Dallas Bar Association Minority Attorney Business Development Initiative

Interested in working in Dallas, TX after law school? If so, you are invited to participate in the Dallas Bar Association’s program to recruit minority law students in the top half of their class for 2009 clerkships with major established firms in Dallas.

Applications are due by August 22, 2008. For more information, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, please contact Tamesha Keel.

Fall OCI – Phase I Supplemental Session #1

During the Fall On Campus Interview (OCI) Program, occasionally employers sign up to participate in OCI after the initial registration and bidding process closes. These employers are referred to as “supplemental” employers and the bidding period for these employers will differ depending on when they are added.

Bidding is currently underway for Phase I – Supplemental Session #1 and will end on Thursday, July 24 at 11:00 p.m. EST. To view participating employers and submit a bid, please log onto Symplicity.

Fall 2008 Resume Referral and Direct Contact Programs

Each year, the Career Planning Center administers its Resume Referral and Direct Contact programs in conjunction with its Fall On Campus Interview (OCI) Program. Employers who recruit candidates through these programs are unable to interview on campus but would like to receive applications from interested students. Both programs are administered via Symplicity.

Firms participating in the Resume Referral program require students to provide all requested materials (resumes, transcripts, etc.) to the CPC by placing a bid on Symplicity. The CPC then forwards to employers the materials of interested students. The employers will contact selected applicants directly. Do not submit materials to Resume Referral employers on your own. Resume Referral employers will only review materials provided by the CPC.

Direct Contact employers elect to have students send their applications directly to them. However, all relevant information including hiring criteria, how to apply and submission deadlines will be available on Symplicity. Typically there are more Resume Referral employers than Direct Contact employers.

Throughout the fall recruitment period, there will be several Resume Referral and Direct Contact sessions that have their own deadlines independent of the OCI session bidding deadlines. Each session will be labeled by its deadline (i.e. Fall 2008 Resume Referral and Direct Contact Session (August 14, 2008)). For your applications to Resume Referral employers to be submitted by the CPC, you must submit your bid by the session deadline. For your applications to Direct Contact employers to be considered by those employers, you must send your applications directly to the employers by the deadline provided on Symplicity.

As with OCI employers, you will only be able to see those employers accepting applications from your class year or LL.M. program.

The CPC will continue to add Resume Referral and Direct Contact employers as it receives them. Therefore, it is to your benefit to check the various sessions on occasion to ensure that you have not missed any new employers.

For instructions on how to apply to Resume Referral and Direct Contact employers, please see the Student Guide to Symplicity which is available on the CPC website.

Fellowship Application Discussion in Washington, DC

For those students interested in applying for a fellowship who will be in Washington, DC this month, the Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia will be hosting a discussion and walk through of the fellowship application process on Tuesday, July 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the Public Defender Services moot courtroom at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

CPC Resource Library

The Career Planning Center maintains a resource library with many materials useful for your job search. The Resource Library also contains several computers, printer, copier and fax machine that are free to be used for job search related purposes. The Resource Library is located in Suite A-112.

Here are some of the publications available in the Resource Library:

Choosing Small, Choosing Smart – Job Search Strategies for Lawyers in the Small Firm Market

Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams

The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search

What Law School Doesn’t Teach You But You Really Need to Know

Searching for an Alternative – A Law Student’s Guide to Finding Non-Legal Jobs (pamphlets)

Non-Legal Careers for Lawyers

Building Career Connections – Networking Tools for Law Students and New Lawyers

Going In-House – A Guide for Law Students and Recent Graduates (pamphlets)

Corporate Law Careers (Vault Guide) – ARRIVING SOON

Careers in International Law

Negotiating and Structuring International Commercial Transactions

International Litigation Strategies and Practices

2008 Sports Market Place Directory – ARRIVING SOON

Hollywood Representation Directory (Spring 2008)

All You Need to Know About the Music Business

Women at Law – Lessons Learned Along the Pathways to Success – ARRIVING SOON

Summer Adoption Law Institute 2008

Capital University Law School is hosting its annual Summer Adoption Law Institute in Columbus, OH. If interested, please view the information below.

