UPDATED 2015 Fellowship Application

The 2015 Fellowship Application is now available!

**The 2015 Fellowship Application and application dates have been UPDATED! Please double check your application!

UPDATED Fellowship Application

UPDATED Fellowship Dates

Applications must be submitted during the week of March 20th – 27th, through Symplicity. ALL applications are due by March 27th.

Interviews will be conducted in the Career Services interview rooms during regular buisness hours March 30th – 31st.

Fellowship awards will be determined April 1st – 3rd. All students will be notified of their award status through email after they have been approved.

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2nd Annual Legal Career Summit and PILS Job Fair

You are invited to attend LSU Law Center’s 2nd Annual Legal Career Summit & Public Interest Law Society Job Fair to be held here at the Law Center on Saturday, January 24th. Please see the agenda below for more information about the scheduled workshops for this program.

The Career Services Office has worked very hard over the last six months to prepare a half-day, “one-stop shop” career event for all students. We have over 20 guest speakers who will present workshops on various topics – including a professional photographer who will be here all day to take headshots for your personal use. Everyone is welcome to attend the networking lunch and table talks with public interest employers in the afternoon. I cannot emphasize enough that in order for this event to be a success, we need student participation. Whether you are a 1L, 2L or 3L – and even if you have already secured permanent employment — this program is for your benefit. You can never learn too much about securing a job in this industry and how to make career choices in the legal profession. This is a very important event, and necessary to your career development.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP in Symplicity.

 

2nd Annual Legal Career Summit / Public Interest Law Society Job Fair 

8:00-8:30am

Welcome Remarks / Coffee & Donut Breakfast

2nd Floor Student Lounge

Professional Portraits

(Robinson Courtroom – 2nd Floor)

$25.00

Business Attire

8:40-9:30am

Introduction to On-Campus Interviewing & Symplicity

(McKernan

Auditorium)

You Got Your First Big Trial, What Do You Do?

(Rm. 214)

Public Interest Law Snapshot:  Energy & Environmental, Capital Criminal Defense, Immigration, Juvenile Services

(Rm. 216)

Nuts & Bolts of Building a Solo Law Practice (Rm. 107)

9:40-10:30am

Maximizing Your Job Search Using Social Media

and Online Techniques

(McKernan Auditorium)

10:40-11:30am

Invited to Interview… Now What Do I Do? (Rm. 212)

How Do I Choose?

Litigation v. Transactional Practice

(Rm. 214)

The Best of Both Worlds:  Integrating Public Interest Into Your Legal Career

(Rm. 216)

11:40-12:30pm

Dress for Success

(Rm. 212)

Law Clerking 101:   Assignments, Protocols and Professional Etiquette

(Rm. 214)

How to Finance a Public Interest Career / Student Loan Forgiveness

(Rm. 216)

Summer Externships

(McKernan Auditorium)

12:30-1:45pm

Employer Networking Lunch

2nd Floor Student Lounge

2:00-4:00pm

Public Interest Law Society Job Fair

1ST Floor Law Center (Table Talks) / Career Services Office (Interviews)

 

8:00-8:30am         

Welcome Remarks, Vice Chancellor Ray Diamond / Coffee Breakfast (2nd Floor Lounge)

Please pick up name tags and join colleagues for coffee and donuts in the 2nd Floor Student Lounge.

8:40-9:30am

Introduction to On-Campus Interviewing & Symplicity (Auditorium)

*1Ls are strongly encouraged to attend – Week 1 Bidding for Spring OCI opens TODAY!

As you prepare to enter the job market, please attend this session to learn how to participate in LSU Law Center’s On-Campus Interview programs, utilize the online job bank, and more!  This session will provide a complete overview of the on-campus interview process, how to use Symplicity to submit your resume to employers, upcoming deadlines, hiring criteria, and interviewing protocols.  We encourage everyone to participate in on-campus interviewing!

Melanie Anderson, Assistant Director of Career Services

8:40-9:30am         

You Got Your First Big Trial, What Do You Do? (Rm. 214)

Here you are at your first trial. You have dreamed of this moment for a long time. How exhilarating and nerve racking at the same time! All of the hours you have invested in preparing, investigating, and researching to ensure you have built a strong case. You are hoping all of your dedication pays off. You have put together a highly-organized, brilliant trial plan. With your strong skill set you are determined to win the case and be a close second to Clarence Darrow.  The memory of a lawyer’s first trial will never be forgotten.  Their first experience sets the stage for every future trial.  This session will teach how to prepare mentally, emotionally and procedurally for your first “BIG” trial.

