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Career Placement Notes

Monday, September 15, 2008  
Posted by: Dena Bauman
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Mentor Program

The UDC Law School endeavors to match all interested first-year law students with practicing attorneys and law graduates who are interested in providing the students with general guidance on entering the legal profession.  Attorneys from a wide variety of practices - private, public interest, government and judicial - are recruited to help provide students with ongoing guidance to think and learn about such topics as how to succeed in law school, how to explore different career paths through internships and jobs, and the all important topic of "networking."  Mentors are encouraged to bring the student with them to court, to professional bar association meetings, and to office functions as appropriate, so that the student can get a "real life" glimpse of law practice.

Last spring, we matched nearly 40 students with attorney mentors, including many UDC alumni. They met during an evening reception to begin their professional relationship. Attorneys and students alike agreed that it was a lively, enjoyable event and they look forward to continue meeting as matched.

Mock Interviews

Another outstanding event was the "Mock Interview" program, organized by the Young Lawyer's Section of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.  Fifteen law students attended the program, hosted by the law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Dominic Vorv, ‘99, president of the YLS, greeted the students and introduced a panel of lawyers, members of the BADC, who spoke about how to write resumes and cover letters, and how to interview. Then, each student was paired with a volunteer attorney for a one-on-one "mock interview, which lasted about 30 minutes. Following the interviews, students and attorneys regrouped for a reception provided by the law firm - along with excellent views of White House motorcades passing on Pennsylvania Avenue on their way to Capitol Hill for the President's State of the Union Address.

In addition to the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the Greater Washington Area Chapter Women Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association has been a valuable resource to the law students. Dena Bauman, the career service director, was invited to meet with their student outreach committee to talk about various programs GWAC could consider hosting.

Fortune 500 Summer 2008 Jobs!

NorthEastern Utilities, a Fortune 500 public utilities company based in Connecticut, interviewed six students at the law school for two summer associate positions in the office. This opportunity was created by Board of Trade member Kristin Mannion who facilitated conversations between Dean Broderick and the company's General Counsel, who is eager for NEU to diversify its workforce and help create a diversity pipeline into the corporate counsel field. The students who were chosen for the position are Brandon Atwater, ’10 and Stephanie Webb, ‘09.  They are being paid $900 a week and provided housing. The summer associate program will include numerous training and professional development opportunities. We look forward to hearing about their summers.


A Snapshot of Academic Year
and Summer Internships and Jobs

District of Columbia Government and Judiciary

  • D.C. Council
  • D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking
  • D.C. Office of the Attorney General
  • D.C. Office of Human Rights
  • D.C. Superior Court

Federal Government and Judiciary

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Fellowships

  • NAACP Law Fellow
  • Washington Area Corporate Counsel /Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Non-Profits

  • CAIR Coalition
  • Children’s Law Center
  • Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Leadership Conference for Civil Rights
  • Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Program
  • Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia
  • Republican National Committee
  • Whitman-Walker Clinic, Office of the General Counsel

Private Firms

  • Law Offices of John Walker-Turner
  • Bell Law Firm

Others

  • California Appellate Defender
  • Clinton County, NY District Attorney Office
  • Public Defender Service of Maryland

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