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Corporate Summer 2015 Legal Internships (Jan. 23, 2015)

Below are links to corporate summer 2015 clerkship opportunities that are not featured on the CSO Job Bank.

Additional job opportunities may also be found directly via employer websites and job aggregation sites, such as LawStudentJobs.net, LinkedIn, and Indeed. Read individual job postings and websites carefully and only submit materials requested.

Justice Center Announces Two Postgraduate Fellowship Programs

In Spring 2015, Texas Law will award 2 one-year postgraduate fellowships to outstanding graduating Texas Law students or recent graduates completing judicial clerkships next summer:

Administered by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, the fellowships will provide a salary of $45,000 for full-time public interest legal work sponsored by an existing nonprofit organization and supervised by a licensed attorney.

Applications are due by noon on Monday, February 9, 2015. The fellows will be announced in mid to late March

Energy Policy in Texas: Pressing Issues for the Texas Legislature – RSVP

KBH Center for Energy

Energy Policy in Texas: Pressing Issues for the Texas Legislature

Tuesday, January 27, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Sheffield-Massey Room

Join the KBH Center for Energy Policy in Texas: Pressing Issues for the Texas Legislature, a distinguished lecture by Barry Smitherman, former chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission and the Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUCT), and Becky Klein, former chairman of PUCT.

Lunch will be provided. Attendance is free, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.

Justice Center Announces Two Fellowship Programs for 1Ls & 2Ls

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law is pleased to announce its summer 2015 fellowship programs:

The Programs provide fellowships of $4,250 for at least 10 weeks of work with a qualified sponsoring organization. A sponsoring organization must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit providing legal services and/or advocacy to underrepresented individuals or communities.  Preference will be given to students who intend to pursue careers in public interest law.

The application deadline for both fellowship programs is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015.

Lawcountability, J.D. iPhone App now available

Texas Law students may download the Lawcountability, J.D. iPhone app via iTunes.

The Lawcountability, J.D. app is designed to support Lawcountability, J.D. subscribers at law schools nationwide, who are interested in accessing the weekly videos, tasks, goals, journal, and dashboard associated with their individual accounts. You can marry great ideas and dynamic technology to help you achieve your job search objectives in minutes while in motion.

Sign up for Lawcountability, J.D. Upcoming panels this spring include:

1/26 – Investing in Informational Interviews

2/2 – Using CLE to Create Opportunity

2/9 – Mastering the Mechanics of Marketing

2/16 – Storytelling Secrets and the Power of Public Speaking

2/23 – The Basics of Bar Association Participation

3/2 – Networking in a Non-Legal Niche

3/9 – Mailing Lists and Your Future (Repeat Program Due to Spring Break)

3/16 – Mailing Lists and Your Future (Repeat Program Due to Spring Break)

3/23 – Choosing Charity to Cultivate Community

3/30 – The Art of Assembling Panels

4/6 – The Power of LinkedIn Groups

4/13 – Publishing Small Pieces of Content for Large Returns

5/11 – The Blogging Big Picture

5/18 – The Secret to Professional Development

2015 Summer Fellowships in Human Rights and Justice from the Rapoport Center

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice is now accepting applications for 2015 Summer Fellowships.

These fellowships provide funding for first- and second-year law students working in international human rights – including within the United States – connected to the Center’s mission of serving as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice. Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,250 for 10 weeks of service with a qualified host organization. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015.

Visit the Rapoport Center website for additional information and application materials.

If you have any questions or need help finding placement, please contact humanrights@law.utexas.edu.

Corporate Summer 2015 Legal Internships (Jan. 16, 2015)

Below is a list of corporate summer 2015 clerkship opportunities that are not featured on the CSO Job Bank.

Additional job opportunities may also be found directly via employer websites and job aggregation sites, such as LawStudentJobs.net, LinkedIn, and Indeed. Read individual job postings and websites carefully and only submit materials requested.

Lawyers & Students Use Marketing Tactics They Can Deploy from Their Desks

Raise your hand if you have great ideas (or skills) to promote, but just haven’t found the time to get them off the ground. Learn more about Lawcountability from this article in the Jan. 1, 2015 issue of the ABA JOURNAL.

Identify & Manage Your Personal Brand

Mary Crane (www.marycrane.com) who conducts our 1L Etiquette Dinners, recently posted these useful tips. From her January 2015 enewsletter:

Whether you’re an established professional, a new entrant to the workforce or a student still looking to land your first job, you must establish a personal brand. An effective personal brand accomplishes three goals: 1) it defines who you are; 2) it identifies whom you wish to serve; and 3) it clarifies how you are unique.

I’m a firm believer that you must either define yourself or risk being defined by others. The following five strategies will help you identify and manage your personal brand.

1. Define your strengths

Everyone has strengths, but not everyone can clearly articulate what those strengths are. The first step to building an effective brand involves defining your unique abilities.

You can start the process of identifying your strengths by focusing on a series of questions. Consider these: Of all the projects I’ve undertaken, which one was most successful and why? When I’ve encountered obstacles, what skills or strategies have I used to overcome them? What strengths do others point out when they speak of me?

If these questions don’t stimulate sufficient thought, consider taking the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment tool (www.strengthsfinder.com). Created by the folks at Gallup, this fast, easy to complete, online assessment produces a report that identifies your top five strengths. I suspect you will not be surprised by the results. However, the language the report provides will be helpful as you begin to articulate your personal brand.

