Thursday, April 17, 2014

Weekly Digest | April 18, 2014


Although the academic year is winding down, make sure to keep your eyes on the CDO Weekly Digest as great jobs, networking opportunities, and scholarship continue to be posted. In this week’s digest:
 
·         ANNOUNCEMENTS
·         DuPont Minority Job Fair
·         Immigration in a Compliance Focused Environment CLE & Networking Reception
·         Hispanic Alliance For Career Enhancement Job Fair
·         University of Houston Political Action Committee Reception
·         Deadline to Apply for the Blask Fellowship
·         Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair
·         Hot Jobs
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Time Reporting
 
For anyone in a position (whether paid or unpaid) that requires you to submit time reports to a supervising person or body, please make sure to report your time adequately and in a timely manner.  Failure to properly report time can lead to discipline from the supervising body or person.  In addition, the supervising body may report such failures to the Board of Law Examiners, which can lead to the Board’s refusal to grant your bar license.  Thus, always be meticulous and accurate with your time reporting.
 
OCI Prep Session Handouts
 
For all students who were not able to attend the On-Campus Interview Program (OCI ) Prep Session on Friday, April 4th, the handouts distributed at the session can be found on the CDO website here.  These handouts include the PowerPoint presentation that was displayed at the information session as well as several informational documents from the National Association of Law Placement (NALP).  If you still have questions about the OCI process, please contact your CDO counselor. 
 
DuPont Minority Job Fair
Saturday, August 2, 2014
| Houston, Los Angeles, and Wilmington
Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2014

DuPont is proud to announce the 21st Annual DuPont Legal Minority Job Fairs. For 21 years they have led the effort to attract talented law students, with an interest in increasing the number of lawyers of color represented in our law firms and primary legal service companies.

University of Houston has been selected as a participating law school, which means that our students are able to apply and participate. Registration for the Houston, Los Angeles, and Wilmington sites will be completed on a secured electronic site. For information on how to access the password protected website and how to apply, please contact your counselor in the Career Development Office.
 
 
Immigration in a Compliance Focused Environment CLE & Networking Reception
Thursday, April 24, 2014
| 4:30 – 6:30 pm | Hyatt Regency Houston (Downtown)
Co-Sponsored by the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy law firm, this presentation will explore solutions to key compliance challenges facing businesses today, including considerations for project strategy and multi-jurisdictional compliance for ongoing projects. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with Houston area immigration attorneys. The program is complimentary and attendees can self-park at the Hyatt Regency Houston. For more information and to register/RSVP email Alma Reyes at almareyes40@sbcglobal.net.  
 
Hispanic Alliance For Career Enhancement (HACE)  Job Fair
Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm | Westin Galleria
 
HACE organizes one day events in Chicago, Houston and New York,to bring  together Latino professionals with hiring managers and recruiters.  In 2013, the Houston Conference had over 400 professional job seekers and 20 exhibitors. For more information, go to: http://www.haceonline.org/2014HoustonConference. Although not geared towards traditional legal positions, this may be a great event for students interested in exploring alternative career paths.
 
University of Houston Political Action Committee Reception
Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm | Home of Dr. Franklin and Cindy Rose
 
The University of Houston Political Action Committee and the University of Houston Young Professionals for Political Action invite you to a UH PAC fundraising reception with special guest David Dewhurst, Lieutenant Governor of Texas.
 
The reception will be held at 803 Country Lane, Houston, Texas 77024 and law students are asked to make a contribution of $15. Business Attire. Please RSVP to Ashley Kaden at ashley.kaden@strategicpublicaffairs.com or 713-335-0990
 
Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Texas, Blask Fellowship
Deadline to Apply: Friday, April 26, 2014
 
Grants up to $3,000 are available for a limited number of law students who serve as legal interns for a minimum of six weeks during the summer of 2014 in the offices of a federal court or agency located within the Southern District of Texas, including but not limited to the following:
 
U.S. District Court  - U.S. Bankruptcy Court  - U.S. Magistrate Court  - U.S. Trustee  - Federal Bureau of Investigation -Federal Public Defender  - U.S. Attorney  - EEOC  - U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement  - Office of Homeland Security  - N.A.S.A.
 
