Attention 3L Students! USA Jobs Site Will Not Be Available for Approximately One Week in October

Attention 3L Students! USA Jobs site will go down for about a week in October while the Office of Personnel Management prepares to launch an updated version of the site.  Here’s a blurb from a Government Executive Report

“The Office of Personnel Management will take the government’s job application platform offline in October to transition to a new system.  USAJobs 3.0, designed to make the process smoother for potential hires and federal recruiters alike, will debut on Oct. 13. Agencies will have to close all open job announcements before Oct. 6, when the system will be made unavailable to all applicants for nearly a week. The downtime will allow agencies to transition data to the new platform built by OPM and create a level playing field for job seekers and human resources staff, said Angela Bailey, the agency’s associate director of employee services.”


McDermott Minority Scholarship Application

Scholarship Award:

McDermott Will & Emery will award two $15,000 McDermott Minority Scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements:

Scholarship recipients must be second-year minority law students at an ABA-accredited U.S. law school, must meet McDermott’s hiring criteria and demonstrate leadership, community involvement and a commitment to improving diversity in the legal community. Recipients must also be selected for and participate in a McDermott Summer Program.

Application Process:

All interested students must submit an application, resume, transcript and 1 – 2 page essay by December 31. The essay should include ideas the applicant has for how the number of minority students in law schools can be increased and how the applicant has improved and intends to help improve diversity in the legal profession throughout his/her law school and legal career.

Selection Process

Applicants will go through the on-campus interview process or will be considered as a write-in if attending a law school at which McDermott does not interview on-campus during fall recruiting season. Applicants will be considered by the office(s) to which they apply for both callback and offer decisions.

Award Notification:

Scholarship recipients will be announced in early January.

For additional information and a copy of the application, please visit the firm’s website.

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Diversity Scholarship Program

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, one of the largest law firms in theMidwest, is pleased to offer its Diversity Scholarship Program.

In addition to working as a salaried Summer Associate in one of Dinsmore’s offices, recipients will receive a scholarship between $5,000 and $10,000. Recipients will also be assigned a mentor who will serve as a dedicated resource for professional development.

They are specifically seeking applicants who have a strong record of academic or professional achievement, demonstrated leadership qualities, and a meaningful commitment to diversity. Second-year students may apply between July 25, 2011 and September 15, 2011. First-year students may apply between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

They are also pleased to offer a unique opportunity for one first-year law student with global consumer products company Procter & Gamble. One first-year scholarship recipient will be a salaried Summer Associate for both P&G and Dinsmore, splitting a 12-week period between both organizations’ Cincinnati, Ohio offices. Interested first-year students may also apply for this opportunity between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

Submit your completed application  to:

Jennifer L. Stark
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Manager of Legal Recruiting
255 E. 5th Street, Suite 1900
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 977-8488 – Phone
(513) 977-8141 – Fax


Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the acceptance of applications for the firm’s annual Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program, which awards second-year law students at ABA-accredited law schools a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for use during their third year of law school. Previous recipients of the scholarships have said that the program not only defrays the cost of a law school education, but also signals the importance of diversity to the firm and is a strong indicator of Latham’s open-minded and forward-thinking culture. This year, the program has been expanded from four to six scholarship recipients.

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 theUnited States. The quality and quantity of applicants over the past six years have been overwhelming, and the success of the program reaffirms and strengthens the commitment to innovative initiatives that support and sustain greater diversity in the legal profession. The Diversity Scholars Program is among a range of ongoing activities that enhance the firm’s 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 October 14, 2011. Recipients will be announced in the Spring of 2012. The process is open to all second-year law students at ABA-accredited law schools, and 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 firm website.


