Summer 2009 Internship Opportunity

Are you interested in a paid internship that will give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in Washington, D.C.? The Koch Internship Program may be for you.

Come spend the summer interning at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and gain the valuable skills that will help equip you to become a non-profit leader and entrepreneur. During the program, interns develop the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for careers with market-oriented think tanks, policy institutes, and other non-profit organizations. This hands-on experience gives interns the chance to explore the non-profit sector, while applying Market-Based management®, a management philosophy that emphasizes long-term success. Summer internships are part-time and paid.

Below is some program feedback given by interns:

“Interning at the Foundation introduced me to some amazing non-profit opportunities that I didn’t even know existed, and after working here, I’ve gained a useful understanding about non-profit management and leadership. It’s definitely a unique opportunity…and it’s paid!”

“Excellent program! I was very impressed with how much the Foundation invests in maximizing the interns’ experience during the program. I was able to learn and accomplish more than I would have in a typical internship.”

For complete program information please visit the website.

Article on Predictors of Success at Large Law Firms

One of the frustrations of the job search is the emphasis that some employers put on law school grades and class rank. However, one recent study suggests that those factors are not the best predictors of success at large law firms.

Read more about this study of more than 1,300 associates from one top 25 law firm trying to combat high associate attrition rates. A summary of the study is available here.

Hot Topics in Family Court Presentation (CLE Credits Available)

The Hot Topics in Family Court Presentation will feature the following topics:
Statutory Changes in Family Law
Alimony/Child Support Calculations
Applying the Internet to Your Practice
Office Management, Fees, Collection & Production
How to Navigate Family Court Information

Presented by:

DCBA Family Courts Committee & Put Something Back
General Master Robert Jones
Marie Davidson, Esq.
Cynthia Dienstag, Esq.
Ed Sachs, CPA
Sookie Williams
Alex Hernandez

WHEN: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

WHERE: Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse
175 N.W. 1st Avenue
11th Floor Conference Room
Miami, FL 33128

TIME: Registration: 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Seminar: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

CLE: 3.5 credits

If you are interested in this program, please contact Randee Breiter in the Career Development Office (“CDO”).

Want to Spend Your Summer Law & Order Style?

Each summer, local and federal criminal prosecutor and defense offices hire law students to serve as legal interns. These positions afford students an opportunity to see the criminal justice system up close.

At the federal level, the United States Attorney’s Office serves as prosecutors. The USAO has offices in all 50 states, with many of them offering unpaid internships to students. The deadline to apply for such positions is generally in January. While summer 2009 deadlines have not yet been set, you can view summer 2008 deadlines to get an idea of what this year’s deadlines will be. In addition, this site will provide information on other U.S. Department of Justice unpaid internships, which are located in Washington, D.C. and are available to law students.

On the defense side, the Federal Public Defender’s Office also has locations around the country, many of which will also hire students for summer positions.

At the state and local level, each city, county, region or state has its own prosecutor and defender offices. Your CDO advisor can help you identify the prosecutor or defender office in the city you are most interested in working this summer. Deadlines can vary. Some examples of upcoming opportunities:

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (Chicago, IL): Application period opens on January 1, 2009 with a deadline of April 15, 2009.

Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office: 1L applications should be received between December and late February. More information is available on the Office’s website.

New York County District Attorney’s Office: Internships are available for 1L and 2L students and are paid ($500/week). 2L students may begin submitting their applications on November 1. 1L students may begin submitting their application on December 1. The deadline for all submissions is December 15, 2008. To learn more, including how to apply, please view Symplicity job posting #4007.

Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Applications for unpaid internships will be accepted from January 2, 2009 to February 13, 2009. More information is available here.

Again, opportunities are available throughout the country including right here in South Florida. Please speak with your CDO advisor to learn more about the organizations in the city you would like to spend your summer in.

Dos and Don’ts of Business Etiquette Fashion Show

Phi Alpha Delta, along with the Career Development Office, is co-hosting a Fashion Show of the Dos and Don’ts of Business Etiquette taking place on November 6, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. during Beer at the Rat. Come see your favorite professors, administrators and student leaders model as well as demonstrate what not to do in your upcoming interviews.

November 2008 Calendar

November 2008
Important Deadlines, Workshops and Events

November 4
1L Out of Town Job Search Workshop
1:00 p.m. – Room 309

November 5
CIA Information Session
12:30 p.m. – Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge

November 6
1L Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
1:00 p.m. – Room 309

November 11
1L Judicial Clerkship and Internship Information Session
1:00 p.m. – Room 309

November 12
Presentation by Ana Veliz of Ruden McClosky and the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar
12:30 p.m. – Room 109

November 13
1L Interviewing and Networking Skills Workshop
1:00 p.m. – Room 309

Sports Financial Advisors Association Event

The Sports Financial Advisors Association invites UM law students to attend its 4th annual national conference on November 7 and 8 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood Florida.

The Sports Financial Advisors Association is a non-profit professional organization of Financial Advisors, Accountants and Attorneys whose practices include professional athletes as clients. The national conference is designed to give financial and legal professionals dedicated to working with the professional athlete the opportunity to increase their capabilities to serve the unique needs of their clientele. Featured speakers include: Susan Bradley CFP, founder of Sudden Wealth Institute and author of Sudden Money Managing a Financial Windfall, Marc Isenberg, author of Money Players, Eric Wilson, Partner of HG Financial a firm specializing in working with athletes and entertainers, Charles Rubin, Esq., attorney specializing in asset protection, with Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Fleisher, P.A, and Northern Trust will present on the topic of charitable foundations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss best practices and strategies with leading financial advisors from around the country.

This is an excellent networking opportunity for interested students. A special student rate will be available. For questions or to register, please visit the Sports Financial Advisors Association website or call 203-856-5364.

Reminder: Upcoming Deadline for the Department of State

Reminder: The deadline to apply for their summer 2009 Student Internship Program is November 3, 2008.

A State Department internship is an opportunity for you to get an inside look at the different types of positions and responsibilities available in foreign affairs.

In addition, the Department of State sponsored Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in eleven critical need foreign languages for summer 2009.

For more information on the Student Intern Program and the Critical Language Scholarship, please see the previous blog posting about these opportunities.

Networking and the Dade County Bar Association

The Dade County Bar Association (DCBA) invites law students to join their organization as student members. Membership in the DCBA gives students opportunities to attend DCBA events which can be excellent networking opportunities with local attorneys. The DCBA has two events taking place in November, a free happy hour and a larger get together with door prizes and a live auction.

To join the DCBA, students must fill out a student application. The cost is $25/year, prorated to $16.70 for this month.

The UM Law student liaison to the DCBA will be manning a table on the bricks on Monday, November 3 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. where students can turn in membership applications and learn more about the DCBA.

The CDO Welcomes 1Ls!

With November* rapidly approaching, the Career Development Office this week will host three orientation sessions for 1Ls to introduce them to the CDO’s resources and services.

All 1Ls should attend one of the following orientation sessions (all sessions are the same):

Tuesday, October 28 – 1:00 p.m. in Room 309
Wednesday, October 29 – 12:30 p.m. in Room 352
Thursday, October 30 – 1:00 p.m. in Room 309

Starting next week, 1L students may begin meeting with their assigned CDO advisor. Any 1L who has not yet received an email from his or her advisor should contact the CDO.

*The Association for Legal Career Professionals (“NALP”) states that first-year law students should not begin the job search process until November of their first year. Pursuant to the NALP guidelines, most legal employers will not accept resumes from 1Ls before December 1st.