For more details and application instructions, go to the CDO Calendar.
 
Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | Atlanta, GA
 
Hosted by Georgia State University College of Law, the Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair will take place on July 29, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. The fair spans across all industries and types of organizations and encompasses all areas of intellectual property, including litigation, transactional work and prosecution. For additional information and other important dates, visit the SIPJF website at: sipjf.law.gsu.edu.
 
Student registration is open from April 30th to May 21st. Email Bill Powers at wapowers@central.uh.edu for questions.
 
Hot Jobs
 
10157 – Summer Law Clerk, Kennedy Hodges LLP (Houston, TX)
10158 – Summer Legal Intern, South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (Harlingen, TX)
10154 – Law Clerk, Berg & Androphy (Houston, TX)
10148 – Law Clerk, Guerra & Johnson (Houston, TX)
9841 – IP Litigation Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (San Antonio, TX)
10134 – Associate, Clay Thomas PC (Abilene, TX)
10143 – Law Clerk, Harry Gee & Associates (Houston, TX)

Stay up to date with the CDO Events Calendar. For questions, you can make an appointment with your counselor here 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekly Digest | April 11, 2014


Your dedicated career counselors spent the week at the 2014 NALP Conference learning about innovative ways to bring information, programs, and employers to you! We’re excited to continue implementing good, resourceful programs, recruiting events, and networking opportunities. We encourage you to keep your eyes on the Weekly Digest and CDO Events Calendar so as not to miss anything that may be helpful and relevant to you. In this week’s digest:
 
·         Congratulations to the 2014 Summer Public Interest Fellows!
·         Shell Summer Clerkship Informational Session for 1Ls
·         Federal Bar Association Blask Fellowship Informational Breakfast
·         DuPont Minority Job Fair
·         Take Charge of your Career: How to Make the Most of Networking and Development Opportunities
·         Scholarships
·         Networking Opportunities
·         Hot Jobs
 
2014 Summer Public Interest Fellows
 
 
The results are in and the awardees are listed below! Congratulations to our 2014 Public Interest Fellows:
Sameen Ali
Natasha Bahri
Krystle Billings
Zoe Cadore
Meredith Carr
Jonathan Chatham
Nimra Chowdhry
Bobby Dale
Danielle Dary
Ted Evans
Lauren Fisher
Lara Hogue
Stephanie Huang
Murtuza Hussain
Brian Hutchison
Raenesha Jackson
Munira Jesani
Jennifer Juergens
Esther Kim
Alison Mills
Derra Mattina
Michael Moore
Ingrid Norsberg
Kyle O’Farrell
Armin Salek
Kayleigh Smith
Morgan Tennant
Lisa Virgen
Vladi Vladimirova
For all other students planning on working in a public interest position this summer, remember that you may be eligible to apply for work study funding. Otherwise you can volunteer or earn academic credit. For more information on both programs, go to: http://www.law.uh.edu/pil/workstudy.asp and http://www.law.uh.edu/clinic/extern.asp. 

 
Shell 2015 Summer Clerkship Informational Session
Monday, April 14 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | 240 BLB

Recruitment representatives from Shell will be partnering with HBTLJ discuss Shell's summer clerkship program! Come get a jump-start on learning about clerkship opportunities and hear all that Shell has to offer! Also, find out how to become a member of the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal.

Federal Bar Association Blask Fellowship Informational Breakfast
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 8:15 – 8:50 am | Career Development Office

Are you interning for a federal court or agency this summer?  Is that court or agency located in the Southern District of Texas? If you answered yes to both questions, you are eligible to apply for the Blask Fellowship, a $3,000 stipend that will be awarded by the Federal Bar Association to deserving students who are interning for a federal court or agency in the Southern District of Texas.

If you are interested, make plans to attend the Federal Bar Association Blask Fellowship Informational Breakfast. Michelle Gray, Class of 2011, will be available to discuss details and application instructions. Donuts and coffee provided.

