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)

Get Ready for Phase II of OCI: Resume Workshop

Need to get your resume ready for Phase II of OCI?  No time like the present!

The CDO will conduct a Resume Workshop on Tuesday, August 18 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108. Attend and you’ll get all the information you’ll need to prepare a solid resume in time for bidding on the first session of Phase II of OCI.

We hope to see you there.

Phase II of the Fall 2009 OCI Program Begins Soon!

Phase II of the Fall 2009 On Campus Interview (OCI) Program will begin on Tuesday, September 8 and will end on Friday, October 23.  Because of the length of the phase, bidding will be conducted in several sessions.  Bidding for the first session of employers (who will interview between September 8 and September 17) begins on Saturday, August 15, 2009.

A detailed explaination of the bidding process for Session I was sent to all 2L, 3L and LL.M. students via the email address listed on Symplicity.  A list of participating employers was included in this email.  If you did not receive this email, please let your CDO advisor know.

Callback Interviews

With Fall OCI underway, it is not too early to start thinking about callback interviews.  OCI interviews are just the first step in the fall recruiting process.  Employers typically conduct callback interviews which often last for several hours, include a meal and are held at an employer’s office.

The CDO has prepared a guide specifically for callback interviews.  The CDO Callback Interview Guide is available on the CDO Student Portal under “shared documents” and “CDO Job Search Publications.”  You must use your UM Law login information to access the Student Portal.  You may also request a copy of the Callback Interview Guide by emailing the Career Development Office.

Please read the Guide prior to the start of any callback interviews so that you are as prepared as possible.  Should you have any questions about the Fall OCI and callback interview process, please speak with your CDO advisor.

Welcome to the New CDO Blog!

The CDO is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog.  As in the past, the CDO blog will continue to provide useful job search and professional development resources in what we hope is an easier to use format.  Visitors may search by a large number of subcategories as well as by keyword.

An easy to use navigation bar allows users to look at information specifically for students and alumni. Also easy to find is the weekly “This Week at the CDO” posts that detail upcoming events and deadlines for the week.

To view the blog in its entirety in reverse chronological order, simply click on “blog” on the top navigation bar.

We hope you find the CDO blog to be a valuable resource and that you will subscribe to the blog so that you can be informed of new posts.

This Week at the CDO Returns on August 17

The weekly “This Week at the CDO” posts will return on August 17.  Be sure to read these posts each week to learn about  events and deadlines for that week.

Social Networking Sites and the Job Search

Social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace are great to use but there can be pitfalls to using such sites.  Therefore, it is important to review and update your social networking pages and be aware of any information about you that is searchable on the web.  In this day and age, it is not out of the question for employers to google a potential candidate’s name or to search a social networking site to see if a candidate has a page.  You should always use your discretion when dealing with online materials.  Your online reputation is as important as your real life one so you should take steps to ensure that any online information about you will not derail your efforts to obtain a position.  Google your own name and see if you are comfortable with the information available.  Also, take a look at your social networking pages and make sure that the details do not reflect poorly on you.  You do not have to remove your pages.  Instead, take advantage of the access restriction available to you by making your pages private and be sure that any photos visible to any visitor to the page are ones that you are comfortable having a potential employer see.  Also, the following two articles are great resources:

Potential social medial pitfalls (from careerbuilder.com)

Professional Facebook Privacy in Under 10 Minutes (from lawyerist.com)

Free Webinar Training for Deferred Firm Associates Taking Public Interest Placements

Public Interest Perspectives–An Introductory Training for Private Attorneys in Public Interest Placements

Save the Date:  September 9, 2009 at 1:00pm Eastern Time

The Association of Pro Bono Counsel and NALP are pleased to announce a free national training for attorneys beginning volunteer public interest placements.   Please pass this on to interested parties.

What: A free national web-based training for attorneys who are beginning extended public service placements with legal aid and other nonprofit legal organizations.   The training will provide an overview of the differences in law firm and nonprofit practice settings, insight on working with low-income clients, and background on the economic challenges presently being confronted by the public interest community.

Who: The training is designed for all attorneys taking temporary, extended public interest placements.   While the training focuses particularly on practice in civil legal services organizations, the information is relevant to most public interest settings.   A coalition of public interest leaders from the legal aid community and the private bar designed and will present this training.

Why: As a result of the current economy, many attorneys, especially newer attorneys, who expected to be in private practice are beginning extended placements in legal aid and other public interest organizations.    This training aims to provide a bridge program for associates transitioning into a practice setting with which they may be unfamiliar.  By providing this preliminary training, we hope to best prepare these attorneys to engage in this unique opportunity to contribute to and learn about the public interest legal community.

When: This 2 hour program will be offered on September 9, 1:00pm Eastern Time.

Where: This training can be accessed from any computer and phone line.  In many cities, organizers are planning a central location (bar association, law firm, etc.) so attorneys may participate in the training together. Following these sessions, a discussion on issues relevant to fellowships will follow the long-distance training.  We encourage attorneys to attend the live session with their colleagues.  Details will follow from local organizations.

Register: If you are able to participate in this training, please register now: http://tinyurl.com/meggy8.

Questions: If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Kelly Tautges at ktautges@chicagobar.org or 312-554-8356.

Program Faculty:

  • Margaret C. Benson, Executive Director, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Tiela Chalmers, Executive Director, Volunteer Legal Services Program of the San Francisco Bar Association
  • Steven Grumm, Director of Public Service Initiatives, National Association for Law Placement (NALP)
  • Bruce Iwasaki, Senior Partner, Lim Ruger & Kim, LLP; and former Executive Director, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Harlene Katzman, Pro Bono Counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP
  • David Lash – Managing Counsel of Public Interest and Pro Bono Services, O’Melveny & Myers, LLP; and former Executive Director, Bet Tzedek
  • Steven H. Schulman, Pro Bono Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
  • Jonathan Smith – Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
  • John Tull – former Executive Director, Southern Arizona Legal Aid; and former Vice President for Programs, Legal Services Corporation
  • Angela Vigil – North American Director, Pro Bono & Community Service, Baker & McKenzie; and former Director, Children’s Law Pro Bono Program, Northwestern University School of Law