Careers in Academia Panel Discussion

Are you interested in a career in academia? If so, please join our distinguished panel as they discuss how they prepared for and transitioned into their careers in academia.

The Career Development Office is pleased to welcome the following panelists:

Osamudia James
Associate Professor of Law
University of Miami School of Law

Charlton Copeland
Associate Professor of Law
University of Miami School of Law

Kele Williams
Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education
University of Miami School of Law

Kira Willig
Family Law Attorney, Mediator and Instructor of Law
University of Miami School of Law

Todd Allison
Judicial Law Clerk, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
Legal Research and Writing Instructor, University of Miami School of Law

The panel will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109.

Northwest Minority Job Fair

The 23rd annual Northwest Minority Job Fair will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2009 in Seattle, WA. The mission of the job fair is to foster access to employment opportunities for historically underrepresented persons in the practice of law and to provide a networking forum for legal employers and law students.

Last year the students who attended each interviewed with an average of four employers. To learn more about the job fair and to complete a Student Registration form, please visit the job fair website.

The deadline to register is May 15, 2009.

Please direct any questions about this job fair to CDO advisor Karen Warren.

Heartland Diversity Job Fair

Registration is now open for the Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair taking place at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, MO on August 7 and 8, 2009.

For information and to register to participate, please visit the job fair website. Any questions may be directed to CDO advisor Tere Rodriguez.

Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) Annual Boston and Washington D.C. Job Fairs for Law Students of Color

Boston Job Fair: Thursday, August 13, 2009 at the InterContinental Hotel, 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA

Washington D.C. Job Fair: Thursday, August 20, 2009, Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington D.C.

Beginning April 1, 2009, students interested in participating in the Boston Lawyers Group annual job fairs in Boston and Washington D.C. may register for the job fairs.

To register, students should visit the BLG Symplicity site (note this is different from the UM Law Symplicity site), complete the online form and upload a resume and transcript.

The deadline to register and provide all relevant application materials is July 8, 2009.

For more information, please visit the BLG website and click on Events and/or contact CDO advisor Tamesha Keel.

In Search of Housing for the Summer?

Every year, law students around the country spend their summer in a different city. Finding housing for the summer is one of the biggest challenges to spending a summer away. Below are some resources that may help you if you are looking for housing this summer:

1. The NALP Apartment Exchange allows students to search for housing or post their own listing – all for free. The NALP Apartment Exchange will be available from January 15 through May 15. Free registration is required to use the site.

2. Spending the summer in NYC? The Educational Housing Services is a not-for-profit organization that provides safe and affordable fully furnished housing to students, grad students and interns coming to New York City. EHS manages multiple properties throughout New York City and Brooklyn, and is a great short term housing option that offers the opportunity to live in a community of your peers. Pass the good news on, and earn $100 for each friend you refer to EHS (that books a reservation). Details here.

Also, this year EHS is offering 10 FREE SUMMER HOUSING scholarships. Details here.


Attention Rising 2L’s and 3L’s


The Delaware State Bar Association invites you to attend the Delaware Minority Job Fair for Second and Third Year Law Students, which will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2009, at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. As part of an effort to recruit talented students and to increase diversity in the Delaware Bar, law firms, corporations and government legal employers participate in this Job Fair each year. A letter from the Job Fair’s Committee Chair describing the Fair and its application process in greater detail, and a Student Application Form are available on the Student Portal ( The deadline for submitting the completed application, along with a resume, college transcript and law school transcript, is Tuesday, April 21, 2009. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY THE COMMITTEE. If you have questions, please contact CDO advisor Cristina Ortega.

This Week at the CDO

Monday, March 30, 2009


The CIA will host an information session at 12:30 p.m. in the Ziff Conference Room at the University of Miami School of Business. The deadline to RSVP was last week. For those attending, business casual dress is required.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Students interested in post-graduate judicial clerkships are strongly encouraged to attend the Judicial Clerkship Panel Discussion on Tuesday, March 31 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109. Federal judges and former law clerks will discuss clerkships, how and when to apply, what judges look for in candidates and how to best prepare for a clerkship. The CDO particularly recommends that all 2Ls who are interested in clerking after law school attend but all students are welcome.

IMPACT Career Fair

The 5th Annual IMPACT Career Fair

FRIDAY AUGUST 7, 2009 10:00am – 6:00pm

Sheraton Crystal City Hotel – Arlington, VA

(Near National Airport)

Registration for the 5th annual IMPACT Career Fair for law students with disabilities is now open.

All students returning to law school in Fall 2009 and graduates nationwide are welcome to participate.

To register for this job fair, please visit the Registration page.

The deadline to register is July 5, 2009.

View the IMPACT Career Fair website for full details, including a list of employers who interviewed in 2008.

UM Law students interested in attending should email Tere Rodriguez with any questions about this job fair.

Interested in a Judicial Clerkship After Graduation?

Interested in Becoming a Judicial Clerk After Graduation?

Attend the judicial clerkship panel discussion on March 31, 2009

Please join CDO on Tuesday, March 31 at 12:30 p.m. in room 109 for a Judicial Clerkship Panel Discussion. Federal court judges and former law clerks will discuss clerkships, how & when to apply for them, what judges look for in candidates and how to prepare for clerkships. We particularly recommend that all 2Ls who are interested in clerking after law school attend this important discussion.

All students are welcome

Great Networking Resources Available Through the Florida Bar

There are excellent networking resources available on the Florida Bar’s website:

Did you know there are over 200 voluntary bar associations in the State of Florida? Voluntary bar associations are a great way to meet attorneys who share something in common with you, whether it is practice area interest or geographic location. You can view a full list of voluntary bar associations or view bar associations by specialty or location. The website also contains a calendar of upcoming events sponsored by the various voluntary bar associations.

Did you know that the Florida Bar has a number of sections devoted to different practice areas? Many of these sections have student membership rates and opportunities to network with its members. You can view a list of all Florida Bar sections here.