Thursday, January 27, 2011

Always Include a Cover Letter

Be sure to include a cover letter when you send an application/post your resume for a job on Symplicity. Include the letter even when the employers does not specify "cover letter" among the required application documents. They don't mention it primarily because they assume you will include a cover letter.

Cover letters tie together the various parts of your application and make the case for why the employer should hire you. Don't miss this opportunity to tell your story and demonstrate your writing skills.

Symetra Financial: 1L Summer

Thanks to Ms. Sheridan Hollender, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Symetra Financial, for hosting an information session about Symetra's 1L Summer Intern Program. Applications are due through Symplicity on February 14, 2011. Please see details posted on Symplicity.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

1L Paid Summer Internship Info Session: Symetra Financial

Symetra Financial in Bellevue offers a 10 week summer internship to a 1L from SU Law. A representative from the legal staff will hold an informational meeting on THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, at NOON in C-5. Get application tips, learn about the summer program and make a connection.

Symplicity Postings

Be sure to keep checking Symplicity for the latest job postings. We have added a variety of summer positions this week.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

WDTLA Speed Networking Event

The Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association (WDTLA) Speed Networking Event is a great way to make contact with practicing attorneys.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Second Floor Gallery.

RSVP in Symplicity - Space is limited.

Finding a Job in the Federal Government Seminar

Consider these facts: * Practically every area of private legal practice is mirrored in the federal government. * Over 80% of federal jobs are located outside of Washington, D.C. * Federal pay and benefit packages are extremely attractive. Why not consider employment with the federal government? CPD will review how to find and compete for desirable federal law jobs, including completing the Federal Application and crafting KSA's that will convince employers that you are the best candidate for the job.

Tuesday, March 8th, 12:00 p.m., C1. RSVP in Symplicity.

Networking Seminar

Networking is critical in the legal community. You can learn about specific job opportunities, meet people who have career paths that inspire you, and learn about a particular practice area. Yet, many people are not comfortable with the mechanics of the networking process. In this seminar, CPD staff will address the importance of networking, environments in which networking is appropriate and fruitful, and ways that you can effectively and efficiently continue building your professional network.

Friday, February 18th, 10:00 a.m., Room 109. RSVP in Symplicity.

Interviewing Seminar

You've probably heard us say it before: interviewing is an art. Great interviewees are not born, they're made. In this seminar, you will learn the principles of effective interviewing, including how to prepare, crafting strong answers that highlight your capabilities and experiences, and things to think about when formulating questions that you will be asking of your interviewer.

Tuesday, February 8th, 12:00 p.m., Courtroom. RSVP in Symplicity.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Judicial Clerkships in Oregon

Applications are now being accepted for Law Clerk positions with the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the Oregon Tax Court for the two-year period starting in August 2012 and ending in August 2014.

Please visit for a full description and for application instructions.

FCBA Foundation Scholarships

For the 18th consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation will award stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund. In 2011, the Foundation will award several stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology).

In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend for the summer—the “Max Paglin Award.” Mr. Paglin was the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC, and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive legislative history of the Communications Act.


Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications field, (2) having secured or having pending, an unpaid summer position (internship) for at least eight weeks in communications with a government agency or entities with a connection to the communications industry, (3) dependence on financial assistance in order to accept the unpaid internship in a government agency or entity involved in communications; and, (4) community activities. To the extent a recipient receives unanticipated funding for the unpaid internship, the FCBA Foundation’s general policy is to reduce its scholarship awards by any amount that a recipient’s total funding (including all sources) for the internship would otherwise exceed $7,000.

Applications for internship funding should be submitted to Kerry Loughney, FCBA Foundation, 1020 19th Street, NW, Suite 325, Washington, DC 20036 or Applications must be post-marked by Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone. Winners will be notified by Friday, April 15, 2011.

To view the application, go to: or download the attached document.

Applications Being Accepted for Mike Eidson Scholarship

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women’ Trial Lawyers Caucus in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The Scholarship is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

The application deadline is May 31, 2011 and the Scholarship will be awarded at the AAJ Annual Convention, which will take place this year in July in New York City.

The application can be found at the AAJ Website.

Friday, January 21, 2011

WSBA Diversity Intern

The Washington State Bar Association is hiring a Diversity Intern for the summer. Focus areas include internet research, website content, data/statistical analysis, memo writing, local/state/national diversity programs, internal development.

Details and application instructions are available on Symplicity.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

DC Jobs

There's a new, great reason to apply for summer jobs in DC this year: You may take the Seattle U Law School's DC class this summer AND take advantage of the housing arrangements set up by SU in DC.

If you can find a position that you want in DC, apply! It does not have to be one of the programs already connected to SU's DC program. Just be sure to let Shawn Lipton know that you want to participate in the housing and class.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

OPIC's Department of Legal Affairs is accepting applications from 1Ls and 2Ls for its paid Summer 2011 internships AND for its unpaid internships. Interns will be exposed to structuring project financing, assessment of political risks, and evaluation of claims in connection with OPIC's insurance contracts.

OPIC is a small, independent governmental agency that encourages American business investment in developing nations.