Summer Adoption Law Institute 2008
Location: Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
Dates: August 4 – August 8, 2008

For admissions/registration information, please contact Capital University Law School’s Admissions Office at 614.236.6310.
For information on the course, housing issues, or other logistics, please contact:
Jenifer Thompson, Staff Attorney
National Center for Adoption Law & Policy
Phone: (614) 236-6539
Email: jthompson2@law.capital.edu

ABA Law Student Division Career Fair

The ABA Law Student Division is holding a career fair in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting in New York in early August. Students interested in attending should contact Dean Marcy Cox at mcox@law.miami.edu.


ABA Law Student Division Career Fair
Thursday, August 7, 2008
10am to 5pm
York Marriot Marquis (1535 Broadway)
Westside Ballroom Salons 1, 2, 3, 5th Floor

A resume review program will be offered the day before:
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 * 2pm to 4pm
Edison / Booth Rooms (5th Floor)
Thursday, August 7, 2008 * 10am to 4pm
Westside Ballroom Salons 1, 2, 3 (5th Floor)

The second annual Career Fair is structured as a table-talk and resume submission event to provide law students an opportunity to learn more about each firm or agency, while actively gaining valuable career advice. Legal employers will have tables where attendees can drop off resumes and meet representatives from law firms of all sizes, local, state and federal government agencies, military JAG, and public interest groups to discuss summer and new associate positions, as well as internships and volunteer opportunities. Law students can interact with legal employers without the typical stress of formal, sit-down interviews.
The Law Student Division’s Career Fair also features a Resume Review component, with a panel of lawyers and legal recruiters available to critique resumes and offer suggestions to maximize impact and improve effectiveness.

Law students must be registered for the ABA Annual Meeting to gain access to the Career Fair and Resume Review. Pre-registration has closed, but students who have not yet registered for the Annual Meeting, may do so on site beginning Thursday morning, August 7 at 8:00 am. The registration fee for law students is only $75. Only law students wearing official ABA Annual Meeting badges will be admitted to the Career Fair.

Registered law students may also take advantage of the many educational sessions offered during the ABA Annual Meeting. While lawyers must pay for CLE events, registered law students generally are allowed complimentary admittance to educational events providing students the opportunity to meet and interact with legal professionals from across the country.

Hilton New York Hotel (1335 Avenue of the Americas) Rhinelander Gallery, 2nd Floor
Opens 8am Thursday, August 7

New York Marriot Marquis (1535 Broadway) Westside Ballroom Salons 1, 2, 3, 5th Floor
Opens 10am Thursday, August 7

For Career Fair details, including information about participating employers, please visit http://www.abanet.org/lsd/career/home.html.
For information about Law Student Division Annual Meeting programming, please visit http://www.abanet.org/lsd/annual/home.html.
For information about the ABA Annual Meeting, including other events and CLE programming, please visit http://www.abanet.org/annual/2008/.

Loan Forgiveness and the College Cost Reduction and Access Act

Confused about the College Cost Reduction and Access Act? Equal Justice Works has a comprehensive list of resources to help you decipher this new legislation.

Working in public service and not sure if you qualify for the College Cost Reduction and Access Act? The Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Employment Checklist helps graduates evaluate their student loans to determine whether they can benefit from this new federal student loan forgiveness program.

Latham Diversity Scholars Program for Rising 2L Students

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that the application process is now open for the Latham Diversity Scholars Program. For the fourth consecutive year, the firm will be awarding a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of four second-year law students for use during their third year at ABA-accredited law schools (2009-10). Students are asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by September 15, 2008. The application form and instructions can be found on the firm’s Web site at www.lw.com/diversity under the Diversity Scholars Program heading.

To become a Latham Diversity Scholar, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. You must have successfully completed your first year of a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2010, and you may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Factors considered in choosing the Latham Diversity Scholars include a candidate’s:

· Ability and commitment to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms,
· Life experiences that have shaped values and that provide a unique perspective, including any obstacles or challenges faced in choosing or pursuing law as a profession,
· Academic and leadership achievements, and
· Desire to practice in a global law firm environment.

This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham & Watkins. Rather, it is open to all law students and is designed to encourage greater diversity among the attorneys at large law firms as a way of benefiting the entire profession. Recipients will be announced in the early spring of 2009.

The Latham Diversity Scholars Program enhances Latham’s efforts to recruit and hire diverse summer clerks and attorneys. The firm’s ongoing initiatives include its annual Diversity Weekend attended by diverse law students receiving offers from the firm and a range of additional outreach efforts by Latham’s Diversity Hiring Sub-Committee.

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.