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September 29, 2009

Celebrate Pro Bono

The annual National Pro Bono Celebration is scheduled for October 25 through 31, 2009. Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, the celebration is a coordinated national effort to showcase the great difference that pro bono lawyers make to the nation, its system of justice, its communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve. The week is also dedicated to the quest for more pro bono volunteers to meet the ever-growing legal needs of this country's most vulnerable citizens

For more information click here.


Department of State is Hiring Diplomatic Security Special Agents

Department of State is Hiring Diplomatic Security Special Agents

The Department of State is hiring - Diplomatic Security Special Agents (known overseas as Regional Security Officers - Foreign Service Specialists)

The Department of State is accepting applications for Foreign Service Diplomatic Security Special Agent positions.

Click here (http://careers.state.gov/specialist/opportunities/secagent.html) for more information, and to start the application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is October 8, 2009.

Special Agents (SA) are sworn federal law enforcement officers who are responsible for the security of Foreign Service personnel, property and sensitive information throughout the world. Major activities include protective services, management of security programs for Foreign Service posts, criminal investigations, and background investigations, in addition to administrative, training, and liaison functions. Special Agent applicants must be U.S. citizens and must have a bachelor's degree at the time of appointment. Candidates must be within nine months of receiving their Bachelor's degree in order to apply, specifically, they must receive their degree prior to July 22, 2010 (exceptions cannot be granted). Special Agent candidates must be appointed prior to their 37th birthday.

(Thanks to our friends at University of Miami Law School)

September 25, 2009

The One Best Thing You Can Do for Your Job Search

"One challenge in a job search is that it seems there are a hundred things to do and you have to do all of them, all the time. That's mostly true. The more avenues you can pursue, and the better job you can do pursuing them, the higher the likelihood you will find a new position sooner. However, if there were one thing you could give the greatest focus to that might have the greatest impact... what would that be?"

For this "one thing", click here.


September 18, 2009

Where the Jobs Are: Mission Critical Opportunities for America

Passing a message to me from the Partnership for Public Service:

According to the results of a report released by the Partnership for Public Service earlier this month, the federal government will need to hire 273,000 new federal workers for mission-critical positions over the next three years. This surge in hiring is the result of an increased demand for services, priority program initiatives like climate change and healthcare, a wave of baby boomer retirements and normal attrition.

The majority of these positions are expected to fall into five broad fields:

* Medical and public health

* Security and protection

* Compliance and law enforcement

* Legal

* Administration/program management

These jobs, and those in other categories, cover almost all occupational fields and issue areas, and are located across the country and around the world. From doctors and nurses to law enforcement and immigration personnel to lawyers and program managers, there are positions available for nearly all academic majors, interest areas and skill sets.

Arriving at a time of high national unemployment and a renewed enthusiasm for public service, this hiring surge could not have come at a more appropriate moment. It presents an incredible opportunity for your students and alumni to find meaningful careers, and a chance for the federal government to select high-caliber talent, reinvigorate the civil service and build a workforce for tomorrow.

For more information, click here.

September 15, 2009

Federal Government Pay Scale

I received a great question from a student earlier today and I wanted to share the information more widely.

Q: As I look at usajobs.gov, I find a lot of interesting openings at GS 10-14 levels. I am aware that GS 9 is the typical entry level for law graduates. Should I not apply for any jobs above GS 9 level?

A: Great question! Many entry-level positions at the federal government are at GS (pay scale) 9. However, do not limit yourself to only GS-9. Entry-level attorneys may also start at GS 10 or 11, or even 12 with previous government or military experience.

More information about federal GS pay scales is available here.

Accepting Applications to Summer 2010 Student Internship Program

From the U.S. Department of State:

We are pleased to inform you that we are now accepting applications for the Summer 2010 Student Internship Program.

Please click here (http://careers.state.gov/students/programs.html#SIP) for more information, and to view the vacancy on USAJobs and start the online application process. The deadline to submit completed applications is November 2, 2009.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and a student in order to be eligible. Please read the vacancy announcement for all eligibility requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: You may experience some technical difficulties with the online application system. Please click here (http://careers.state.gov/students/workaround.html) for workaround instructions. We apologize for the inconvenience - we are working to fix this issue as quickly as possible.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

September 11, 2009

CIA Info Session

The CIA will be hosting two information sessions next week on:

Thursday, September 17th
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Room 215 Hubert H. Humphrey Center, West Bank

All U of M undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning
more about the CIA and their career opportunities are welcome to attend.
No registration is required.

*Students attending the information sessions should bring a copy of
their resume. *

The CIA will be setting up interviews at the info sessions with selected
students for Friday, September 18 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Center.

September 9, 2009

Missed todays Federal Government Program? Handouts here.

Here are the handouts from today's program on Federal Government Hiring. Feel free to make an appointment with your counselor to discuss opportunities.KSA Handout.pdf, 2009 Government Presentation Handout.pdf, and 2009-10_NALP_Federal_Opportunities_Guide.pdf.

2010 Presidential Management Fellow Application Deadline

The Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) Program is a premier program for federal government leadership development and provides two-year Federal Government Fellowships. Graduate students from all academic disciplines, including law, who expect to graduate between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010 are eligible to be nominated by their schools for the upcoming 2009 application period. The application for the PMF Class of 2010 is expected to open October 1, 2009 and close October 15, 2009.

For more information, learn about the program here.

September 8, 2009


Welcome to the University of Minnesota Law School. All of us at the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) hope you had a terrific summer. We are truly looking forward to connecting and working with you.

To stay in touch with the CPDC

* Subscribe to this blog (http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lawcso/vocare/) Put this into your reader.

* Visit our CPDC website

* Read the weekly CPDC bulletin

* Make an appointment with your counselor (First year students: In accordance with National Association for Law Placement guidelines (NALP), first-year students may not receive one-on-one counseling until November 1st of their first year.)

* Stop by the CPDC table in the subplaza over the lunch hours on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Best wishes,

Alan, Stacey, Vic, Dana, John, & Michael

Career and Professional Development Staff
cpdc@umn.edu / 612-625-1866

September 1, 2009

Annual Student Health Law Conference

The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) Third Annual Student Health Law Conference hosted by Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, on Friday, October 16, 2009 from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

This conference, which is attended by law students from law schools throughout the country, seeks to expose law students to the myriad career paths for attorneys in health and life sciences. The conference provides an introductory session on health law, panels on a variety of employment opportunities in health law, and a networking reception with the conference speakers. In the past, over 180 law students from dozens of law schools as far as the west coast attended the conference. In the current market, I would expect an even greater attendance. Career paths that will be represented include academia, compliance, private firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, drug and device companies, health insurers, and hospitals. Speakers for this year's conference have been chosen for their health law expertise. They know the hiring process both as prospective employees and as employers. They are well suited to provide support and guidance to the next generation of health attorneys during these tenuous economic times.

For more information about the conference, please visit the ASLME website http://www.aslme.org/Calendar