Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Fish & Richardson P.C. offers fellowships to diverse first year law students in their ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the lgal profession.  The 1L Diversity Fellowhip Program is comprised of four components:  mentoring, $5,000 scholarship, a paid summer associate position in the domestic office of the student's choice, and participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program.

Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community, and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson's practice.

Applications for the 2013 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2012 through January 7, 2013.

For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.  Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tax Law Panel

The Rutgers Tax Law Society is pleased to invite you to its annual:

Careers in Tax Law Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 27
Room 70 at 6:30pm

Panelists will discuss the wide range of career opportunities available to students interested in tax law, as well as other areas that relate to tax law. They will speak about their own career paths and the reasons why they chose their specific field. Panelists will advise students on the best way to make the most of career opportunities in the current economy. Dinner will be provided.

Panelists include:
The Hon. Mala Narayanan, J.T.C. – Tax Court of New Jersey
Tracy Pho – Law Clerk to The Hon. Mala Narayanan, J.T.C.
Leo Matarazzo, Esq. – Cole, Shotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A.
John Crucs, Esq. – KPMG, LLP
Marco Franco, Esq. – Internal Revenue Service
Richard Sapinski, Esq. – Sills Cummis
Steven Sholk, Esq. – Gibbons, P.C.
Hal Lorman, Esq. – Harold A. Lorman, CPA/FCS
Richard Stein – Randall & Stein, P.A.

The first hour will include a panel discussion. There will then be ashort break for dinner. The panel will conclude with a Q&A session.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

CANCELLED - New York County District Attorney's Office 4th Annual Interviewing Skills and Resume Workshop

The New York County District Attorney's Office Diversity Committee will host the 4th Annual Interviewing Skills and Resume Workshop on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 4:30 – 7:00pm. A panel of Assistant District Attorneys will discuss how to improve your interviewing skills and successfully navigate the interview process. Learn what we seek in applicants and have your resume critiqued by members of our Hiring Board. An opportunity to meet the members of our Diversity Committee will follow the discussion.

To RSVP, you must email your name, law school, and year of graduation to by Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Students who would like their resume critiqued by a member of our Hiring Board must indicate “Resume Critique” in the RSVP. 

The program is open to current law students on a first come, first serve basis. The on-site resume review critique begins at 4:30pm and the panel discussion will commence at 5:30pm. All portions of the program will begin promptly.

Due to the overwhelming response to prior events, please note that only those students who RSVP will be permitted to attend. If you have any questions or would like attend, please email all required information to

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


The Johnson & Johnson Law Department Invites You To Attend


Friday, October 5, 2012
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters
One Johnson & Johnson Plaza
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08933

Join us for an engaging one-day seminar discussing the role of in-house counsel, why it can be a rewarding career choice, and how best to pursue it.

The seminar will include:
  • An interactive showcase of areas of expertise practiced by in-house counsel (Mergers and acquisitions, litigation, intellectual property, health care regulation, tax, international practice, and others)
  • A career planning discussion about becoming in-house counsel
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities with current in-house attorneys

Registration is limited.  Please RSVP by September 28th via e-mail to LDIHC@ITS.JNJ.COM 
Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters is easily accessible by train or car. 

Lunch and a welcome gift bag will be provided.

Sponsored by the Johnson & Johnson Law Department Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Federal Circuit Bar Association Complimentary Webcast!

The Diversity and Law Clerks & Students Committees present:

Diverse Career Paths


Paul Singh Grewal, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court,
Northern District of California
Erin M. Dunston, Shareholder, Buchanan, Ingersoll, & Rooney LLP
Scott A. Herbst, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Stephanie Schonewald, Associate, Steptoe & Johnson LLP


Michael S. Mireles, Professor of Law, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

In the midst of an economic downturn, thoughtful career planning is a must and more information is helpful in formulating a career plan. This panel will explore the career path and planning process for four successful attorneys. What prepared them for a career practicing intellectual property law? What was the role of networking in leading to their current position? What advice do they have for students and attorneys in building a career? How did they find success and fulfillment in the practice of law? We hope to answer these questions and others during the panel discussion.

