Fall 2009 Judicial Internship Program

The Judicial Intern Program of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court (Miami, FL) places second and third year University of Miami School of Law students in a direct working relationship with county and circuit judges in the Civil, Criminal, Juvenile, Family and Domestic Violence Divisions.

The schedule by which the law student will intern will be a matter to be determined between the student and judge.  However, a minimum of 5-10 hours per week is required.  Interns are not permitted to work with any law firm or other legal agency while participating in this program.  The Career Development Office is responsible for matching students and judges.  To every extent possible, the assignment will be based on students’ expressed areas of interest.

To participate in the program, students must submit an application, resume and short writing sample.  Applications are available in the CDO (Room A-112) or from your CDO advisor.   Also, students must attend a mandatory orientation, during which time you learn of the judge you matched with.

The timeline for the Fall Judicial Internship Program is as follows:

Application Deadline:      Friday, September 4, 2009, 5:00 p.m.

Internship Orientation:   Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 5:30 p.m.

Internship Begins:          Monday, September 14, 2009

Internship Ends:             Friday, November 20, 2009

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

Thursday, September 10

Post Graduate Fellowship Information Program, 12:30 p.m., Room A110

Those students interested in pursuing a career in public interest should plan to attend this program to learn of how funding can be obtained for such a career.  Most fellowship applications come due in the fall semester so now is the time to start thinking about the application process.

Bidding Deadline for Resume Referral and Direct Contact Session (August 27, 2009)

Bidding for those employers participating in Resume Referral and Direct Contact Session (August 27, 2009) ends at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 27.   This session includes employers from New York, Washington DC and Florida in both the private and public sector and should not be missed.  Please refer to the Student Guide to Symplicity available on the CDO website for instructions on how to submit bids.

Friday, August 28

West Coast Interview Program, Santa Monica, CA

This job fair takes place annually and features employers based on the west coast.  To participate, students must have registered and submitted bids during the summer.

Also coming this week – sign up period for Phase II of the Fall 2009 Mock Interview Program.

U.S. Department of State Presentation, Sept. 15 (1Ls, 2Ls)

U.S. Department of State Presentation (1Ls and 2Ls)

The U.S. Department of State is recruiting 1L and 2L law students for its 2010 Paid Summer International Internship Program.  This is a fabulous unique opportunity to gain experience in foreign affairs (such as trafficking, international arbitration, international management, science issues, democracy, or human rights) and to travel overseas next summer.  The internship will be paid and may include free housing if assigned abroad.  The intern may be assigned at one of the Department’s Embassies, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., or at one of its regional offices.  1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to attend this information session on Tuesday, September 15 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109 to learn about the internship and the application process. 

** 2Ls  should also bid for this internship position through Fall OCI.  The Department of State will participate in Phase II (Session 2) of Fall OCI and conduct 2L interviews on September 23.

Yale Law Women’s Top Ten Family Friendly Firms List

The Yale Law Women annually prepare a Top Ten Family Friend Firms List.  Below is their 2009 report:

Yale Law Women (YLW) has announced its fourth annual Top Ten Family Friendly Firms List.  The 2009 Top Ten Firms, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Arnold & Porter
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Covington & Burling
  • Jenner & Block
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman
  • Mayer Brown
  • Munger, Tolles & Olson
  • Patton Boggs
  • Sidley Austin
  • WilmerHale

“The Top Ten List, and any discussion of family friendly policies, is even more salient in this recession than in previous years,” said Yale Law Women Chair, Noorain Khan.  “We hope firms will take advantage of the current market shift to create new opportunities for flexible work arrangements and work-life balance.”

“We congratulate these Top Ten Firms, which are taking the lead in this area, especially in tough economic times,” said Lauren Gerber, Top Ten List Co-Chair.  “However, our survey demonstrated that a significant gender disparity remains in how family friendly policies are designed and used in practice.  Additionally, women continue to lag behind men in attaining partnership and leadership positions, indicating that firms still do not accommodate attorneys acting as primary caregivers.”

“We believe that the desire to maintain a challenging and engaging career while spending meaningful time with one’s family is and should be a gender neutral issue,” said Emily Oldshue, Top Ten List Co-Chair.  “As the legal profession, and large law firms in particular, strives to meet new expectations and economic imperatives, we hope to see firms taking steps to retain and engage the top talent they have spent such valuable resources to recruit and train.  The adoption and promotion of gender neutral leave and flex-time policies are an important component of this evolving vision.”

Selected statistics from the 2009 survey include the following:

  • On average, 16% of partners were women; of partners promoted in 2008, 23% were women
  • On average, women receive 15 weeks parental leave, compared to 6 weeks for men
  • 92% of mothers used the maximum parental leave offered, compared to 55% of fathers
  • 99% of requests for part-time work were granted
  • 7% of attorneys work part-time, on average, of whom 12% are partners, and 81% are women
  • 91% of firms make their part-time attorneys eligible for bonuses; 59% of part-time attorneys received bonuses in 2008, compared to 46% of full-time attorneys

Additional statistics, innovative practices, survey methodology, and a summary report can be found at www.yale.edu/ylw.

About Yale Law Women: YLW is Yale Law School’s student organization devoted to promoting the interests of women in law school and the legal profession. Please visit www.yale.edu/ylw for more information.

The Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program Presentation

For those who were unable to make today’s program, the powerpoint presentation is available on the Student Portal, under “Fall 2009 DOJ” in the “Shared Documents” folder! 

For additional information regarding these programs and the application process, please see your career advisor!

