Reminder: Student-to-Student Public Interest Career Fair Today

The Career Development Office and HOPE Public Interest Resource Center proudly present the 3rd Annual Student-to-Student Public Interest Career Fair

TODAY, Thursday, February 12
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Bricks

Casual Dress

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to talk informally with students who had interesting and meaningful experiences in the public sector.

Spring 2009 Resume Referral Program

The Spring 2009 Resume Referral program is now underway. The Resume Referral program is an opportunity for employers unable to interview on campus to request and obtain application materials from interested students. The Resume Referral program will take place throughout the spring semester and employers will be divided into sessions based on bidding deadline. Bidding is now open for those employers in the “Spring 2009 Resume Referral Session (February 27, 2009).” Bidding for these employers will end on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 11:00 p.m. EST.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no benefit to bidding early in the bidding period or detriment to waiting until the latter portion of the bidding period to submit your bids. If you currently have grades outstanding, you may wait until grades are obtained to submit your bids. Employers are not made aware of when you submitted your bids. As long as your bids are received by 11:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2009, your materials will be sent to the employer. However, the CDO does not recommend waiting until the very last minute to submit your bids to avoid any last minute computer or other technical issues.

To participate, you must complete the bidding process on Symplicity, a World Wide Web based program. “Bidding” entails submitting your resume and other requested materials via Symplicity. Instructions on how to bid on the Symplicity system is provided in the Student Guide to Symplicity document available on the CDO Student Portal. You may begin bidding by logging onto Symplicity and selecting “OCI, Resume Referral and Direct Contact Schedules” from the top navigation bar. Please note that Symplicity only allows you to view and bid on employers seeking applications from your class year or LL.M. program. Also keep in mind that new employers may be added during the bidding period. Should this happen, an email will be sent notifying students of the additional employer.

All students have a Symplicity account. If you cannot locate your Symplicity login information, please email the CDO and provide your full name, class year and email address (this email address will be your username for the site). You will then receive your login information via email. Please allow up to two business days for a response.

Information on the OCI and Resume Referral programs is available in the Spring 2009 OCI Handbook. The entire handbook is available on the CDO Student Portal. You must use your UM law email address and password to log onto the system.

Summer 2009 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program

Each summer, students from the Florida law schools are selected to serve as judicial interns to the Florida Supreme Court through the Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Law Students.

To apply for summer 2009 positions, you must pick up an application in the Career Development Office, Room A-112. First and second year students are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Monday, February 23rd.

An information session will be held on Monday, February 16th at 12:30 p.m. in room 108. Former interns will be on hand to answer questions about their experiences at the Supreme Court. The application and selection processes will also be discussed.

This Week at the CDO

Monday, February 9

STUDENT JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP PANEL (1L and 2L students)
Interested in applying for a post-graduate judicial clerkship? The judicial clerkship application process begins as early as the spring semester of your second year. To help you get started, current students who have successfully navigated the judicial clerkship application process will speak about their experiences and provide tips on how to secure a clerkship. If you have any interest in a judicial clerkship, you will not want to miss this insightful presentation. Monday, February 9, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108.

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (1L and 2L students)
Applications for the Summer 2009 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Law Students are now available in the CDO. First and second year students are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Monday, February 23rd.

An information session will be held on Monday, February 16th at 12:30 p.m. in room 108. Former interns will be on hand to answer questions about their experiences at the Supreme Court. The application and selection processes will also be discussed.

Wednesday, February 11


BAKER AND HOSTETLER 1L SUMMER ASSOCIATE AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY (1L students)
The deadline to apply for the Baker and Hostetler 1L Scholarship (which includes a summer associate position) is Wednesday, February 11. For more information including how to apply, please see Symplicity posting #4612. Application materials are available on the CDO Student Portal.

Thursday, February 12


STUDENT TO STUDENT PUBLIC INTEREST CAREER FAIR (all students)
For students interested in working in public interest this summer, the Student to Student Public Interest Career Fair is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the opportunities that are out there. Students who worked in public interest last summer will be available to talk to you about their experiences and to give you ideas on what organizations you can apply to. Casual dress is encouraged as this is an informal career fair. Thursday, February 12 at 12:30 p.m. on the Bricks (Rain Location: Student Lounge).

Real Property, Probate and Trust Panel Presentation

The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (“RPPTL”) is pleased to host a lunchtime program for the University of Miami School of Law on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Room F-108.

Lunch will be provided. A panel of local attorneys will share their career paths, experiences and perspectives. Panelists:

Al Gomez-Vidal – Chicago Title Insurance Company
Sol Genet – Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A.
Aniella Gonzalez – Krinzman, Huss & Lubetsky
Marjorie Wolasky – Law Offices of Marjorie E. Wolasky
Daniel Vega – Vezina Lawrence Piscitelli, P.A.

Student Judicial Clerkship Panel

Attention 1L and 2L Students: Interested in applying for a post-graduate judicial clerkship?