DuPont Minority Job Fair
Saturday, August 2, 2014
| Houston, Los Angeles, and Wilmington
Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2014

DuPont is proud to announce the 21st Annual DuPont Legal Minority Job Fairs. For 21 years they have led the effort to attract talented law students, with an interest in increasing the number of lawyers of color represented in our law firms and primary legal service companies. DuPont has carefully selected the participating employers as part of a program designed to foster partnering and efficiencies between client and law firm. Law firms that meet their criteria are designated as ‘Primary Law Firms’ and will assume significant responsibilities over DuPont’s complex litigation docket. Primary Law Firms are joined by other service providers to create a DuPont Network.

University of Houston has been selected as a participating law school, which means that our students are able to apply and participate. Registration for the Houston, Los Angeles, and Wilmington sites will be completed on a secured electronic site. For information on how to access the password protected website and how to apply, please contact your counselor in the Career Development Office.
 

Take Charge of Your Career: How to Make the Most of Networking & Development Opportunities
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm | Vinson & Elkins

Join an experienced panel of lawyers for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Spring Group Mentoring Program and Reception. Panelists include:

Derrick Mitchell, Partner, Bracewell & Guiliani, Public Finance
Iman Farrior, Principal, Lasso Enterprises
Corey Devine, Partner, Muskat, Martinez & Mahony, Labor & Employment
ApriĆ©l Powell Martin, Administrative Director, Physician Network Development of St. Luke’s Health System
Kai Liekefett, Associate, Vinson & Elkins, Mergers & Acquisitions


This event is open to all law students and legal professionals. Business Casual Attire. RSVP to Erin Francis at efrancis@kslaw.com.


Scholarships

 
There are several great scholarship opportunities with upcoming deadlines. Don’t miss these opportunities to gain recognition for the hard work you’ve been putting into your legal education, reduce your financial burden, and enhance your resume! For more information, go to the CDO Events Calendar.

Federal Circuit Bar Association Scholarship | April 15, 2014

Napoleon Beazley Defender Award | April 18, 2014

Federal Bar Association Blask Fellowship | April 25, 2014

Broden & Mickelsen Scholarship Award |  May 1, 2014

Networking Opportunities

The more people you know, the easier the job hunt. A good place to start are networking events. For more information, go to the CDO Events Calendar.

HBA Corporate Counsel Section, General Counsel Pathway Panel  | April 15, 2014

HBA Tax Section Meeting | April 16, 2014

Lunch with a Lawyer | April 16, 2014

Hot Jobs

10134 – Associate Attorney, Clay Thomas PC (Abilene, TX)
10127 – Family Law Attorney & Law Clerk, Ellen Yarrell (Houston, TX)
10131 – Summer Intern, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (Weslaco, TX)
10122 – Law Clerk, BNSF Railroad (Ft. Worth, TX)
10124 – Fall Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney’s Office (Houston, TX)
10117 – Law Clerk, Young & Hussain (Houston, TX)
10115 – Summer Law Clerk, Johnson Law Group (Houston, TX)
10108 – Transactional Attorney, Shamoun & Norman (Dallas, TX)

Stay up to date with the CDO Events Calendar. For questions, you can make an appointment with your counselor here 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Weekly Digest | April 4, 2014


We know everyone is busy registering for classes, but wanted to make sure you don’t miss these great upcoming programs and opportunities. In this week’s digest read about:
  • Yale Leonard & Irene Merker Rosenberg Fellowship Program – A great opportunity for graduating 3Ls seeking public interest careers!
  • On Campus Interviews Informational Session – TODAY!
  • Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
  • Lunch with a Lawyer
  • Apprentice Program – Not to be missed by any current 2Ls who are still seeking summer internships!
  • Summer Work Study Program
  • Professor Stalder’s Bar Survival Facebook Page
  • Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Texas Scholarship
  • Hot Jobs 

Yale Leonard and Irene Merker Rosenberg Fellowship Program

The University of Houston is proud to announce its brand new, re-vamped Graduate Fellowship Program. Through this long term fellowship program, select public interest organizations will host a Law Center graduate to work with its office for a 13 month period. The Law Center will cover a significant portion of the fellow’s salary, while the organization will cover the remaining salary and benefits. Confirmed placements include:
  • Tahirih Justice Center, Immigration Fellow (Houston, TX)
  • Lone Star Legal Aid, Consumer Law Fellow (Houston, TX)