General Upcoming and Postgraduate Government Opportunities Available to Students for 2011 and 2012

The Career Development Office (“CDO”) would like to provide you with an update on some of the government opportunities available to students for the upcoming summer (2L students) and after graduation (3L students).  Many prestigious government agencies hire at the same time as private sector employers so your government job search should be conducted concurrently with a private sector job search.  Comprehensive information about government opportunities for the summer of 2012 is available in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook published by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. University of Miami School of Law students and graduates may access the handbook online or obtain a hard copy from the CDO. The site is password protected. Please contact the CDO for the login information.  

The “Government Opportunities” section of the Fall Recruiting 2011 Handbook has information on some of the more popular government opportunities with summer or early fall deadlines. This information is available on the CDO Symplicity Document Library and has been updated with new information on the following opportunities:

1. U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General’s Summer Law Intern Program (2Ls) and Honors Program (3Ls). Deadline to apply is September 6th at midnight. Students interested in these programs should attend the DOJ presentation on the application process. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, August 30th at 12:30 p.m. in F108.

2. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Summer Law Internship Program (2Ls) and Honors Program (3Ls). Deadline to apply is October 1st. The Honors Program was recently reinstated.

3. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Summer Honors Program (2Ls). Deadline to apply is October 14th, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting September 16th. Opportunities are available in WashingtonDC and regional offices nationwide, including Miami.

4. Presidential Management Intern Program, Office of Personnel Management (3Ls). Online application must be completed between September 15th and September 25th, and other paperwork must be submitted to Karen Warren  in the CDO by September 26th.

More information about these and other opportunities is available on the Document Library.  Please check your emails regularly for additional information and contact your CDO advisor with any questions regarding a government job search.



United Nations 2011 Young Professionals Program (YPP) Examination

The U.S. Department of State announces for all qualified U.S. citizen the United Nations 2011 Young Professionals Program (YPP) Examination for UN junior professional posts. 

Examination Criteria (all must be met)

  1. Be no more than 32 years old as of December 31, 2011.
  2. Be fluent in English and/or French, the two working languages of the UN Secretariat.  Knowledge of additional official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish) is a definite advantage.
  3. Have at least an undergraduate degree (advanced degree is an advantage, but is not required) in one of the following occupational fields or related area
  • Administration
  • Humanitarian Affairs
  • Public Information
  • Statistics

NOTE:  Admission to the exam may be limited to the 40 most qualified Americans per occupational group.  Potential employment offers depend upon test results, interview, number of vacancies, and competition from applicants from other nations.  Applicants should be aware that the selection and placement process can be lengthy.

Please keep checking the website for application deadline.  

Examination is scheduled to be held on December 7, 2011, in New York City and possibly elsewhere. Travel expenses to and from the exam site will NOT be paid by the UN or U.S. Government.

Dickstein Shapiro Diversity Scholarship

The Dickstein Shapiro Diversity Scholarship is part of the firm’s ongoing efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession and support the next generation of diverse attorneys. A key component of the firm’s diversity efforts is the aggressive recruitment of minority and LGBT candidates.

Dickstein Shapiro makes one $25,000 diversity scholarship available to a second-year law student who will participate in their Summer Associate Program and has excelled academically, professionally and personally. The scholarship is intended to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses, and is awarded as follows:

The scholarship recipient receives $15,000 upon completion of the Summer Associate Program and an additional $10,000 upon acceptance of a full-time offer of employment upon graduation. The scholarship recipient must spend his or her entire summer in the firm’s Program (i.e., split summers are not allowed).

Selection Criteria:

To qualify, candidates must: (1) meet the academic and hiring criteria of Dickstein Shapiro’s summer associate program; and (2) be a member of one of the racial/ethnic groups set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, be a student with a disability, or be a member of the LGBT community.

Application Process:

To apply for the 2012 Diversity Scholarship, please complete the Summer Associate application  and answer the scholarship questions at the end of the form.  The deadline to apply has been pushed back to September 8th. Students who previously submitted bids to Dickstein Shapiro through Symplicity do not need to resubmit their bids.  Students who are interested in this employer and who did not submit a bid can find this employer in the September 8th Resume Referral/Direct Contact OCI Session.  Please also note that students should apply both through Symplicity and through the Diversity Scholarship process

NAACP Legal Fellowship Sponsor for Fall 2012

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Department is accepting applicants to sponsor for the 2012 Skadden Fellowship. A Fellow would work on a project focused on housing and economic justice litigation and advocacy.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The NAACP Legal Department is responsible for the Association’s civil rights advocacy and internal/corporate matters. The Department’s work includes advocacy on issues of economic justice, education, environmental justice, housing, public accommodations, and voting.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to racial and economic justice. Applicants with a history of public interest advocacy and an interest in a variety of advocacy strategies to combat racial and economic injustices are preferred. The Legal Department is seeking a third year law student or recent graduate who will complete a judicial clerkship prior to the fall of 2012. A Fellow would work in the NAACP Legal Department at the national office inBaltimore, Maryland.

To apply for sponsorship, please submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) via email message  to Dorcas Gilmore by September 9, 2011. Please address your cover letter to the attention of Dorcas R. Gilmore, Assistant General Counsel, NAACP Legal Department, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21215.

This Week at the CDO (Week of August 29, 2011)

Tuesday, August 30th:


Judicial Intern Program – Application deadline due today at 5:00 p.m. Applications are available at the reception desk in the Career Development Office, Room A112.  You may submit your application materials in hard copy to the Career Development Office or electronically.   

The Attorney General’s Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program12:30 p.m. – 1:30p.m. in Room: F108. Patricia Cooper, Attorney Advisor, Executive Office for Immigration Review, will discuss the opportunities available at the Department of Justice for new attorneys and interns.  Students applying for the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) and Honors Program are especially encouraged to attend.

Hispanic National Bar Association Conference & Career Fair – Scholarship and Volunteer Opportunities for StudentsHNBA needs volunteers to work a minimum of 10 hours from August 30th – September 3rd.  Volunteers will have the registration fee waived and full access to the conference and job fair.  Scholarships are also available to cover all costs of attending the convention, including lodging and travel.  For application form and questions, contact HNBA Events Director, Erika Lopez-Tello  or at 202-223-4777.  


Wednesday, August 31st:

Mami Legal Corps Informational Session – 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Chesterfield Smith Center for Equal Justice, 3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Ste. 100, Miami, FL 33137. Ready to make a difference after you graduate?  If so, come learn about an exciting post-graduate fellowship opportunity for Miami Law graduates! Light refreshments will be served! Contact Tamesha Keel for additional information. RSVP is required.

Young Lawyers Division FellowshipCompleted applications must be postmarked no later than today.  The application may be emailed to the Section office. 


Thursday, September 1st:

Milbank Diversity Scholars ProgramApplications due today! Milbank encourages students of groups traditionally under-represented in large law firms to apply. Visit the website for details.

Peace Corps’ 50TH Anniversary Career Fair & Panel – RSVP today via email or call (305) 284-6486. This event is free and will take place on September 7th at the Bank United Center. 


Friday, September 2nd:

King & Spalding Diversity Fellowship Applications Due! –Complete the online application and submit a copy of your current résumé, a copy of your undergraduate transcript, a copy of your law school transcript and a personal statement, not to exceed 500 words, which describes your talents, qualities, and experiences and how you would contribute to the diversity of King & Spalding via email on or before September 2, 2011.   




Florida Supreme Court and Third District Court of Appeal Hiring

The following Florida Supreme Court Justices are accepting applications for fall 2012 term clerks:  Chief Justice Canady, Justice Pariente, Justice Lewis, and Justice Polston. 

Although the Court’s website does not specify that these justices are hiring, they are accepting applications.   Contact information for the justices is listed on the Court’s website.      

In addition, Third District Court of Appeal Judge Angel Cortinas is accepting applications for a fall 2012 term clerk.  Although the position is not posted on the Court’s website, Judge Cortinas is accepting applications.   For the address visit the Court’s website.