The judicial clerkship application process begins as early as the spring semester of your second year. To help you get started, current students who have successfully navigated the judicial clerkship application process will speak about their experiences and provide tips on how to secure a clerkship. If you have any interest in a judicial clerkship, you will not want to miss this insightful presentation.

Student Judicial Clerkship Panel
Monday, February 9, 2009
12:30 p.m.
Room 108

Want to Know More About Small Firm Practice?

Last week, the Career Development Office welcomed Ana Veliz, the chair of the Florida Bar’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section to campus to discuss small firm practice. During her discussion, she shared the following information which students may find helpful.

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;

According to NALP, 22.4% of graduates obtain their entry level position through targeted mailings;

The GPSSF welcomes student members. The rate to join is $35/year and among the benefits to membership is access to a small firm directory that is on their website. Students may obtain an application form online.

Each March, the GPSSF hosts a conference in Orlando. In conjunction with the conference, the section hosts a job fair for those students interested in interviewing with small firms. This year’s conference is Friday and Saturday, March 20-21 and the job fair will be held on Saturday, March 21. More information about the job fair will be forthcoming from the CDO shortly.

Opportunity in Social Justice / Community Organizing

Representatives from the DART Center will be on the University of Miami campus on Tuesday, February 10 @ 6 PM in the Toppel Career Center Library to discuss careers in the field of community organizing. Anyone interested in pursuing a career working towards social and economic justice in low-moderate income communities is encouraged to attend.

Please RSVP if you are interested by contacting Key at key@thedartcenter.org or calling 785.841.2680 with your name, phone # and email address.

DART is now accepting applications for the 2009 DART Organizers Institute – the paid, four-month field school for people interested in launching a career in community organizing. Participants will undergo a combined classroom and field training covering such topics as:· Entering a community· Identifying and training local leaders· Strategic planning and issue cutting· Relationship and community building· Direct Action on community issues·

Fundraising The DART Center, has built coalitions throughout the country that have won important victories on a broad set of justice issues including:· Education reform in low-performing public schools· Job Training· Drugs and Violence· Criminal Recidivism· Living Wage· Neighborhood Revitalization, etc. The DART Organizers Institute combines a 7-day classroom orientation with 15 weeks of infield training at a DART host organization. This is a paid training program that includes: a $7,000 living stipend, transportation to the classroom orientation and host city, and mileage reimbursement during the infield training. Room, board, and tuition will also be paid by DART during the 7-day classroom training. After successful completion of the program, DART will work to place graduates into permanent full time salaried positions. Graduates from the four month DART Organizers Institute have gone onto Associate Community Organizing and Executive Director positions throughout the country. The 7-day classroom orientation and 15 week infield training starts mid summer 2009 and runs through early Fall 2009. Training locations will include placements in several states around the country. Although it may be helpful, no direct experience is necessary. Organizer Trainees (OTs) hired to participate in the DART Organizers Institute must demonstrate a desire to pursue community organizing as a long-term professional career. A master’s degree or similar life experience is preferred though unnecessary. Candidates must have a college degree or be graduating prior to June 1, 2009. Also, candidates must display a workmanlike diligence, be driven to produce sustained results, have proven capacity to build relationships of trust, create and execute a plan, act professionally, feel comfortable working with religious institutions, be accountable and willing to hold others accountable, demonstrate disciplined thought and action, and work in a team setting. OTs must also have access to a car during their training and be flexible regarding relocation. Fluency in Spanish/English is a plus and people of color are encouraged to apply.

To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to email your resume to Key at key@thedartcenter.org. If you have any questions, please call: (785) 841-2680. Also, you can download applications or view profiles from previous OTs at the DART website: www.thedartcenter.org.

Second Annual Central Florida Diversity Picnic

For those students interested in practicing in Central Florida, the Second Annual Central Florida Diversity Picnic will be an excellent opportunity to network with attorneys in the area. Alumni who are interested in attending should also reach out to the various sponsoring bar associations.

When: Saturday, February 28, 2009, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Stetson University College of Law, Tampa Law Center
1700 North Tampa Street, Tampa, FL 33602

Why: All law school students from all Florida law schools are invited to attend the
Second Annual Central Florida Diversity Picnic. The event will allow law
students from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to meet and establish
mentoring relationships with attorneys and members of the judiciary from
all of Central Florida.

Sponsored By: The Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association, George Edgecomb Bar
Association, Sarasota County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, The
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division,
and more.

RSVP: rsvp@hillsbar.com

Resume Writing Tips

One big component to any job search is building a successful resume. If you have not already started or updated your resume, now is a good time to get it ready for your summer or post-graduate job search.

To get started, review the CDO’s Resume Guide, which discusses the elements of a resume and provides useful examples. Then, have your CDO advisor review your resume. It is important to have a fresh set of eyes look at your resume as they may catch any typos or other errors.

Students often find the drafting of their job descriptions to be the toughest part of any resume building experience. You should work with your advisor to craft language that accurately and effectively details your prior work history. To help you, here are Six Words That Make Your Resume Suck.

Don’t forget to speak with your advisor for more useful resume tips.