The Annual Reiff Law Firm Legal Scholarship

Submissions for the 2020 award are now open. We will announce the winner in August 2020.

The Philadelphia law firm of The Reiff Law Firm, personal injury and car accident lawyers since 1979, is pleased to announce that we are currently offering young law students the 2020 Reiff Law Firm Legal Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is open to any student studying for a career in the legal field. All applicants must be:

  1. Pursuing an undergrad degree in pre-law, political science, or paralegal studies, or;
  2. Working towards their J.D. in any concentration related to the law.

Scholarship Eligibility:

All applicants for the Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be a citizen of the United States.
  2. You must demonstrate plans to enroll for admission‚ or have proof of current full-time enrollment at an accredited institution in pursuit of a J.D. If you have not yet received your acceptance into law school‚ you may still apply‚ but the scholarship will not be released without proof of acceptance and enrollment.
  3. Undergraduate students may apply; however, they should be able to meet the scholarship eligibility criteria outlined in bullet item two.
  4. Your GPA must meet a minimum score of 3.0.

The recipient must provide the following documents in order to be considered eligible:

  • A transcript reflecting the student’s current academic standing, including a minimum GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Proof of admission and enrollment at an accredited institution of higher education in pursuit of a J.D.
  • Proof that you are attending law school either this or next calendar year in the form of a transcript or acceptance letter.

Application Materials:

All applicants need to submit the following application materials by July 1, 2020:

  • A completed Legal Scholarship Application (provided on our website).
  • A 650-word essay on what goals he or she hopes to accomplish through eventual employment in the legal field.
  • A valid transcript (college or university) reflecting current academic standing, including at least a 3.0 GPA, and proof of acceptance and/or enrollment.

Failure to include all required application materials will result in a rejection of the application.


The student who is selected will be notified of their selection for the $1,000 award in early August 2020.


Eligible applications must be completed and received or postmarked no later than July 1‚ 2020.

For additional details and information, please visit the firm website.

The Skadden Fellowships

The Skadden Fellowship provides two years of funding to work in the public interest, addressing the civil legal needs of people living in poverty in the US. In advance of our application period, our goal is to provide as much helpful information as possible so each applicant can put their best foot forward.

The Foundation remains fully committed to the Fellowship program. We have recently posted the updated application, along with updated FAQs, on our website’s application process page. The Skadden Fellowship application will be due on September 14, 2020.

For additional general information about the Skadden Fellowship, please consider joining one of our virtual information sessions. The dates and times are listed below, and the dates, times, and log-in information are all posted on our website’s application process page. The information sessions will include an update on the Foundation’s funding guidelines for the coming application cycle, including an update that immigration-related projects will be considered as long as the client community is living in poverty and in the US (as is required for all Skadden projects).

Wednesday, May 27 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Tuesday, Jun 16 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

Thursday, Jul 9 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  ET

Monday, Aug 3 2020, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET




Updated Summer 2020 Legal Research Boot Camp Series

Miami Law will have a workshop series designed to prepare you for the legal research assignments you will encounter in your summer internship, research assistantship, coursework, or first job. All sessions will be held via Zoom.

Please see the following:

Monday, May 18th  at 12 PM: Creating a Research Plan

Monday, May 18th at 2 PM: Search Strategies

Tuesday, May 19th at 12 PM: Secondary Sources

Tuesday,  May 19th  at  2 PM: Using Forms in Practice

Wednesday,  May  20th  at  12 PM: Finding Statutes

Wednesday,  May  20th  at 2 PM:Intro. to Admin. Law Research

Thursday,  May  21st  at  12 PM: Finding Cases

Thursday,  May  21st  at  2 PM: Finding Court Documents

Friday,  May   22nd  at 1 2 PM: Cost Effective Legal Research

To register, please click here.

For questions, please contact Reference & Instructional Services Librarian Nicholas Mignanelli.


New Dates Announced for Foreign Service Officer Test – July 11-25, 2020!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Foreign Service Officer. We are pleased to announce the next Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) will be offered July 11-25, 2020, with registration open from June 1-July 3.

We know you have been anxious to register and take the FSOT, but the current circumstances required us to postpone the dates. The safety and security of the American people, our workforce, and prospective candidates are a top priority for the U.S. Department of State.

We encourage you to register early as test sites may be limited due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders. Additionally, the July FSOT will not be offered at U.S. Embassies and consulates overseas. Please check the Pearson VUE COVID-19 Update Page regularly for the latest testing availability and to review the health and safety measures required for testing.

See Department of State website for additional details.



*POSTPONED* – INTEL DIVERSITY & INCLUSION TECH SUMMIT FOR LAW STUDENTS. Was scheduled for July 17, 2020 – San Francisco, CA.

