Thursday, February 24, 2011

Public Interest Summer Funding Resources

Working for a nonprofit public interest organization this summer?

 PSLawNet has an extensive list of organizations which offer funding opportunities to support law students in unpaid summer internships, including details about the level of support and application process. 
The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide education award vouchers for law students dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.  

APIL Public Interest Grants support Rutgers School of Law-Camden students working in public interest summer jobs.  In the past, preference has been given to students with offers from public interest programs, such as legal aid and to government agencies such as public defender or prosecutor offices. Students participating in judicial clerkships are rarely funded.

New Jersey Law Firm Group Roundtable Discussion and Reception

New Jersey Law Firm Group Roundtable Discussion and Reception
Wednesday, March 9th
Room 206, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
A brief reception will follow in the Kugler Lounge from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Network with Partners and Associates from New Jersey Firms!
Come Learn About Law Firm Practices and Tips on Getting Hired! All students are invited to attend! 
Food Will Be Served!

Partners and Associates of New Jersey law firms will discuss employment opportunities and their law firm recruitment process. These discussions also provide law students with tips on preparing a resume and conducting an effective interview. A frank but cordial exchange with the student will help to unravel the complexities of the recruitment process, explain what potential employers are looking for and how candidates can best present their experiences and achievements. Difficult questions about the hiring process are asked and answered in the face-to-face exchange.

These discussions are also designed to provide students with a practical perspective on the practice of law and the many options a law student will encounter on completion of their law school tenure. The roundtable program is represented by a wide variety of employers, including small and large firms, government employers and agencies, public sector employers and the judiciary. The program provides insight into potential career choices as well as specific information relating to obtaining future employment in each of the individual fields.

RSVP is not required, but is appreciated.  To RSVP, login to Symplicity, click on Events,  then click RSVP next to the appropriate program.   

This program is part of the Professional Development Certificate Program.  Students who attend this and other Professional Development Certificate Program events may earn a Professional Development Certificate at the end of the academic year.

To record your attendance at a Professional Development Certificate Program go to course webpages and choose Professional Development Certificate Program.  You may record your attendance for all past programs that you attended until March 8th

Monday, February 14, 2011

New law school group for students & recent grads interested in starting their own practice

Professor Herb Hinkle will be meeting on a semi-regular basis with students and recent alumni who are interested in starting their own practice.

The first meeting is scheduled for February 22, 12:30 p.m.-2:20p.m., in Room 206.

Professor Hinkle will be doing a Q & A on four main topics:
1. Start up costs
2. How to choose a location
3. How to choose a field of practice, and
4. How to generate clients

If time permits, we will also address how to develop a legal mentor relationship to guide you through the early years of practice.

The group will continue post-graduation, operating as a professional network for members to share specialized knowledge, generate client referrals and share overflow business amongst one other. Our goal is to come together as the Rutgers Legal Community to help one another succeed.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Copyright Society Programs in Philly this February

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA Presents:

The Google Books Settlement
Michael Boni and Joanne Zack of Boni & Zack LLC

When: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Check-In: 5:15-6:00
Program: 6:00-7:00
Wine, beer and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Where: Dechert LLP
Cira Centre
2929 Arch Street, 21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2857

Cost: Copyright Society Members: $10; Non-members: $20
Please make payment at the door
Checks made payable to:
The Copyright Society of the U.S.A, Philadelphia Chapter

SUMMARY: The Google Books class action has been one of the most closely watched copyright cases in recent memory. In 2005, authors and publishers challenged Google’s massive book scanning program -- under which it has digitized approximately 15 million books from the shelves of major university and public libraries -- claiming that its unauthorized digitization is copyright infringement. Google defended its program as a fair use. After more than a year of legal wrangling, the parties spent several years negotiating a $125 settlement that would enable Google to continue its scanning program, and which would establish commercial and non-commercial uses of Google’s digital library. The Google Books Settlement has garnered a great deal of criticism and a great deal of praise. On February 18, 2010, the court heard argument on the motion for final settlement approval, and the parties are awaiting the court’s decision.


A Day in the Life of a Private Practice Copyright Lawyer

When: Thursday, February 24, 2011
Check-In: 5:15-6:00
Program: 6:00-7:00
Wine, beer and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Where: Ballard Spahr LLP
1735 Market Street
42nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7599

SUMMARY: In a new series of programs designed specifically for Philadelphia area law students, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Copyright Society presents a “Day in the Life.” This series will feature local copyright attorneys speaking to, and taking questions from, law students about their careers, including what they do currently, what paths they took to get to where they are now, and generally what a typical day in their professional lives would look like. The first “Day in the Life” program will feature four attorneys who practice copyright law in law firms in the Philadelphia area. Please join us for this interactive and informative program!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fund Your Public Interest Summer Position

Working for a nonprofit public interest organization this summer? The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2011 will provide 700 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,132 education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. Apply online from March 16th through April 5th.

Also, look for information later in the semester about Rutgers own Summer Grant for public interest summer positions. Sponsored by APIL (Association for Public Interest Law), the grants are funded by an annual auction for goods and services. This year’s auction will be held on March 2, 2011, and an evening auction will be held on April 7, 2011.

Get as much practical legal experience as possible during law school!

What’s more important to get in law school, top grades or practical legal experience? Grades matter, but only a tiny percentage of law students get jobs based on grades alone, and that number continues to shrink. Increasingly, legal employers are looking to hire recent graduates with the skills to step in and help out sooner rather than later. The more training a new hire requires, the higher the fee that must be charged to the client, and clients are increasingly unwilling to subsidize the training of new lawyers.

A post on takes the same position, and points out that working at a firm or legal office during law school (even during the semester) and sometimes lead to a job offer after graduation, makes you a more efficient student, and prepares you to practice law without the need for extensive training after graduation.