July 24, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: Best & Flanagan LLP

Best & Flanagan LLP invites students in the class of 2014 to apply for summer associate positions for the summer of 2013. Best & Flanagan is a full-service law firm in downtown Minneapolis, providing advice and advocacy to individual and corporate clients in virtually all areas of the law, including litigation and dispute resolution, corporate and tax, bankruptcy, family law, estate planning, real estate, Native American law and public finance. Summer associates will have the opportunity to work in all practice areas, contributing to and observing first-hand the work we do on behalf of our clients.

Our goal for the summer program is two-fold: to find future attorneys with the ability, commitment and personality necessary to be successful associates, and eventually partners, in the firm, and to give those students a sense of the firm and its practice. We are looking for students with strong academic credentials, a diversity of experience both in law school and elsewhere, keen human relations skills, a willingness to work hard and a desire to invest in building a career at Best & Flanagan.
We are taking a new approach to summer associate hiring and instead of participating in on-campus interviews, we are inviting interested students to apply directly to the firm. For an early opportunity to meet members of the firm to discuss our practice and culture, we invite you to attend a recruiting reception open house at our firm on August 9, 2012, from 4:00-6:00 pm.

For more details, please visit Symplicity (#10047).

July 6, 2012

You're Invited: Cocktails & Conversation -- Dallas office of Alston & Bird

Law School Class of 2014

Please join us for Cocktails & Conversation

Thursday, July 19, 2012
5:30 p.m.
2828 N. Harwood Street, Suite 1800, Dallas, TX 75201
*Sponsored by the Diversity Committee

Please RSVP by July 16th to Robert Morris at

You're Invited: Cocktails & Conversation -- Dallas office of Alston & Bird

Law School Class of 2014

Please join us for Cocktails & Conversation

Thursday, July 19, 2012
5:30 p.m.
2828 N. Harwood Street, Suite 1800, Dallas, TX 75201
*Sponsored by the Diversity Committee

Please RSVP by July 16th to Robert Morris at

July 3, 2012

Fulbright Fellowship Info Session

Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
101 Walter Library

Sessions are limited to 40 participants.

The Fulbright application is due on September 5, 2012. For more details, click here.

June 22, 2012

Rising 2L: SAVE THE DATE for a Law Student Diversity Reception!

Thursday, July 19
Dallas office of Alston & Bird LLP
from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday, July 19th, the Diversity Committee in the Dallas office of Alston & Bird is holding a Cocktails & Conversation Reception for rising 2L law students who are in town for the summer.

June 19, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: Pathways to Postgraduate Legal Fellowships

Thursday, July 12 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW
No cost to attend - space is limited - register now!
Click here to register!

June 5, 2012

2L's: Law Library Orientations for Summer Associates: June 5 & 13

The HCBA and the Hennepin County Law Library will again be hosting orientation sessions to acquaint your firm's summer associates with the library and its services.

Upcoming dates: Tuesday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 13. Additional information is here.

May 24, 2012

How to Succeed as a Summer Associate 2012

PLI again offers our very popular, free program "How to Succeed as a Summer Associate" live in New York City and on the Web on Monday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. You don't even need a scholarship. Just go sign up online. If you come to the live program in New York, there will be a reception after, where you can network with the professional faculty and other summer associates.

Why You Should Participate
A summer associate position is really a twelve-week interview. Simply avoiding career-limiting behavior is not enough; you need to successfully navigate the dilemmas and challenges you'll face during the summer. Our experts will help you figure out how to turn this opportunity into a permanent position at the firm.

If you haven't yet secured a summer position and want to be ready to put yourself out there next year, this program will provide an excellent opportunity to gain valuable insight into the summer associate process.

At this free program you'll get practical advice from law firm partners who've not only been through summer associate programs themselves but who are now involved in supervising the summer associates at their respective firms.

What You Will Learn
Workload and time management expectations
Getting feedback and dealing with criticism
Making the most of your mentor
How to take advantage of pro bono and training opportunities
Social expectations

March 19, 2012


You are invited to attend the 1L's Spring Luncheons. You will meet and talk with attorneys and recruiters to learn more about their firm and their summer associate program.

