Professional Development News

First-year Students - Mock Interview Program Signup - Deadline - Friday, December 13th

First-year students,

Don't forget to sign up for the Mock Interview Program by this Friday, December 13th.  The Mock Interview Program will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the law office of Frost Brown Todd.  As of yesterday, only 19 students were signed up.  Last year over 75 students participated.

Here are instructions for signing up:  Log into Symplicity.  On the Home page, one of the headers will be "Events".  Click on "Events" and then click on "Spring 2014 First-Year Mock Interviews".  Scroll down to "RSVP" and click if you plan on attending.  The deadline to sign up to participate is Friday, December 13, 2013.  This is NOT the deadline for submitting a resume.

 The deadline for submitting your resume will be Friday, January 10, 2014.  This is a good reason to update your resume over the holiday break so you will have it ready to submit when you return for the Spring semester.  All students who have signed up to participate will receive an email instructing them how to upload their resume on Symplicity.

 If you would like for the Office of Professional Development to review your resume, please contact us.  If you have any questions about the Mock Interview program, please contact Lee Vish at:

The 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship Application is Now Open.

Echoing Green is one of the many "non-legal" fellowships that greatly appeal to law students. "The 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship application will be open from December 3, 2013 to January 6, 2014. Echoing Green's Fellowship Programs will offer more than $3.8 million in seed-stage funding and support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. From thousands of applicants, only about 1 percent are ultimately awarded a Fellowship. During their first two years, Fellows receive up to $90,000, participate in leadership development gatherings, and have access to the powerful network of Echoing Green Fellows, partners, and friends. We continue to support our Fellow community long after their initial funding period with ongoing programs and opportunities at critical inflection points in their organizations or careers." Echoing Green manages three fellowship programs including the new climate fellowship for 2013. They are as follows:

The Global Fellowship is our twenty-five year-old program for smart leaders who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities. Any emerging social entrepreneur from any part of the world working to disrupt the status quo may apply.

The Open Society Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship invests in emerging leaders dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the U.S. The BMA Fellowship unlocks access to the vast communities of Echoing Green and Open Society Foundations.

The Climate Fellowship, announced in 2013, is specifically targeted for the best next-generation social entrepreneurs committed to working on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

For more information and how to apply, go to


Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD ‐ Veterans Legal Corps in Kentucky

Through funding provided by AmeriCorps, AppalReD Legal Aid in cooperation with Equal Justice Works is excited to offer two AmeriCorps JD positions for law students. These individuals will serve the legal needs of veterans in the 37 county service area. The positions will be hosted at AppalReD Legal Aid's Prestonsburg Office located in Prestonsburg, Ky.

As AmeriCorps JD members, students will serve a minimum of 300 hours of service. One position will begin service in the beginning of January 2014, and the other position will serve over the summer. Both must complete their service no later than August 31, 2014. For more information about the AmeriCorps JD program, please visit For more information about AppalReD Legal Aid, please visit  Upon completion of 300 hours of service, the student will receive a $1,175 education award to use for tudent loans and tuition expenses.

 For application requirements, qualifications and how to apply, please see the attached flyer or Jina Scinta.


This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes leads a team of volunteers on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail where immigration detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. Trained students, with the supervision of Prof. Trucios-Haynes, conducts "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conducts individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Thursday, January 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 177, Prof. Trucios-Haynes will hold a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees. The next jail visit will be on Friday, January 17. Students interested in attending the training on January 16 and/or going on the jail visit on January 17, should email Prof. Trucios-Haynes directly by Monday, January 6. Her email is When notifying Prof. Trucios-Haynes, please let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training. All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available. A more detailed description of this project is attached, along with some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail. More stories can also be found at:

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on January 17, please e-mail Prof. Trucios-Haynes by January 6, as well, so she can add your name to the list.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at

Legal Aid is Taking Applications for Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship

The Legal Aid Society is proud to host an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow as part of the Veterans Legal Corps and is seeking two 1L/2L students to assist the Fellow in providing these civil legal services to veterans. The student may receive a $1,175 education award as part of their internship.  The Veterans Legal Corps is a program administered through a partnership between Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps to assist veterans in securing stable income, housing, and healthcare.

For a description of the fellowship and how to apply, log onto Symplicity and click on"Job Postings" on the right-hand side of the page.  The deadline for submitting resumes is January 3, 2014.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Summer 2014 Student Honors Program

The SEC’s Summer Student Honors Program is a ten-week opportunity for first year law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities market.

Participants work with SEC Staff members on projects covering a broad range of the Commission’s mission, such as conducting investigations of industry and issuer practices, assisting in the litigation of enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules, to name a few responsibilities.

For more information on our program, please visit our Student Honors Program Homepage.

The application period is from Monday, December 2, 2013  through Monday, February 3, 2014 (midnight Eastern Standard Time).                      

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

How To Apply

Students should prepare the following items and submit them during the application period in a single PDF here:

• Résumé with current contact information

•One page cover letter; indicating three preferred offices and divisions

•Law school transcript

•List of current courses; and a

•5 to 10 page legal writing sample

•To receive consideration the PDF must be labeled-LASTNAME, FIRSTNAME (ex: OBAMA, MICHELLE). 

If you have any questions please email

Federal Judge in Virgin Islands Seeking Summer Externs

A federal judge for the District Court of the Virgin Islands is accepting applications from 1L and 2L law students for unpaid summer externship positions. A resume, cover letter and writing sample are needed to apply. The judge will consider applications on a rolling basis and students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible starting December 1st. For more information, go to the full job posting located on Symplicity under the "Jobs" tab. Direct any questions to Dean Hajek or Ms. Scinta in the Office of Professional Development.

Space is Available for Wayside Christian Mission Week-Long Project

Space is available for the public service week-long project at Wayside Christian Mission.  This opportunity is open to all students.  The description of the project is as follows:

"During the week of December 16, Wayside Christian Mission could use Brandeis School of Law students to perform several law-related tasks with our homeless men, women, and families. These duties could include helping our elderly and disabled persons with end of life planning, conducting legal clinics to assist with various legal questions, warrant checks, etc."  

Students who are interested in this project should contact Jina Scinta at immediately to sign up. 

Post-Graduation Opportunities for December 2013 and May 2014 Graduates

Have you been checking the Symplicity job database?  There are several post-graduation opportunities including Social Security work for an Owensboro, KY firm, a construction law boutique with offices in Louisville and Evansville, IN, a federal Judicial Law Clerk in London, KY and several out-of-state fellowships.

To view the positions, go to:

U.S. Department of Justice Summer 2014 Internship Opportunities

The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) and The Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL)  of The U.S. Department of Justice are offering volunteer internships for Summer 2014.

If you are interested in applying for either or both of the internships, please log into Symplicity for additional information and how to apply.