1L Career Services Newsletter: December 1, 2009

In this week’s issue:

1. Q&A – What should I be doing with my job search right now?
2. Symplicity – Jobs Section (*several upcoming deadlines)
3. Symplicity – OCI or Resume Collect section
4. Writing Competition – The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association – Deadline December 31, 2009
5. North Carolina State Government Internship Program – Deadline January 20, 2010
6. International Internship Opportunity – Deadline January 31, 2010

1. Q&A: What should I be doing with my job search right now?
Right now your main focus should be on exams. If you need a break from studying and want to work on the job search, then the first task should be to get your resume ready. Once you have a draft complete, email it to your career advisor for review. After you finish polishing your resume, spend time researching employers you would like to work for next summer. If you need assistance locating resources, set up an appointment with a career advisor. The Office of Career Services will continue to be open after your exams are over until 12:00 noon on December 23.

2. Symplicity – Jobs section
Make sure to check out the “Wake Jobs” section of Symplicity for job listings. These are postings instructing you how to apply directly to employers. Currently there are 39 postings for 1Ls. Below are a few samples:
• Forsyth County DA Office – Summer Internship
• NYC Law Department – Summer Honors Internship
• Rutherford Institute (Charlottesville, VA) – Summer Internship
• London & Amburn (Knoxville, TN) – Summer Internship
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 (Boston, MA) – Summer Internship
• District Attorney of The County of New York (New York, NY) – Summer Internship *DEADLINE – DEC 15
• NAACP Legal Defense and T Fund, Inc. (New York, NY) – Summer Internships *DEADLINE – DEC 14
• Guilford County District Attorney’s Office (Greensboro, NC) – Summer Law Clerk
• Mecklenburg County District Attorney (Charlotte, NC) – Summer Law Clerk *DEADLINE – JAN 9
• Institute for Justice (Arlington, VA) – Internship *DEADLINE – DEC 31

Reminder: This is not an exhaustive list. Check Symplicity to view all current employer postings for 1Ls.

3. Symplicity – OCI or Resume Collect section
Currently there is no information posted for 1Ls in this section. However, beginning December 18 you will be able to view the employers who have registered to participate in Spring On-Campus Interview (OCI) and Resume Collections thus far. The first OCI application deadline will not hit until January 22. We will send you more information in the coming weeks on what to expect and how to navigate the application process for these employers. For now, you can prepare to apply for these employers by getting your resume ready and uploading it to the Documents of Symplicity so that it is ready to be submitted.

4. Writing Competition – The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association – Deadline December 31, 2009
The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is pleased to announce the creation of its Law Student Writing Competition. All students enrolled in your school are eligible to participate in this competition. The winning entries will receive cash prizes and an opportunity to be published via the Association’s website. Entries may address any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the Unites States Court of Federal Claims.

We request your assistance to ensure that your students receive notice of this competition. To that end, we respectfully request that you post the attached announcement of our 2009 Law Student Writing Competition on your school’s website and distribute this announcement by any other means you deem appropriate. The rules of the contest are posted on the Association’s website . Entry deadline is December 31, 2009. Please contact Bryant G. Snee (bryant.snee@usdoj.gov) if you have any questions.

5. North Carolina State Government Internship Program – Deadline January 20, 2010
The prestigious and competitive North Carolina State Government Internship Program is offering up to 65 paid summer internship opportunities in state government agencies, for undergraduate and graduate students of many disciplines. Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2010 North Carolina State Government Internship Program, the 40th Anniversary year of the program.

A variety of professional internship opportunities are located across the state and are available to North Carolina residents studying at the undergraduate or graduate level, or in law school. Summer interns work full-time (40 hours per week) for a 10-week period at a wage of $8.25/hour. Applications must be postmarked by January 20, 2010, for consideration.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
* Permanent resident of North Carolina,
* Currently enrolled at a college/university and continuing education in Fall 2010,
* Carrying a minimum of a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale,
* Completed high school and subsequently at least the sophomore year of college (or the first year of community college) at the time the internship begins in May,
* And have not participated in the State Government Internship Program or an N.C. General Assembly paid internship in the past.

The 2010 N.C. State Government Internship Program booklet and an application form can be downloaded from the website (select Internship Program, Information for Students).

Lisa Flint-Morris, M.S., NCC
Coordinator, State Government Internship Program
N.C. Department of Administration
Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office
phone: 919-807-4400
fax: 919-807-4415
mail: 1319 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1319
web: http://www.doa.nc.gov/yaio/intern.htm

6. International Internship Opportunity – Deadline January 31, 2010
Timap for Justice is a small, local, legal non-profit in Sierra Leone. Timap trains local paralegals to provide practical solutions to legal and justice-related problems, through use of mediation, negotiation, and sometimes arbitration of customary, local and international human rights law. They are looking for applications from 1Ls and 2Ls to spend 10 weeks in an unpaid internship in one of the offices in Sierra Leone. Applications are currently being accepted, and the application period will remain open until January 31st.  See the job posting in Symplicity for more details.