Suggestions from PSLawNet for Public Interest Summer Applicants

PSLawNet, an online resource connecting public interest law job-seekers with their ideal opportunities in the public interest arena, in government, at law schools, and around the globe.  The organization is sharing job application tips for students pursuing public interest positions this summer.  Below are the first two sets of tips and more will be posted as they are received.

Tips for preparing cover letters

Tips for preparing resumes

Want to Learn More about Being in JAG?

The Military Law Society cordially invites students to attend its JAG (Judge Advocate General) Panel consisting of Captains, Majors, and Lt. Colonels (8+ years of experience) discussing about how you can become a JAG Officer and what life as a JAG Officer is like. A JAG Officer is a military officer who serves in the military as a lawyer.

Lunch will be provided.

When: Friday, January 28th, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Where: Room A110

Who: All 5 branches of the military – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy.

What are some of the benefits of being a JAG Officer?

– Full medical/dental.

– You can retire when your 40 with a full pension for life.

– 30 days paid vacation.

– Job Security.

– Feeling of satisfaction that you are doing something good serving your country.

– Well-paid, rivaling private industry jobs.

– Gain unparalleled work experience, that will transfer to future job prospects within and outside of the military.

New at the CDO in 2011!

What’s New with the CDO in 2011?  A new calendar system and document library, both on Symplicity!


New Calendar System on Symplicity

Starting spring 2011, the CDO will post all upcoming workshops, presentations and other events on Symplicity.  Students will be able to RSVP online for events and easily add events to their Microsoft Outlook calendar.  To access the new calendar system, follow these instructions:

  1. Log into Symplicity (https://law-miami-csm.symplicity.com/students).
  2. Under “shortcuts” in the upper right hand corner, select “CDO Events” or select “Events” from the top navigation bar.
  3. View upcoming CDO events.  If RSVP is required, click on the “RSVP button”.  To cancel your RSVP, click on “Cancel RSVP”.
  4. To add the event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar, click on the calendar icon in the far right hand column.

New Document Library on Symplicity

Starting spring 2011, the CDO will store important job search related materials including employment opportunities, application forms and employer information on Symplicity.  This document library will replace the CDO Student Portal.  To access the new document library, follow these instructions:

  1. Log into Symplicity (https://law-miami-csm.symplicity.com/students)
  2. Select “Documents” from the top navigation bar.
  3. Select “Document Library”.

This Week at the CDO (Week of January 17th 2011)

Welcome back!  Classes begin on Tuesday, January 18th and our programming will start to heat up in the weeks ahead.  While no programs will take place this first week back, the CDO would like to highlight an important summer internship deadline taking place this week:

The Florida Bar Foundation Legal Aid Summer Fellowship Program has a deadline of Wednesday, January 19th.  This program, open to 1Ls and 2Ls, provides students with funded positions at legal aid organizations throughout Florida.  Please click here to view our previous blog post about this great opportunity and speak to your CDO advisor if you want assistance in completing the application.

Coming up next week:  Programming includes our 1L Career Development Workshops and a Summer 2011 International Internship Opportunities Program.

The Military Law Society Presents: JAG Panel 2011

The Military Law Society will host a JAG (Judge Advocate General) Panel consisting of Captains, Majors, and Lt. Colonels (8+ years of experience) talking about how law students can become a JAG Corps officer and what life as a JAG Corps officer is like.  A JAG Officer is a military officer who serves in the military as a lawyer.

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.

When: January 28th, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Where: Room A110

Who: All 5 branches of the military – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy.

What are some of the benefits of being a JAG Officer?

– Full medical/dental.

– You can retire when your 40 with a full pension for life.

– 30 days paid vacation.

– Job Security.

– Feeling of satisfaction that you are doing something good serving your country.

– Well-paid, rivaling private industry jobs.

– Gain unparalleled work experience, that will transfer to future job prospects within and without the military.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) Seeking Law Students for Its Board of Directors

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ), a national nonprofit working to advance reproductive justice at law schools across the country, is now seeking student applicants for its National Board of Directors.

Board Membership is an invaluable experience.  It allows a diverse team of talented law students and professionals to work together in the reproductive justice movement.

Background information and the application for LSRJ’s National Board of Directors is available by emailing the CDO.  More information about the organization can be found at www.lsrj.org.

Applications should be submitted by March 12, 2011 to Lauren Mendonsa. The Board will conduct interviews with finalists at the end of March and beginning of April.

Santa Clara University School of Law Centennial Student Writing Competition

The Santa Clara University School of Law Centennial Student Writing Competition is open to all upper division and LLM students in ABA-accredited law schools and entries must be received by January 31, 2011.

There are three topics in the broad category of legal ethics: intellectual property, public interest/social justice, and international law. One winning entry will be selected in each of the three topics, each winning a $1,000 prize. An overall winner from the three will receive an additional $1,000 and will be considered for publication in the Santa Clara Law Review. All three winning authors will be invited to present their papers at Santa Clara University as part of a panel discussion co-hosted by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in Fall 2011.

More information is available at http://law.scu.edu/100/writing-competition.cfm. The Centennial Writing Competition is sponsored by Rambus, Inc. and questions about the competition may be submitted via email.

1L Career Development Office Workshops

The CDO will host mandatory 1L career development workshops, during which time 1Ls will learn more about the job search process and of the many employment, networking and educational opportunities available to first year students such as the Summer Externship Program.

All sessions are the same and you will only need to attend one.  All sessions will take place at 12:30 p.m.

•             Monday, January 24th in room 309

•              Tuesday, January 25th in room 309

•              Wednesday, January 26th at the Learning Center, room 170

•              Friday, January 28th in room 352

Help PSLawNet Redesign Its Website!

PSLawNet is an online resource connecting public interest law job-seekers with their ideal opportunities in the public interest arena, in government, at law schools, and around the globe.  They are seeking input from students as they are redesigning their website.  Please see their request below:

PSLawNet is beginning a large-scale website redesign to ensure that we provide you with the most comprehensive and useful resource for law students and attorneys looking for public interest legal jobs .

We need your input to guarantee that PSLawNet makes the changes to the website’s design, job search functions, career resources, and social media interfaces to ensure that we best serve you.  Please go here to complete our short survey (should take you no more than 5-10 minutes).

To thank you for your time, completion of the survey by individuals with PSLawNet job seeker accounts will give them the opportunity to enter a drawing for a gift card.  To create a PSLawNet job seeker account, please go here.

  • First Prize Winner: $100 gift card
  • Second Prize Winner: $50 gift card
  • Third Prize Winner: $50 gift card

Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey! Please feel free to contact us at pslawnet@nalp.org with any other feedback.

U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Information Session

Jeffry R. Olesen, a Senior Foreign Service Officer and Diplomat-in-Residence at Florida International University and Miami-Dade College, will give an Information Session on State Department careers on Monday, March 7 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in Room A110

  • The presentation will cover both Foreign Service Officer and Specialist job opportunities, Civil Service, and student internships.  
  • The Foreign Service Officer Selection Process will also be reviewed, as well as issues about Foreign Service life and how best to prepare for a career in International Affairs.  
  • For further information, please visit the Department of State employment website at http://careers.state.gov