-2013 Embassy Policy Specialist Program-Fellowship Opportunity
IREX is pleased to announce the competition for the 2012-13 U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS). The U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program provides funding for U.S. scholars and professionals to travel to Eurasia and serve U.S. Embassies or USAID Missions as policy specialists on a research topic proposed by the Embassy/Mission. Researchers are able to directly contribute to the formation of U.S. public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the policy-making community, as well as increase their understanding of current regional issues and develop and sustain international networks. The fellowship provisions include: logistical support, international airfare, visa support, in-country housing and workspace, a living expenses stipend and emergency evacuation insurance.
Thursday, March 15:
Public Justice Fellowship
Public Justice is a national public interest law firm dedicated to pursuing justice for the victims of corporate and government abuses. They are seeking a law school graduate to serve as a Fellow for two years in either its Washington, D.C. headquarters or its Oakland, California office. The Fellow will help develop and litigate Public Justice cases. Please note in your cover letter when you would be available to start. Preference given to individuals with demonstrated commitment to the public interest and at least two years of litigation experience. Salary is $50,000 per year.

Friday, March 16:
Prudential Financial 2012 1L Summer Internship
Prudential, in partnership with the National LGBT Bar Association, are pleased to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity to a highly motivated 1L students. Through this program, the National LGBT Bar Association will select one student to join the 2012 Prudential 10-week internship program. A $10,000 stipend will be awarded. Position will most likely be in either New Jersey or Dallas, Texas. Applicants must be a member of the National LGBT Bar Association, finance or business background a plus.

  Miami Law Career Development Office DidUKnow?
Did You Know that You Must Always Obtain Permission From Your References Prior to Submitting Their Names to Employers?
To find out more about creating a list of references, read the CDO Guide online.