Summer Housing Options

Every year, law students around the country spend their summer in a different city. Finding housing for the summer is one of the biggest challenges to spending a summer away. Below are some resources that may help you if you are looking for housing this summer:

1. The NALP Apartment Exchange allows students to search for housing or post their own listing – all for free. The NALP Apartment Exchange will be available from January 15 through May 15. Free registration is required to use the site.

2. Spending the summer in NYC? The Educational Housing Services is a not-for-profit organization that provides safe and affordable fully furnished housing to students, grad students and interns coming to New York City. EHS manages multiple properties throughout New York City and Brooklyn, and is a great short term housing option that offers the opportunity to live in a community of your peers.  Details here.

3.  More resources in NYC:  NYU’s Summer Housing program will run for eleven weeks, from May 29 to August 13 . The minimum stay is four consecutive weeks, maximum is 11 consecutive weeks. Accommodations are available for single adults and couples age 18 or over, and for families with children.

Law School housing includes two high-rise buildings and two low-rise buildings. All of our housing is apartment or apartment-style, from studio and 1-bedroom apartments to double and triple suites in which each resident has a private bedroom in a 2 or 3-bedroom unit, sharing the kitchen and bath with the other resident(s) of the suite.

More information is available here.

Attention 1Ls: SEC is Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2011!

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is now accepting applications from first year law students seeking to intern with the agency this summer.

Students must apply online at http://sec.futurestep.com/Opportunities/SEC72409.  Applications will be accepted through February 4, 2011 and students are encouraged to apply early and not wait until the deadline.

Internships are available in Washington, DC as well as in regional offices around the country including Miami.  A full list of available offices is provided in the application link above.

If you have any questions about applying to the SEC, please speak with your CDO advisor.

Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat

Every year, public interest law students, professors, and practitioners from the Eastern, Mid-Eastern, and Southern United States gather together at the Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat to network, strategize, and socialize in a beautiful, secluded setting.
This year’s retreat will take place March 4 — March 6, 2011 at Nature’s Classroom at Sargent Center, Peterborough, NH.
The retreat brings to life the vision of Robert Cover, a Yale Law School professor and social change activist. Cover’s vision encompassed four principal goals: 1) to connect students with common goals and interests from across the country; 2) to create a network of professors, peers, and practitioners for students headed toward careers in public interest; 3) to provide a forum for discussions about change and growth pertaining to public interest law; and 4) to provide a platform for change in the public interest sector and perceptions about public interest law.

University of Miami School of Law students are cordially invited to attend.

The registration deadline is February 15 and all registrations can be completed online at http://www.law.yale.edu/news/coverretreat11.htm.

Scholarships to Attend Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar in Tallahassee

Sterling Education Services, Inc. is a non-profit continuing education company that conducts seminars across the nation. They are holding a “Landlord-Tenant Law” seminar in Tallahassee on February 15, 2011 and are offering five law students free scholarship-passes to this seminar. The students get a day-long overview of a particular aspect of the law, a seminar manual, and they also get an opportunity to network with practicing attorneys. This is a win-win situation.

Scholarship-passes are available on a first-come first-serve basis and students must register to receive the scholarship-passes.  UM Law students interested in attending one of these programs should email the Career Development Office for more information.

Suggestions from PSLawNet for Public Interest Summer Applicants

PSLawNet, an online resource connecting public interest law job-seekers with their ideal opportunities in the public interest arena, in government, at law schools, and around the globe.  The organization is sharing job application tips for students pursuing public interest positions this summer.  Below are the first two sets of tips and more will be posted as they are received.

Tips for preparing cover letters

Tips for preparing resumes

Want to Learn More about Being in JAG?

The Military Law Society cordially invites students to attend its JAG (Judge Advocate General) Panel consisting of Captains, Majors, and Lt. Colonels (8+ years of experience) discussing about how you can become a JAG Officer and what life as a JAG Officer is like. A JAG Officer is a military officer who serves in the military as a lawyer.

Lunch will be provided.

When: Friday, January 28th, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Where: Room A110

Who: All 5 branches of the military – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy.

What are some of the benefits of being a JAG Officer?

- Full medical/dental.

- You can retire when your 40 with a full pension for life.

- 30 days paid vacation.

- Job Security.

- Feeling of satisfaction that you are doing something good serving your country.

- Well-paid, rivaling private industry jobs.

- Gain unparalleled work experience, that will transfer to future job prospects within and outside of the military.

New at the CDO in 2011!

What’s New with the CDO in 2011?  A new calendar system and document library, both on Symplicity!


New Calendar System on Symplicity

Starting spring 2011, the CDO will post all upcoming workshops, presentations and other events on Symplicity.  Students will be able to RSVP online for events and easily add events to their Microsoft Outlook calendar.  To access the new calendar system, follow these instructions:

  1. Log into Symplicity (https://law-miami-csm.symplicity.com/students).
  2. Under “shortcuts” in the upper right hand corner, select “CDO Events” or select “Events” from the top navigation bar.
  3. View upcoming CDO events.  If RSVP is required, click on the “RSVP button”.  To cancel your RSVP, click on “Cancel RSVP”.
  4. To add the event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar, click on the calendar icon in the far right hand column.

New Document Library on Symplicity

Starting spring 2011, the CDO will store important job search related materials including employment opportunities, application forms and employer information on Symplicity.  This document library will replace the CDO Student Portal.  To access the new document library, follow these instructions:

  1. Log into Symplicity (https://law-miami-csm.symplicity.com/students)
  2. Select “Documents” from the top navigation bar.
  3. Select “Document Library”.

This Week at the CDO (Week of January 17th 2011)

Welcome back!  Classes begin on Tuesday, January 18th and our programming will start to heat up in the weeks ahead.  While no programs will take place this first week back, the CDO would like to highlight an important summer internship deadline taking place this week:

The Florida Bar Foundation Legal Aid Summer Fellowship Program has a deadline of Wednesday, January 19th.  This program, open to 1Ls and 2Ls, provides students with funded positions at legal aid organizations throughout Florida.  Please click here to view our previous blog post about this great opportunity and speak to your CDO advisor if you want assistance in completing the application.

Coming up next week:  Programming includes our 1L Career Development Workshops and a Summer 2011 International Internship Opportunities Program.

The Military Law Society Presents: JAG Panel 2011

The Military Law Society will host a JAG (Judge Advocate General) Panel consisting of Captains, Majors, and Lt. Colonels (8+ years of experience) talking about how law students can become a JAG Corps officer and what life as a JAG Corps officer is like.  A JAG Officer is a military officer who serves in the military as a lawyer.

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.

When: January 28th, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Where: Room A110

Who: All 5 branches of the military – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy.

What are some of the benefits of being a JAG Officer?

- Full medical/dental.

- You can retire when your 40 with a full pension for life.

- 30 days paid vacation.

- Job Security.

- Feeling of satisfaction that you are doing something good serving your country.

- Well-paid, rivaling private industry jobs.

- Gain unparalleled work experience, that will transfer to future job prospects within and without the military.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) Seeking Law Students for Its Board of Directors

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ), a national nonprofit working to advance reproductive justice at law schools across the country, is now seeking student applicants for its National Board of Directors.

Board Membership is an invaluable experience.  It allows a diverse team of talented law students and professionals to work together in the reproductive justice movement.

Background information and the application for LSRJ’s National Board of Directors is available by emailing the CDO.  More information about the organization can be found at www.lsrj.org.

Applications should be submitted by March 12, 2011 to Lauren Mendonsa. The Board will conduct interviews with finalists at the end of March and beginning of April.