Wednesday, March 21: Briggs and Morgan
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Room: Auerbach Commons
RSVP: Lee Holland, by Monday, March 19, 2012

Thursday, March 22: Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly
Time: 12: 15 - 1:15 p.m.
Room: 30
RSVP: Events on Symplicity through employer

Monday, April 2: Leonard, Street and Deinard
Time: 12:15 -1:15 p.m.
Room: 40
RSVP: Katie Kuitunen at

Wednesday, March 28: Chicago Day
Time: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Room: 30
RSVP: Events on Symplicity

Wednesday, April 4: Fredrikson & Byron
Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Room: Auerbach Commons
RSVP: Events on Symplicity through employer

Monday, April 9: Faegre Baker Daniels
Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Room: 50
RSVP: Events on Symplicity through employer

Tuesday, April 24: Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP
Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Room: 30
RSVP: Events on Symplicity through employer


Introduction to Fall 2012 OCI

Monday, March 19
Law School, Room 50

The Career Center hosts an information session on the fall On-Campus Interview Program (OCI). The session will also cover the "off-campus" interview programs in New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco.

Note that you will be applying to OCI firms this summer for next summer's 2013 "summer associate" positions. OCI interviews will take place mid-August through early fall. Attend this session to review key application dates and the interview timeline. It is very important that you attend.

Are you unsure about working in a large firm? Attending this session is commitment-free. Obtain all the information you need to make a decision about your next steps.

February 10, 2012

1L, 2L: Summer Funding: Robina Public Policy Fellowship

The University of Minnesota Law School proudly announces the Robina Public Policy Summer Fellowships. These Fellowships were funded by the Robina Foundation, which was established through the generosity of a Law School graduate. Fellows will be funded to work on a public policy project or in a public policy role at a nonprofit agency for a total of 400 hours during the summer; fellows will receive $5,000, less applicable taxes. The University of Minnesota Law School will award up to Seven (7) Robina Public Policy Summer Fellowships. Symplicity posting #7822. Deadline: Mar. 9.

December 22, 2011

Upcoming 1L Government Honors Deadlines

The following government programs have 1L deadlines coming up in the next few weeks. Details of these programs are provided in the 2011-12 Government Honors & Internship Handbook, located at Log in information is on Symplicity Homepage.

Spring, Summer & Fall

Summer Programs
· Department of Commerce - Office of Chief Counsel for International Commerce Volunteer Law Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/30/11)

· Corporation for National & Community Service - Office of General Counsel Summer Legal Internship (Paid, Deadline 12/31/11)

· National Nuclear Security Administration - Office of General Counsel Summer Internship Program (Paid, Deadline 12/31/11)

· Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (Paid, Deadline 12/31/11)

· Executive Office of the President - Council on Environmental Quality Legal Clerkship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/01/12)

· Department of the Interior - Office of the Solicitor Legal Internship/Externship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/01/12)

· Department of the Interior - Office of the Regional Solicitor Pacific Northwest Region 2012 Summer Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/11/12)

· Smithsonian Institution - Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/15/12)

· Inter-American Foundation - Office of General Counsel Summer Intern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/16/12)

· Vermont Attorney General - Civil Rights Unit Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 01/16/12)

· CA District Attorney's Office Sacramento County - Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 12/31/11)

October 18, 2011

1L: Intro to the Career Center

Oct. 28, 12:15; Rm 25

Join Career Center staff as we review key information about the services the Career Center provides and the partnership between you and our office. This session is required for all 1L students.

Making Public Interest Affordable: College Cost Reduction Act & LRAP Info Sesion

Oct. 26, 12:15; Rm 20

As part of National Pro Bono Week, the Career Center and MJF will be co-presenting on Making Public Interest Affordable: College Cost Reduction Act and LRAP Info! Don't miss this informative session and get the information you need for a career in the public sector.

August 19, 2011

Government & Nonprofit Career Fair

Government & Nonprofit Career Fair

Friday, October 21, 2011
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Coffman Great Hall, Ground Floor
Coffman Memorial Union Bldg
University of Minnesota
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Welcome to the Government & Nonprofit Career Fair website sponsored by the Minnesota Colleges and Universities Career Services Association.
Note that this year, for the first time, the annual Government and Non-Profit (previously "Idealist Fair") fairs will be combined to attract even more interested and motivated students to this one event!

The Career Fair allows agencies to meet with candidates and alumni from the 30 participating Minnesota 4-year colleges and universities and participating regional colleges.

The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. The job fair is open only to students and alumni from participating colleges and universities. To register select Register Online.

December 17, 2009

Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

The Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is a two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment. The 2010 Patent Law Interview Program will be held on Thursday, July 29 & Friday, July 30 at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront at 511 North Columbus Drive in Downtown Chicago.

For more information, visit their site at Loyola Patent Law Interview Program. Also, see your CPDC counselor who can help you prepare.


