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 dmjf@dsba.org.

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

MYTHS & REALTIES OF PRACTICING LAW


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.

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

Panelists:
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 careerdevelopment@kinoy.rutgers.edu or visit www.njsba.com for alternate RSVP options.