Blogs entries posted in June, 2009.

Fellowships a Great Path; Deadlines Fast Approaching

Posted by OPI at 2:27 PM in Fellowships

Post-graduate fellowships provide a unique opportunity to create your ideal job and provide guaranteed funding for a one or two-year period following graduation.  Fellows have made great strides in public service and have an incredible impact in the communities they serve.  Fellowship programs can also serve as a launching pad to a long-term public interest career as a significant percentage of fellows remain in the field after the fellowship period ends.  The two best known fellowship programs are Equal Justice Works and Skadden.  Many non-profit organizations seek out candidates to apply to these and other funding organizations.  Most organizations who are volunteering to sponsor a fellowship candidate will set their deadlines in July in order to give them and you time to develop an application packet.  The information the sponsor will need is very similar to, but doesn't need to be quite as detailed at this stage, as the fellowship application materials. Therefore, before contacting one of these sponsors, it is a good idea to have your project idea fully developed so that they can add input and evaluate your candidacy.

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Federal Government Career & Internship Fair

Posted by OPI at 12:36 PM in Jobs

The Partnership for Public Service will be hosting its annual Public Service Career and Internship Fair on July 16, 2009 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum.  Last year's fair brought together 67 federal agencies and 3,000 students and young professionals to promote government career and internship opportunities.  Legal and law-related positions will be available with many of the participating agencies.  A list of participating agencies and registration information is available on the event website.

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Article: Mobile Law School Clinic for Veterans Hits the Road

Posted by OPI at 10:54 AM in Public Interest News

In this article, the National Law Journal takes a look at a group of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law students touring the country in a Winnebago-turned-law-office, helping low-income veterans obtain disability and pension benefits. The program, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, has helped more than 2,000 veterans in 11 states and has an army of 740-plus pro bono attorneys lined up across the country, ready to help the veterans obtain benefits. 

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Access Group Sponsoring Law School Scholarship Video Contest

Posted by OPI at 10:20 AM in Financing Your Career

For the second consecutive year, Access Group is sponsoring its popular law scholarship video contest and is inviting as many students as possible to participate in this opportunity. During last year’s “One Less Worry” contest, Access Group received 99 video submissions and awarded six winning law students more than $15,000 in scholarships.

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Five WCL Students Named EJW Summer Corps Fellows

Posted by OPI at 4:41 PM in OPI News

The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program engages law students around the country who are expanding the delivery of legal services to those who need it most. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides students an opportunity to earn a $1,000 education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.  Congratulations to the following WCL students who were named 2009 Summer Corps Fellows: 

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LexisNexis Providing Free Access for Deferred Associates

Posted by OPI at 4:09 PM in Miscellaneous

LexisNexis has lauched a program that will provide free access to certain services for deferred law firm associates who pursue public service work.  More information about the ASPIRE (Associates Serving Public Interests Research) program is available on the LexisNexis website.

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Article: JAG Corps Recruiting on the Rise

Posted by OPI at 2:27 PM in Public Interest News

With the economy negatively impacting law firm hiring and retention, new and displaced attorneys are turning to the public sector for jobs.  In this article, the National Law Journal looks specifically at the surge in recruitment for the military JAG Corps.

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Article: Public-Interest Sector Getting a Little Crowded

Posted by OPI at 2:12 PM in Public Interest News

In this article, the National Law Journal looks at how deferred law firm associates are impacting an already shrinking public interest job market.

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Job Posting: Experienced/Entry-Level Staff Attorneys

Posted by OPI at 12:56 PM in Jobs

The Brooklyn Family Defense Project, an office of Legal Services NYC, seeks admitted staff attorneys to start June 2009 and/or entry level staff attorneys to start September 2009.  The job posting is available here.

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Updated: Equal Justice Works Debt Relief Webinars

Posted by OPI at 12:30 PM in Financing Your Career

Due to demand, Equal Justice Works is repeating its Series One program in a free series of debt relief webinars on Wednesday, July 8 from 12:15-1:45 PM EDT and Thusrday, July 23 from 12:15-1:45 PM EDT.  The Series One program focuses on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness provision of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

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Welcome to the OPI Blog: In the Public Interest

Posted by OPI at 12:01 PM in OPI News

The WCL Office of Public Interest (OPI) educates law students about their professional responsibility to perform public service work as practicing attorneys, fostering a lifelong commitment to public service.  This blog serves as a conduit between OPI and the WCL community, with up-to-date news and commentary about public interest activities and hot topics in the profession.  Blog posts will provide information on employment opportunities, pro bono projects, fellowships, financing a public interest career, and upcoming events.  Jarrod Shirk, Public Interest Coordinator, is the blog administrator.  He can be reached here for questions or comments regarding this blog or WCL's public interest programming and outreach.

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