Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation Stipends

The FCBA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Funding of Unpaid Legal Internships at Government Agencies:

For the sixteenth consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation will award stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund. In 2009, the Foundation will award at least five $5,000 stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology).

In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend of $600 for the summer—the “Max Paglin Award.” Mr. Paglin was the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC, and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive legislative history of the Communications Act.


Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications field, (2) having secured or having pending, an unpaid summer position (internship) for at least 8 weeks in communications with a government agency, (3) dependence on financial assistance in order to accept the unpaid internship in a government agency or entity involved in communications; and, (4) community activities. To the extent a recipient receives unanticipated funding for the unpaid internship, the FCBA Foundation’s general policy is to reduce its scholarship awards by any amount that a recipient’s total funding (including all sources) for the internship would otherwise exceed $7,000.

Applications for a Lee Fund scholarship should be submitted to Kerry Loughney, FCBA Foundation, 1020 19th Street, N.W., Suite 325, Washington, D.C. 20036, by Friday, March 6, 2009. Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone. Winners will be notified by Friday, April 17, 2009.

A copy of the funding letter and application are available on the CDO Student Portal, in the Federal Government folder.

Opportunities for Students Interested in Southeast Asia

The following are two opportunities for students interested in Southeast Asia:

1. Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia International Legal Studies Internship Program

Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia (“BABSEA”) is preparing to host the 6th Annual BABSEA International Legal Studies Internship Program from May through August 2009. The internship program seeks to connect the skills of aspiring lawyers and law-related persons from around the world with a project that will give them insight into social justice and public interest law internationally and specifically in Southeast Asia. The internship aims to produce a tangible work product that will be utilized in the communities in which BABSEA work, and will directly result in disadvantaged populations gaining greater awareness of and access to their legal systems, as well as helping to provide support to our partner universities and organizations.

Deadline for Applications:
The deadline for early acceptance consideration is January 15, 2009 and the overall deadline for applications is February 15th, 2009. Later applications may be considered depending on circumstances.

More information is available at www.babsea.org.

2. The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW)’s Hong Duc Clerkship

The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW)’s Hong Duc Clerkship provides a law student with the opportunity to clerk at an international law firm in Vietnam for summer 2009. The Clerkship Recipient has the unique opportunity to learn about the local cultures and customs firsthand while living in Vietnam and to learn about international and comparative law by working at a major law firm. The Clerkship will award up to a total of $5,000, with approximately $2,000 applied to a round-trip airfare ticket to Vietnam and a maximum of $1,000 for each month of the Clerkship paid directly to the Clerkship Recipient for living expenses. The Clerkship Recipient is matched with one of the following participating law firms: Baker & McKenzie; Duane Morris LLP; Fraser Law Company; Lovells; Mayer Brown JSM; Tilleke & Gibbins; and VILAF-Hong Duc.

The participating law firm will provide the Clerkship recipient with meaningful legal work, including but not limited to conducting legal research, preparing legal documents, and other related legal. The Clerkship program was not created to provide long-term, post-law-school graduation employment for the Clerkship Recipient. However, the participating law firm has discretion to review such option and extend such employment to the Clerkship Recipient directly. Because VABAW fully funds the Clerkship, the law firm is prohibited from paying the Clerkship Recipient any additional stipend for summer 2009 (excluding complimentary social meals, law firm summer retreat activities, etc.). The Clerkship Recipient is also not allowed to split his/her summer.

Applicants will be evaluated by VABAW based upon the following criteria: (1) overall academic background; (2) community service involvement; (3) professional interests; (4) communication skills; (5) personal statement; (6) references; (7) writing abilities; (8) resume; (9) connection to Washington state; (10) connection to or interest in the Vietnamese American community; and (11) interview (for out of state applicants, VABAW will arrange for a telephonic or video interview).

All application materials must be received by February 2, 2009, by 5 pm (PST).

Application materials may be submitted in one of two ways:

By hard copy (postal or express mail only; no personal deliveries will be accepted) to Thuy Nguyen-Leeper, 1015 Third Avenue, Floor 12, Seattle, WA 98104; or

By legible pdf copy via email to Thuy.NguyenLeeper@expeditors.com.

Both a pdf and word version of the application is available on the CDO Student Portal in the Private Sector folder.

Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program

The Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program: A Unique Program Allowing First-Year Law Students to Experience Law Practice within a Law Firm and a Corporate Legal Department

The Mecklenburg County Bar is pleased to offer the 2009 Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program. This internship opportunity is a highly competitive program that places first-year law students who advance the value of diversity with corporate law departments and law firms in Charlotte, North Carolina. The twelve-week summer clerkship will allow the selected first-year law students to spend the first six weeks working as a summer associate in the Charlotte office of one participating law firm and the second six weeks working in the Charlotte law department of one of the corporate partners.

Students who are selected will fully participate in the summer programs of the participating law departments and law firms and will be compensated by those entities at the same level as other first-year summer associates. The law students will participate in professional, civic and social activities that highlight the benefits of practicing law and living in the progressive and dynamic city of Charlotte, North Carolina. More information is available at www.charlottelegaldiversity.org.

Participating law departments for 2009 are Bank of America, Compass Group, Duke Energy, Goodrich, TIAA-CREF and Wachovia. The participating law firms are Alston & Bird LLP; Hunton & Williams, LLP; K&L Gates LLP; Mayer Brown, LLP; McGuire Woods LLP; Moore & Van Allen, PLLC; Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP; Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.; and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC. Up to ten clerkship positions are available.

