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B547 – Public Interest Internship Program Workshop. Office of Career & Professional Development Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington. Overview - B547 Public Interest Internship Program. Unpaid Legal Internship Public Interest Sector - Major Areas include: Judicial Clerkships

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    1. B547 – Public Interest Internship Program Workshop Office of Career & Professional Development Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington

    2. Overview - B547Public Interest Internship Program • Unpaid Legal Internship • Public Interest Sector - Major Areas include: • Judicial Clerkships • Legal Services/Legal Aid • Advocacy Nonprofits – Clients, Causes or Policy • Other Nonprofits – Foundations, Arts, etc. • Governmental Agencies • No firms or entities that could profit from your work

    3. Benefits of Program • Earn 1-4 Credits (1 Less Fall Class) • Helps Develop Job Search Skills • Provides Challenging Legal Experience • Builds Your Resume • Kick Starts Career Exploration • Builds Your Network • Gain a Professional Reference

    4. How Are Jobs Found?Sources of Jobs (National Avg.)

    5. How Are Jobs Found?Sources of Jobs (National Avg.)Combined Referral & Self Initiated into Self Directed

    6. First Summer - What 1L’s Do *Source: NALP Survey 2003

    7. Summer ‘08 Jobs v. Post Grad

    8. Timing of Summer Job Offers Source: NALP Suvey 2003

    9. OCPD Job Search Resources • Symplicity • OCPD Web Page • Public Interest Internship Program (B547 info) - see http://www.law.indiana.edu/students/clinic/public.shtml • “Online Resources”, including links for: • Federal & State Judicial • Public Interest • Federal & State Government

    10. OCPD Resources (con’t) • OCPD Reference Library • Gov’t Honors & Internship Handbook • Federal & State Judicial Guides • Federal & State Gov’t Guides • Trade & Professional Associations • Indiana Legal Directory – Gov’t & Courts • Public Interest Directories

    11. Judicial Clerkships • Most welcome “free help” (no budget) • Often a phone call is all it takes (see script – “Requesting an Internship”) • Applications accepted in the spring • Often first-come, first-serve • Consider different types of courts (e.g., tax, family, juvenile, trial, appellate)

    12. Judicial Clerkships – Resources • Symplicity • OCPD Web Page > “Online Resources” • Federal Courts (very few) • www.uscourts.gov • State and County Courts • www.statelocalgov.net • State Web Sites – e.g., Access Indiana • Vermont State Judicial Guide • Indiana & Illinois Legal Directories

    13. Public Interest • Legal Services/Aid • Advocacy Nonprofits – Clients, Causes or Policy-Based • Other Nonprofits – Foundations, Arts, Associations, etc. • Most favor “proactive/committed” applicants • Start with a phone call (script), but some have application processes • Available throughout spring semester

    14. Public Interest – Resources • Symplicity • OCPD Web Page > “Online Resources” • PSLawNet – www.pslawnet.org • Equal Justice Works • NLADA – www.nlada.org • Everett Public Service Internship Program • Harvard Job Search Guide

    15. State & Local Government • Likewise welcome “free help” • Any State Agency, not just AG’s • Prosecutors or Public Defenders • City or County Attorneys (~ population) • Available during spring • Contact them to find out about availability; may have application process

    16. State & Local Gov’t – Resources • Symplicity • OCPD Web Page > “Online Resources” • Primary tool: www.statelocalgov.net • Any local Prosecutor office • www.prosecutor.org • OCPD Library • City/County Attorney Internship Book • Gov’t Honors & Internship Handbook (few)

    17. Federal Government • Some application deadlines – esp. if position requires security clearance • Others - first-come, first-serve basis • Some may lead to FT positions, others not • Federal Govt is not only D.C.

    18. Federal Gov’t – Resources • Symplicity • OCPD Web Page – “Online Resources” • Gov’t Honors & Internship Handbook • Office of Personal Management site – www.usajobs.gov • Agency Information Gateway – www.studentjobs.gov • “The United States Government Manual”

    19. Other Resources • Your Personal Network • Alumni Network Lookup • Limited On-Campus Interviews (OCI) and Resume Collections (RC) • DC On-Location Recruiting Event – 3/16

    20. Remember • Most opportunities are unadvertised • Unpaid 1L summer internships are more valuable (both for your career and your long-term financial well being) than most other options • Consider jobs outside of Bloomington area • Competitive market - Get started! • See OCPD for assistance

    21. Administrative & FinancialConcerns • Administrative • Kim Bunge, Assistant Director, OCPD • Financial Aid • Jim Schutter, Director of Financial Aid