This Webcast is Complimentary
To register for this Program, please follow these instructions:
1) In-Person Participation. Those wishing to participate in person please visit
2) Internet Participation. Those wishing to participate via the Internet, please visit our website: and click on the Upcoming tab. Use registration password “CareerPaths12”. Please enter coupon code that applies (listed next to each category above) upon checkout to receive discounted price.
3) Onsite participation for law students is free. Registration is required. Use link above or contact Greg Glofak,
4) For special “group” pricing and student groups interested in FREE internet participation, contact Greg Glofak,

FCBA will not offer CLE credit for this event.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bloomberg Law's Guide to Acing Legal Job Interviews

Bloomberg Law has released a five-episode video series on Acing Legal Job Interviews:  It features the hiring partners at DLA Piper, Jones Day and Mayer Brown, among others. The videos address a variety of questions, including:

What should I bring to the interview?
What questions can I expect?
What should I wear?

Is it ever OK to lie to an interviewer?
What’s the worst interviewing story you’ve ever heard?
What are good questions to ask about the employer?
Should I take notes during the interview?
What are the rules for a lunch interview?
Thank-you letters: Handwritten or by email?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

APIEL brings together activists, attorneys, students, scientists and concerned citizens working for environmental justice throughout Appalachia and surrounding states. The conference features a series of workshops and dialogues led by activists, lawyers and scientists with the goal of exchanging information, sharing skills, and fostering collaboration between the grassroots, the bar, and future lawyers and policy-makers.  

Workshops address the region's most pressing ecological problems, as well as the underlying laws, policies and institutional dynamics that have enabled these issues to occur.  This year's conference will be held at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, TN from October 26-October 28.  For more information about APIEL and the conference, click here.  A complete schedule of events and registration information will be made available as the conference approaches.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

GOVERNMENT HONORS AND INTERNSHIP HANDBOOK Great resource now available! If you are interested in an internship or post-graduate position with a federal agency or department, this handbook, published by the University of Arizona, is an invaluable resource. The 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is now online. This Handbook is a web-based comprehensive listing of federal, state and local legal internships and post-graduation honors programs. This year's Handbook contains information about 143 programs offered by 48 federal employers, and 58 programs offered by 49 state and local employers, for a total of 202 Honors and Internship opportunities. It describes each employer's mission and organizational structure, and provides links to employer websites. It also includes deadline tables, Government Service salary schedules, tips for finding housing in Washington DC and other geographic locations, government regulations for hiring non-citizens and information about government background checks. Information on how to access the Handbook, including a password and username, can be found in the Resources section of Symplicity. **NOTE** There are many programs with upcoming deadlines. For example: * Department of Justice Honors and Law Intern Programs (deadline September 4, 2012) * Department of State - Office of the Legal Advisor (Civil) 3-Year New Attorney Program (deadline September 1, 2012) * Department of the Interior - Office of the Solicitor 2013 Honors Attorney Program (deadline September 7, 2012) * Federal Trade Commission - Bureau of Competition - Entry-Level Attorney Program (September 15, 2012)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Attend the Practising Law Institute's Programs on Scholarship!!

PLI offers scholarships to students for our live AND archived programs. In most cases, you'll only pay a $25 scholarship application fee . . . for programs that attorneys pay up to almost $2,000 for! 

If you can, attend a live program for top-notch networking opportunities, on top of all of the cutting-edge substance. Or watch a Live Webcast. In either case, be sure to get your scholarship application in to us at least one month in advance of the live program you want to attend or watch.  PLI also offers access to their archived programs. (The scholarship process can take up to a month, even if you're looking to watch an archived program.)

