This Week at the CDO (Week of November 27, 2017)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

  • Last day of classes – Congratulations on the completion of the fall 2017 semester. Congratulations to the graduating class of December 2017! 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

  • Reading Period Begins – Good luck with finals! 

Information about Reading Period, Finals and Winter Break – The Career Development Office will remain open during reading period, finals and winter break. Students and alumni are welcome to contact our office to schedule advising appointments during this time. *This is the last “This Week at the CDO” for the fall 2017 semester. The weekly posts will return in January, 2018*


Join CIC Miami and Venture Cafe Miami for “The Future of Law in the Tech World” Panel

Please join CIC Miami and Venture Cafe Miami for “The Future of Law in the Tech World” panel:

How is technology effecting the legal industry? In what ways are law firms evolving so they can work more efficiently with start-ups and entrepreneurs? What emerging companies are revolutionizing the legal industry?


James Jones Jr | Co-Founder and CEO of Court Buddy

Josias Dewey | Partner Holland & Knight

Kubs Lalchandani | Partner at Lalchandani Simon PL


Rachel Johnson | Managing Member of J+O Firm

The event will take place December 14 / 6:00 PM to 7:30 P.M. at the UM Life Science Park, Venture Cafe Miami, 1951 Northwest 7th Avenue#600 (Deering 1st floor conference room), Miami, FL 33136.

Link for booking.

2018 SAVE THE DATE: Sixth Annual Central Florida Diversity & Inclusion Picnic


Barry Law School

6441 E. Colonial Drive

Orlando, Florida 32807


Saturday, January 27, 2018 11 AM – 4 PM. Free Admission!

We welcome members of the judiciary, legal practitioners, law students, and paralegals to the Annual Central Florida Diversity & Inclusion Picnic to meet and network with your colleagues, members of the local voluntary bar associations, law firm representatives and other sponsors.


For more information contact: Annie Kwong or Onchantho Am.

ABA Intellectual Property Opportunity for Law Students

Inviting all law students to apply, and to share with other law students who may be interested, the ABA’s 2018 IPLSpring Meeting Law Student Reporter Program application is now open!

Law Student Reporters are given complimentary registration to the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law’s 33rd Annual Intellectual Property Conference in Arlington, VA on April 18-20, while attending the panels, meeting IP attorneys from all over the world and live-tweeting your experience. You learn more about the conference here.

Applications for the program’s first round of decisions are due by Friday, December 1st by 11:59PM EST.  Apply here.

Questions? Email us.

More opportunities are available for law students who join the Law Student Action Group online.


Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Law Department 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Summer Legal Internship Program

In alignment with our focus on the diversity of leadership within our organization, Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to increasing the diversity and inclusion of attorneys within the legal profession overall.

Starting in 1999, Bristol-Myers Squibb created a paid summer internship program for law students who were interested in experiencing the practice of law within a corporate law department. Bristol-Myers Squibb will continue this 10-week summer program in 2018.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Diversity & Inclusion Summer Legal Internship Program is intended to provide exceptional law students with a unique and in-depth opportunity to work in the corporate law department of a premier global BioPharma company. We seek qualified law students of diverse backgrounds (first year preferred, but students at different stages of their legal education will be considered, including LL.M. students), who have exhibited an interest in learning about healthcare, pharmaceutical, or corporate practice.

Although summer internships are not expected to lead to an offer of full-time employment with Bristol-Myers Squibb, our internships provide a professional experience that should prove valuable to participants and future employers. The positions will primarily be located in our Central New Jersey offices with occasional travel to our New York City office. The interns will be making trips between company sites as part of the summer program and are expected to arrange their transportation between sites.

In assessing potential candidates, this program is targeted towards law students from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession and:

• Are in good academic standing and rank in the top 30% of their class and/or carry a 3.0 GPA or better; AND
• Have shown a commitment to high ethical standards.

Candidates who are selected for an interview by Bristol-Myers Squibb should be prepared to respond to any of the following questions:

• How has your law school experience influenced the direction and focus of your future law career?
• What personal characteristics or circumstances make you an excellent candidate for this internship?
• What is your interest in healthcare, pharmaceutical or corporate practice?
• Do you have prior or current experience in the healthcare field (professional or otherwise) and if so, how has that experience influenced your perception of the healthcare field?
• What are your professional aspirations? Where do you see yourself five years after graduating law school?

Candidates should submit their completed applications via email by January 8, 2018. Applications submitted after this date, or formatted incorrectly, will not be considered. To be formatted correctly, each application must be submitted in a single PDF document with the applicant’s name as the title of the file (i.e., John Doe.pdf), and include in the following order:

• Application cover sheet
• A cover letter from the student indicating:
o Why the student is an excellent candidate for the program and specifically how the student would contribute to the program.
o A statement of why diversity and inclusion is important to the student.
• A current resume
• A legal writing sample (no more than 3 pages)
Students selected for interviews may be asked to submit their law school transcript.

For additional details, including the Application Cover Sheet, please ask your CDO advisor or visit the CDO.

MLB Diversity Fellowship Program


This latest venture in Baseball’s efforts to competitively recruit the most talented individuals and brightest young minds entering the workforce will provide the opportunity for young, diverse professionals to experience front office positions that have been traditionally influential in baseball operations decisions.

The MLB Diversity Fellowship Program will allow us to stay true to the ideals of equal opportunity while solidifying Major League Baseball as an organization of choice for all recent graduates, including people of color and women.