Coral Gables Bar Association Luncheon

You are cordially invited to the following Coral Gables Bar Association Luncheon:

When: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:45-1:00 pm

Speaker: Attorney General Bill McCollum

Topic: Duties of the office and some of his initiatives regarding cyber crimes and the growth of gangs in the state

Location: Westin Colonnade Hotel, 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL

Member Cost: $30.00 Non-Member Cost: $35.00

RSVP to: www.coralgablesbar.org

Make checks payable to: Coral Gables Bar Association. *Please bring check to luncheon*

Critical Dates for Judicial Law Clerk Hiring (Fall 2009)

Information on the Law Clerk Hiring Plan for 2009 has been released. Some key information is below and the rest may be found on the Plan’s website.


The hiring of law clerks will be done no sooner than the Fall of the third year of law school. The critical dates under the Law Clerk Hiring Plan for 2009 are as follows:

First date when applications may be received:
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 (OSCAR release:10:00 a.m. (EDT))

First date and time when judges may contact applicants to schedule interviews:
10:00 a.m. (EDT), Friday, September 11, 2009

First date and time when interviews may be held and offers made:
8:00 a.m. (EDT), Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wal-Mart Legal Department Summer Internship Program

Wal-Mart’s Legal Department welcomes first and second year law students to submit applications for the Wal-Mart Legal Department’s 2009 Summer Internship program to be held in Bentonville, Arkansas from May 18, 2009 – August 7, 2009.

The 12-week program is designed to expose law students to legal issues in a corporate retail setting and to enhance practical understanding of the law. Projects will include providing research and analysis, writing and drafting reports and other documents, and attending meetings with in-house attorneys and internal business clients in the assigned practice areas.
Interested students should apply online at http://walmartstores.com/Careers/8139.aspx?p=7745 (select the green “Search for a position” button and locate the job posting by using the “detailed search” option and keying in Job ID: 27673).

Wal-Mart will begin to review applications in February and offers will be extended no later than March 23, 2009.

Introducing the New CDO Student Portal!

The Career Development Office’s new Student Portal provides students with access to important job search related materials including employment opportunities, application forms and employer information.

Students must log on using their UM law email and password to access the site. Once logged in, access materials by selecting the “Shared Documents” link and then choosing the appropriate folder.

To be notified whenever a new document is added, select “Site Settings” from the top navigation bar and then “My alerts on this site” under “Manage My Information.” Choose “Add Alert,” select “Shared Documents” and press “Next.” Then select the type of notification you would like to receive and the frequency of the notification and press “Ok.”

Job opportunities will continue to be listed on Symplicity and current information important to students will be posted on the CDO blog and in the newsletter.

If you have any questions about the new Student Portal, please speak with your CDO advisor.

Panel Discussion on Marketing Yourself in Today’s Economy

The Florida Bar Young Lawyer Division’s Law Student Division Presents:

A Panel Discussion on Marketing Yourself in Today’s Economy

at this year’s Florida Bar Mid-Year Meeting

Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 3:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency
400 S.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33131

Reception to follow. Admission is free for law students.

The Career Development Office invites you to attend the following presentation:

Choosing Smart: Tips for Finding a Job in Tough Economic Times”
presented by
Donna Gerson

Wednesday, January 14th
12:30 p.m.
Room 352.

An engaging speaker, Ms. Gerson is the author of an award-winning column for Student Lawyer magazine, which focuses on career issues in the legal profession.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Summer Legal Intern Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking motivated and enthusiastic applicants for its 2009 Summer Honors Legal Intern Program. Legal internship opportunities are available in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD offices.

Overview: The OGC-CMS Division counsels both the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on a wide variety of challenging legal issues that affect the Medicare and Medicaid programs, among others.

The OGC-CMS Division recruits law students to work as interns each summer. Interns will have the opportunity to assist Division attorneys in all aspects of their work, including research, writing and client meetings. In addition, the nationwide OGC summer intern program coordinator hosts events that given the interns in all OGC divisions an opportunity to meet, socialize and learn about the Department and current legal topics.

Internships are generally unpaid. However, if funding permits, the Division may be able to fund one position. Unpaid interns may receive course credit if such credit is available from the law school.

Selection Criteria: The OGC-CMS Division reviews many elements of a candidate’s background before offering an internship opportunity. These elements include: academic achievement, membership on a legal journal, moot court experience, clinical legal experience, demonstrated commitment to public service and specialized coursework in administrative, health or federal procedure law.

Eligibility: All currently enrolled first year, second year and third year law students that do not expect to graduate in May 2009 are eligible to apply for the 2009 Summer Honors Legal Intern Program. Graduating law students are eligible to apply only if they will be starting a judicial clerkship or full-time graduate program in the Fall of 2009.

Deadlines: The deadline for receipt of application materials is January 16, 2009. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified by February 6, 2009.

Application Process: If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter, resume, brief legal writing sample and law school transcript via US mail or email as follows:


Submit by Mail and Delivery:
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
OGC-CMS Division, Room 5309 Cohen Bldg.
330 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20201


Please submit these materials in a single package and include your email address in your cover letter or resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Length of internship: Interns typically work for 10-12 weeks. However, split summer requests will be considered. Candidates will be asked at their interview whether they prefer to work in the Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD office.

Citizenship requirements: All U.S. citizens that meet the criteria listed above are encouraged to apply. While non-US citizens may also apply, such appointments are extremely rare and are granted only when they serve a purpose necessary to accomplishing the Department’s mission.