Here are some highlights of PLI's upcoming programs. For more information on each program, click here and search for the program by date.
  • Patent Bar Review* (Boston, July 11-15; Chicago, August 7-11; other locations and homestudy:
  • Prior Art, Obviousness, and the America Invents Act in 2012
    (SF & Web, July 23)
  • Basics of International Taxation 2012 (NY & Web, July 23-24)
  • Ethics for Discovery 2012 (NY & Web, July 25)
  • This Really Happened: A Review of Real World Ethical Issues 2012 (NY & Web, July 25)
  • Understanding the Securities Laws 2012 (NY, July 26-27)
  • 15th Children's Law Institute (NY & Web, July 30)
  • Writing for Transactional Lawyers 2012 (NY & Web, July 31)
  • Negotiation Workshop for Lawyers 2012 (NY, August 1)
  • Securities Arbitration 2012 (NY & Web, August 2)
  • Prison Law 2012 (NY & Web, August 3)
  • ERISA: The Evolving World 2012 (NY & Web, August 6-7)
  • 14th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2011 Term
    (NY & Web, August 9)
  • Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings 2012 (NY & Web, August 13)
*Full scholarships are not available for the Patent Bar Review, but students get a substantial discount.

To apply for a scholarship to any of the above (or future) programs, click here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

2012 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair

Are you passionate about starting your career in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm? Looking to meet legal employers from large, medium and small firms, as well as government agencies, corporations and members of the judiciary? Get a jump start on creating lasting relationships at the 2012 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair. 

The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair seeks candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. We cordially invite fall 2012 full-time 2L students (graduating May 2014) or part-time 2L and 3L (graduating Dec 2014/May 2015) to participate in the fifth annual IndyBar Diversity Job Fair to be held July 26-27, 2012. 

Employers will be hiring clerks or interns, not offering permanent placement; they will expect to interview 2Ls or those graduating spring 2013/2014 based on full or part-time status.

Destination Employment: In 2011, 25 employers extended 34 employment offers and 20% of 78 student participants will work in Indianapolis this summer. With 20% more employers participating in 2012, we look forward to your networking and interviewing success.

Student registration deadline is June 18, 2012. Students, register via Symplicity by clicking here.  After you register, a password will be provided to you, which enables you to use the system throughout the next few months. This will be different than an OCI password. There is NO FEE for students to participate in the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair. Bidding will take place June 18-22, 2012.

Interviews at the Job Fair are arranged as follows: 10 of the 14 interviews will be pre-selected by the employer; the other four interviews will be assigned according to interest of the student. All interviews will be conducted at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites in meeting suites.

Students will have a maximum of seven interviews, but will have the additional opportunities to meet and network with employers at the Welcome Reception on Thursday, July 26 or during the Keynote Lunch on Friday, July 27. 

For more information, including hotel registration information, information on applying for a student scholarship, and schedule of events, click here.

Friday, June 8, 2012

2012 Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference

The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law® Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. Over 1,500 practicing attorneys, scholars, law students, members of the judiciary, and other legal professionals are expected to attend the Career Fair and Conference.  The event will feature career, networking, and continuing legal education opportunities tailored to the LGBT legal community.  By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their identity and their aspirations to become part of a bias-free work environment.

The Lavender Law® Career Fair kicks off with a panel of legal practitioners with experience working in government, non-profit, small and large firms. The panel will be guided by a law career services professional will discuss the tools, considerations and critical aspects to find, research and evaluate LGBT-friendly employers in each of these legal arenas.

For more information and to register, click here.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

SFIPLA Bay Area Job Fair

The San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association will be sponsoring its 15th Annual Bay Area Job Fair on Sunday, July 29, 2012.  To participate, you must complete your registration and employer selections by 5:00 PM on Monday, June 18, 2012

Only The Job Fair will be held at the University of California, Hastings College of Law, 198 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.  Interviews will be 20 minutes in length from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  There will be a catered lunch break from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.  