Candidates should have an outstanding academic record; demonstrate interest in finance and international law and developing, including an academic or employment background in banking, finance and international affairs, and superior writing ability. Applicants must be US citizens and never have been convicted of a felony.

Apply by February 15, 2011, for Summer 2011. Submit cover letter, resume and brief writing sample online only. Finalists are interviewed over the telephone. Selections will be made by mid-March 2011.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Legal Affairs Internship Coordinator
1100 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20527
Apply via email:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Office of the US Trade Representative

The Office seeks 15-20 students, including 1Ls and 2Ls, for it sSummer Student Internship Program. In Summer 2010, 34 students were selected out ofo approximately 500 applicants; 12 were law students. Commit 6-8 weeks, from May to August. Dates are flexible; split summers are discouraged. Based on need, interns will be placed in one of the following DC offices: General Counsel; Congressional Affairs; Western Hemisphere; Europe and the Mediterranean; Japan; China; Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation; World Trade Organization and Multilateral Affairs; Industry; Agricultural Affairs; Public Affairs; Intergovernmental Affairs; Environment and National Resources; Services, Investment and Intellectual Property; as well as in the Geneva office.

Required: US Citizen; pass a security clearance

Submit resume, cover letter (stating availability, approximate number of hours per week, reason for applying and expectations, as well as particular areas of interest within USTR). A writing sample may be required at a later date. Deadline is March 15, 2011 for Summer 2011. Interviews are conducted in person (preferred) or telephonically for out-of-area candidates. Offers are typically extended within 6-8 weeks of application.

International Trade Administration Summer Internship

The International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce is accepting applications from 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls for volunteer summer interns in Washington, DC. Last year, the ITA hired 90 interns out of 400 applications. Interns conduct research and analyze regulatory, trade and investment issues; help prepare briefing papers, memos and other materials for senior officials; prepare responses to internal and external clients; and track deadlines and upcoming trade events.

The ITA works to strengthen the competitiveness of US industry (at home and abroad), promote trade and investment, and ensure fair trade through the enforcement of trade laws and agreements. It also helps improve the global business environment. Currently, the ITA is working on the President's economic recovery agenda and the National Export Initiative to sustain economic growth and support American jobs.

Must be a US citizen and have at least a 3.0 GPA; work well in a team environment; have strong oral and written communication skills; and be detailed oriented, able to multi-task and meet tight deadlines. International experience (education, travel and employment) and foreign language skills are a plus, but not required.

Submit resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript (listing current cumulative GPA and number of credit hours taken) by February 26, 2011 for Summer 2011. Candidates are notified of receipt of application. In-person and telephonic interviews are conducted, and offers are typically made within one week of interview.

Submit in Word or PDF by email:
or submit by Fax: 202-501-6159

Mr. Lesley Nichols
International Trade Association
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Strategic Resources
14th & Constitution Ave., NW
Room 2006
Washington, DC 20230

Public Defender Info Session

Join Prof. Bob Boruchowitz, former director of The Defender Association and veteran public defender, and Twyla Carter, SU Law alumna and current staff attorney at The Defender Association, for an information session about public defense practice in King County. The Defender Association is recognized regionally and nationally as a leader in public defense. For more details about The Defender Association, visit the website:

Thursday, January 20th, 12:00-1:00, Room C1.

Pizza will be provided.

Moderate Means Program

Statewide Moderate Means Program Now Accepting Applications

The Statewide Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a joint venture between the Washington State Bar Association and the three Washington State law schools with Seattle University School of Law launching it this semester. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program will focus on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent MMP clients for a reduced fee.

Benefits to students:
  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients
  • Training in substantive legal issues and issue-spotting
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State as well as the SU Law Clinics
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys
  • Possible opportunities to work with MMP attorneys on cases they have referred (e.g., research)
  • Satisfaction of helping moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all

Application: You may apply to be an MMP intern by submitting a resume and cover letter to Clay Wilson, MMP Attorney at ATJI at no later than Monday, January 24, 2011. Five to ten interns will be selected to start in mid-February. For more information, click here.

Training: Anyone interested in the Moderate Means Program should plan to attend all of the following trainings on substantive civil legal issues. Others may also attend the trainings as room permits. These trainings will be presented by practitioners and are intended as practical introductions to the areas of law that the Moderate Means Program will focus on.

All trainings will be held in Room 110. If you wish to attend a training session, please RSVP to Clay Wilson at All trainings will be videotaped and available to watch on Media Law.

Friday, January 21

Residential Evictions 10 AM to Noon
Mark Chattin: Legal Action Center, SU Law Adjunct

Residential Foreclosures 1 PM to 3 PM
Rory O’Sullivan: Northwest Justice Project, SU Law Adjunct

Friday, January 28

Divorce in Washington State 10 AM to Noon
Leslie Savina: Northwest Justice Project

Friday, February 4

Domestic Violence 10 AM to Noon
Leslie Savina: Northwest Justice Project

Friday, February 11

Debt Collection and Bankruptcy 10 AM to Noon
Fred Corbit: Northwest Justice Project

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Study Law in Alaska Info Session

Have you ever wanted to spend the summer in Alaska? 1L’s and 2L’s: Check out our Study Law in Alaska Program. Students earn four course credits, gain significant legal experience, and spend the summer in beautiful Alaska! Internships fill on a first come, first serve basis.