Mike Alder, AlderLaw PC

Ed Womac, Womac Law Firm                            

 

8:40-9:30am         

Public Interest Law Snapshot:  Energy & Environmental, Capital Criminal Defense, Immigration, Juvenile Services (Rm. 216)

Why practice public interest law?  Will I have job satisfaction?  How can I structure my resume to show my commitment to public service?  Public interest law is the use of law by nonprofit organizations, law firms, and government agencies to provide legal representation to people, groups, or interests that are historically underrepresented in the legal system.  While there are many different areas of public interest law, this session will offer a snapshot of several specific practice areas.  In this session you will learn more about what these lawyers are involved in including direct client service, policy-oriented and impact litigation, legal reform, community organizing and educating activities, and alternative dispute resolution.

Jack Harrison, East Baton Rouge Public Defender’s Office

Beaux Jones, Office of the Attorney General, State of Louisiana

Mandisa Moore, CrescentCare, Community Healthcare for Greater New Orleans

Kyla Romanach, Baton Rouge Capital Conflicts Office

Corina Salazar, Catholic Charities – Immigration

 

8:40-9:30am         

Nuts & Bolts of Building a Solo Law Practice (Rm. 107)

Have you ever thought about hanging out your own shingle?  Brining in your own clients?  Being your own boss?  More than 50% of Louisiana’s law firms are made up of one- and two-man shops!  Come learn more about how to build a solo law practice – from planning and building a client base to budgeting and navigating staffing and technological issues.

Caroline Barnes, Caroline J. Barnes, Attorney at Law, LLC

Morgan Field, Field Law LLC

Ana Sardi, Mayeaux & Sardi

                                                                       

8:00-4:00pm         

Professional Portraits (Robinson Courtroom – 2nd Floor)

The Career Services Office has made special arrangements to have A Moment In Time Photography professional photographers on campus for portrait sessions from 8:00am-4:00pm.  This is a perfect opportunity for you to sit for a professional photo session if you are interested in high quality portraits for personal or professional use.  For only $25.00 you will receive an executive digital image that you can review immediately, and for $5.00 additional can have your photos retouched.  You will receive your image and copyright release within a week.  Business attire is suggested.  Classic styles in solid colors look best.

Bonnie Porche, A Moment In Time Photography

 

9:40-10:30am       

Maximizing Your Job Search Using Social Media and Online Techniques

(McKernan Auditorium)

This interactive panel discussion will provide tips on how to utilize the power of social media during a legal job search.  Panelists will discuss useful networking websites, the best ways to connect with current and former employees, and how law firms currently use social media sites during recruitment.  Panelists will also discuss online resources for public interest jobs.

Darnell Shuart, Shuart & Associates

Danielle Boveland, Louisiana State Bar Association

 

10:40-11:30am      

Invited to Interview… Now What Do I Do? (Rm. 212)

The interview is an important part of the job application process and your law school career.  How can you make sure that you do your best? In this session, we will conduct and then evaluate a mock interview.  We will also discuss tips to ensure that you give your best interview, including what to do before, during, and after the interview.

Jennifer Hataway, Kantrow Spaht Weaver & Blitzer

Stewart Spielman, McGlinchey Stafford

 

10:40-11:30am      

How Do I Choose?  Litigation v. Transactional Practice (Rm. 214)

The decision is not necessarily one that can, or has to be made, in law school.  Depending upon your background, interests, and personality, you may be suited for one over the other, but both practices have all types of attorneys with differing backgrounds, interests, and personalities.  This session will explore ideas that can help you make the initial selection, but sometimes you don’t pick the practice, the practice picks you.

Rae Vasquez, Jones Walker

Steve Whalen, Breazeale Sachse & Wilson                     

 

10:40-11:30am      

The Best of Both Worlds:  Integrating Public Interest Into Your Legal Career (Rm. 216)

Considering a full-time career in public interest?  Or maybe thinking about how to incorporate part-time public interest work into your legal career?  This session will take a look into a day in the life of two very dedicated local law practitioners who have served the public interest very differently over time.  You will learn about their jobs and what it’s like to work in their offices, how they obtained their positions, what they did before they became public interest lawyers, and the advantages of serving the public interest on a full- and part-time basis.