Only student members of SFIPLA are permitted to participate in the job fair.  If you are not a member, student registration materials are available at  Note that student membership for the purpose of the job fair does not require residence in the membership area.

For detailed information, including registration information and instructions, click here.  To register, click here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vault/MCCA 7th Annual Legal Diversity Career Fair and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association will host a legal diversity career fair to provide minority, female, LGBT, and candidates with disabilities the opportunity to meet and network with recruiters from law firms, government agencies, corporate law departments and nonprofit organizations who are firmly committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.  Some employers will conduct interviews at the career fair by invitation only.  

While all students and lateral associates are welcome to attend, this event is specifically designed for the following underrepresented groups:

  • 2L minority, female, LGBT and candidates with disabilities who have not yet committed to a firm or other employer for summer 2013
  • Lateral minority, female, LGBT and candidates with disabilities who are looking for new opportunities
  • A limited number of employers may also wish to interview rising 3Ls for entry-level associate positions

The career fair will take place on July 27 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Grand Hyatt Washington, D.C. and will include a Law Firm Diversity Awards Breakfast as well as a Diversity Luncheon.  Registration for both is required and seating is limited.

For additional information and to register, click here.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cole Schotz Diversity Scholarship

Cole Schotz provides a Diversity Scholarship to a diverse, second-year, full-time law student in good standing.  Consideration is given to the candidate's academic achievement, involvement in community service, demonstrated leadership abilities, and advancement of diversity in the legal profession.  The recipient will receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be a full-time student in good standing who will complete his/her first year of law school at an ABA accredited law school by July 1
  • Must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 at his/her undergraduate school and law school
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the USA as well as attend an ABA accredited law school in a state where Cole Schotz's office are located:  Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, or Texas
  • Must not be the recipient of another diversity scholarship award
The application deadline is July 1, 2012.  For complete application materials, contact the OCS at or come by the office to pick-up application materials.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Summer Associate Success Free Webinar is sponsoring a free webinar offering experts' perspectives on how to ensure your success as a summer associate -- and end the summer with a permanent job offer in hand.

Panelists Include:

* Rachel Marx -- Law Editor of
* Wendy Siegel -- Director, Recruitment and Marketing at New York University School of Law
* Donna Gerson -- Author, Lawyer, and Business Etiquette Expert
* Recruiter from Vault 100 Firm -- TBA

You may submit questions in advance by clicking here to register.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2012. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2013 in one of our following offices: Birmingham, AL; Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN; or Houston, TX. Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

Scholarship applications are now available. The application deadline is June 22, 2012.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the scholarship program, click here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Keys to Summer Success

In most cases, your upcoming summer experience is essentially a 8-10 week interview, either for another position next summer or post-graduation, or to determine whether you are someone this employer can recommend to others in the future. Although this may seem intimidating, keep in mind that you would not have been hired if the employer did not think that you were going to succeed. Whatever type of legal employer you work for – firm, government or public interest organization, corporation or judge – there are things you can do to help ensure that you will be in that employer’s good graces at the end of the summer. Be sure to remember, however, that this summer is not only about performing for the employer. You have an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the profession in which you will be working and gain practical experience . You should make it your aim to get as much out of the experience as you can.

Here are five things you can do to help ensure that you get the most out the summer.

Do good work and work hard. Nothing will impress an employer more than proving them right about your ability to do the job. After all, receiving an offer for the summer means that those who interviewed you believed you have what it takes to succeed in their organization. The quality of your work product should be your priority from your first day on the job to your last. Proof-read all of your work carefully and submit only polished and completed assignments, not drafts. Be meticulous and efficient on every assignment (even the ones that aren’t particularly interesting to you). Take the responsibilities that are given to you seriously and show that you value the opportunity that has been afforded you. Don’t miss deadlines, be late to meetings or over-extend yourself. If you reliably produce excellent work product and demonstrate a commitment to the work, you greatly increase your chances of being asked back if there is a position to fill.

