Public Service Newsletter

Public Service Newsletter: Monday, August 29, 2011

About the Public Service Newsletter

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

Equal Justice Works Career Fair Information Session

Tuesday, August 30, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., 4082

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls Interested in Public Interest Employment! This Info Session will discuss the Equal Justice Works Career Fair (for national public interest organizations) and registration process. Students who attended last year will also be there to talk about their experiences.

Career Fair: Registration for the Career Fair is now open. The deadline to submit resumes to employers is September 12, 2011. Registration is $25 per student. For information on how to register for the Conference and Career Fair, please visit http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair.

Contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, if you have any questions about the career fair.

CPILO General Interest Meeting

Tuesday, September 6, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., 4085

Come learn about CPILO, Carolina Public Interest Law Organization, and how to get involved this year.

Welcome Back Ice Cream Social with Career Services

Wednesday, September 7, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Rotunda

Stop by the Rotunda to make yourself an ice cream sundae and meet or get reacquainted with the Career Services Office staff!

Other Public Interest Opportunities

Sign up for the Public Interest Peer Mentoring Program!

The School of Law offers a 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.

Application can be found at http://www.law.unc.edu/career/findjob/peermentor/. Mentors should return their applications by Friday, September 2.

Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities

Upcoming Deadlines!

Fall OCIs:

  • Social Security Administration - various cities
  • U.S. Department of Transportation, Honors Attorney Program - Washington, DC
  • U.S. Department of Labor - Washington, DC
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Everett Fellowship - Richmond County, NC

Job Bank Postings:

  • SC Court of Appeals - Columbia, SC
  • Court of Special Appeals of Maryland - Baltimore, MD
  • Fair Trial Initiative, Osborn Fellowship - Durham, NC

Fellowships, Fellowships, Fellowships!

Many fellowship applications have opened. For detailed information on the various fellowship opportunities available nationwide, check out the Guide to Postgraduate Legal Fellowship Programs. Interested students should meet with Dean Novinsky or another counselor in the Career Services Office.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Current Pro Bono Projects

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.

Upcoming Pro Bono Events

Pro Bono Food Truck Rodeo

Thursday, September 8, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Clinic Parking Lot

Take a study break, get some good eats, and help raise money for the Fall, Winter, and Spring Break pro bono trips!

Divorce Pro Bono Project Info Session

Tuesday, September 13, 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., 4004

Join coordinators of the Divorce Pro Bono Project to learn more about this pro bono opportunity! Training will be on the evening of Thursday, September 22 and client meetings will take place on Monday, September 26. For more information, contact snovinsk@email.unc.edu.

Public Service Resources

Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide Now Available!

Published by PSLawNet, the 2011-2012 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide has everything you need to navigate the process of applying for and securing legal jobs on the federal level. Where are the opportunities: Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Department of the Treasury, Department of Defense and more! Read the guide.


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