Miami Law Women and the Career Development Office are presenting a panel discussion on the latest employment polls showing that women for the first time in history make up the majority of the workforce.  The panel will feature female judges and attorneys.  Please join us on Monday, February 15, at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109.  LUNCH WILL BE SERVED.  Please RSVP to mlwomen@gmail.com by Wednesday, February 10.  We hope to see you there!

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 1, 2010)

Monday, February 1

Firm Night Information Session for 1L Students.  12:30 p.m., Room 110.  For more information, contact the CDO at cdo@law.miami.edu.

Applications for the Florida Supreme Court Summer 2010 Internship Program Available in the CDO, Room A-112.

Tuesday, February 2

Robert Half Legal Presents:  Landing Your First Job in  a Tough Economy.  12:30 p.m., Room 110.

Spring Judicial Internship Program Orientation for 2L and 3L students who already applied.  5:30 p.m. – Room 110.

Spring 2010 OCI Program – Phase I Bidding Period Ends at 11:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 4

Interviewing and Networking Skills Workshop.  12:30 p.m., Room 110.


Coming Soon:  Government and Public Interest Week is February 8-12.  More information about events taking place that week will be sent soon.

Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students

Applications are now being accepted for the Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students for summer 2010 (open to 1Ls and 2Ls).  Interns are selected from all accredited Florida law schools. Participants in this program will function as law clerks to an individual justice, a central staff law clerk working for all of the justices, or a law clerk working for the clerk of the court and the administrative justice.  Duties will include: reviewing and making recommendations on petitions for discretionary review, attorney discipline matters, and extraordinary writ petitions; and conducting legal research and preparing memoranda on pending cases.  Interns will have the opportunity to attend oral argument, discuss cases with staff attorneys and the assigned justices, and assist in the drafting of orders and opinions.  Interns will also attend special lectures, group discussions and training sessions.  Interns will be awarded a certificate of recognition upon successful completion of the program. The Summer 2010 program will begin with orientation on Monday, May 17, 2010 and the term will end on Friday, July 9, 2010.  Students are entitled to receive up to 6 course credits for participation in this program.

Applications are available in the Career Development Office, Room A112. The deadline to submit applications to Dean Marcy Cox (Career Development Office, Rm. A112) is Monday, February 22nd at 5:00 p.m.


An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 16th at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108.


Apellate Court Internships for Summer 2010

Judges on the First Circuit Court of Appeal in Tallahassee are seeking judicial interns for the summer.

Interested students should submit the following application materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample
  • Transcript
  • 3 letters of recommendation

In order to be eligible, students must complete a course in Evidence before the start of the internship.  The internships are limited to 2L (or rising 3L) students.

Application materials should be submitted to Erica Wright in the Career Development Office, Room A112, no later than Thursday, February 25th at 5:00 p.m.

Florida Bar Solo and Small Firm Interview Program

The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar cordially invites all law students to participate in the 2010 Solo and Small Firm Interview Program, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 12-2 p.m. in Orlando, Florida. Applicants will be interviewed for entry-level associate positions, summer 2010 clerkships, part-time research and writing positions and project-based legal work. Registration for the Interview Program will run from noon on February 17 to noon on February 23, 2010. Registration forms will be available in the Career Development Office and in the Student Portal beginning on February 17. A Student Information Sheet containing more detailed information on the Interview Program is currently available on the Student Portal.

The Interview Program is one component of the Solo and Small Firm Annual Conference and students also are encouraged to participate in the Conference, which begins on Friday, March 26 and ends with the Interview Program on the 27th. The full-time law student reduced rate is $50. The schedule and registration form for the Conference are available on the Student Portal.

For more information, please contact Cristina Ortega.

Landing Your First Job in a Tough Economy

Join Debra Frank Montero, Esq., a recruiter with Robert Half Legal, as she presents

“Landing Your First Job in a Tough Economy.”

During this timely and dynamic presentation, Ms. Montero will discuss the “invisible” job market, how to develop an effective job search strategy, valuable networking skills and how to make yourself into the most attractive candidate for a job.

Tuesday, February 2 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 110.

Chambers Associate Publication

Chambers Associate is a publication from Chambers and Partners legal publishers aimed at helping US law students find the firm that’s right for them. It provides in-depth, independent research and a nuanced portrayal of the nation’s top law firms.

Chambers Associate provides:

• FREE website and print edition

• Comprehensive firm features based on lengthy telephone interviews with 1,000+ associates about everything from assignments and culture, to pro bono and training

• Firm features draw on the latest, market-leading client research from the annual Chambers USA ranking directory

NEW features in Chambers Associate 2010:

• Managing Partner interview about firm-wide strategy and potential future developments

• Heads of Recruitment interview about firm-wide recruitment strategy

• Summaries of common practice areas, explaining what lawyers really do and the job’s daily realities

• Expanded and improved website will be launched in May, 2010

Free copies of the guide will be available in the CDO in May, 2010

In Search of Housing for the Summer?

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.

This Week at the CDO (Week of January 25, 2010)

Monday, January 25

OCI Information and Symplicity Training Session

12:30 p.m. – Room 108

Tuesday, January 26

NYU Job Fair Interview Preparation for International LL.M. Students

12:30 p.m. – Room 216B

The Spring Judicial Internship Program Orientation has been rescheduled.  An email will be sent to all students who applied for the program.

Wednesday, January 27

OCI Information and Symplicity Training Session

12:30 p.m. – Room 352

Friday, January 29

NYU International LL.M. Student Interview Program

New York, NY

Funding for Unpaid Communications-Related Legal Internships

FCBA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Funding of Unpaid Communications-Related Legal Internships

For the seventeenth 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 2010, the Foundation will award at least five $5,000 stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology).

In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend of $600 for the summer—the “Max Paglin Award.”  Mr. Paglin was the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC, and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive legislative history of the Communications Act.


Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications field, (2) having secured or having pending, an unpaid summer position (internship) for at least 8 weeks in communications with a government agency or entities with a connection to the communications industry, (3) dependence on financial assistance in order to accept the unpaid internship in a government agency or entity involved in communications; and, (4) community activities.  To the extent a recipient receives unanticipated funding for the unpaid internship, the FCBA Foundation’s general policy is to reduce its scholarship awards by any amount that a recipient’s total funding (including all sources) for the internship would otherwise exceed $7,000.

Applications for a Lee Fund scholarship should be submitted to Kerry Loughney, FCBA Foundation, 1020 19th Street, N.W., Suite 325, Washington, D.C. 20036, by Friday, March 19, 2010.  Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone.  Winners will be notified by Friday, April 16, 2010.

For an application, go to: http://www.fcba.org/upload/2010internshipstipendapplication.pdf.