Ask lots of questions. Asking questions is one of the best ways to learn and to express your interests. Be proactive about your professional development by exploring legal issues and seeking career advice from the attorneys you work with. In addition, you should not be afraid to ask as many questions as you feel you need to in order to understand fully the work assigned to you. Before you walk out of the room after receiving an assignment, make sure that you understand things such as the format in which your assignment should be completed (e.g., memorandum, oral report, draft brief, letter to client), by what date the assigning attorney wants the project completed and whether there is a limit on the amount of time you should spend or the kinds of research materials that you may use. Follow up with the assigning attorney if you realize later that you are still unsure about how best to proceed. No question will make you look as bad as answering the wrong question in a memo or racking up thousands of dollars in LEXIS fees for a client that will not pay for electronic research. Confirming that you understand the parameters of your assignment helps ensure that your final work product is acceptable to the assigning attorney.

Build relationships and stay in touch. Build relationships with the attorneys or organization where you will be working, as well as with any other law students who are there for the summer. Show initiative and an ability to work independently, but not competitiveness or arrogance. Most legal employers value attorneys who are able to work well in a team environment. Try to work with as many different attorneys as you can over the course of the summer. Doing so will give you exposure to various work and lawyering styles, as well as to more attorneys who may have a say in later hiring decisions. Remember that you can learn a lot from the support staff, who sometimes can be more approachable when questions or problems arise. It can be easy to fly under the radar during a summer position. This won’t help you when future hiring decisions are made and the decision-makers can’t remember your work, what you were like or, even worse, can’t remember you at all. Once the summer comes to an end, don’t just disappear. You have made some significant contact with people who will soon be your professional peers. Even if you don’t end up working full-time for the employer you work for this summer, relationships you develop may prove to be valuable connections for your future career.

Seek out feedback and other growth opportunities. This not only serves the purpose of finding out if you produced satisfactory work, but also allows you to gather information that will help you improve on your future assignments and general lawyering skills. You may be asked to complete another assignment for the same attorney, so listen carefully to feedback. This will help you improve your performance the next time around. Attend training programs or seminars that are given or promoted by your employer. Take advantage of opportunities to learn more about the profession and/or an area of law in which you think you might like to practice. For example, if you are invited to attend a deposition or hearing, sit in on a settlement or contract negotiation or participate in a client meeting – go! If you aren’t invited, ask if you may tag along. Also, to the extent possible, attend internal meetings and social events to find out as much as you can about the organization where you are working to determine whether it is the right place for you. This also has the added bonus of putting yourself in situations where you are more likely to meet (and hopefully impress) attorneys at that organization. However, make sure that you leave yourself with enough time to complete your assignments in a proper and timely fashion.

Be professional and have a great attitude. Maintaining a positive attitude throughout the summer goes a long way to making a favorable impression – farther than most people realize. A positive attitude means not only acting professionally and respectfully at all times and toward all people, including support staff, but also showing a genuine interest in and enjoying the things that you will experience. Part of your evaluation will be your ability to mesh with the culture of the organization and the other people who work there. For most employers, someone who is consistently respectful, confident and courteous will more likely been seen as a person who will “fit-in” well. Don’t get drunk at social events, don’t tell or email dirty jokes or otherwise make insensitive comments. Use discretion when discussing cases, clients or other attorneys . . .you never know who may be riding in the elevator with you and may overhear your comments. Be a positive addition to any team. Realize not only that you have something to contribute, but also that you can learn from the others with whom you work. All attorneys experience setbacks, defeats and criticism during their careers. If these things should happen during the summer, take them in stride. Don’t let them deflate you for the rest of the summer. Stay positive and confident, learn what you can from the experience and move forward.

Good luck and remember to have some fun!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Free Webinars

Take advantage of the following free webinars that are open to students and graduates.  The webinars are given by Richard L. Hermann, author of the recently published, From Lemons to Lemonade in the New Legal Job Market: Winning Job Search Strategies for Entry Level Attorneys (Lawyer Avenue Press).  Click here to sign up.