Throughout this process, assess yourself honestly. Unless you’re the exception to the rule, you’re not perfect. You have weaknesses, too. Knowing those weaknesses allows you steer clear from those activities that won’t speak to your strengths and help you build your brand.

2.  Define your values

When you need to make an important decision—Should I go out after a particular job opportunity? Do I wish to pursue the next step in this particular career path?—your values will help guide you. They’ll help clarify how you should spend your time in activities that have the greatest meaning for you.

Search online for a listing of personal values. Most lists include 50 to 100 different values, from achievement and affection to wealth and winning. Review your list. Cross off any values that don’t immediately resonate with you. Place a checkmark next to those values that speak to your core beliefs. Now, looking at all of the values that you’ve identified as important, select your top five values. If you’d like, go ahead and further narrow your list to your three most important values. Clarify in your own mind what each of these values means to you.

As you continue building your brand, make sure that any work you do is consistent with your values. Commit to “walking your own walk.”

(Click here for a values checklist based on Peter Senge’s work.)

3. Define your purpose

“Why am I here?” It’s a question that’s as old as mankind and one that each of us will struggle to answer throughout our lives. Those who live and work with purpose achieve greater satisfaction, and they often accomplish great things. Consider the examples of Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs.

Entire books have been written on this subject. As far as I’m concerned, one of the best is Start with Why, by Simon Sinek. (Click here to listen to Sinek’s TED Talk on the same subject.) Simon writes that virtually everyone can articulate WHAT they do, but very few can articulate WHY. “By WHY,” he writes, “I mean what is your purpose, cause or belief? . . . . WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care?”

I’ve worked through Sinek’s process of discovering my personal WHY and know it’s not an easy one. I write with absolute certainty that you will not discover your purpose during a 30-minute study break or in the course of a single evening’s contemplation. But it’s worth the effort. Once you’ve identified your WHY, you will approach every key decision with this question in mind: does this get me any closer to my WHY?

If you wish to discover your WHY, here’s a starting point: think back over your life however long or short it has been. Identify a handful of peak experiences—those events that, when they occurred, you knew what you had just done truly epitomized your purpose in life. Maybe you crafted a beautiful piece of prose, or you sang your heart out and an audience responded in kind, or you crafted a solution that helped someone who was desperately in need. Focus on those experiences, and they will give you insight into your personal WHY.

4. Create your unique story

Once you know what drives you—your inherent skills, values and purpose—set aside some time to create your own story. Fundamentally, you need to identify what makes you special, and then you must convey that information in a way that captures the attention of anyone you might meet.

Don’t downplay the importance of how you tell your story. Called a strategic tool with “irresistible power” by none other than the Harvard Business Review, effective storytelling is now viewed as a critical skill for businesspeople, from job applicants to CEOs. A well-told story has the ability to bolster trust and increase empathy in a way that the recitation of facts and figures never will.

You’ll want to emphasize different parts of your story according to you audiences’ interests and needs. However, all of your stories should include a beginning, a middle, and an end. And they must be populated with concrete details and personal experience.

5. Pay attention to feedback loops & update your brand

Please, do not create your personal brand in a vacuum. Ask others for their feedback regarding your strengths and weaknesses. Listen to how others respond to your stories. Be prepared to make adjustments to how you think and what you say.

Author and speaker Tom Peters may have originated the concept of personal branding way back in the 1990s. As well as anyone, he understood the importance of individual employees knowing whether or not what he or she did on a day-to-day basis was consistent with building his or her brand. Peters urged workers to regularly undertake a personal brand equity evaluation comprised of the following elements:

1. I am known for [2-4 things]. By this time next year, I plan to be known for [1-2 more things].

2. My current project is challenging me in the following [1-3] ways

3. New stuff I’ve learned in the last 90 days includes [1-3] things.

4. Important new additions to my Rolodex in the last 90 days include [2-4 names].

5. My public—local/regional/national/global—“visibility program” consists of [1-2 things].

6. My principal “résumé enhancement activity” for the next 90 days is [1 ietm].

7. My résumé/CV is discernibly different from last year’s on this date in the following [1-2 ways].

(From T. Peters, The Brand You). And yes, the book was published in 1999, when businesspeople still used Rolodexes rather than CRM tools.

Make 2015 the year you become the person you were always meant to be!

Bidding for Public Service Career Fair ends on Friday, January 2, 2015

Public Service Career Fair | January 29-30, 2015
The University of Texas School of Law

Registration and bidding ends at noon on Friday, January 2, 2015 on the Texas Consortium Symplicity. Check the Public Service Career Fair website for complete bidding and scheduling information.

Hosted annually by the Texas Law Career Services Office, Public Service Career Fair is the largest public service job fair for law students in Texas. During both days of PSCF, public interest and government employers will conduct on-campus interviews for paid and unpaid summer and permanent positions in the Career Services Interview Suite. Students – including 1Ls – must first register to use the Texas Consortium Symplicity Module before bidding.

On Friday, January 30, Heather Jarvis will be speaking about Public Service Loan Forgiveness for Public Sector Practitioners during lunch from noon-1:15 p.m. A former capital defense attorney with law school debt, Heather Jarvis now dedicates her expertise to helping student loan borrowers make better decisions so that higher education can be a reality for all – not just those who can afford it.  Specializing in training for high-debt borrowers and the people who love them, Heather has provided guidance and information to thousands of students and recent graduates. RSVP on Eventbrite by Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Students are encouraged to register to attend the Texas Law Professional Development Institute Public Service Track, which will take place Friday, February 20, 2015. Students who attend the Institute will be allowed to include it on their resume.

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