Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention and Job Fair

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) will be holding its 2008 Annual Convention in Los Angeles, California from September 3-6, 2008. As part of the Convention, the HNBA will once again host the largest Latino Job Fair in the country, providing law students with an opportunity to meet, interview and network with private, government and public interest employers from across the country.

The Job Fair will be held on Friday, September 5, 2008, at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. The early bird law student registration fee to attend the Convention, including the Job Fair, is $375 (late registration fee is $450). The early bird law student registration fee to participate in the Job Fair, without attending the rest of the Convention, is $175 (late registration fee for the job fair only is TBD). The early bird registration deadline is July 25, 2008. To register for the Job Fair and/or the Convention and to obtain more information on both, please visit www.hnba.com or contact Cristina Ortega at cortega@law.miami.edu.

Fall OCI – Phase I Deadline Extended and FAQs

Due to the fact that class rankings have not yet been tabulated, the bidding deadline for Phase I of the Fall 2008 On Campus Interview (OCI) Program has been extended for all classes to Wednesday, July 16 at 11:00 p.m. EST.
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With bidding underway, the CPC has received many of the same questions from students. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have questions about Phase I bidding, be sure to check out the following questions and answers.

From reading the OCI Handbook, it sounds like it does not matter whether I submit my bids on the first day or the last day of bidding (or any time in between). Is that correct?

That is correct. Employers will not know when you submitted your bids so there is no benefit to submitting early. However, the CPC does not recommend waiting until the last minute to submit your bids to avoid any problems should you incur computer or internet access issues. Your bids must be submitted by the deadline of 11:00 p.m. EST on Monday, July 14, 2008 in order to be sent to the employers.

Likewise, employers will not know if you choose to withdraw your bid and/or rebid. Therefore, if you feel that you have made a bid in error, or need to update your application materials after you submitted your bid, please feel free to withdraw your bid and, if necessary, submit a rebid. Again, no employer receives this information.

Will I be able to participate in Phase I bidding if I do not have all of my grades in?

Yes, you are not only able to participate but you are encouraged to do so. Submit your bids with materials that are as up to date as possible. If you receive all of your grades, or have any other changes before the bidding deadline, you may withdraw your bid and then rebid on the employer(s). The employer is never informed that you withdrew and then rebid.

How do I deal with the fact that I don’t have all my grades yet? Should I bid already or wait until I receive all of my grades?

As there is no benefit to submitting bids early, you can wait and receive all of your grades before beginning the bidding process. However, the CPC does not recommend waiting until the last minute to submit your bids to avoid any problems should you incur computer or internet access issues. Your bids must be submitted by the deadline of 11:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 in order to be sent to the employers. Should you choose to bid before you receive all of your grades, you can withdraw your bids and then rebid with your updated materials. The employer is never informed that you withdrew and then rebid.

Will employers know that I uploaded one set of documents and then uploaded a revised set of documents and rebid?

No, that information is never provided to the employer. The most up to date information received by the bidding deadline is what is sent to employers. Previous materials from previous bids are not forwarded to employers.

Can I round up my GPA?

No. University of Miami School of Law policy does not allow for rounding up of GPAs or estimating of class ranks. If you choose to list your GPA and class rank on your resume, it must be the current ones reflected on your transcript.

Should I submit cover letters to employers even if they don’t ask for them?

You should only submit those materials requested by the employer. As no OCI employer will request a cover letter, you do not need to submit one. However, some Resume Referral and Direct Contact employers may request cover letters and for those employers, you must submit a cover letter in order for your bid to be considered.


Typically, do the OCI employers want letters of recommendation uploaded to them directly with the bids?

No. If an employer would like letters of recommendations, a list of references or any other application material, it will be stated on Symplicity. Do not submit materials that are not requested.

I’m a 3L and see only two employers participating in Phase I of Fall OCI. Is this correct?

