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  February 6, 2015 Issue  

  Career Development Office News & Resources
Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
This is a writing competition for students interested in legal ethics. The competition is open to all law students at U.S. and Canadian law schools. Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics. Each submission must be original work and not exceed 50 pages. Coauthored essays may be submitted. Each entry will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School. Deadline: April 25, 2015 by 5 p.m. For more information, please visit the website.

Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest For Law Students and Young Lawyers
For Innovative Research and Writing on Lawyers Professional Liability. The Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest is conducted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability and the San Francisco law firm of Long & Levit LLP. The 2015 contest is administered and judged by a subcommittee designated by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability. The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention. ONLINE entries MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on February 20, 2015. MAILED entries MUST be postmarked by February 20, 2015. Prizes are a cash award of $5,000 and an all expense paid trip to the Spring 2015 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, DC, April 8-10, 2015. The 2015 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves liability issues arising from the breach of a law firm computer network and the subsequent leaking of the confidential information of a client. View the website for additional information.

National Association of Women Lawyers 2015 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
NAWL is a national voluntary legal professional organization whose mission is the advancement of women in the legal profession and the rights of women. Through its programs and networks, NAWL provides the tools for women in the profession to advance, prosper, and enrich the profession. NAWL has established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the NAWL Women Lawyers Journal. Entries must be received by May 1, 2015. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL. To view the rules for the competition, including the format, submission and other details, please visit the CDO Blog.

Epstein Becker Green 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition
Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage the preparation of scholarly papers on current topics of interest relating to health law. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows for the three best papers: First Place: $4,000; Second Place: $2,000; Third Place: $500. Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompassing aspects of almost every area of law. Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials). Entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. For additional information and an official entry form, visit the website. Competition entries are due by January 25, 2015.

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) 2015 Legal Writing Contest
All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense, or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC. For contest rules, prizes and additional information, please visit the website.

  Miami Law Career Development Office Employment For Current Students  
  Tuesday, February 10:
Summer 2015 Legal Studies Institute in Washington, D.C.
Participants will be placed in a 9-week summer legal internship where they will work full-time and gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Internship sites include law firms, public interest and nonprofit organizations, and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies. Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 10, 2015 to receive priority admissions consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance. See Symplicity Job Posting #13854 for details.

Friday, February 13:
University of Miami School of Law HOPE Summer Fellowships
University of Miami School of Law HOPE fellowships are for rising 2Ls and 3Ls (depending on the fellowship) and allow students to create their public interest dream job anywhere in the world full time work for 9 weeks or involve both a classroom component and an 8-week internship at a local public interest agency. See Symplicity Job Posting #14076 for details.

Tuesday, March 31:
New York City Law Department 2015 Summer Honors Internship Program
The Law Department selects approximately 50 Summer Honors Program interns from over 2,500 applications submitted each year. Weekly stipends of $500 are offered to all second-year summer interns and most first-year interns. The Law Department is perhaps the only public sector/public interest employer in the country to make offers of permanent employment to its second-year summer interns based on their performance during the summer. In the past few years, about half of the entry class attorney positions have been filled with former participants of its Summer Program. Applicants must be current law students at ABA approved law schools. A demonstrated interest in public sector/public interest work is preferred. See Symplicity Job Posting #13872 for details.

Tuesday, March 31:
HNBA Now Accepting Applications to 2015 Intellectual Property Law Institute
HNBA Now Accepting Applications to 2015 Intellectual Property Law Institute from rising 2L or 3L astudents. IPLI is an intensive week-long program focused on all aspects of intellectual property law and offered to 25 Latino students from across the country. Participants in the program, held in Washington, D.C., will have all necessary expenses covered and focuses on such topics as: Trade Secrets; Patents; Copyrights; and Trademarks. 2015 IPLI will be May 31st-June 6th. Selectees will be provided instruction, the opportunity to observe first-hand U.S. IP institutions at work and the chance to meet leading members of the IP legal community.

Wednesday, April 1:
2015 Diversity in Law Scholarship
The Scholarship is designed to encourage and assist students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives, as well as students with a proven interest in diversity-related issues, in pursuing the law as a profession. For additional information about eligibility, mentoring and other details, please visit Symplicity Job Posting #14161.

Tuesday, April 17:
Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships
ALDF Scholarships are available to law student members of Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters and are awarded based upon demonstrated commitment to the mission of ALDF which is to advance the interests and protect the lives of animals through the legal system. Scholarships are for one year only. However, students are eligible to apply for continued funding. Scholarships for 1Ls (and part-time students) are $2,500 and scholarships for 2Ls and 3Ls are $5,000. Please visit the website for scholarship information.

Rolling Basis:
Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program
This is a paid summer intern program open to students who will have completed their 1L or 2L year of law school as of June 2015. They seek applicants who demonstrate academic achievement and commitment to the public interest community. In past years, students have been employed in Legal Services programs, as well as other public interest entities, such as the Advocates for Children of New Jersey and American Friends Service Committee. Interested students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.For information about the selection process, qualifications and the overall fellowship experience, please see Symplicity Job Posting #13817.

Rolling Basis:
Yale Law School, The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization 2015 Paid Summer Fellowships
LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance, but unable to afford private attorneys. Law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut. LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty. These are paid positions which run from May 19 to August 28, with some flexibility. Part-time or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible. See Symplicity Job Posting #13761 for details.


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