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June 23, 2010

6th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities

FRIDAY AUGUST 13, 2010 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sheraton Crystal City Hotel - Arlington, VA (Near National Airport)

Open to Fall 2010 Returning Law Students, and Graduates Nationwide

Students & Graduates Register Here

(Student deadline to register Sunday July 11, 2010)

See the IMPACT website for details and to view registered employers (employers have until July 8, 2010 to register): http://www.law.arizona.edu/Career/Impact/welcome.cfm.

June 11, 2010

2010 Lavender Law Career Fair & Conference

Every year, the sharpest legal minds in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community gather at the National LGBT Bar Association's annual conference and career fair.

Hundreds of practicing attorneys, dozens of scholars, over 500 students and many leading members of the judiciary are expected to attend over the course of this year's events.

Career Fair

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Miami, FL
Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Click here for more information.

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June 5, 2010

Public Service Career and Internship Fair

Don't miss your opportunity to network with representatives from more than 75 federal agencies across government during the 2010 Public Service Career and Internship Fair, hosted by the Partnership for Public Service. This year's event will be held on July 14 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Admission is FREE!

Visit Public Service Career and Internship Fair for more information.

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Graduate and Professional Students' Guide to Career Planning

The University of Minnesota's Career Development Network (CDN) has created this excellent website for graduate students: Graduate and Professional Students' Guide to Career Planning. Check it out and visit the Career and Professional Development Center for more information specific to legal employment.

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June 1, 2010

The PSLawNet Blog How to Work for the United Nations or Other Inter-Governmental Organizations

Today's post on possible career routes into Inter-Governmental Organizations like the United Nations comes from Sara Rakita, Associate Director of the Public Interest Law Center at New York University School of Law. Sara has worked extensively on human rights and the rule of law, primarily in Africa. Before joining PILC in 2006, she served as a long-term consultant to the Ford Foundation, where she was responsible for piloting and setting up TrustAfrica, a new African grant-making foundation that is now based in Senegal. Sara spent five years as an Africa Researcher at Human Rights Watch, including two years as the organization's representative in Rwanda. Sara has also consulted for Amnesty International, Global Rights, USAID, and the Austrian development agency. Sara holds a J.D. from NYU, an M.I.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. in international studies from The American University. She is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Russian.
Lots of people would love to work for the United Nations or other Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGOs), but it's not always apparent how to get there. Indeed, there is no single path. In an effort to demystify a process that is not always transparent, this post will explain some of the main channels into IGOs.

As a baseline, it helps to have a background in international law, foreign language skills, and experience working and living abroad. But, even with all of this, this is still a VERY challenging sector to break into. Getting a job at IGOs or the UN takes a whole lot of networking, persistence, and creativity - with a measure of luck and being in the right place (and often knowing the right people) at the right time.

Click here for the entire post. There are a ton of resources.