Yes. The Symplicity system permits students to bid on only those employers accepting applications from their class year or LL.M. program. Traditionally, very few employers participating in Phase I of OCI accept applications from 3Ls or LL.M. students as most employers in this phase are most focused on 2L hiring. Please be certain to participate in Phase II of the Fall OCI program as well as the Resume Referral and Direct Contact programs, as these programs feature more employers accepting applications from 3L and LL.M. students. More information about these programs will be available later this summer.

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair and Scholarship Opportunity

The Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA) cordially invites second-year (graduating in 2010) law students to participate in the first ever IBA Diversity Job Fair. The IBA is seeking candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.

September 25-26, 2008
Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis

Student Registration Information
Students will register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair via Symplicity’s web site at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students/

Student registration deadline is August 11, 2008.
There is no fee for students to register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair.

Hotel Registration
The IBA Diversity Job Fair will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis (http://embassysuites1.hilton.com/en_US/es/hotel/INDWWES-Embassy-Suites-Indianapolis-Downtown-Indiana/index.do) in Indianapolis, IN, September 25-26, 2008. Room rates for students are $169/ea for both Thursday (Sept. 25) and Friday (Sept. 26) nights. Students will be responsible for making their own travel and lodging arrangements. Contact the hotel directly at 1-800-EMBASSY. Make sure you reference the IBA Diversity Job Fair to receive our group rate. Hotel reservation deadline to receive the special rate is Aug. 26, 2008.Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown110 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204Phone: 1-317-236-1800Fax: 1-317-236-1816

Don’t miss an opportunity to interview with the following Indianapolis law firms & agencies!
Baker & Daniels LLP
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bingham McHale LLP
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Dann Pecar Newman & Kleiman PC
Goodin Abernathy LLP
Ice Miller LLP
Kightlinger & Gray LLP
Krieg DeVault LLP
Lewis & Kappes PC
Lewis Wagner LLP
Locke Reynolds LLP
Marion County Public Defender Agency
Office of the Indiana Attorney General
Office of Corporation Counsel (City of Indianapolis)
Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary PC
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

REGISTER TODAY!

The Indianapolis Bar Association and Job Fair Committee are pleased to announce that (2) $2500 scholarships are available for interviewing 2L students and will be presented on Friday, September 26, 2008. The application is available on the Job Fair page of the Indianapolis Bar Association website at http://www.indybar.org/

Schedule of Events
Thursday, September 25, 2008
4 – 8 p.m. Student Registration, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
5:30-7 p.m. Welcome Reception, Wood Room, Hilbert Circle Theatre

Friday, September 26, 2008
8 a.m. Registration Opens
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Interviews held in guest suites
12-1:15 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
1:30-5 p.m. Interviews held in guest suites

Interview Process
Interviews at the Job Fair are arranged in two methods. Ten of the 14 interviews will be pre-selected by the employer. The other four interviews will be assigned, according to interest of the student. All interviews will be conducted at the Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown in individual guest suites.

About Indianapolis
Indianapolis has everything to offer law student candidates, from a one-of-a-kind legal community, to the comfort and reliability of a Midwestern city: cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. Check out these web sites!

Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association: www.indy.org/
Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce: www.indychamber.com/
The Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/
Indianapolis Motor Speedway: www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/
Indianapolis Colts: www.colts.com/
Indianapolis RCA Tennis Championships: www.rcatennis.com/
Indianapolis Indians: www.indyindians.com/
Indiana Sports Corporation: www.indianasportscorp.com/
Indianapolis Zoo: www.indianapoliszoo.com/
Indianapolis Museum of Art: www.imamuseum.org/
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: www.indianapolissymphony.org/
Arts Council of Indianapolis: http://www.indyarts.org/
Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS: www.mibor.com/
Indianapolis Bar Association: http://www.indybar.org/
Indiana State Bar Association: http://www.inbar.org/
The official Web site of Indianapolis and Marion County, Ind.: www.indygov.org/home.htm

Are you a law student interested in exploring indigent criminal defense as a career?

Join the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia for The Path to Becoming a Public Defender, a free mini conference featuring career, skills and substantive paths, with public defenders from offices throughout the country

Hosted by the George Washington University Law School
Saturday, July 26 2008
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Register online now at http://www.pdsdc.org/. Questions? Call Jennifer @ (202) 824-2337

Sponsored by the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

Student Business Cards

The Career Planning Center is pleased to offer business cards to current students. A business card is a simple and professional way to network with attorneys and provide important contact information.