To protect the health of everyone planning to attend the D&I Tech Summit for Law Students and to maximize students’ opportunity to explore a legal career in the tech industry, Intel and our law firm partners have made the decision to postpone the D&I Tech Summit for Law Students from July to a later date.  The State of California, like many other states, has issued guidelines around large scale gatherings to help contain the spread of the virus.  It is unclear how long these restrictions will remain in place.  In addition, law schools have had to adjust how classes are taught, and legal employers are evaluating changes to the recruiting process for this summer and next school year.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will set another date as soon as we can.  In the meantime, all the best to you and your families.  We hope you all stay safe!

2020 HNBA/VIA Virtual Career Fair – August 5 – 6, 2020

Law firms, in-house legal departments, and agencies/organizations seeking to hire qualified Latinx attorneys and law students from across the country should not miss this opportunity to identify top diverse candidates at the 2020 HNBA/VIA Virtual Career Fair (VCF)—the Nation’s largest career fair for Hispanic attorneys and law students! The VCF helps match your organization with qualified diverse attorneys from a variety of practice areas, and at all levels of experience, as well as top law students. Fulfilling our mission, the VCF expands access and opportunity for employers and Latinx legal professionals and students, all in one place—a cost-effective win/win for everyone.


Important Dates

Attorney/Student Registration Deadline
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Employer Registration Deadline
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Resumes of all participants sent to Employers
Friday, July 17, 2020

Attorney/Student Bidding Closes
Sunday, July 19, 2020

Employer Selection
Friday, July 24, 2020

Attorney/Student accept/decline interviews
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Distribute Virtual Interview Schedule
Friday, July 31, 2020

2020 HNBA/VIA Virtual Career Fair
Wednesday & Thursday, August 5 – 6, 2020

Sign Up Today!

Download the 2020 HNBA/VIA VCF Flyer and share with your colleagues and network!

Attorneys/Students: log in to your HNBA account to access the link to register.
Cost: FREE!


The 2020 American College of Employee Benefits Counsel law student writing contest deadline has been extended from June 1, 2020 to the end of day on June 15th, 2020. Those who have already submitted may resubmit by the extended deadline if they would like to make any revisions.

SUBJECT:                            Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.

OPEN TO:                             Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2019 and August 15, 2020, who have not at any time engaged in the practice of law. 

SUBMIT BY:                        June 15th, 2020 (end of day – extended)

UP TO TWO PRIZES:      Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award: $1,500 and Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500

Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on in September 12, 2020 in Chicago.  They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States.  The College will also use its best efforts to have one or more of the winning papers published in the Benefits Law Journal or another professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the College’s Writing Prize Committee and the editors of the publication.

Writing Prize Rules: 

  1. Eligibility/Topics. Except as provided in (6) below, applicants must be enrolled full-time or part-time in law school between August 15, 2019 and August 15, 2020 seeking a J.D. or a graduate law degree (e.g., L.L.M. or S.J.D.), and not at any time admitted to the practice of law in any jurisdiction.  Papers must deal with employee benefits topics.  As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses’ or domestic partners’ benefits, collectively-bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation, fiduciary obligations or the tax treatment of benefits/contributions.
  • Papers should not exceed 40 pages (double-spaced, in 12 point type, with an inch margin on each side), not including footnotes.
  • Papers must be submitted as email attachments and should be submitted as Word or pdf documents. No information identifying the author or law school should be included in the text, the footnotes, or the filename.  That information, an address, a telephone number and enrollment status information should be provided in the email message.
  • Submissions may include papers prepared for class assignments, law journals or other purposes, as well as those written especially for the Prize.
  • Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other law school journals or periodicals but not yet published are eligible for the Prize, provided that (i) the version submitted for the Prize does not reflect any changes made to the paper after submission of the manuscript to any publication and (ii) the College receives any consents necessary to publish or republish the article.
  1. Selection of Winners. Winning papers will be selected by the Writing Prize Committee based on the factors they deem relevant.  Among other factors, the Committee will consider: (i) depth and creativity of legal analysis; (ii) thoroughness of legal research; (iii) organization and writing style; (iv) difficulty of subject matter; and (v) consideration of employee benefits policy implications.  A focused, in depth analysis of a discrete topic generally is considered more favorably than a broad survey piece.  Presentation (e.g., organization, proofreading, proper grammar, etc.) also carries substantial weight.  The Committee may decline to consider a poorly organized paper or one laden with grammatical errors for those reasons alone.  The determination of the Committee is final.  It is anticipated that winners will be notified by July 24, 2020, or shortly thereafter.
  2. Publication of Winning Articles(s). The College will use its best efforts to arrange for publication of the winning papers in a professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the Writing Prize Committee and the publication’s editors.  In addition, the winning papers will be posted on the College’s website.
  3. Prizes. There are cash awards for two winning papers.  However, the College may, in its discretion, decide to split prizes, to award additional prizes or to award fewer than two prizes. Winners will be guests of the College during its annual black tie dinner to be held on September 12, 2020 in Chicago.  The College covers the travel and lodging expenses for the prize recipients as well as that of one guest each.
  4. Deadline. Papers must be submitted in the manner described in paragraph 1(b) above and must be received no later than Midnight, Eastern Time, on June 15, 2020. 
  5. Disclaimer. The College disclaims responsibility for any failure to give due consideration to any submission due to any email or other electronic transmission, storage or archival errors, regardless of the cause.  However, the Committee may waive the eligibility requirements applicable to any student whose submitted paper was not afforded due consideration on account of such an error in a prior year’s contest.