2009-2010 Government Honors Handbook Available

Interested in a summer or post-graduate position with a federal government agency? The 2009-2010 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is a comprehensive collection of available opportunities.

The Handbook is now available online at http://www.law.arizona.edu/career/honorshandbook.cfm. The site is password protected. To obtain the login information, please contact your career advisor.

Lawyers for Literacy Law School Fellow Opportunity

Lawyers for Literacy Law School Fellow Opportunity 2009/2010

Lawyers for Literacy is a collaborative effort, in which local attorneys, judges, and law students provide civic and life skills education to underprivileged juveniles and young adults in Miami-Dade County, under the auspices of The Family Learning Partnership and led by United States District Judge Ursula Ungaro.

To date, Lawyers for Literacy has recruited over 100 volunteers from some of the most prominent law firms in Miami including: Greenberg Traurig; Kenny Nachwalter; Tew Cardenas; White and Case;  the US Attorney’s Office; and the Public Defenders office.

Classes:  Legal Up! Is a four-part, modular series of interactive workshops proposed by the Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership designed to address these challenges in ways that interweave practical advice and legal information for youth. The first module provides an Overview of the Law and its importance in the lives of individuals and communities, a basic understanding of the law, and an individual’s rights and responsibilities within the law.

The second module deals with Housing and Landlord/Tenant Law.  Understanding of the law as it applies to landlord/ tenant relationships helps youth learn what will be necessary to find and maintain consistent and stable housing, which itself has a positive effect on educational achievement and employment .

The third module addresses Employment and The Law. The workshop on employment, in addition to providing practical advice on job-seeking, is designed to help participants understand the legal structure that governs their relationship with an employer and the protections afforded employees.

The Fourth module, which is critical to long-term financial stability, is Financial Literacy Education . This workshop, not only helps participants understand the law, and how it applies to consumers and financial transactions, but it aims to teach participants how to be fiscally responsible and how to establish and maintain credit.

Role of the Volunteer

  • Students will be required to teach a minimum of two modules (4 class hours) per month
  • Participate in a monthly lunch/learn session at the Federal Courthouse
  • Provide assistance with the Literacy Newsletter

Selection Criteria

  • Students are expected to have a sincere interest in public service
  • Have a strong academic record
  • Submit a (1) page letter to the selection committee (see application)
  • Interview by committee
  • Commit to one year of service

All applicants should submit the completed package to umhope@law.miami.edu no later than August 25, 2009.  Applications are available in the HOPE office or by emailing cdo@law.miami.edu.

One outstanding student will be selected for an Internship with the Honorable Judge Ungaro.

Judicial Clerkship Season Kick Off

The University of Miami School of Law Career Development Office is hosting a Judicial Clerkship Information Panel and Reception as part of its Judicial Clerkship Season Kick Off on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

6:00pm to 7:00pm Panel
7:00pm to 8:00pm Reception

The Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge

RSVP to Nirva Pierre-Louis at npierrelouis@law.miami.edu

The panelists:

The Honorable Laurel M. Isacoff, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
The Honorable Adalberto Jordan, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
The Honorable Edwin G. Torres, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Amber Graham, Esq., Office of the General Counsel for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida

Panelists will discuss the benefits of a clerkship as well as the characteristics they look for when hiring law clerks. There will be a reception following the presentation that will provide an opportunity for students to network with the panelists.  We encourage students and alumni interested in a judicial clerkship to attend.

This Week at the CDO

To all of our returning students, welcome back to campus!  For our first year students, welcome to the University of Miami School of Law.  Here is what is happening this week at the CDO:

Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 23

Bidding for Phase II // Session I of OCI will take place from Saturday, August 15 at 9:00 a.m. through Sunday, August 23 at 11:00 p.m.  Please consult the email you received on Friday for more information on the bidding process.  Be sure to speak to your CDO advisor if you have any questions.

Tuesday, August 18

Get Ready for Fall OCI:  Resume Workshop, 12:30 p.m., Room 108.

Make sure you put your best foot forward during OCI bidding by submitting the best resume possible.

Wednesday, August 19

Judicial Clerkship Season Kick-Off Reception and Information Panel, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., The Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge

Students and alumni are encouraged to attend the Judicial Clerkship Information Panel and Reception.  Hear current federal judges discuss what they look for in a judicial clerkship candidate.  Immediately following the panel is a networking reception where attendees can meet judges and law clerks who graduated from UM Law.

Thursday, August 20

Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair, Washington D.C.

Friday, August 21

DOJ Honors and Summer Law Intern Program Program Presentation, 12:30 p.m., The Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge

The US Department of Justice is one of the nation’s biggest legal employers.  Learn more about the DOJ Honors Program for graduating law students and recent alumni as well as the Summer Law Intern Program for 2L  students.  The deadline to apply for these programs is September 8, 2009 at midnight.

Stay Connected with the CDO!

The following resources will help you stay connected to all the job search and professional development information you’ll need this upcoming school year:

Career Development Office website


(learn more about the CDO’s staff, services and resources)

Career Development Office Student Portal


(log on to access important job search related materials including employment opportunities, application forms and employer information.  Must use your UM Law email login information to enter the Student Portal)

Career Development Office Newsletter


(sent weekly to your UM law email address, with archives available on the CDO website)

Symplicity, the CDO Job Posting Database and On Campus Interview (OCI) Program Management Site


(used by the CDO to post all available school year, summer and post-graduate opportunities.  Symplicity is also used to administer the fall and spring OCI programs.  All 2L, 3L and LL.M. students currently have access to Symplicity.  First year students will receive login information on or around November 1)