To order your personal University of Miami School of Law business cards, please complete an online Order Form. The Order Form provides two distinct professional options for you to choose for your business cards. The cards will be printed on ivory paper. Any lines left blank on the Order Form will not appear on the card (e.g., if you do not have a fax number, leave that line blank). Please proofread your order before submitting. Once your order is submitted, a proof of your business card will be emailed or faxed to you for approval. As noted on the Order Form, business cards will be delivered to the Career Planning Center in Room A-112 approximately five working days after proof approval. Cards can be ordered in sets of 250 for $30.00 or 500 for $35.00. Please make your selection on the Order Form.

Public Service Town Hall and Career Fair

For those interested in a career in public service and will be in the DC area next month, please consider attending this worthwile event:

Public Service Town Hall and Career Fair

When: July 16, 2008. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Where: National Building Museum in Washington, DC
Who: In past years, this event has drawn representatives from more than 30 federal agencies and has been attended by over 1,400 interns and young professionals. This year MTV’s Tim Kash will be hosting our town hall discussion, which will be followed by the career fair. This event is free and open to the public; encourage anyone interested in federal opportunities to attend!
RSVP: Student and young professionals’ registration: www.ourpublicservice.org/careerfair.

Also, get federal service savvy with Prep Workshops before the career fair!

Prep for the Career Fair with Workshops in D.C.:

Recruiter Panel: What You Need to Know
July 9, 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Hear from federal agency recruiters about what they’re looking for in new hires. Learn how to set yourself apart from the rest at Career Fairs.

How to Find and Apply for Federal Jobs
July 10, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Learn how to navigate the fereral hiring process. Workshop will include information about finding federal opportunities, writing federal resumes and KSAs, and navigating USAjobs.gov.

For more information and to register for the Prep Workshops, please visit www.ourpublicservice.org/careerfair.

Admission to the fair and to the Prep Workshops is free.

Events for Public Interest Summer Clerks in Washington, DC

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia is sponsoring the following events open to all public interest summer law clerks:

Friday, July 18th – PDS Night at the Washington Mystics
See the WNBA’s Washington Mystics take on the Detroit Shock
7:00 p.m.
Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW
RSVP: www.mysticstix.com/pds.html
Cost: $7.00 (reduced price)

Saturday, July 26th – The Path to Becoming a Public Defender
Mini conference for law students interested in exploring careers in indigent criminal defense, featuring career, skills and substantive tracks and speakers from defense offices throughout the United States
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street NW
Registration: http://www.pdsdc.org/
Cost: Free

Boston Lawyers Group Job Fairs (Boston, MA and Washington, DC)

Every year the Boston Lawyers Group holds job fairs in Boston, MA and Washington, DC for 2L and 3L students interested in working in Boston for their post-graduate career.

This year, the Boston job fair will take place on Friday, August 15 and the Washington, DC job fair will take place on Thursday, August 21. There is a networking reception the evening before each job fair.

The deadline to register for these job fairs is Friday, July 11, 2008. For more information, please visit the Boston Lawyers Group website or contact Tamesha Keel.

Fall 2008 On Campus Interview (OCI) Program – Phase I Information

FALL ON CAMPUS INTERVIEW (OCI) PROGRAM – PHASE I

Every fall, beginning in August, law firms, corporations and government agencies come on campus to interview 2L, 3L and LL.M. students for summer associate positions and permanent placement after graduation, respectively. This program is called the Fall On Campus Interview (OCI) program and is open to all 2L, 3L and LL.M. students at the University of Miami School of Law.

The 2008 Fall OCI program will take place in two phases. Each phase will feature different employers interviewing on campus. Phase I will consist solely of employers who are members of the NALP organization (http://www.blogger.com/www.nalpdirectory.com). Phase II will feature large and mid-sized firms as well as corporations, government agencies and public interest organizations.

