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.

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