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First-Year Orientation: Under NALP (The National Association for Law Placement) — the Association for Legal Career Professionals — standards, law schools may not offer career services to first-year law students before October 15.  This permits students to focus their attention on their studies and adjust to their new environment.  Therefore, the first time we meet with first-year law students is at their mandatory 1L Career Kick-Off and Orientation, which takes place in early November.   At that time, the first-year law students will be introduced to the fundamentals of a legal job search and the services and support that the Ovadia CP&P Office offers.

Career Advising: Students are encouraged to meet with the CP&P Office staff as frequently as possible.  Appointments may be made for career planning and job search advice, résumé and cover letter preparation, mock interviews, tips on salary negotiation and more.

Recruitment Programs: FIU Law hosts a recruitment program during the late summer and throughout the fall for first and second year students.  During the spring semester, we host a smaller recruitment program which is open to all students. Recruiting organizations include large, medium and small law firms, corporations, and public interest and government agencies.  Instead of interviewing on campus, many employers choose to post job listings for part-time positions, as well as summer and post-graduate employment opportunities.

Judicial Clerkship Programs: Judicial clerkships at the federal, state and local level are available to students and alumni.

The CP&P Office Programs and Opportunities

Speakers and Career-Information Programs: The Ovadia CP&P Office sponsors a large number of career skills and legal career information programs and invite attorneys from the private and public sector, as well as nationally-known speakers, to provide career and job search advice to students. Most programs may be recorded and available online.

Mentoring and Networking: The Ovadia CP&P Office works with the Alumni Relations Office and the Student Bar Association to present several networking opportunities to students throughout the year in the community.  A variety of alumni functions and other FIU Law community activities offer a wide range of opportunities to network with practitioners, judges and others, and students are strongly encouraged to participate.

Public Interest and Government Law Programs: The CP&P Office provides a variety of programs to educate students who are interested in both summer and post-graduate employment in the public sector.  In the spring, we hold the annual Public Interest and Government Law Resource Fair, which hosts many organizations.  Students are able to learn about performing public interest and government work.

We have a number of public interest and government law resources, directories and other information available for student use, and FIU Law is a sponsor-school member of Equal Justice Works, an organization that provides the training and skills that enable attorneys to provide effective representation to vulnerable populations.  FIU Law has a very active public interest student body.  By graduation, all students have volunteered at various public interest agencies a minimum of 30 pro bono hours.

Ovadia CP&P Office Resources

Publications and printed materials located at the Ovadia CP&P Office include:

  • A variety of handouts on topics such as résumé preparation, networking and interviewing skills, the judicial clerkship application and interview process, and public interest and government employment (many of which may also be found at our Resource Center).
  • Periodicals (such as the NALP Directory, Guide to Judicial Clerkships, Florida Bar News, Florida Bar Journal and Corporate Counsel) that list job openings nationwide and provide information about the current legal job market.
  • Books and publications from a variety of sources which discuss career planning, job search techniques and particular legal practice areas.