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.

ABA Teleconference for Law Students and Recent Graduates on Government Opportunities

Want to explore career options in government, regulatory and administrative law?

Join a free teleconference with the experts at the American Bar Association to learn new ideas…

THURSDAY SEPT. 24, 2009 4-5 P.M. EASTERN TIME DIAL IN FREE:  1-800-504-8071 ACCESS CODE: 6621582#

LIMITED TO 96 PARTICIPANTS

Featuring Jim O’Reilly, Author of the upcoming “ABA Guide to Careers in Government and Administrative Law” in dialogue with you and Lyn Stewart-Hunter, Arizona ’10, ABA Law Student Division Liaison to the ABA’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

Pre-conference questions may be sent to the program director at james.oreilly@uc.edu.  Time for oral questions will be included in the dialogue after the presentation.

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 7, 2009)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fall On Campus Interview (OCI) Program Interviews (Phase II) begin.  Interviews will be held in the CDO and the Law Library.

U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program Application Deadline is at midnight.  Applications must be completed online.

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

Back to Business Networking Opportunity for Students and Alumni, 6:00 p.m., Level 25 at the Conrad Hotel, 1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fall 2009 Judicial Internship Program Mandatory Orientation, 5:30 p.m., Room 110

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Post Graduate Fellowship Opportunities Informational Program, 12:30 p.m., Room 108

Lavender Law Career Fair, Brooklyn, NY

Friday, September 11, 2009

Rocky Mountain Diversity Career Fair, Denver, CO

Coming Up Next Week:  The CDO’s Small Firm Week, including panel presentations, dynamic speakers and a speed networking event.

Great Networking Opporunity for Students and Alumni

“Summer’s over so dust off your business cards.”

Time to get back into the swing of things!! Join JGB Communications for a glass of wine and some hors d’oeuvres and mingle with various professionals from Miami-Dade. There’s no agenda, no cause, no group, no organizations – just good old networking, food and drink.

Join JBG on Tuesday, September 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Level 25 at the Conrad Miami. The address is 1395 Brickell Avenue, and the cost is nothing. Please RSVP at info@JBGcommunications.com.

Fall Career Expo for University of Miami Students and Alumni

Not interested in practicing law but want a chance to meet with non-legal employers?

The Fall Career Expo at the University of Miami is just around the corner! On Wednesday, September 16, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., hundreds of recruiters representing many industries will be at the BankUnited Center to network with YOU. Come learn about full-time and internship opportunities available in these companies.

Career Expo is absolutely free and only open to current UM students and alumni. You don’t have to pre-register.  Simply show up with your CaneCard (or other picture ID), plenty of resumes, and dress professionally (mandatory)!

Want to know which companies are coming?  View the current list of companies online. Keep in mind that this list is updated frequently, so keep checking the website.

Post-Graduate Fellowship Opportunities Meeting

All students interested in a post-graduate fellowship should attend the following information meeting to learn more about the opportunities available:

The Career Development Office and the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center present the Post Graduate Fellowship Meeting on Thursday, September 10 at 12:30 p.m. in room 108.

Before the meeting, learn more about the many opportunities by reviewing the “Prestigious Awards and Fellowships” guide available at http://www6.miami.edu/honors-program/PAF_Booklet_Links.pdf.  This guide, produced by the Office of Academic Enhancement, contains great information on fellowships and awards, many of which are open to law students.