Keith Nordyke, Nordyke and Greenfield, LLC

Sarah Campbell, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

 

11:40-12:30pm       Dress For Success! (Rm. 212)

What on earth will I wear?  You’ve put thought into your resume and job search, and should put just as much effort into planning your interview outfit and professional attire.  Come learn more about the DO’s and DON’Ts of legal industry fashion so that you can make a lasting impression when you meet employers!  And get your questions answered – should I wear accessories?  What type of tie?  What if the company or firm dress code is “business casual”?  What if I have a beard or I’m a guy with long hair?  Do I need to cover a visible tattoo or take out my nose ring?  Can I wear perfume?  If it’s 100 degrees outside, do I have to wear a suit?

Melanie Anderson, Assistant Director of Career Services

Tonya Aubrey, Career Services Coordinator

 

11:40-12:30pm      

Law Clerking 101:  Assignments, Protocols and Professional Etiquette (Rm. 214)

Law clerks have only a few weeks to make a lasting impression.  This workshop will touch on topics such as assignment and handling of projects, firm socials and attendance expectations, use of mentors/liaisons as valuable resources, appearance and dress, and general law firm expectations.  We want to help students make the most out of their summer clerkship.

Karli Glascock Johnson, Kean Miller

Lindsay Jarrell, East Baton Rouge Public Defender’s Office

Graham Ryan, Jones Walker

11:40-12:30pm      

How to Finance a Public Interest Career / Student Loan Forgiveness (Rm. 216)

This session will help students navigate a public interest career’s financial path including loan forgiveness, fellowships, and more!  Topics include alternative careers in public interest and the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program, as well as other sources of financial support from Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness opportunity.

Kathleen McNelis, Outreach Coordinator, Louisiana Bar Foundation

Steven Reed, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

Sarah Bradley, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

 

11:40-12:30pm      

Summer Externships (McKernan Auditorium)

This presentation will cover all aspects of the Law Center’s Summer Externship program, including the types of placements permitted, credit hours awarded, financial aid, and course requirements.  The Summer Externship program placed over 100 students in  Summer 2014.

Professor Jeff Brooks, Preis & Roy Director of Advocacy and Professional Practice, Director of Externship Programs, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

 

12:30-1:45pm       

Employer Networking Lunch (2nd Floor Student Lounge)

Please join us for an opportunity to network with employers and peers.

 

2:00-4:00pm         

Public Interest Law Society Job Fair / Interviews

(1st Floor Law Center – Table Talks, Career Services Office – Interviews)

Participating Employers:

AIDSLaw of Louisiana, Inc.

Baton Rouge Capital Conflicts Office

Children At Risk

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas

Innocence Project New Orleans

Lafayette Public Defender’s Office

Louisiana Civil Justice Center

LSU Law Clinic & Externship Program

East Baton Rouge Public Defender’s Office

Orleans Public Defender’s Office

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

Texas Civil Rights Project

U.S. Department of Health & Humans Services – Office for Civil Rights

Catholic Charities of The Diocese of Baton Rouge

Louisiana Public Defenders Board

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Louisiana

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An Evening With PILS

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Are you planning a career in public interest law? Do you even know what public interest law is? If you have ANY interest in public interest, join LSU Law’s Public Interest Law Society for “An Evening with PILS” Thursday September 4, 2014 5:00pm-8:00pm. Refreshments to be served 5:00-6:00pm in the Lounge. Presentations to follow 6:00-8:00pm in Room 108.

Hear from Successful Public Interest Attorneys about the WHO, WHAT, and WHY they chose PILS!
Q&A opportunity to Follow Presentations. Bring all your questions! We have the answers!
Wine, Cheese, and more refreshments will be provided at this AWESOME Networking event!

Please click here for more information: Evening With PILS Poster

Please Contact Genevieve Leslie at olesli1@tigers.lsu.edu for any questions or concerns.

 

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Become A Member of PILS

Ever wanted to be a part of the public interest initiative serving in southern LA? Curious about how to use your developing legal skills to help others? Want to meet judges, attorneys, and others who share your passion for serving the common good?

Well then we want you! Students who are interested in joining PILS or would like to be included in our weekly pro bono and community service emails should click here. Joining PILS is completely free, and by filling out our membership form you will automatically be notified about our upcoming meetings, events, and other initiatives this year.

Welcome to the club!

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