Phase I of the Fall 2008 OCI program will take place from Monday, August 11, 2008 through Friday, August 15, 2008. To participate, you must complete the bidding process via the Symplicity system located at http://law-miami-csm.symplicity.com/students. All students have an account on Symplicity. If you did not receive your login information, please email dijones@law.miami.edu and provide your full name, graduation month/year, Cane I.D. and email address (this email address will be your username for the site). You will then receive your login information via email. Please allow up to two business days for a response.

Bidding for Phase I employers will take place from Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. EST and will conclude Monday, July 14, 2008 at 11:00 p.m. EST. You may now log onto Symplicity to view those employers participating in Phase I. Please keep in mind that you will only be able to view those employers accepting applications from your class year or LL.M. program. Likewise, you will only be able to submit bids to those employers accepting applications from your class year or LL.M. program.

**Be sure to review each employer’s information as some employers may have specific bidding instructions that must be followed**

**Attention 3L and LL.M. students: There are very few employers participating in Phase I of the Fall OCI program who are accepting applications from 3L or LL.M. students as firms in this phase are most focused on 2L hiring. Please be certain to participate in Phase II of the Fall OCI program as well as the Resume Referral and Direct Contact programs, as these programs feature more employers accepting applications from 3L and LL.M. students. Please see below for information on these programs.**

To help you through the bidding process, the CPC is providing you with detailed instructions on both the OCI program and the Symplicity system. The Fall 2008 On Campus Interview (OCI) Program Handbook is available online or in hard copy at the CPC. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please email Nirva Pierre-Louis your mailing address.

Please take the time to read the Handbook to acclimate yourself with the Fall OCI process and the Symplicity system. For information related to the OCI program, please read the General Information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sections. For specific instructions on how to view participating employers and bid using Symplicity, please read the Student Guide to Symplicity. Reading this information before bidding will answer most of the questions you have, will minimize any problems you may encounter with the system and will make the bidding process much easier for you. For more information on other opportunities available during the fall recruitment process, please view the entire Handbook online.

Please continue to check the Symplicity program and your email account for Fall OCI updates, including participating employers. For questions about the Fall OCI program, please email Nirva Pierre-Louis.

FALL ON CAMPUS INTERVIEW (OCI) PROGRAM – PHASE II

Phase II of the Fall 2008 OCI program will take place from Monday, September 8, 2008 through Friday, October 31, 2008. As Phase II is much longer than Phase I, bidding wil take place in three sessions. Bidding for those employers participating in Session I of Phase II will begin on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. EST and conclude Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 11:00 p.m. EST. Information about Phase II will be available in August.

RESUME REFERRAL AND DIRECT CONTACT PROGRAMS

In conjunction with the Fall OCI program, the CPC will administer its Resume Referral and Direct Contact programs. These programs feature employers who would like to receive applications from University of Miami School of Law students but are unable to come on campus. More information about these programs will be available later this month.

CPC Calendar – July 2008

CAREER PLANNING CENTER CALENDAR – JULY 2008
Workshops, Job Fairs and other Events Taking Place during the month

July 1
Fall OCI Phase I Bidding Period Begins at 9:00 a.m. For more information, For more information, please contact Nirva Pierre-Louis.
July 8
Equal Justice Works Postgraduate Fellowship Applications Now Available at http://www.equaljusticeworks.com/. For more information, please contact Randee Breiter.

July 14
Fall OCI Phase I Bidding Period Ends at 11:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Nirva Pierre-Louis.

National Blak Prosecutors Association Conference and Job Fair, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. For more information, please contact Tamesha Keel.

July 25
United States DOJ Attorney General’s Honors Program (3Ls) and Summer Law Intern Program (2Ls) Applications Available at www.usdoj.gov/oarm. For more information, please contact your CPC advisor.

July 29
Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (SIPJF), Atlanta, GA. Bidding for this job fair took place during the spring semester. For more information, please contact Karen Warren.

July 31-August 1
Patent Law Job Fair, Chicago, IL. Bidding for this job fair took place during the spring semester. For more information, please contact Karen Warren.