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

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: 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 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: or contact Mona Elchahal at

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:

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 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.