October 9, 2009

Recruitment for Students with Disabilities

Lime Corporate Recruitment for Students with Disabilities
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
5:15 pm to 7:15 pm
Downtown Minneapolis Target (bus transit provided by Lime Connect)

This is a special event for U of M students with disabilities. This recruiting event is coordinated and hosted by Lime Connect, a nonprofit organization working to connect employers and students with disabilities.

Students with all disabilities can attend this event to network with corporate recruiters and with representatives from Lime Connect. You'll also learn more about how Lime Connect works. Companies represented at this event include Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo, Target, Goldman Sach, and Google. They're recruiting students with disabiltiies for internships and full-time positions.

Find details and registration information at:

August 17, 2009

Student Veterans and Service Members

Student Veterans and Service Members - get paid for your internship!

If you have an internship that is unpaid or low-paid (less than $1800 a semester), you may be eligible for a U of M Student Veterans and Service Members Internship Grant! Find all the details and application instructions at

June 17, 2009

EJW Student Debt Relief Webinar Series

There's a lot to know about student debt relief and the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. Attend a free, live webinar to learn more about public service loan forgiveness, income-based repayment and how to qualify.

Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How government and nonprofit employees can earn public service loan forgiveness

Income-Based Repayment: A new way to lower your monthly federal student loan payments

February 18, 2009

LGBT National Career Fair and Legal Education Conference

The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association is a national organization of LGBT judges, lawyers, law students and other legal professionals committed to promoting diversity within the legal profession. Each year, the LGBT Bar hosts the only national career fair and legal education conference. Last year, the career fair featured 169 recruiters and over 590 students from across the country.

WHEN: September 10-12, 2009
WHERE: Brooklyn, NY

*For more information visit

Thank you to our friends at Barry University School of Law Career Services .

January 3, 2009

Minnesota State Bar Association

The Minnesota State Bar Association provides a variety of ways for law students to become
involved in the legal community, including the following meetings and events. Join one of our
34 Sections for a meeting, Continuing Legal Education seminar (CLE) or networking event
today! Don’t let your first conversation with an attorney be at an interview. For more
information about the MSBA or any of the upcoming events, please contact Elyse Farnsworth at or 612-278-6343. Please visit us at

Click here for the January calendar.

December 15, 2008

Film Profiling Walter "Fritz" Mondale Premiers Dec. 17

Contacts: Cynthia Huff, (612) 625-6691,

Ryan Mathre, University News Service, (612) 625-0552,

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL ( 12/12/2008 ) -- A new feature-length documentary exploring the life and legacy of former Vice President Walter Mondale (University of Minnesota Law School Class of 1956) will have its broadcast premiere on Twin Cities Public Television (tpt), at 7 p.m, on Dec. 17.

"FRITZ: The Walter Mondale Story" documents Mr. Mondale's genuine concern for helping people and his life as a true public servant. In addition to vice president, he served as a U.S. senator, an ambassador to Japan and a dedicated advocate for civil rights, workers' rights and environmental issues.

"This film is telling a story for years to come about why you should stand up for your ideals. While it might take 20, 30, or 40 years to come to fruition, it's important to do, and it's important to dedicate your life to public service," said Ted Mondale, Walter's oldest son."

Continue reading "Film Profiling Walter "Fritz" Mondale Premiers Dec. 17" »

February 26, 2007

Employer Outreach: New York & Seattle

Earlier this month, Dean Guy Charles and I visited a number of New York law firms as part of our office's on-going effort to develop relationships with employers in legal markets outside of Minnesota. Some of the firms we visited include Davis Polk, Fried Frank, Kaye Scholer, and Paul Hastings. In addition, I met individually with recruiting contacts at Simpson Thatcher and Weill Gotshal. Dean Charles and I used our visits as an opportunity to update these employers about developments at the law school and invite them to consider participating in one of our interview programs, either on or off campus. We were pleased by the reception of these employers, each of whom recognized the strength of the law school and its graduates. One of the issues we heard concerned getting law students from our law school to consider making the leap to New York practice. Later this spring, several of these firms will send representatives to discuss practice in New York City. Check for announcements in the upcoming month. Also, Dean Charles and I, along with alumni relations and development staff, attended an alumni reception at Dewey Ballantine, hosted by some of our recent alumni now practicing at that firm.

Next week, I will travel to Seattle to meet with legal employers in that city. A number of students over the years have expressed interest in Seattle practice and we thought now would be a good time to strengthen our connections. In addition to employer visits, I will be attending a regional alumni reception with Dean Fred Morrison, again, as an opportunity to continue to leverage our good alumni contacts in the area on behalf of our students. Stay tuned for a report later in March.