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Announcements

  • Moritz Board Fellows Program

    Applications for the Moritz Board Fellows Program are now open for the 2017-18 year. We launched this program, which allows selected students to participate on the board of a local non-profit organization, at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, so we now have a couple of years’ of experience and are pleased that both students and boards have had solid experiences. Although students are not voting members, in many aspects students have been able to take active parts in attending meetings, working on sub-committees, completing specific projects. This is a really good way to (1) see how members of our profession are active in the larger community, (2) learn about the roles and work of non-profit boards, and (3) gain exposure to networking opportunities with some of central Ohio's community leaders. A description of the program is attached, listing most of the participating boards this year.  Boards vary quite a lot in terms of frequency of meetings, expectations of student fellows and participation opportunities. They are all aware that your first obligation is to your academics.   If you are interested, please complete the attached application and return (along with the additional requested documents noted on the application) to Allison Meena, meena.4@osu.edu. Please use this subject line when sending your application: Application for 17-18 Board Fellows Program attached. Attachments: 2017_Board_Fellows_Flier.pdf; Board_fellows_student_Application.pdf

News from the Public Service Law Center

  • Honoring Women in Government Reception

    The OWBA Government Subcommittee is hosting its annual Honoring Women in Government Reception on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., in conjunction with its annual conference. This year’s speaker is Justice Sharon Kennedy, and we anticipate judges, magistrates, and notable reps from government agencies/firms attending. This is an excellent opportunity for any students who are interested in pursuing a career in government (public), or in government-relations (private). The cost is $25.00. Please see the following link, for more info: http://owba.org/AnnualConference
  • 2017 Graduates to be Honored for Pro Bono Hours at Honors Convocation

    Thirty-eight members of the Class of 2017 logged 9,898 pro bono hours to earn Public Service Fellow Designation. Each of the fellows’ level of distinction will be noted on their transcripts and they will be recognized at Honors Convocation and Hooding on May 12. Please join us in congratulating all the 2017 Public Service Fellows! 1Ls and 2Ls are reminded that you can start tracking your pro bono hours on Symplicity now. To submit hours go to the My Account tab and select Pro Bono. Click Add New and complete the form. You may track hours as you earn them, or submit all hours under one date at the conclusion of a pro bono position or project. To see what activities count toward PSF designation visit the Public Service Fellow Program webpage.

Spotlight

Beyond Symplicity: Additional Job Search Resources

Symplicity is a great place to start your job search, in fact, about half of the students in each graduating class obtain permanent through a job posting or on-campus interview posted through Symplicity. However, there are some other online resources that you can utilize to maximize your job search.

Useful Job/Resource Links: This list includes over 300 links to general job databases, resources for specific legal employment areas (ie. federal government, public interest, international, alternative careers), and resources by state.

Guide to State Court Clerkships: A comprehensive guide to state clerkship availability, application procedures, salaries and more.

Government Honors & Public Policy Handbooks: This Handbook provides application deadlines, applicant qualifications, and details on the selection process. It also describes each employer’s mission and organizational structure, as well as deadline tables (arranged alphabetically by agency and law school class year), GS salary schedules, tips for finding housing in Washington DC and other locations, government regulations for hiring non-citizens, and information about government background checks.

BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank: The BYU Job Bank features job postings from law schools throughout the country and is searchable by state. If you are looking outside of Columbus, this is a great tool for finding postings from schools located in the state(s) you are targeting.

JD Careers Out There: JDCOT is a site for lawyers, law students, and potential law students who want to have a career that they love. Through video interviews, you’ll find out what you can do with a law degree and how to break in and find a job. You’ll also get professional development tips to lead you to career success.

Access information for password protected resources can be found in your Symplicity News Feed.

 

Reminders

During summer break, the bulletin will be sent out on a bi-weekly basis. Please look for the next issue on May 15th.


Job Spotlight

1L: 2018 Summer Associate
Reed Smith LLP
Pittsburgh, PA
Deadline: July 21
Symplicity ID: 20474

1L,2L, 3L: Corporate Development Summer Associate
Health Carousel
Cincinnati, OH
Deadline: May 20
Symplicity ID: 20473

1L, 2L: Volunteer/Extern
Ohio Civil Service Employees Association
Columbus, OH
Deadline: May 25
Symplicity ID:  20479

2L, 3L: Law Clerk/Legal Intern
City of Upper Arlington
Upper Arlington, OH
Deadline: May 31
Symplicity ID: 19024

3L: Delaware Judicial Law Clerk
Superior Court of Delaware
Wilmington, DE
Deadline: October 31
Symplicity ID:  20463


Professional Tip

“I have a tip people often forget: double check the spelling of names in all written correspondence including email. Ric Simmons is not Rick, for example. Some Saras are Sarahs. Theresa is not Teresa. These are not things that get picked up by spell check, and they are things that could sink your chance of getting hired. Relatedly, if you are applying to someone named Whitney, do your research before assuming Whitney is a Ms. rather than a Mr. Similarly, Shawn may be a Ms. rather than a Mr. If you have a way to determine this in advance of writing the cover letter incorrectly, do so.”  -Ingrid Mattson, Reference Librarian


Did You Know?

… Career Services Staff are often contacted during the summer by small firms and other organizations looking for law clerks to start immediately? These employers often don’t want to wait for applications to come in through a posting so they ask for a list of students and recent graduates looking for employment. If you would like to be among the names we distribute please add your resume to one or more of the Opt-In Resume Books found in the Documents tab on Symplicity.

Featured Resource

A criticism we often hear from employers and faculty is that students send emails that are curt, demanding, lack general courtesy, and have grammatical errors. Before you head off to your summer experience, please review E-Mail Netiquette for Lawyers for a comprehensive guide to emailing professionally. You read more about email etiquette on our website and in the Career Services Handbook.

E-Mail Netiquette for Lawyers, Gerald Lebovits, NYSBA Perspective 18 (Spring 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2447052

 

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