About the Pro Bono Newsletter
Welcome back and welcome to the Class of 2016! The Office of Public Service Programs is here to serve students who are pursuing a career in public interest law and provide opportunities for all students to engage in the School of Law's tradition of public service. Look out for the Public Service Newsletter each Monday for information about public service career opportunities, events, resources, news, and more. View past newsletters.
Events at UNC Law
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Interest Meeting
Tuesday, August 27, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042
Join the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and hear about our work in the
field of animal law. It's an exciting, growing field of law and we have a very
active chapter. Amazing vegan food will be served!
Also feel free to check out the SALDF website to learn more.
Pro Bono Kickoff
Wednesday, August 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5042
Come learn about how you can do pro bono work at UNC Law,
meet the UNC Pro Bono Board, possibly win free stuff, and find out about one of
the best ways for law students to gain practical legal skills from day one of
Environmental Law Project Interest Meeting
Thursday, August 29, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085
The Environmental Law Project will hold an interest meeting
for students who would like to learn more about the opportunities this group
offers to get involved in the environmental legal field. Lunch
will be provided.
Domestic Violence Advocacy Project Interest Meeting
Tuesday, September 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5046
Come learn more about our upcoming events, pro bono projects
(for all years), and how to get involved with DVAP this year! Refreshments will be provided.
Public Interest Mentor Program Kickoff Meeting
Tuesday, September 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Boardroom 5003
This is the initial meeting of the 2013-2014 Public Interest Mentor
Program. Mentors and mentees will meet each other and learn about the
resources available to support them on their path to a public interest career. For more information, contact Adrienne Allison, Public Interest Career Counselor.
Education Law and Policy Society Meet and Greet
Tuesday, September 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5048
Come to our welcome back Meet and Greet event! Drop in anytime between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to meet the
ELPS board members and participants. Find out more about ELPS and sign up for
some education law-related pro bono projects.
U.S. DOJ Honors and Internship Program Information Session
Monday, August 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004
Assistant U.S. Attorney Banu Rangarajan will be
presenting information to interested 2Ls and 3Ls on the US Department of
Justice's Attorney General's Honors Program (post-graduate) and Summer Law
Intern Program. The application deadline for both programs is September 3rd.
This presentation is a great opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of the
DOJ application process, for this year or next. General information on
either program is available online or by contacting Samara Reynolds.
Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair Information Session
Tuesday, August 27, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 5052
Attention 2Ls and 3Ls interested in public interest
employment! This info session will discuss the Equal Justice Works Career Fair
and registration process. Students who attended the fair last year will be
there to talk about their experiences. Registration for the fair is now open
and the deadline to submit resumes to employers is September 12. Contact Adrienne Allison if
you have questions.
Marine JAG Information Session
Tuesday, August 27, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4085
Captain Ellison from the U.S. Marine Corps will be at UNC
Law to talk to 1L, 2L, and 3L students about the JAG program, as well as
internships and various pathways into the Marines.
Air Force JAG Information Session
Thursday, August 29, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 4004
Information Session for 1L, 2L, and 3L students interested
in learning about internships or active duty positions with the Air Force JAG.
Representative: Captain Brendan Groves.
Reminder: Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair Registration is Now Open!
Students can now register and apply for interviews at the EJW Career Fair (October 25-26, 2013).
If you wish to interview at EJW, you must register and
apply no later than 6
p.m. EST on Thursday, September 12. (If you wish to only attend
the informal Table Talk periods or the workshop sessions, you can register
October 11.) DO NOT wait until the last minute to register and
apply! Join the CDO for an information session about the Conference &
Career Fair on August
27 (Room 5052).
3L Public Interest Job Search Group
Over the next several months, the Career
Development Office will be providing a unique opportunity for 3Ls
seeking public interest and government employment to gather in
small-group sessions to provide peer-to-peer job search support. If you are interested in
participating, please complete this survey to give us feedback about what you hope to gain from a job search group. Contact Adrienne Allison or Samara Reynolds with any questions.
Summer and Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities
Upcoming On Campus Interview Deadlines
Bidding for the next session of OCIs closes on Thursday, August 29 at 11:58 p.m.!
Public Interest employers for this OCI session include:
- Disability Rights NC (2Ls)
- Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office (2Ls)
- Office of the Durham County Attorney, Division of Social Services (2Ls)
- Wake County Public Defender's Office (2Ls)
Upcoming Government Deadlines
is a sampling of upcoming deadlines for federal government honors programs (3Ls) and summer 2014 internship
programs (2Ls). Information about each program can be found on individual
department websites, as well as in the Government Honors and Internship Handbook online.
If you have questions, need application assistance, or would like to be added
to the govcareers email list for
relevant announcements, please contact Samara Reynolds, Government
Career Counselor in the CDO.
Postgraduate Positions (3L)
- Department of Justice (DOJ) Bristow Fellowship: September 1
- Department of State
Honors Program: September 1
- Department of Justice (DOJ) Honors Program:
- Department of the Interior (DOI) Honors Program: September 5
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Honors Program: September 15
- Air Force JAG:
September 15 first deadline (also 11/15 and 3/15)
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Honors Program: September 15
- Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Chief
Counsel's Honors Program: September 16
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Honors Program - September 17
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Honors Program: Rolling
Summer 2014 Positions (2L)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Internship: August 30
- Government Accountability Office (GAO) Internship: August 30
- Department of State Internship: September 1
- Department of Justice (DOJ) Internship: September 3
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Summer Program: September 6
- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Internship: September 15
- Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) OIG
- Department of Education Internship: Rolling
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Internship: Rolling
- Federal Communications Commission Internships (various Bureaus): Rolling
- U.S. Copyright Office Internship: Rolling
- Department of Commerce National Oceanic & Atmospheric
- National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Internships: Rolling
Don't forget to check PSJD and Symplicity for new job postings. Public interest jobs are being posted frequently, including research assistant positions and internships for the academic year.
Other Public Interest Opportunities
Consider Serving as a Public Interest Peer Mentor
The Public Interest Peer Mentor Program that
matches first-year students interested in public interest work with
like-minded second- and third-year students. Students are matched up
based on practice areas of interest, among other factors.
Mentors meet with their mentees on an individual basis throughout
the year and serve as a resource to help with the transition to law
school, share experiences and answer questions about public interest
careers. The program also schedules a variety of group social activities
each year, including the Annual Chili Dinner, brown bag lunches, a
spring picnic and other events.
Upperclass students interested in serving as public interest peer mentors should fill out the
Public Interest Peer Mentor application
and return it to Adrienne Allison by Wednesday, August 28.
Workers' Rights Conference: Statement of Interest Due August 30
Reminder: The Peggy Browning Fund will be holding its annual National Law
Students Workers' Rights Conference on October 25 and 26, 2013 in
Maryland. UNC Law may select up to three students to attend the
conference. If you are interested in attending the conference, please email a
statement of interest to Adrienne Allison no later than Friday, August 30.
Current Pro Bono Opportunities
Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at http://www.law.unc.edu/studentlife/probono/projects/. Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email UNCProBonoProjects@gmail.com.
Remember to attend the Pro Bono Kickoff to learn how you can get involved!
The Kickoff is Wednesday, August 27 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 5042.
Pro Bono Program Annual Report
Learn more about UNC Law's Pro Bono Program and its accomplishments in the past school year in the 2012-2013 annual report. Check the Pro Bono Board and website along with this newsletter for ways to get involved this year!