Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, August 26, 2013

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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.

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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 law school.

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.

Career Corner

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 until Friday, 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

Below 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: September 3
  • 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 Externship/Internship: September 16
  • 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 Administration Internship: Rolling
  • 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 Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

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!

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Ashley McAlarney, Public Service Fellow.

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