JD Preferred! The Hottest Current Alternative to Traditional Practice
60 Minutes with Richard Hermann
Wednesday, May 16th  
8:30pm EDT/ 7:30pm CDT/ 5:30pm

Compliance, Compliance, Compliance
Corporate America's Fastest Growing Career
60 Minutes with Richard Hermann
Wednesday, June 13th 
8:30pm EDT/ 7:30pm CDT/ 5:30pm

Legal Job Opportunities in the Education Sector:
Law Teaching, Campus Administration & K-12
60 Minutes with Richard Hermann
Wednesday, July 11th  
8:30pm EDT/ 7:30pm CDT/ 5:30pm

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

8th Annual IMPACT Career Fair

Registration is now open for the IMPACT Career Fair for law students and attorneys with disabilities.  The IMPACT Career Fair will be held on Friday, August 3 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. and is hosted by the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. Various law firms, government agencies, and public interest will interview returning Fall 2012 law students and graduates from the Class of 2012 and earlier.  There will be a luncheon with a Keynote Speaker. 

The deadline to register for students and graduates is 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 8.

For more information and to register, click here.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage students to practice law in Kansas City. The HDLJF is designed to expose law students of diverse backgrounds to both traditional and non-traditional legal employers. In addition, students can expect to learn more about living in Kansas City through interactions with diverse legal practitioners in the area. Last year, Kansas City played host to nearly 100 students from over 40 Law Schools from across the nation who had the opportunity to interview with 15 area law firms, organizations and government agencies.  All 2L (Graduating in 2014) and 3L (Graduating in 2013) Law Students and Recent Law Grads (Graduating in 2012) are invited to participate regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status, age and veteran status.

The 2012 Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair will take place August 3-4, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Kansas City.  The kickoff event begin with registration, a diversity panel discussion and a welcome reception on Friday, August 3rd at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association headquarters. Interviewing will begin at 8:30 AM on Saturday, August 4th with a keynote luncheon featuring Dr. Bernard Franklin. The deadline for early bird registration is May 25th.  The final deadline to register is yet to be determined. 

For more information and to register, click here.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Donut Day!

The Office of Career Services sponsored Donut Day yesterday offering free coffee and doughnuts to law students as they study for finals.  As you can see below, both coffee and doughnuts were a welcome treat during this time.  If you missed it this semester, look out for it at the end of the Fall 2012 semester!

Good luck to all of our students during this exam period - see you on the other side!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

FREE ABA Membership for Graduating Students

The American Bar Association is offering all Rutgers School of Law | Newark graduating students a free membership. The benefits of ABA membership include: 
  • Access free resources from the ABA Career Center, including searching for legal positions on the job board 
  • Enjoy complimentary memberships in your choice of 21 specialty groups 
  • Save money on a variety of products and services from HP, Lenovo, Sprint and more 
  • Keep up with the latest legal news through the ABA Journal and eJournal 
  • Connect with lawyers through the ABA member directory
Click here to sign up online!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Delaware Minority Job Fair

The Delaware Minority Job Fair Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association invites students at your law school to apply for an invitation to participate in the 2012 Delaware Minority Job Fair for Second- and Third-Year Law Students, which will be held at the Wilmington, Delaware campus of Widener University School of Law on Saturday, August 11, 2012. The Job Fair was founded by a consortium of Delaware law firm, corporate, and public sector/interest legal employers interested in recruiting minority law students for the purpose of increasing diversity in the Delaware bar. The Job Fair, an invitation-only event, is limited to students interested in employment opportunities in Delaware who will be in their second or third year of law school during the 2012-2013 academic year. While minority law students are the focus of this event, the Job Fair accepts applications from all interested students.