Tentative placements in mental health and juvenile criminal defense are still being discussed. Stay tuned for more information and application instructions throughout the month. For questions, please email Bhavika Shah at bashah2@central.uh.edu

On-Campus Interview Informational Session 
Friday, April 4, 2014 | 12:30 - 3:00 pm | 240 BLB

The Career Development Office (CDO) will be holding an On-Campus Interview (OCI) Informational Session to prepare all interested 1Ls for the Fall OCI process. The session will consist of 3 segments:

Segment 1: CDO Presentation – The CDO will discuss all of the logistics for applying to OCI employers through the Symplicity system.
Segment 2: 3L+ Presentation – Co-founders of 3L+, a professional development training company that provides practical lawyering skills training and consulting services to current and aspiring attorneys, will discuss how to conduct yourself during the OCI interview and callback process.  Topics covered will include: how to conduct yourself during an on-campus screener interview, how to accept/reject a callback interview, how to conduct yourself during a callback interview, how to accept/reject an offer.
Segment 3: 2L Student Panel Presentation – Current 2L students who participated in the OCI process last year will discuss their thoughts on the process and how they managed it with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities.

Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
Friday, April 11, 2014 | 9 am – 12 pm | UH, Agnes Arnold Hall, Rm 210

The Women’s Resource Center, along with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, will be offering a workshop on developing salary negotiation skills for women entering the workforce. The program aims to assist woman learn how to negotiate their first salary effectively and close the gender wage gap. The workshop is free to female UH students, but space is limited. To RSVP or for more information: wgss@uh.edu or 713-743-3214

Lunch with a Lawyer
Wednesday, April 16, 2014| 12:00—1:00 pm | Career Development Office

This program is designed to give students the opportunity to discuss career goals and learn from attorneys who are practicing in an area of interest. These small group lunch meetings will be held the third Wednesday of every month. This month's guest is Chip B. Lewis, a prominent criminal defense attorney representing clients across the state of Texas. Please RSVP by emailing Catherine Wright at cmwright@central.uh.edu a copy of your resume and a brief biography—no more than 1 paragraph highlighting your career interests. 

Apprentice Program
Bidding: March 31 – April 6, 2014

Current 2Ls, don't miss this great opportunity to gain law firm experience in one of a number of practice areas this summer!  The Law Center has decided to make some exciting changes to the Apprentice Program this year to align more closely with the interests of our students. The goal will remain the same: providing a meaningful and educational employment experience to participating students. This year, however, rather than offering academic credit to student participants, students will be paid $16 per hour and will expected to work 30 hours a week for six to eight weeks over the summer.  

For more information, go to: http://www.law.uh.edu/career/student/Apprentice-Program.asp or contact Mona Elchahal at mdelchah@central.uh.edu.

Summer Work Study Program
Deadline to Apply: April 15, 2014

Every semester UHLC is provided with work study funds for students who are performing work out in the legal community. Students who are working with our partner organizations and can demonstrate financial need may be eligible to earn compensation for work performed. Partner organizations include: (1) Harris County District Attorney’s Office, (2) Harris County Attorney's Office, (3) Lone Star Legal Aid, (4) Harris County Public Defender’s Office, (5) City of Houston Legal Department, (6) Texas Civil Rights Project, (7) U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel, (8) Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office, (9) Houston Bar Foundation Veterans Legal Initiative.

Work study students are paid approximately $15/hr until their original award amount is exhausted (a maximum of $4,000). For more information and application instructions, go to: http://www.law.uh.edu/pil/workstudy.asp

Professor Stalder’s Bar Survival Facebook Group

3Ls who will be taking the bar this summer are encouraged to join Professor Stalder’s Bar Survival Facebook Group. The page is created for students to share tips and strategies for maintaining their sanity during bar preparation and the job search beyond. Students can email Professor Stalder for the link and then request to join the group.

Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Texas Women & Minority Scholarship
Deadline to Apply: May 12, 2014

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas will award two $5,000 scholarships, each to a woman and/or minority law student at this year’s State Bar IP Section Luncheon in June 2014. Any woman or member of a recognized minority group, including but not limited to African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Native Americans who intends to practice IP law in the State of Texas, is eligible to apply.  Selection criteria of the scholarships include: merit, scholastic performance, and financial need. Consideration is also given to extracurricular activities both inside and outside law school. Interested students can obtain an application form online at www.texasbariplaw.org. Applications must be postmarked by no later than May 12, 2014.