This distinct opportunity will place candidates in entry-level roles within one of the MLB Clubs and MLB’s Central Office. The Club-based program will be an 18-to-24-month commitment in a front office or baseball operations role at one of the MLB Clubs around the country participating in the MLB Diversity Fellowship Program.

Additionally, Major League Baseball will offer three entry-level fellowships with a rotational, three-year phase opportunity to: (1) two years in Baseball Operations, focusing on International Operations & Scouting, Umpiring and On-field Rules & Regulations; and (2) one year working within the League Economics Department.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to people of color and female candidates.
  • Candidates must be recent graduates (no more than 24 months post-graduation) with either a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s Degrees or related advanced degree.
  • For those candidates interested in the Club Fellowship Program, a commitment of at least 18 months of employment is required at any participating Club in which you are placed.
  • Exact locations are up to the discretion of Major League Baseball and participating Clubs.
  • For those candidates interested in the Office of the Commissioner Fellowship Program, you must commit to at least three years of employment located in New York City.
  • The deadline for application is FRIDAY, NOV. 17, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. EST.

Application documentation:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter is optional
  • Transcript
  • A personal statement (500 words or less)
  • Baseball essay (500 words or less)

See the website for additional details.

Twin Cities Diversity on Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship Summer 2018

Gain Experience at Both a Law Firm and a Corporation!

First-year law students now have a unique summer clerkship opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working at an in-house corporate law department. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of law firms and corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Our mission is to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community.

How Does the Program Work?

This program connects top legal employers with talented 1L students of color. Students will have the opportunity to work at one of the nation’s best law firms. As part of the law firm clerkship, the students will spend one “rotation” (typically 3 to 4 weeks) working in the law department of a major corporation. Not only will the clerk get valuable legal training essential for success at most law firms, the clerk will gain “real world” insights into the fast-paced environment of a corporate law department.

Which Corporations are Participating?

The corporate participants in this program are Fortune 500 global companies headquartered in the Twin Cities.

It’s Easy to Apply!

  • Read the Frequently-Asked Questions for further details about the program.
  • E-mail your resume, undergraduate transcript and a cover letter to any or all of the participating law firms. In your cover letter, reference the ‘Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Summer Rotation Clerkship’ and explain the following: a) Why are you interested in the Twin Cities legal market? b) What do you hope to gain from a summer split between a law firm and corporate legal department?
  • Apply now! Firms will begin considering applications as they are received. Deadline for applying is January 16, 2018. Students are encouraged to apply before winter break.
  • Questions? Ask your CDO advisor or any of the contacts on the website.


Animal Law Institute 2018 Fellowship With the Animal Legal Defense Fund

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is pleased to announce a fellowship position with the ALDF Animal Law Institute, a first-of-its-kind program that, by training classes of promising litigators in strategic impact litigation, will further ALDF’s mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.

Term of Employment: Full-time – Beginning in the fall of 2018 and will last for approximately two years. Position will be based in Cotati, California.

Reports to: Director of Litigation.

Position Objectives: Litigation Fellows in ALDF’s Litigation Program are responsible for the day-to-day management of their assigned cases and projects, including ensuring the completion of all necessary research, filings, and other aspects of litigation. Litigation Fellows are also responsible for assisting the Director of Litigation in developing new cases.


  • Must have a J.D., excelled in law school, and be admitted to practice law in at least one state (CA preferred, but not required) (awaiting bar results ok)
  • Must have graduated from law school in the last three years (Class of 2015 and after)
  • Must understand and be committed to the mission of the Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Must have excellent organizational and prioritization skills and be able to meet deadlines
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be computer literate and have experience with software applications, including, Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with members, supporters, co-workers, and opposing counsel
  • Must have a positive attitude and be able to work cooperatively with others and function well in a team-oriented work environment
  • We encourage all interested individuals to apply — especially people of color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender or anyone belonging to any other federal or state protected category. 

Salary and benefits: The positions offer a salary of $55,000 annually, and full benefits including medical, dental, 401k, holiday and generous Paid Time Off. Casual office environment, including bringing in your companion animals. Some remote work-from-home days allowed.

Application Instructions: The application deadline for this position is November 30, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage applicants to apply early. Applicants should email an application form, cover letter, résumé (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) to ALDF’s Legal Program Administrator, Cheryl Workman.

For additional details regarding duties, etc., visit the website.

This Week at the CDO (Week of November 13th, 2017)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Careers in Social Justice – 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM – Law School Campus, Room A-110: Attorneys will discuss career paths that lead to careers in social justice. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Brenda Louard in the CDO.

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers 2018 Writing Competition

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce awards to be presented for:

(a) the best book

(b) the best publishable article, book chapter, or substantial book review

(c) the best student note or comment on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law.

The awards include cash payments of $2500, $2000, and $1000, respectively, a Certificate of Recognition from the College, and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2017 meeting of the College.  In any given year, depending on submissions, all three awards, or fewer, may be made.

Eligible entries will address a topic on consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation.  Works on subjects within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.

Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2016, and December 1, 2017.  The deadline for submission is December 1, 2017.  Unpublished entries should be typed, double spaced, and in law review format.

The winners will be honored at the annual meeting of the College held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, to be held in Orlando, Florida in April 2018.

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is a nonprofit association of attorneys who have made significant contributions to consumer financial services law over an extended period of time.  Its members include academics, present and former federal and state regulatory and enforcement officers, authors in the field, private practitioners, counsel for financial institutions and other service providers, and representatives of consumer protection and advocacy organizations.

Entries must be submitted in electronic format and should be sent to:

Elizabeth C. Yen, ACCFSL Writing Competition Chair
Hudson Cook, LLP

More information on the College may be found online.