The Job Fair begins each year with a networking breakfast, continues with brief remarks highlighting Delaware’s legal community and practice, and concludes after a half-day of interviews. Interviewing employers, members of the Delaware bar and judiciary, officers of the Delaware State Bar Association, and leaders of the minority professional community will join invited students for the networking breakfast. The Delaware Minority Job Fair differs from many other job fairs in that students must be invited to attend rather than simply registering and attending. In return, invited students receive considerably more individual attention than is possible at a very large job fair.

Although students may designate their employer preferences, applications for an invitation to the Job Fair will be considered by all participating employers (law firm, corporate, and public sector/interest). Mid-June, students pre-selected by two or more employers will receive an invitation to attend the Job Fair and a list of interested employers. Students will be asked to accept or decline their invitation by early July. While there are no registration fees to participate, invited students are required to make their own arrangements to travel to Wilmington, Delaware to attend the Job Fair. As funds permit, the Job Fair plans to reimburse reasonable, documented student travel expenses. If sufficient funds are not available, students will be reimbursed on a percentage basis.

Register on the Job Fair's new Symplicity CSM site by clicking here to submit an application.  The application deadline is Friday, May 18, 2012. Please direct any questions regarding the Job Fair to Tricia Widdoss, Job Fair Administrator, at (302) 651-3246 or

Thursday, April 26, 2012

New Jersey Law Firm Group Job Fair

Each year, the New Jersey Law Firm Group (NJLFG) sponsors a job fair for diverse law students, during which member law firms and agencies are introduced to rising second or third year law students attending one of New Jersey’s three law schools (Seton Hall Law, Rutgers Law – Newark and Rutgers Law – Camden).  During the fair, member organizations have the opportunity to interview students for summer and/or full-time employment.  This is a fantastic opportunity to apply to some of the leading law firms in the State. 

This year, the job fair will take place on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. 

Students who wish to participate in the NJLFG Job Fair must register via the NJLFG's Symplicity website by Friday, June 15, 2012 by 3:00 p.m.  To register, click here.  Once registered, you should receive an email with a link to confirm your registration and verify your email address. Registered students will be contacted via e-mail regarding NJLFG Symplicity log-in information, instructions on how to bid for employers, and additional details.

The New Jersey Law Firm Group is committed to advancement of diversity in the New Jersey bar. The Group encourages law students from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, cultural and geographic backgrounds, as well as others who can contribute to diversity in law firms and other legal organizations, to participate in its activities. The Group believes that such diversity strengthens the bar, enabling it to better serve clients and enhancing its legitimacy in the eyes of the public.  For additional information about the NJLFG and the Job Fair please visit its website.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Latham & Watkins LLP Diversity Scholar Program

Latham & Watkins LLP's Diversity Scholars Program awards 6 law students at ABA-accredited law schools a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for use during their second year of law school.  Started in 2005, the Diversity Scholars Program is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers in global law firms and intend to practice law in the United States.  Factors considered in choosing the Diversity Scholars include motivation for pursuing a legal career, academic and leadership achievements, life experiences and challenges, and desire to practice at a global law firm and contribute to its diversity objectives.  The process is open to all law students at ABA-accredited law schools who have completed their first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline. The scholarships are not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham & Watkins LLP.

Candidates are asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by June 15, 2012Recipients will be announced in late summer 2012.  Application forms and more information on the program can be found by clicking here.

Friday, April 13, 2012

2012 New Jersey Law Firm Night

On April 4, 2012, the OCD hosted the Annual New Jersey Law Firm Night, where firms with offices throughout New Jersey come to Rutgers School of Law - Newark to speak with students.  The participating firms were set up around the perimeter of the Lower Atrium allowing students the opportunity to freely walk around to the various tables and speak with representatives from the firm.  Students find this opportunity to connect with firms invaluable.

Thank you to the firms, attorneys, and professional development personnel that participated in the event to make it a success this year.  We look forward to next year!