Hot Jobs

Just a few of the great jobs currently posted in the Symplicity Job Bank:

10101 – Contract Associate (Houston TX)
10094 – Law Clerk, Office of the Attorney General Child Support Division (Houston, TX)
10099 – Professional Petroleum Landman, Tiger Stripe Resources (Houston, TX)
10090 – 2015-2016 Judicial Clerk, Court of Appeals State of Minnesota (St. Paul, Minnesota)
10097 – Law Clerk, Ramey, Chandler, Quinn & Zito (Houston, TX)
10082 – Summer Law Fellow, Children at Risk (Houston, TX)
9090 – Employment Litigation Attorney, Wills Law Firm (Houston, TX)
10074 – Entry-level Title Examination Position, Three Pointe Land & Title (Plano, TX)
10076 – Law Clerk, Lin & Valdez (Houston, TX)

Stay up to date with the CDO Events Calendar. For questions, you can make an appointment with your counselor here.  

Friday, March 28, 2014

Weekly Digest | March 28, 2014

In this week’s Digest, read about: 
  • Accepting/Declining Offers
  • Apprentice Program (2Ls)
  • “Stuff” You Need To Know: Practice Tips for New Lawyers and Summer Interns (All Students)
  • Andrews Kurth 1L Spring Reception (1Ls)
  • On-Campus Interview Informational Session (1Ls)
  • HBA MOILP Writing & Etiquette Seminar  (1Ls)
  • Cougar Coffee Chats (Part-time Students)
  • Summer Work Study Program (All Students)
  • Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program (1Ls)
  • Upcoming Application Deadlines
  • Hot Jobs
Accepting/Declining Offers

In the last few weeks, the Career Development Office has heard from several employers that they did not hear back from students they called or emailed to schedule interviews and even to make offers.  Don't miss an opportunity!  Here are a few tips to help you navigate interviewing dilemmas:

  • Make sure you receive employer messages.  Record a professional outgoing voicemail message with your name so the employer knows they reached the right person.
  • Double check your voicemail regularly, check your email spam folder, and be responsive.  Interviewing etiquette dictates that students should respond within 24 hours to employers who reach out to them. Ideally, students should respond the same day.
  • When an offer is made, respond promptly to acknowledge receipt of and appreciation for the offer, even if you are given a future date by which to make your decision. 
  • If you are not interested in an offer, return the call or email promptly to inform the employer and convey your appreciation for the offer. The opportunity may not be for you, but may be the dream job of one of your classmates.  Respond so the employer can move to the next candidate. 

These actions highlight your professionalism, maintain the reputation of the school, and encourage employers to continue to recruit University of Houston Law Center students.  Remember, the Career Development Office is here to help you navigate any interviewing dilemmas, so if you have any questions about how to respond to a potential employer, reach out to your career counselor right away.  We’re here to help build your professional reputation and help you find the right job for you!

Apprentice Program
Bidding: March 31 – April 6, 2014

Don't miss this great opportunity to gain law firm experience in one of a number of practice areas this summer!  The Law Center has decided to make some exciting changes to the Apprentice Program this year to align more closely with the interests of our students. The goal will remain the same: providing a meaningful and educational employment experience to participating students. This year, however, rather than offering academic credit to student participants, students will be paid $16 per hour and will expected to work 30 hours a week for six to eight weeks over the summer.  

Bidding on Symplicity will start Monday, March 31st.  Under the Recruiting tab, you will be able to review the profiles of participating firms and submit your applications. Contact your career counselor today to review your resume and to ask any questions.  

