Friday, January 27, 2012

Spring Mock Interview Program

Attorneys from Philadelphia and NJ legal employers will be conducting mock interviews in the Career Planning Office Monday, February 13th through Thursday, February 16th. This is a great opportunity to network and polish your interviewing skills!

All mock interviews will take place in the Career Planning Office (first floor, west building). Each interview lasts a total of 30 minutes: 20 minutes for the interview and 10 minutes for feedback. Please remember to wear business attire to your mock interview and note that while interviewer names are listed in Symplicity, the interviewer may change with little or no notice.

To sign up for a mock interview, login to your
Symplicity account. Once you login in, click on OCI and choose Mock Interview Program 2012 under the Sessions drop down box. Then click on the date next to the name of the employer that you want to sign up with. Next, choose a time and click sign up. NOTE: you must upload your resume prior to signing up for a mock interview.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


The Judge William M.Marutani Fellowship (“Fellowship”) was established by the Asian Pacific AmericanBar Association of Pennsylvania (“APABA-PA”) in conjunction with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. The Fellowship serves to honor the legacy of Judge Marutani, the first Asian American judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a distinguished member of the judiciary who served both the Asian American community and the community at large for many years. Judge Marutani’s exemplary career is a model for current students who are committed to public service.

The Fellowship is offered to Asian Pacific American first-year law students at Dickinson School of Law, Rutgers-Camden University School of Law, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Villanova University School of Law, Drexel University College of Law and Widener University School of Law.

The Fellowship will provide a stipend for a first-year Asian Pacific American law student to subsidize a summer internship position with a non-profit public interest organization or with a federal, state or municipal government entity (including the judiciary) in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Finalists will be selected based upon law school transcripts, past and present work and community service experience, prior accomplishments and awards, character, and an essay. Each finalist will be interviewed by the Fellowship Selection Committee.

The Fellowship recipient(s) will receive a stipend, up to $5,000 (depending on sources of funding available to the student other than the Marutani Fellowship), for full-time summer employment (of at least ten weeks) at an organization as described above. Applicants are eligible for the Marutani Fellowship even if they seek or receive other sources of summer funding.

After completing the internship, the Fellowship recipient will be required to complete a two-page report summarizing his/her summer experience. This report shall be submitted in a finished form appropriate for publication in the APABA-PA’s newsletter. The Fellowship recipient will also be recognized at the APABA-PA’s annual banquet in the fall.

All applications must be dated March 2, 2012. Applications can be electronically to Lynne Brown at Applications may also be mailed or delivered to Lynne Brown at the Bar Foundation office at 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor. Philadelphia, PA 19107. All deliveries must be postmarked March 2, 2012 or if they are hand-delivered, they are to be received by 4:00 p.m. on that date.  For more information click here.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Equal Justice Works Summer Funding Opportunity!

The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program provides law students with the opportunity to dedicate at least 300 hours of their summer to a legal project at a qualifying nonprofit public interest organization.  In 2012, 711 law students will be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps education award in the amount of $1,175 upon their successful completion of the Summer Corps program.

Applications for 2012 Summer Corps will be available Thursday, March 1, 2012.  The deadline to apply is Friday, March 23, 2012.  Please visit Equal Justice Works to learn more about Summer Corps and the application process. 

Financial Planning Workshop, 1/25 @12:30

Wed., January 25, 12:30 – 2:30 in room E 112
Financial Planning for Law Students and New Lawyers: Wondering how to make your loans and financial aid stretch through the semester?  Always wanted to create a personal budget, but never got around to it?  Thinking ahead to practicing law or even starting your own law practice, but wondering how you’ll make it work and pay off your loans?  Come to this workshop and learn the basics of personal financial planning and get a primer on what you should know about beginning your own business. RSVP in your Symplicity account under Events!

Speed Networking, 2/22 @5:45pm

Wed., February 22, 5:45- 8:00 pm in the Campus Center MPR

The Office of Career Planning invites students to participate in its Annual Speed Networking Event.  Speed Networking provides students with a forum to refine their professional networking skills and teaches them the art of self-promotion. It consists of brief conversations between students and practicing lawyers, at regular intervals of time. Once the time is up, students move on to the next lawyer, then the next, ultimately giving them the chance to meet with several participating attorneys, getting career advice and tools for communicating with professionals.  Allowing for optimal connections to be made, within a minimal amount of time, Speed Networking is a sure-fire way for students to avoid first-impression faux pas and networking nightmares.   In this structured environment students can talk to people they wouldn’t otherwise come into contact with, and can decide whether they have an interest in a particular kind of employer or practice area.  Following the one-hour speed networking session, there will be a short reception where participants can have the opportunity to speak more informally. 

The program will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room. Following the one-hour speed networking session, there will be a short reception where participants can have the opportunity to speak more informally.   Students should plan to arrive at 5:45 to check in for the event; students who have class until 5:50 should arrive as soon as possible after their class.

Dress is business attire; resumes are not appropriate for this event, but if you like, you may bring business cards.

RSVP for this event is OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS.  Space is very limited!   Please only RSVP is you are reasonably sure you will attend as there are a limited number of slots available for this program.  RSVP in your Symplicity account under Events!

NJ Law Firm Group Roundtable and Networking Reception, 1/31 @6pm

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Faculty Lounge, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Law firm partners, recruitment coordinators and representatives of public agencies discuss employment opportunities and the recruitment process and provide tips on preparing a resume and conducting an effective interview. Employers 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.

Come Learn About Law Firm Practices and Tips on Getting Hired!

Network with Partners and Associates from New Jersey Firms!

All students are invited to attend! Food Will Be Served!

RSVP in your Symplicity account under Events!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Heather Jarvis to speak on Student Debt and Loan Forgiveness Programs

Come join the Rutgers-Camden School of Law welcome Heather Jarvis for a presentation on student debt and loan forgiveness programs.  The event will be on February 8, 2012 at 12:30 at Rutgers-Camden Law School. 

Many government and nonprofit professionals stand to gain tens of thousands of dollars of student debt relief from the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program established by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.  But the program requirements can be confusing.  Heather knows how to break it down step-by-step so it makes sense once and for all.  From this presentation, you will learn how the income-based repayment plan works, how to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness including eligible loans, qualifying employment, tax consequences, and more.

A former capital defense attorney with 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.  She has contributed to student debt relief policy for the House Education Committee and others in Congress, and spent more than six years advocating for public service loan forgiveness,
which allows more recent graduates to dedicate their careers to the greater good.

Rutgers-Camden Laws students can rsvp via Symplicity.  Other Rutgers-Camden students can rsvp via email here.