Join us for an information session on Tuesday, January 25 at 1:00 PM in room 328 to learn more.

Please contact Stephanie Nichols at if you have any questions.

Allen Brain Institute: Work-Study Legal Intern (Student)

The Allen Brain Institute is once again hiring a law student to intern with them. The General Counsel is an SU alumna and offers great experience and responsibility to qualified interns.

See Symplicity ad no. 1878. Students must be work study eligible.

Do not delay if you are interested. Students with science backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. The Institute does ground-breaking research, and legal interns do both IP and general legal practice work.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Starbucks Summer Externship

Starbucks will host a 1L externship this summer. The deadline for applying is January 28, 2011. Contact Nicole Cardona in the SU Law Externship office for details.

Paula Boggs Band at the Mandolin Cafe

Leading Lawyers and their Music: Join Starbuck's General Counsel Paula Boggs at the Mandolin Café on January 29. "How many Fortune 500 executives do you know who are emerging singer-songwriters?" At least one. Stop in, relax and enjoy some fine music.

Saturday, January 29th, 8:30-10:30 p.m., Mandolin Cafe

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

1L Diversity Meet & Greet Canceled

Due to the possibility of inclement weather this evening, we have decided to cancel the 1L Diversity Meet & Greet Event.

We apologize for the inconvenience;. as we have many people traveling from Tacoma and Olympia, we feel this is the safest option, given the commuting issues that arose for so many in November.

We encourage you to continue to research the various programs through the Diversity Website.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Attorney General Info Session

Don't forget about the Attorney General Info Session! Representatives from the Washington AG's office will be on campus to discuss their summer internship program.

Wednesday, January 12th, 12:00-12:50 p.m., C5.

PSAMCP Student Info Session Canceled

Tomorrow's Student Info Session for the Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program (originally scheduled for noon in C6) has been canceled.

If you are still interested in talking to a former program participant about their experiences, please email Stacey Lara-Kerr, and she would be happy to connect you with someone.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Korean American Bar Association of Washington 2011 Scholarship

The Korean American Bar Association of Washington (“KABA”) awards up to two (2) $1,000.00 scholarship to law student(s) attending a law school in Washington State. The scholarships are intended to recognize law student(s) who have demonstrated a significant commitment to community service, particularly service to the Korean/Korean American community. You need not be of Korean ethnicity to apply.

All applicants will be judged on the following criteria:
a. Community service and community involvement, particularly service to the Korean/Korean American community;
b. Academic achievement, work experience, activities, and post-law school goals; and
c. Essay.
There is no minimum G.P.A. requirement

The scholarship recipient will be selected and notified by the KABA Scholarship Committee.
The award will be presented at the KABA Annual Banquet (Luncheon) on February 17, 2011.

January 14, 2011: Applications are DUE.
January 21 - 28, 2011: Finalists contacted for interviews.
January 31 - February 11, 2011: Interviews
February 11, 2010: Notification
February 17, 2011: Scholarship Presentation at the KABA Annual Banquet

Please email Emily von Seele to request the application packet.

Symplicity Postings

Be sure to check out Symplicity for the latest job postings - we received several new positions over the break.

Navy JAG Brown Bag

A representative from the Navy JAG will be on campus to host a brown bag event and discuss their Internship Program (see Symplicity posting for details) and upcoming opportunities.

Tuesday, January 25th, 12:00-12:50, C1

RSVP in Symplicity.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

1L Mock Interview Program

The key to getting any job is establishing a rapport and intelligently explaining your credentials in an interview. Fortunately, this is a learned skill. Take advantage of this opportunity to interview with local attorneys. This event will be held on January 26th and 27th. Please see details below:

January 26th: 1L Mock Interview Program – Attorneys from the corporate world, private firms, and government will participate. Interview times are available at 5:30, 6:15, and 7:00. Please email Emily von Seele to sign up for your preferred time. We will make every effort to accommodate schedules, but can make no guarantees that you will get your first choice. The event is limited to 30 students, so sign up quickly!

January 27th: 1L Diversity Program Info and Mock Interview Session - This event is being sponsored by the WSBA Committee for Diversity and will focus on students applying to the minority clerkship programs. Interview times are available at 5:30, 6:15, and 7:00. Please email Emily von Seele to sign up for your preferred time. We will make every effort to accommodate schedules, but can make no guarantees that you will get your first choice. The event is limited to 30 students, so sign up quickly!

Attorney General Open House

Please join Attorney General Rob McKenna in his downtown Seattle office for an open house. In addition to Attorney General McKenna, Assistant Attorneys General from many of the AGO's divisions will be in attendance to speak about opportunities that exist within their divisions and the AGO. Information about the office's spring volunteer law clerk recuitment program for first and second year law students will also be available.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
800 Fifth Ave, Suite 2000 (Bank of America, 5th Ave Plaza Building)