“Stuff” You Need To Know: Practice Tips for New Lawyers and Summer Interns
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 12-1pm | 240 BLB |
Deadline to RSVP: March 31, 2014

Co-sponsored by the Blakely Advocacy Institute and the Passport to Success Diversity Initiative, “Stuff” You Need To Know: Practice Tips for New Lawyers and Summer Interns will feature the following members of the legal community discussing their top practice tips for navigating your first legal job: Hon. Caroline Baker (Judge, 295th District Court), Tom Van Arsdel (Shareholder, Winstead PC), Brandon Leonard (Assistant District Attorney, Harris County District Attorney’s Office), Donald R. Naylor, Jr. (Transactional Attorney, Intellectual Property Department, Air Liquide USA LLC), and Moderator Amy Hawk (Associate Director, Blakely Advocacy Institute).  Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP through Symplicity Events by March 31, 2014 at midnight to secure a lunch.

Andrews Kurth 1L Spring Reception
Thursday, April 3, 2014 │ 5:30 - 7:30 pm │600 Travis St, #4200

Join Andrews Kurth for their UH 1L Spring Reception. This is a great way to meet the firm prior to Fall On-Campus Interviews! Click here for more details: http://tinyurl.com/l2hvgs9. RSVP to Caroline Thompson at carolinethompson@andrewskurth.com.

On-Campus Interview Informational Session 
Friday, April 4, 2014 | 12:30 - 3:00 pm | 240 BLB

The Career Development Office (CDO) will be holding an On-Campus Interview (OCI) Informational Session to prepare all interested 1Ls for the Fall OCI process.  

The session will consist of 3 segments:

Segment 1: CDO Presentation – The CDO will discuss all of the logistics for applying to OCI employers through the Symplicity system.
Segment 2: 3L+ Presentation – Co-founders of 3L+, a professional development training company that provides practical lawyering skills training and consulting services to current and aspiring attorneys, will discuss how to conduct yourself during the OCI interview and callback process.  Topics covered will include: how to conduct yourself during an on-campus screener interview, how to accept/reject a callback interview, how to conduct yourself during a callback interview, how to accept/reject an offer.
Segment 3: 2L Student Panel Presentation – Current 2L students who participated in the OCI process last year will discuss their thoughts on the process and how they managed it with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities.


Lunch will be served.  Please log on to Symplicity and RSVP by Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11:59 to secure a lunch.  

HBA MOILP Writing & Etiquette Seminar
Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Deadline to RSVP: April 1, 2014

Join the HBA Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee for a Writing & Etiquette Seminar. All students who have been hired for summer clerkships through the program are required to attend this seminar. Students who were not hired but submitted resumes through the program are welcome to attend as well. Complimentary breakfast and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Teresa Messer at Messer.Teresa@gmail.com or 713-817-2412 by April 1, 2014. Speakers include: Robert Dubose (Partner, Alexander Dubose & Townsend LLP, and law professor at the University of Houston),  Hon. Roy Moore (Judge,  245th family court of Harris County), Stefanie Moll (Hiring Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP), Carita Walker (Senior Legal Counsel, Shell), and Vinh Ho (Executive Director, BPSOS).

Cougar Coffee Chats
Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Career Development Office

The Career Development Office is hosting Cougar Coffee Chat with Jordan Lewis, UHLC Class of 2008 on Saturday, April 5th from 9 am – noon.  Jordan actively participated on Moot Court and Mock Trial teams during law school and has been practicing criminal defense since graduation. This great program connects part-time students with alumni of the part-time program. Each counseling session will last 30 minutes and will give you the opportunity to ask questions about the alum's career path and to seek advice for your own professional development.

Please schedule an appointment by emailing Catherine Wright at CMWright@Central.uh.edu by Monday, March 31st. Please include three preferred appointment times in your email. 

Summer Work Study Program
Deadline to Apply: April 15, 2014

Every semester UHLC is provided with work study funds for students who are performing work out in the legal community. Students who are working with our partner organizations and can demonstrate financial need may be eligible to earn compensation for work performed. Partner organizations include: (1) Harris County District Attorney’s Office, (2) Harris County Attorney's Office, (3) Lone Star Legal Aid, (4) Harris County Public Defender’s Office, (5) City of Houston Legal Department, (6) Texas Civil Rights Project, (7) U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel, (8) Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office, (9) Houston Bar Foundation Veterans Legal Initiative.

