This Week at the CDO (Week of September 28, 2009)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Deadline to apply for the Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 28.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lunch ‘n Learn Series:  Careers in Financial Planning, 12:30 p.m., Room 110

Ideal program for students interested in pursuing a career in financial services.  Featuring Robert Newman, Managing Partner of the National Planning Corporation.  Mr. Newman will talk about his experiences, the company and opportunities within this field.  Bring your lunch and plenty of questions!

Coming next week…the CDO and Student Bar Association will host an Employer Appreciation Reception.  All students are welcome to attend.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

Presidential Management Fellows Program 

ATTENTION 3Ls and LLMs 

The 2009-2010 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program application season will open on Thursday, October 1.   The PMF Program offers paid two-year federal government fellowships to graduate students interested in the public sector.  More than 80 Federal agencies recruit through this program and offer positions in public policy and administration, domestic or international issues, information technology, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, law (very limited), financial management, and many other fields in support of public service programs.

PMF Application Open Period

Thursday, October 1 – Thursday, October 15, 2009

 How to Apply:

Applicants must (1) complete an online application, (2) link a USAJOBS resume, and (3) submit a Nomination form and Statement of Interest to their school’s Nomination Official, Karen Warren at the Career Development Office, by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 16.

•        Applicants apply online using USAJOBS at www.USAJOBS.gov or via a link from the PMF website’s “How to Apply/PMF Application”            https://www.pmf.opm.gov/HApplication.aspx.

•       During the application process, applicants will be required to link their online resume, complete an online qualifications questionnaire, and print the PMF Nomination Form (OPM Form 1300) for the nomination process.  On-line application deadline is Thursday, October 15.

•        The Statement of Interest should describe your objectives and motivation in seeking  a PMF fellowship.  Statement of Interest and Nomination Form are submitted to  Karen Warren in the CDO on or before 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 16.

More Information:

Further information on the PMF Program can be found on the PMF website at: www.pmf.opm.gov and on the Career Development Office’s Student Portal at https://wss-02.law.miami.edu/sites/cdo/students/default.aspx.

If you have further questions after reviewing the PMF website and CDO Student Portal, please feel free to contact Karen Warren (kwarren@law.miami.edu) in the CDO.

From Law School to Law Firm Presentation

From Law School to Law Firm

Jump from the Academic World to the Real World! Attorneys from Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. will share their insights, perspectives and experiences regarding what to expect in going from a law student to a summer associate to a full-fledged practicing attorney.

James E. Charles and Darren W. Leiser will speak about what they wished they had known after graduation from law school, interviewing tips and the practice of law in general. Please join us for this enlightening presentation on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room F-108.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Tere Rodriguez in the Career Development Office (“CDO”) at trodriguez@law.miami.edu no later than October 23, 2009.

Question & Answer Period to Follow.

PIZZA & SODA WILL BE SERVED!

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 21, 2009)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Florida Supreme Court Information Session, 12:30 p.m., Room 108

Learn all about the Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students.  Internships with the Florida Supreme Court are offered each semester and during the summer.  For more information, please see our previous blog post.  The deadline to apply for the program is Monday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Networking Workshop for International LL.M. Students, 12:30 p.m., Room 216B

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Northwest Minority Job Fair, Seattle, WA

Podcast of Small Firm Panel Presentation

Missed our Small Firm Panel presentation on September 16?  You can now hear that presentation which featured hiring partners and associates from small firms in South Florida as well as a member of the Florida Bar General Practice Solo and Small Firm Section.

You may access the podcast file here 24/7 with any computer and connection to the internet.

You may need to copy and paste the link into a browser window.  You can use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.  You will need to have the Adobe Flash Player plug in installed.  (If you can view YouTube videos, you should be fine.)

The file contains audio and video;  no PowerPoint slides were used during this presentation.  You can scroll forward and backward in the podcast by using the thumbnail images on the bottom of the screen.  And different views are available in the lower left hand corner of the screen.

