Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New York City Bar Association Diversity Fellowship Information Sessions

The New York City Bar Association's Diversity Fellowship Program offers 1FT and 2PT students from underrepresented populations a unique summer employment opportunity in outstanding law firms and corporate law departments. CSO will hold informational sessions about the application process for this prestigious and highly competitive program on Monday, November 28, 12:30 p.m., Room 307, and 5:30 p.m., Room 310. Applications will be available in CSO beginning Monday, November 28th after 1:30 p.m. For additional details, contact Erica Edwards-O'Neal, Director of Career Services.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Joint Internship Diversity Project Sponsors Summer Federal Judicial Internships

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Summer Funding: NYSBA and ABA Offer Environmental Law Minority Fellowships

The New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section and the American Bar Association on Environment, Energy and Resources are once again offering minority fellowships for the summer of 2012. Successful applicants will receive a $6,000 stipend to spend the summer of 2012 (10 weeks minimum) working on legal matters for a government environmental agency or public interest environmental organization in New York State; an Invitation to the annual meeting of the New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section and assignment of a mentor from the environmental bar. First and second-year full-time and part-time, and third-year part-time minority group members are eligible to apply.

Applications must contain a completed application form (download from the NYSBA website); a resume; an undergraduate transcript; a law school transcript (except first-year law students); a two page essay describing applicant’s interest in environmental issues and reasons for wanting to participate in the Fellowship; and two letters of recommendation. Finalists will be interviewed in New York City. The application deadline has been extended to December 7th, but if you are interested send your application in earlier!

Completed applications should be mailed to:

New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Free Webinar: Get Help with Your Job Search using Social Media

LexisNexis is hosting a a free webcast about using social media in your job search efforts:  Get Help with Your Job Search using Social Media.

How are you using social media right now? If you're not using it to present yourself in a professional manner and/or network with potential employers, you'll want to attend our webcast entitled Using Social Media to Aid Your Job Search.

On Thursday, November 10, LexisNexis will host a panel of experts to show you how to use social media to create your own "social brand" in the legal profession, and how to use that brand to promote yourself to prospective employers. The panel includes:

• Tim Tyrell-Smith, a popular blogger and author on career strategy. Tim has written two career books entitled 30 Ideas and Headstrong. He is also a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Reports. He will speak about using social media to create a "social brand."

• Catherine Sanders Reach, the Director of the Legal Technology Resource Center at the American Bar Association (ABA). Catherine has presented to many law students on the use of social media and will explain how it applies to the legal profession.

• Daniel A. Schwartz, a partner at Pullman & Comley LLC and author of the Independent Connecticut Employment Law blog. Dan uses social media to grow his own legal career and will show you how he uses it so effectively.

As a bonus, the first 1,000 students to attend and complete the email survey at the end of the webcast will receive a complimentary membership to the ABA's Law Student Division.

Register for the November 10th webcast and start using social media to improve your chances of finding the job you're looking for. You'll also receive 200 LexisNexis Reward points for attending the webcast.

Summer Job Funding: Apply Now for an LSPIN Summer Fellowship!

A major source of summer job funding, particularly for first-year students, is the Charles H. Revson Foundation's Law Students in Public Interest (LSPIN) Fellowship Program.  The LSPIN Fellowship Program provides grants to first and second-year law students who are enrolled in New York and New Jersey law schools, and wish to work with public interest organizations in the New York metropolitan area. This summer employment must be for ten weeks (35 hours per week). Last year 73 law students were awarded stipends in the amount of $4,500 through the program.

Beginning this year, the fellowship application process will be online. Students will be required to upload their resume and cover letters via an online system similar to the NYU Job Fair website.

I. Eligibility

A. First and second-year law students, attending a tri-state area law school, including Touro Law Center, full-time or part-time, are eligible to apply: blah blah, blah, Touro Law Center, blah blah blah.

B. Students who have previously received summer internship grants funded by the Charles H. Revson Foundation are not eligible for LSPIN grants.

C. Revson LSPIN Fellows must be eligible to work in the United States. Students offered a fellowship will be required to complete Federal Employment Eligibility Forms (I-9), IRS W-4 Forms, and submit it along with their Acceptance Forms and Supporting Letters.

II. Assemble Application Materials

Students will be asked to complete an online application and upload the following PDF documents:

A. A statement of no more than three pages (typewritten and double-spaced) describing your commitment to public service and what you hope to gain from the summer experience. You may also describe one or two areas of public interest work which you intend to pursue, including ideas you have or contacts you have made related to a placement in these areas. Please do not summarize your resume. Rather, explain why public interest work is important to you.

B. A resume of one to two pages.

C. If you have already obtained your summer placement, you can request a letter from the employer confirming your offer of employment. (You will be asked to upload a PDF copy when the online application process opens.)

III. Deadlines

Applications must be submitted through the online system (with all required attachments) by Thursday, November 17, 2011.

To access the online application system, go here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Register NOW for the NYU Job Fair

New York University School of Law will hold the 35th annual Public Interest Legal Career Fair, sponsored by all of the tri-state law schools, including Touro Law Center, on February 9 and 10, 2012; it is the largest Fair of its kind in the country.  The Fair gives employers the opportunity to meet with students and allows students to interview with employers for summer and post-graduate jobs, as well as to talk with employers at information tables (a/k/a "Table Talk," which can also lead to job placements). Last year, representatives from more than 200 organizations and over 2,400 law students attended the Fair.

Primary student registration opens November 1 and closes on December 1, 2011 at 11 p.m.  There is a late registration period, but employer choices are curtailed for those who fail to register during the primary registration period.  There is no penalty for registering for the Fair and later deciding not to apply to any employers.  Failure to register, however, will preclude you from uploading applications.

All first-year students should register for the Fair.  Other students should register if they have any interest in public interest or government employers.  Law school graduates may register, but they are limited to participating in Table Talk. 

To register for the Fair, go here.  Just do it now.  Don't procrastinate on this, it's too important!  (Touro Law Center students/graduates should place any number in the space provided on the registration form for "Student ID.")