Work study students are paid approximately $15/hr until their original award amount is exhausted (a maximum of $4,000). For more information and application instructions, go to: http://www.law.uh.edu/pil/workstudy.asp

Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program
Deadline to Apply: April 18, 2014

Sidley Austin LLP’s Dallas and Houston offices invite current 1L students who identify as racially or ethnically diverse and/or LGBT and who will be working in Dallas or Houston during the summer of 2014 to apply for the Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program. The program is a mentoring program that aims to promote diverse law students’ interest in joining Dallas or Houston law firms after graduation. The program is anticipated to run during June and July 2014. Applications and more information can be found in the Career Resource Library in Symplicity (under the “Resources” tab). 

Upcoming Application Deadlines

March 31, 2014 – Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program. Information and application instructions can be found here: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/homelessness_poverty/john_j_curtin_jr_fellowship1.html.

March 31, 2014 – Fredrickson & Boyer Minority Scholarship Program.  Information and application instructions can be found here: http://www.fredlaw.com/our_firm/diversity/minority_scholarship/minority_scholarship_application_-_checklist.

March 31, 2014 – Future Appointed Counselor Training Program. Information and application instructions can be found here: http://harriscountypublicdefender.org.

March 31, 2014 – International Trademark Association's Annual Meeting Scholarship Program. Information and application instructions can be found in the Career Resource Library in Symplicity (under the “Resources” tab).

April 1, 2014Summer 2014 Equal Justice Works (EJW) AmeriCorps JD Program. Information and application instructions can be found here: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/summercorps/faq-applicant.

April 1, 2014Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Scholarship. Information and application instructions can be found here: http://www.fcba.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/2014-Law-School-Scholarship-Application-FINAL-2014.pdf.

Hot Jobs

Just a few of the great jobs currently posted in the Symplicity Job Bank:

10022 – Science Policy & Technology Research Internship, British Consulate-General Houston (Houston TX)
10067 – Law Clerk – Legal Services, Baker Hughes (Houston, TX)
10066 – Law Clerk – Real Estate, Baker Hughes (Houston, TX)
10075 – Law Clerk, Reddy & Neumann, P.C. (Houston, TX)
10015 – Law Clerk, Rios & Associates (Houston, TX)

Stay up to date with the CDO Events Calendar. For questions, you can make an appointment with your counselor here.  



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Weekly Digest | March 21, 2014


In this week’s Digest, read about:
  • Apprentice Program (2Ls)
  • “Stuff” You Need To Know: Practice Tips for New Lawyers and Summer Interns (All Students)
  • HBA MOILP Writing & Etiquette Seminar  (1Ls)
  • Cougar Coffee Chats (Part-time Students)
  •  Summer Work Study Program (All Students)
  • Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program (1Ls)
  • Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Scholarship (2Ls & 3Ls)
  • International Trademark Association’s Annual Meeting Scholarship (All Students)
  • Hot Jobs 

Apprentice Program
Bidding: March 31 – April 6, 2014

Don't miss this great opportunity to gain law firm experience in one of a number of practice areas this summer!  The Law Center has decided to make some exciting changes to the Apprentice Program this year to align more closely with the interests of our students. The goal will remain the same: providing a meaningful and educational employment experience to participating students. This year, however, rather than offering academic credit to student participants, students will be paid $16 per hour and will expected to work 30 hours a week for six to eight weeks over the summer.  

Bidding on Symplicity will start Monday, March 31st.  Under the Recruiting tab, you will be able to review the profiles of participating firms and submit your applications. Contact your career counselor today to review your resume and to ask any questions.  

“Stuff” You Need To Know: Practice Tips for New Lawyers and Summer Interns
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 12-1pm | 240 BLB |
Deadline to RSVP: March 31, 2014

Co-sponsored by the Blakely Advocacy Institute and the Passport to Success Diversity Initiative, “Stuff” You Need To Know: Practice Tips for New Lawyers and Summer Interns will feature the following members of the legal community discussing their top practice tips for navigating your first legal job: Hon. Caroline Baker (Judge, 295th District Court), Tom Van Arsdel (Shareholder, Winstead PC), Genesis Draper (Assistant Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas), Donald R. Naylor, Jr. (Transactional Attorney, Intellectual Property Department, Air Liquide USA LLC), and Moderator Amy Hawk (Associate Director, Blakely Advocacy Institute).  Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP through Symplicity Events by March 31, 2014 at midnight to secure a lunch.