For information concerning the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel or the competition, contact Brian Dougherty, Chair of the ACEBC Writing Prize Committee, or consult the website.


The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2020

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2020 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2019. Graduate students in law school (LL.M. candidates) are not eligible.

Prizes are as follows: First Place: $3000; Second Place: $1000, and Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the ABA Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for outstanding legal writing.

Complete rules are attached and should be read in their entirety. Competition rules can also be found on the College website.

Articles must be submitted via email using the subject line “Writing Competition,” by midnight (EDT) on June 15, 2020. To assure that competition judges are not provided information on authors’ identity, a separate cover page must be submitted with your manuscript (see last page of rules). No personal information should appear on the manuscript itself; however, the title should appear at the top of the first page and pages should be numbered. Do not include your name as part of the file names of your Word or PDF documents; instead use a descriptive name related to the subject matter of your article, such as “Free Speech and the National Labor Relations Act,” or “Religion and Employment Law.”

Publication and Prizes: 

  1. The following prizes are available: First Place: $3,000; Second Place:  $1,000;  and Third Place: $500.
  1. One or more articles may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.
  1. Names of the authors of the winning articles and titles of their articles will be mentioned in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.
  1. The author of the first-place winning article will be invited as a guest of the annual Continuing Legal Education program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Law.
  1. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers may, at its discretion, include a copy of any or all of the prize-winning manuscripts in an issue of its newsletter or on its web site.
  1. Editors of the ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law have the final authority, in their discretion, over whether to publish a winning article. A paper may not be published, among other reasons, if the winning paper’s topic is the same, or similar to, other articles that have largely covered the field or predominantly covered the field or predominantly covered the field.

For the 2020 Law Student Writing Competition and Student Information and Verification form, see the website or ask your CDO advisor.


This Week at the CDO (Week of April 20th, 2020)

Tuesday, April 21, 2020:

  • Last day of classes– Congratulations on the completion of the spring 2020 semester and the 2019-2020 academic year.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020:

  • Reading Period Begins.

Friday, April 24, 2020:

  • Final Exams Begin – Good luck with finals!

Information about Reading Period, Finals and Summer Break – The Career Development Office is available to assist during reading period, finals and summer break. Students and alumni are welcome to contact our office during this time.

 *This is the last “This Week at the CDO” for the 2019-2020 academic year. The weekly posts will return in the fall.*


The Cuban American Bar Foundation (CABF) Scholarship Application is Available – Applications Due May 31st


The Cuban American Bar Foundation (“CABF”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to Cuban-American law students and law students interested in activities of importance to the Cuban-American community. Since its inception, CABF has provided scholarships for deserving law students in accredited law schools and has honored the memory of distinguished lawyers and judges by awarding scholarships in their memory.


Financial assistance is based on academic performance, leadership potential, and participation in community programs including, but not limited to, volunteer hours. Scholarships are awarded annually, provided funds are available.


CABA Foundation awards scholarships on the basis of a comprehensive process. Areas that are reviewed by the committee include, but are not limited to, the following: Academic Accomplishments, Community Service, References, Personal Essay and Financial Need. CABA Foundation pays scholarship funds directly to the recipient. Scholarships are awarded annually. Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. Scholarships awarded are based upon the availability of funds and additional qualifying criteria.


  • Applicant must be a law student of Cuban heritage who has distinguished himself/herself academically and/or in service-oriented activities; OR any law student who has distinguished himself/herself in research, writing, community services, and/or other activities of importance to the Cuban-American community;
  • Applicant must be a currently enrolled student in good academic standing at an accredited law school;
  • Applicant must submit a complete formal application for a CABA Foundation Scholarship;
  • Applicants must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States; and
  • Applicants must complete and submit a typed Scholarship Application and provide all supporting documents listed below (i.e., resume, evidence of enrollment, etc.) no later than May 31, 2020.


  • Applications and supporting documentation are due no later than May 31,2020.
  • Candidates may be asked for an interview by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Applicants are notified if awarded a scholarship by June 15, 2020.



  • A typed Scholarship Application (If any question does not apply to you in this application, please put N/A in the space);
  • A competitive essay (no more than 1,000 words) focusing on, and describing in detail, the activities and achievements that qualify him/her for the award, as well as a statement of financial need;
  • An updated resume;
  • A copy of his/her transcripts


  • Candidates will be notified by phone or email in June regarding the status of your application;
  • Awards will be made out and given directly to the recipient;
  • Awards will be given at the Annual Scholarship Awards Reception; Date: TBA
  • Applicant must provide their correct mailing address, if unable to attend the reception;
  • Award amounts will be distributed annually after all requirements are met;


  • Maria Garcia, President, CABA
  • Subject: 2020 CABA Foundation Scholarship Application – [Applicant Name]

The application is also available online.