Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

The 2010-2011 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program application season will open on October 1, 2010.  The PMF Program is the premier program for leadership development in the public sector.  Its purpose is to attract outstanding men and women to the Federal service.  Each year the program draws fellows from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear commitment to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.

The program provides a two-year federal government fellowship to individuals who have completed a graduate-level course of study at an accredited college or university.   Graduates who expect to complete an advanced degree during the 2010 – 2011 academic year are eligible to apply.

The PMF Program is a passport to a unique and rewarding career experience with the Federal Government.  PMF assignments may involve public policy and administration, domestic or international issues, information technology, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, law, financial management, and many other fields in support of public service programs.

Numbers per year: In recent years the number of fellows has ranged between four hundred and six hundred.  There is not a set number of fellows selected per year. The number hired is based on the hiring projections of agencies as well as the number of highly-qualified applicants.

Salary: Fellows must have a graduate degree, and will be appointed at the GS-9, 11, or 12 pay level ($51,630 – $97,333 in the greater Washington DC area), depending on their degree and previous work experience.

Deadline: The on-line application for the PMF Class of 2011 will open on Friday, October 1, 2010 and close on Friday, October 15, 2010. Please note that, in addition to the on-line application, each school is required to nominate its students into the PMF Program.  Stay tuned for further information on Miami Law’s nomination process and deadline.

Further information on the PMF Program can be found on the PMF website.

University of Miami Career Expo

University of Miami School of Law students and alumni are cordially invited to attend the University of Miami Career Expo taking place on Wednesday, September 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the BankUnited Center on the Coral Gables campus.

The Career Expo has traditionally attracted about 200 companies from various industries such as personal and business financial services, banking, retail and merchandising, government, telecommunications, and marketing. This expo is specially designed to expose students to a broad spectrum of career paths, as well as provide them with opportunities to secure internships and full-time jobs.

All interested students and alumni must come professionally dressed.  Bring plenty of copies of your resume and your Cane Card.

View a list of participating employers.

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 13, 2010)

Monday, September 13 – Thursday, September 16

Fall On Campus Interview (OCI) Program Phase II Interviews take place in the CDO and Law Library.

Wednesday, September 15

University of Miami Career Expo from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the BankUnited Center.  Click here for more information.

Deadline to apply for the Equal Justice Works postgraduate fellowship.  Questions about postgraduate fellowships may be emailed to Tamesha Keel of the CDO.  Registration for the Equal Justice Works Conference, taking place October 22 and 23 in Washington, DC is also now open.

Next Week:  Fall OCI Interviews continue.

Latham & Watkins 2011 Diversity Scholars Program

Latham & Watkins LLP invites applications for its 2011 Diversity Scholars Program, which awards four second-year law students a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship each for use during their third year of law school. While the firm has several initiatives underway to increase diversity, the goal of this program is to increase diversity in the profession at-large. Consequently, this scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment from Latham & Watkins.

Click here for more information about the program and the application process.

National Law Review – 2010 Student Legal Writing Competition

The National Law Review (NLR) is pleased to announce it is accepting submissions for the NLR 2010 Law Student Writing Competition. This competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.

The NLR consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for no-cost, easy access by lawyers, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, human resource managers, and other businesspeople who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.

Winning articles will initially be published online in October and November of 2010. In each of these months, the top two articles chosen will be displayed on the NLR home page. Up to 5 runner-up articles will also be posted in the NLR searchable database for each of these months.

Benefits to entering the contest include the chance to build your resumes and a professional online presence that will help you to stand out to legal industry recruiters in an increasingly competitive job market.

Why Students Should Submit Articles:

  • Students have the opportunity to publicly display their legal knowledge and skills.
  • The student’s photo, biography, and contact information will be posted with each article, allowing for professional recognition and exposure.
  • Winning articles are published alongside articles written by respected attorneys from AMLAW 200 firms and other prominent firms.
  • Student postings will remain in the NLR online database for up to two years, easily accessed by potential employers.

For complete rules and deadlines, please see the Submission Guidelines.  Submission topics and deadlines are as follows:

Month Featured Topic Submission Deadline
October, 2010 Health Care Law September 27, 2010
November, 2010 Labor & Employment Law October 25, 2010

Florida Supreme Court Certification (CLI) – Important Application Dates

Do you want to apply to be a Certified Legal Intern (CLI)?  Applications to the Florida Supreme Court must be filed by the deadlines below:

Spring 2011 deadline:  December 1, 2010

Summer 2011 deadline:  April 25, 2011

Fall 2011 deadline:  July 6, 2011

Have questions about the CLI application process?  Contact the Litigation Skills Office.

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 6, 2010)

Tuesday, September 7 – Sunday, September 12

Bidding continues all week on Symplicity for employers participating in Phase II // Session II of the Fall 2010 On Campus Interview (OCI) Program.  The deadline to bid is Sunday, September 12 at 11:00 p.m. EST.

Tuesday, September 7

Deadline to apply to the U.S. Department of Justice Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) for 2L students and Honors Program (for 3L students) is Tuesday, September 7 at midnight.  Read more about these programs and the application process here.

Mandatory Orientation for students participating in the Fall 2010 Judicial Internship Program will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room (Law Library G477).

Tuesday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 8

Fall On Campus Interview (OCI) Program Phase II Interviews take place in the CDO and Law Library.

Thursday, September 9

Deadline to apply via Symplicity to employers participating in Resume Referral/Direct Contact Session (September 9, 2010) is Thursday, September 9 at 11:00 p.m. EST.

Friday, September 10

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair, Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, September 11

Rocky Mountain Diversity Career Fair, Denver, CO

Next Week:  OCI interview continue all week in the CDO and Law Library.

Health Law Job Search Resource

The American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) has a career center with job postings for post-graduate positions.  This is a great resource for students trying to identify potential employers and to learn more about the different employment opportunities available to health law attorneys.  Visit AHLA’s career center.

CABA Mentor Kickoff Reception

Join the Cuban American Bar Association for a wonderful networking opportunity and gain a mentor in the community!

The Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), its president and its board of directors, along with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., cordially invite you to attend the Fourth Annual Mentor Program Kickoff Reception on Thursday, September 16, 2010.

Squire Sanders is proud to host this free reception for CABA’s mentor program, which seeks experienced lawyers willing to share their insight and knowledge with young lawyers and law students from the University of Miami School of Law, Florida International University College of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law and Nova Southeastern University. CABA matches mentors with mentees based upon interests and the mentor’s area of practice. The application process for pairings at future events will be launched at this reception.

September 16, 2010
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wachovia Tower
200 South Biscayne Boulevard
Main Lobby
Miami, Florida 33131

RSVP to Javier A. Lopez or 305.577.7031

Additional Federal Government Job Search Resource

In addition to the Government Honors and Internship Handbook, a good tool for any federal job search is the NALP 2010-2011 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide.

Be sure to speak with your CDO advisor if you want to apply to government opportunities.  And don’t forget that the deadline to apply to the U.S. Department of Justice Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) and Honors Program is Tuesday, September 7.