Professional Development News

Internship with the Office of the Governor - Frankfort, KY

The Office of the Governor is currently accepting applications for internships in the Frankfort Capitol Offices.  All internships are unpaid, eligible for college credit, minimum of 10 hours a week commitment and open to college and graduate students.  Interns will be involved in a variety of tasks and responsibilities will vary.  However, interns must be self-motivated, professional in attitude and appearance, strong communicators, proficient in computer skills and research, willing to take on new and different tasks, diligent, and dependable.

The following departments are available for internships:  Communications, Policy and Legislative Affairs, Constituent Services, First Lady's Projects, Lt. Governor's Projects, Faith-Based Projects, Commission on Women, Minority Empowerment, Local Development and Legal Counsel.

To be considered, intern candidates must return a completed applications along with a resume, non-personal letter of recommendation and cover letter.

To download an application, go to:

For more information, contact Susan Bryan at (502)564-2611 ext. 357


Summer Opportunities

Interested in gaining experience as an Intern this summer with the Office of the Secretary of State in Frankfort, KY?  This is an unpaid position with an opportunity to gain invaluable experience.  For details, go to: and select Part-time Job 56.  Deadline is May 1st.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission in Washington, DC is offering a paid Summer Legal Internship for 1L/2L students.  The deadline is April 29th.  Click on attachment.



Opportunity for 3L/4L May 2011 graduates to meet with Career Counselor

Thursday, April 21st - room 176

Phyllis Leibson has generously offered to meet individually with May graduates  seeking career counseling advice.  

 Ms. Leibson served as part-time placement officer and director of Career Services at the Brandeis School of Law for 11 years.  She holds a Master’s degree in vocational and community counseling.  Her experience includes working as a free lance counselor with an executive search firm specializing in attorney positions and as a career counselor with the Jewish Family and Career Service.  Ms. Leibson also is certified as a counselor (NCC) and as a career counselor (NCCC).  She continues to assist students and graduates of the Brandeis School of Law in their legal career path.

 A sign-up sheet to schedule a meeting with Ms. Leibson is located outside of Dean Urbach's  office (room 182) for third- and fourth-year May 2011 graduates.

DART Organizers Institute

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center is currently accepting applications from alums and graduating U of L students interested in social and economic justice issues for the DART Organizers Institute, a paid four month training program and career placement.

The DART Center has built non-partisan community organizations throughout the country that have won important improvements on a broad set of issues affecting low-moderate income people including:

  • Education reform in low-performing public schools
  • Job Training
  • Drugs and Violence
  • Affordable Housing
  • Criminal Recidivism
  • Neighborhood Revitalization, etc.

The DART Organizers Institute starts July 10, 2011 and combines a 7-day classroom with 15-week field training. Organizer Trainees will learn such things as:

  • Entering a community
  • Identifying and training local leaders
  • Strategic planning and issue cutting
  • Relationship and community building
  • Direct Action on community issues
  • Fundraising

This is a paid training program designed to place successful graduates into permanent salaried positions making up to $35,000/year in starting salaries, plus benefits. Graduates from the DART Organizers Institute have gone on to build powerful community organizations throughout the country. We continue to train the best of those working to build the power of low-moderate income neighborhoods to win victories on important issues in their community.

To apply, send an updated resume and completed application to: Hannah Wittmer before midnight on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.  To find out more about the DART Center or to download the application, visit our website.

How to Prepare for Fall

Thursday, April 7th - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - room 175

If you want to be ready to "hit the ground running" when you return in the fall on August 15th, don't miss this session!  Find out how to  sign up for Public Service work over the summer.  Make sure you are "active" in Symplicity and have a password.  Even if you aren't planning to participate in On Campus Interviews this fall, the Job Bank is moving to Symplicity over the summer and you will need a password to access job listings.  Dean Urbach will discuss summer and early fall deadlines for opportunities including the Government Internship & Honor Program, Equal Justice Works and other fellowships, as well as numerous conferences and career fairs (two that take place over the summer).  This information will provide you with useful resources in the decisions you make to further your legal career.  Pizza and drinks will be served.


Professional Development Property Panel

Four distinguished local attorneys who practice in the property law area will be panelists on careers in property -- focusing on land use and real estate transactions on Thursday, April 7, 5:30-7:00 in Room 275.  
The attorneys are Fred Joseph (Stites & Harbison, a transactional lawyer focusing all aspects of real estate law including complex real estate transactions), Stephen Porter (known for his work on neighborhood preservation), Sharon Hardy (Weber & Rose, whose practice includes complex commercial real estate transactions), and Steph Horne (Pitt & Frank, whose work focuses on the detailed nature of title examination, processing, and closing in residential real estate transactions).  Speakers will discuss not only their work, but how they chose the career path and how new lawyers can chart their course. More information about the speakers may be found on the event's calendar.
Pizza will be provided.

Summer Judicial Externships Available

Summer judicial externships are open to students who: a) have completed 30 credit hours; b) are in good academic standing, and c) develop their own externship placements (identify & make arrangements with a judge).  Supervising judges must be willing to comply with course expectations, and to provide a required end-of-semester evaluation.  A handout explaining course expectations is available outside room 214 and from the TWEN page for "Externship INFORMATION Summer 2011."  The faculty supervisor will consult with supervising judges before the summer term begins.  If course requirements are satisfied, students can earn two (2) pass-fail academic credit hours for the externship.

The deadline to apply is April 5th.  Contact Professor Karen Jordan with any questions.


Information about Summer & Fall Externships on TWEN

Information about Summer & Fall Externships can be found on the following TWEN pages:


Externship INFORMATION Summer 2011  Spring 2011 Jordan


Externship INFORMATION Fall 2011 Spring 2011 Jordan


Kentucky Innocence Project: INFORMATION for 2011-12 Spring 2011 Jordan




Kent School of Social Work Career/Networking Fair

The Kent School of Social Work will be hosting a Career/Networking Fair on Thursday, March 24th from 11 am - 2 pm in the SAC Multipurpose Room.  This event is open to the University community.  Thirty-two non-profit agencies from the Louisville area will be represented.

Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair

Rising 2L and 3L students who are interested in attending the 7th annual SIPJF in Atlanta, GA on July 26, 2011 can find information at:    The registration period for law schools is March 14th-April 25th.  The list of participating employers will be sent to the Professional Development Office on May 4th along with  Student Registration Forms.  If you have let our office know that you are interested in participating, we will provide you with the list of employers as well as a student registration form.  After you have reviewed the list, you can decide if you want to participate.  If you do want to participate, you will complete the form and submit it to our office along with a $30 non-refundable student registration fee (payable online or by check) by May 16th.  

If you would like to be added to the SIPJF distribution list, please e-mail Debra Reh at: