Welcome to Our “Coffee Connectors” Program!

We are pleased to introduce you to our Coffee Connectors Network, created to provide law students with opportunities to connect with Miami Law alumni across the country. Through our network of alumni, you can connect with a diverse group of attorneys, learn about different practice areas and ultimately better transition from law school into practice.

With more than 18,000 alumni worldwide, the Miami Law alumni network is an amazing resource – professionally and personally.  Click here to view the Coffee Connectors Network.

We hope you will take advantage of this great resource and pay it forward when you join our distinguished group of Miami Law alumni.


This Week at the CDO (Week of September 21, 2015)

Monday, September 21, 2015:

  • Young Alumni Career Panel 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Law Campus Room F-309 – A panel with young alumni to discuss career opportunities beyond on campus interviews. The event is being sponsored by CDO and the Alumni Office. For further information contact Brenda Louard in the CDO.

Thursday, September 24, 2015:

  • Career Opportunities in Real Property, Probate and Trust Law 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Law Campus Room A-110 –For further information contact the CDO.

Monday, September 21, 2015 through Friday, September 25, 2015:

  • Fall Recruiting Program Continues



The American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) is Now FREE to Law Students!

The American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) is now FREE to law students. Any law student can sign up for five Sections free of charge in addition to free ABA membership. Please share this news and the links below with your law school students who are interested in intellectual property law. Some of the many benefits that law students will receive when they join the Section include:

Below are some links of interest:

The Council of School Attorneys (COSA) Invites Law Students to Attend its 2015 School Law Practice Seminar in Miami, Florida

The Council of School Attorneys (COSA) cordially invites local law students to attend its 2015 School Law Practice Seminar in Miami, Florida on October 22-24, 2015. The School Law Practice Seminar draws attendees from across the U.S. and Canada and is specifically designed for attorneys who represent public schools.

This in-depth Seminar allows school attorneys the unique opportunity to dive into substantive issues, to discuss shared challenges, and to grow in their practice. Law students are invited to learn from leaders in the field of school law and participate in interactive discussions on hot school law topics.

Students considering a career in school law can meet and interact with current school lawyers at the seminar. The practice of school law allows unique and rare opportunities to advise and litigate fascinating areas of the law including constitutional issues like search and seizure, free speech, and due process.

To learn more and to register, please visit this website.


Reserve Your Space at the 20th Annual National Institute on Negotiating Business Acquisitions

Reserve Your Space at the 20th Annual National Institute on Negotiating Business Acquisitions on November 12-13, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton on South Beach, FL.

On November 12-13, 2015, the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association will be hosting the 20th annual National Institute on Negotiating Business Acquisitions on South Beach.  They have cordially invited our students to attend.

Scholarships are available and are routinely granted.  Interested students may learn more about the conference by asking their CDO advisor and looking at the brochure available in the CDO.

To apply for a scholarship, students should visit this link and click on “registration options” on the left hand side which will take them to the site where students can register for scholarships.


The Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar and University of Miami School of Law Invite You to Attend an Eat-and-Educate Event!

The Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar and University of Miami School of Law Invite You to Attend an Eat-and-Educate Event! 

The event takes place on September 24, 2015 12:30 –1:30 p.m. at the Law Campus, Room A-110.

Join us for complimentary food and beverages as a panel of local real estate and probate attorneys share their experiences and provide invaluable career advice to law students.

Co-Sponsored by UM Real Property Probate & Trust Law Society, UM Association of Caribbean Law Students, UM Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, UM Black Law Students Association and UM Hispanic Law Students Association.

RSVP before September 21 by email.

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 14, 2015)

Friday, September 18, 2015:

  • Marine Corps Meet & Greet – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Law Campus A110A – The United States Marine Corps Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) cordially invites all students, including 1L students, as well as any graduates, to participate in an informal meet and greet to learn more about opportunities available with this employer. Positions are available within the Marine Corps JAG program for 1Ls, 2Ls and graduates.


Women in Intellectual Property Law Seminar

Women in Intellectual Property Law Seminar:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at Hampton Inn, Brickell 50 SW 12th Street, Miami FL 33130 IBIS I conference Room.


  • Deidre Richardson Director, Senior Attorney Marketing and Tradmarks, Burger King Corporation
  • Ava K. Doppelt Shareholder Allen Dyer Doppelt Milbrath
  • Laura Ganoza Partner Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Vickie Carcaise Director of Legal Great Health Works

$40.00 Includes lunch and 1.5 hours of CLE Credits. Pending Florida Bar Approval.

Click here to register.


The Open Society Fellowship

The Topic of the Project:

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Among the Foundations’ core areas of concern are human rights, government transparency, access to information, access to justice, the promotion of civil society and social inclusion. Project themes should cut across these areas of interest. Applicants are encouraged to explore this website to acquaint themselves with the panoply of themes and geographic areas that fall within the Foundations’ purview.

What these projects share is a zeal for problem-solving, the confidence to test hypotheses against observed reality, and an impatience with conventional or clichéd thinking.

ellowship Support:

Full-time fellows will receive a stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income. Stipends will be prorated for part-time fellows. The stipend does not necessarily equal the applicant’s current salary. In certain cases, fellows will receive additional financial support to enable them to meet the residency expectation.

In most cases, the program will advise fellows on ways to communicate their work to a broader audience and influence current debates. Staff also work to integrate fellows into its networks of individual and organizational partners and grantees.

In addition to the stipend, fellows will receive a project budget. That budget may include expenses such as travel (including airfare and hotel), visa costs, part-time research assistance, conference fees and health insurance. Fellowship expenses should not include operational or programmatic costs, such as employees and physical infrastructure. The purpose of the fellowship is to support individual fellows; therefore the program will only cover individual expenses.

The fellowship does not fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.

For additional details, click here.




Application Deadline: October 16, 2015.

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), a Chicago-based nonprofit law and policy center, seeks a recent law or public policy graduate to serve as the Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow for one year, renewable for a second, beginning in Summer or Fall 2016.

The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship offers the opportunity for recent law school or public policy school graduates to develop the experience, skills and network critical to a rewarding career in public interest advocacy. Fellows have gone on to become the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization that serves youth interests, to practice affordable housing law, to accept a full-time staff position with BPI and more.

Since its founding in 1969, BPI has worked to create a just society. Today BPI strives to resolve compelling issues of social justice and quality of life in the Chicago region by addressing the challenges of urban poverty, increasing housing and educational opportunity, building vital communities, and improving Illinois’ criminal justice system. Considered one of Chicago’s most tenacious and versatile advocates for the public interest, BPI’s lawyers and policy specialists engage in legal and policy research, advocacy, organizing, litigation, and collaboration with nonprofit, community, business, academic, and governmental organizations. BPI is a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. 

REQUIREMENTS of the Fellowship are:

 Either a JD or MA/MS in public policy or related field (by Fellowship start)

 Demonstrated interest or experience in one of BPI’s program areas

 Accomplished oral and writing skills

 Strong academic record

 Initiative, creativity and flexibility

 Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a variety of organizations, constituent groups, government agencies, and civic leaders.

Fellows receive an annual salary of $52,000 with medical and dental coverage. Debt service on law school or graduate school loans for the duration of the Fellowship may be available, based on need.

Send résumé, writing sample, references and a cover letter detailing interest in the position by Friday, October 16, 2015 to fellowships@bpichicago.org or via postal mail (postmarked by October 16, 2015) to: 
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
Polikoff–Gautreaux Fellowship
25 East Washington Street, Suite 1515
Chicago, Illinois 60602