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 14, 2009)

Small Firm Week is Here!  Be sure to check out all of the events planned.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Networking Workshop, 12:30 p.m., Room 109

Learn how to properly network and then test out your new skills at the Speed Networking Event the following night!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Department of State 2010 Summer Internship Presentation, 12:30 p.m., Room 109

Learn about the various opportunities offered by the State Department.  Presented by the Department of State Diplomat in Residence, Hilarion “Lari” Martinez

Speed Networking Event, 6:00 p.m., Student Lounge

During this event, participants can refine professional networking skills and forge connections, while gathering information about the legal profession.  Speed Networking is a way to help avoid first-impression networking nightmares, while getting to know area practicing attorneys at the same time.   Participating attorneys include those at large and small firms as well as government agencies and public interest organizations.

The evening will consist of a series of round robin “Flash Sessions” lasting approximately eight minutes in length followed immediately by a reception.  To attend, please RSVP to Sarah Klein at sklein1@law.miami.edu.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Small Firm Panel Presentation, 12:30 p.m., Room 109

Come hear from partners and associates at small firms.  Topics to be discussed include exploring advantages of working in a small firm, how to search for openings, how to best prepare to work for a small firm and what benefits the Florida Bar’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm section can provide

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The presentation “Flying Solo with Spencer Aronfeld ’91” has been postponed.  Once a new date is scheduled, we will advertise it on the blog.

Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students

Each semester and summer, Florida law students have the opportunity to intern with the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee, FL.  Students who intern during the school year attend Florida State University’s law school as a visiting student during that time.   This is a great opportunity for students interested in the inner workings of the state’s highest court.

Applications for the Spring 2010 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students are now available from the Career Development Office, Room A112 or from your CDO advisor.

An information session regarding the program and application requirements will be held on Monday, September 21st at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108.  Former interns will be on hand to discuss their experiences at the Court.  The deadline to submit application materials to Dean Cox in the Career Development Office is Monday, September 28th at 5:00 p.m.

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair – Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply to the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair has been extended to September 14, 2009.  The EJW Conference and Career Fair features over one hundred employers from government agencies, non-profit organizations and public interest law firms are participating.

For more information, please see our previous blog post.

CDO Small Firm Week (September 14-18, 2009)

SMALL FIRM WEEK IS COMING!

September 14-18, 2009

The CDO presents its first Small Firm Week the week of September 14, 2009 featuring panel discussions, presentations and an exciting speed networking event.

The purpose of Small Firm Week is to promote the wonderful opportunities small firms offer to students and graduates.  Did you know…

…that the largest entry level law firm market in Florida is the small firm market?

…firms of 10 attorneys or less comprise of 73% of Florida Bar membership?

…according to the ABA, 86% of law students expect to practice at a small firm?

Small Firm Week Events

Monday, September 14:  Networking Workshop – 12:30 p.m. – Room 109

Networking is an important aspect to any job search but especially the small firm job search.  Learn key techniques so that you can be an effective networker!

Tuesday, September 15:  Speed Networking Event – 6:00 p.m. – Student Lounge

During this event, participants can refine professional networking skills and forge connections, while gathering information about the legal profession.  Speed Networking is a way to help avoid first-impression networking nightmares, while getting to know area practicing attorneys at the same time.   Participating attorneys include those at large and small firms as well as government agencies and public interest organizations.

The evening will consist of a series of round robin “Flash Sessions” lasting approximately eight minutes in length followed immediately by a reception.  To attend, please RSVP to Sarah Klein at sklein1@law.miami.edu.

Wednesday, September 16:  Small Firm Panel Presentation – 12:30 p.m. – Room 109

Come hear from partners and associates at small firms.  Topics to be discussed include exploring advantages of working in a small firm, how to search for openings, how to best prepare to work for a small firm and what benefits the Florida Bar’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm section can provide

Thursday, September 17:  Flying Solo with Spencer Aronfeld – 12:30 p.m. – Room 110

Join Spencer Aronfeld (JD ‘91), a successful alumnus and one of our most dynamic speakers, as he gives his annual, highly acclaimed presentation, “Flying Solo: Everything You Need to Know About Opening Your Own Shop.” This is a fun, energetic and extremely informative program, which is one of the most popular with students each and every year.

We hope you will join us throughout the week!

Government and Capitol Hill Job Opportunities List Serve

The Tom Manatos Job List is a list serve featuring opportunities in government and specifically focusing on jobs on Capitol Hill.  Students and alumni may join the list serve to learn more about such opportunities by emailing subscribe@yahoogroups.com.