Friday, April 6, 2012


Presented by members of the New Jersey State Bar Association 
Monday, April 9 @ 5:00 PM, Baker Trial Courtroom

This program will discuss many misconceptions law students and recent graduates have about the actual practice of law. Learn from a panel of experienced attorneys and alumni representing a cross-section of practice areas, including solo firms, public service, large/mid-size firms and government service at this information-packed program. Each presenter will address at least one myth every lawyer and law student carries into their career. Plus learn the importance of networking, being open to possibilities and maximizing opportunities while you wait for your dream job.

Dara Aquila Govan, Esq., U.S. Attorney’s Office

Christina Vassiliou Harvey, Esq., Lomurro Davison
James M. Bonalsky, Esq., Law Office of James M. Bonalsky
Engy Abdelkader, Esq., Solo practitioner
William Ferreira, Esq., Ferreira & Herbert Law Group, LLC
Paris P. Eliades, Esq., Courter, Kobert & Cohen
Everett Johnson, Esq., Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer
Anthony Moscato, Esq., Assistant United States Attorney

The hour long presentation will be followed by a networking reception where you can meet the speakers. Refreshments will be served at the networking reception.

Please RSVP for this event by emailing or visit for alternate RSVP options. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

USPTO Is Hiring!

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is currently hiring for various positions, including numerous Patent Examiner positions.  While a J.D. is not required to be a Patent Examiner, one is strongly preferred.  You must have a scientific background for these positions, with either a science degree or a minimum level of course work in a given subject area.  They also prefer individuals that have worked in the scientific field to gain some practical experience.  They are specifically seeking individuals with electrical engineering or computer science experience, but they have needs in other scientific areas as well.  These are great entry level positions, providing the ability for lateral mobility within the organization once hired.  Patent Examiners are full time paid employees with some flexibility in schedule and location, though initially the positions are based out of Alexandria, VA.

The USPTO also offers an unpaid internship opportunity for the summer for law students based out of Alexandria, VA.

For more information, visit the USPTO website or contact:

Natasha Scott
Program Analyst, Patent Hiring Center
Tel. 571.272.8360
Fax 571.273.3994

Monday, January 9, 2012

Paid Summer Internship Opportunities

Attention Classes of 2013 and 2014!

We are pleased to announce the following paid summer internship opportunities, all of which have guaranteed spots for Rutgers-Newark students:

Cybersecurity Project Internships (#8083 in Symplicity): 
Summer Interns will be placed in prosecutors’ offices will be exposed to general prosecutorial practices, with an emphasis on online predator, bullying, and pornography issues. To broaden students’ backgrounds, all students will attend a mandatory Cybersecurity CLE training program at Seton Hall Law School on May 30 (this will be an evening program), and they will attend a day-long training program, also at Seton Hall Law School, on May 31. They will also participate in several informational field trips over the summer.  DEADLINE: January 20, 2012

Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution Project (#8082 in Symplicity): 
Summer Interns will be placed in a county prosecutor’s office, where they will be exposed to general prosecutorial practices, gaining some familiarity on human trafficking and related issues but will not handle such cases on a daily basis. The Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution Project will supplement Summer Interns’ experiences with (required) a two-day training on May 29 and 30, informational field trips and regularly scheduled roundtable discussions, with the goal of helping students learn how human trafficking is handled in each county, to assess the challenges in seeking prosecution, to identify vulnerable communities, and to introduce students to advocacy organizations. Students will be paired, two per county office, and will be required to prepare a research and resource memo outlining their findings.  DEADLINE: January 30, 2012

2012 Proskauer Rose Public Interest Fellowships (#8124 in Symplicity): 
The Newark, NJ office of Proskauer Rose LLP has created a public interest fellowship program for students at Rutgers School of Law - Newark. There are two spots available for for the summer of 2011 with a $5,000 stipend for each student to work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks at Volunteer Lawyers for Justice.  DEADLINE: January 31, 2012

For more information and to access the applications, please log into Symplicity using the job ID number indicated. As always, let us know if you have any questions.