HBA MOILP Writing & Etiquette Seminar
Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Deadline to RSVP: April 1, 2014

Join the HBA Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee for a Writing & Etiquette Seminar. Complimentary breakfast and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Teresa Messer at Messer.Teresa@gmail.com or 713-817-2412 by April 1, 2014. Speakers include: Robert Dubose (Partner, Alexander Dubose & Townsend LLP, and law professor at the University of Houston),  Hon. Roy Moore (Judge,  245th family court of Harris County), Stefanie Moll (Hiring Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP), Carita Walker (Senior Legal Counsel, Shell), and Vinh Ho (Executive Director, BPSOS).

Cougar Coffee Chats
Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Career Development Office

The Career Development Office is hosting Cougar Coffee Chat with Jordan Lewis, UHLC Class of 2008 on Saturday, April 5th from 9 am – noon.  Jordan actively participated on Moot Court and Mock Trial teams during law school and has been practicing criminal defense since graduation. This great program connects part-time students with alumni of the part-time program. Each counseling session will last 30 minutes and will give you the opportunity to ask questions about the alum's career path and to seek advice for your own professional development.

Please schedule an appointment by emailing Catherine Wright at CMWright@Central.uh.edu by Monday, March 31st. Please include three preferred appointment times in your email. 

Summer Work Study Program
Deadline to Apply: April 15, 2014

Every semester UHLC is provided with work study funds for students who are performing work out in the legal community. Students who are working with our partner organizations and can demonstrate financial need may be eligible to earn compensation for work performed. Partner organizations include: (1) Harris County District Attorney’s Office, (2) Harris County Attorney's Office, (3) Lone Star Legal Aid, (4) Harris County Public Defender’s Office, (5) City of Houston Legal Department, (6) Texas Civil Rights Project, (7) U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel, (8) Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office, (9) Houston Bar Foundation Veterans Legal Initiative.

Work study students are paid approximately $15/hr until their original award amount is exhausted (a maximum of $4,000). For more information and application instructions, go to: http://www.law.uh.edu/pil/workstudy.asp

Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program
Deadline to Apply: April 18, 2014
Sidley Austin LLP’s Dallas and Houston offices invite current 1L students who identify as racially or ethnically diverse and/or LGBT and who will be working in Dallas or Houston during the summer of 2014 to apply for the Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program. The program is a mentoring program that aims to promote diverse law students’ interest in joining Dallas or Houston law firms after graduation. The program is anticipated to run during June and July 2014. Applications and more information can be found in the Symplicity Career Resource Library under the "resources" tab. 

Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Scholarship
Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2014

The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation will award scholarships to law students in their second and third years of study who are attending any accredited law school in the United States.  Competitive awards will be based upon the financial need of the applicant, and may range from $2,500 to $10,000 annually. This is both a merit and needs-based scholarship.  Applicants must demonstrate strength of character, superior academic achievement, and a strong interest in pursuing a career in communications law. For more information, go to: http://www.fcba.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/2014-Law-School-Scholarship-Application-FINAL-2014.pdf.

International Trademark Association’s Annual Meeting Scholarship Program
Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2014

Join the International Trademark Association for the 136th Annual Meeting on May 10th through the 14th in Hong Kong - the trademark industry's premier event of the year. INTA student members can attend the meeting for FREE if selected as an Annual Meeting scholarship recipient. If you are interested in this opportunity, go to the Symplicity Career Resource Library in the "resources" tab for the application form. 

Hot Jobs

Just a few of the great jobs currently posted in the Symplicity Job Bank:

10040 – Summer Intern, Network for Public Health Law (Chapel Hill, NC)
10043 – Paid Grand Jury Intern, Harris County District Attorney’s Office (Houston, TX)
10045 – Public Interest Consumer Attorney, National Consumer Law Center (Boston, MA)
10000 – Law Clerk, Texas Law Shield (Houston, TX)
10046 – Law Clerk, Thompson & Reilley (Houston, TX)
10047 – Law Clerk, Law Office of Greg Gladden (Houston, TX)
9979 – Compliance Intern, Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston, TX)

Stay up to date with the CDO Events Calendar. For questions, you can make an appointment with your counselor here.