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Job o’ the Day: Contract Attorney at Legal Services of Northern California in Sacramento!

Founded in 1956, Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) provides high quality civil legal assistance to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities in 23 northern California counties.  The Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act project addresses the enormous imbalance of representation in judicial evictions by providing representation to tenant litigants. LSNC will operate one of seven pilot projects funded through the Act.  Attorneys working with the Sacramento project will provide direct representation to defendants  in eviction proceedings in Sacramento County courts.

Under supervision of the Supervising Attorney, will participate in all aspects of litigation including, but not limited to: client interviews, factual investigation, legal research, discovery, preparation of legal documents, negotiations, trials, and appellate work in both State and Federal Courts; provide legal advice to individual clients, and general legal information to eligible community groups as well as to the public in general.

Interested? Find out how to apply at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Legal Counsel at the University of Mississippi Civil Legal Clinic!

The Civil Legal Clinic’s mission is to provide a capstone course at The University of Mississippi School of Law in which students learn skills that are essential to the competent practice of civil law, how to apply the law and theories learned in the classroom, and how to professionally interact with clients, lawyers and others by providing the highest quality legal assistance to indigent persons in civil matters.

The Civil Legal Clinic seeks to fill two legal counsel positions. These are professional positions, within a non-profit office and free legal clinic, in which the incumbent manages and litigates civil cases on behalf of low-income litigants, supervises and instructs law students in the practice of law, participates in policy research projects, and provides a variety of programmatic and administrative support in the Clinic.

To learn more about the position, check out the listing at PSLawNet!

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Resume Rework: What Skills Should You List?

by Kristen Pavón

My résumé is ever-changing. I have about five or six different versions focusing on different types of jobs with varying templates. However, the one section that I can never seem to improve is my “skills” section.

I never know what is appropriate to include — what do employers expect to see in this section? I have the usual “proficient in XYS legal research engine” and my language skills… but what else goes in there? Should computer skills go on there at all? Should I only have a “language” section?

On Linkedin, you can add skills to your profile. I’ll admit, I went a bit skill-crazy. I’ve added things like strategic development, issue advocacy, counseling, nonprofit management, etc. That got me thinking —  what about on your résumé? Are these the types of skills you should add or should you just stick to computer and language skills?

According to Guerrilla Tactics For Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams, your skills section is for languages, computer skills and other licenses. However, Harvard Law School’s Office of Public Interest Advising suggests omitting computer skills altogether. I tend to agree.

What do you think? What do you include in your “skills” section?

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Job o’ the Day: Attorney Fellow at The Public Interest Law Project in Oakland, CA!

Established in 1996, PILP is a state-wide support center for legal services and State Bar IOLTA funded law offices. It seeks to improve the lives of low-income persons through major litigation and policy advocacy in the areas of public benefits and housing.

The Public Interest Law Project (“PILP”) is seeking an attorney, with three to seven years of litigation experience and an interest in prosecuting impact litigation in the public interest, to be PILP’s first Public Interest Law Project Fellow. The Fellow will gain experience in litigation involving a wide variety of issues affecting the rights of poor and low-income people to essential public benefits and fair and affordable housing. The Fellowship position will be for two years and will help to identify specific areas on which the Fellow may decide to focus in the future, and provide training and a springboard for a career as a public interest litigator.

Find out more at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Summer 2012 Internship at Human Rights First in NY!

Human Rights First welcomes law students to apply for a Summer 2012 internship in our Refugee Protection Program. HRF is looking for students who are currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest in and commitment to human rights, are fluent in a relevant second language, and want to work on behalf of asylum-seekers.

Interns will be based in HRF’s New York office and will be expected to work at least 35 hours per week for a 10-12 week period.  This is an unpaid internship. Interns will be responsible for securing their own funding or arranging to receive course credit at their law schools.

The Refugee Protection Program works to provide indigent asylum seekers with quality legal representation in their asylum cases.  The program also advocates for legal reform and policy change on issues affecting asylum seekers in the United States.

Interested? Learn how to apply at PSLawNet!

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Staff Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, AL!

The Southern Poverty Law Center seeks a staff attorney to join its Montgomery, Alabama office. The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through litigation, public education, and community organizing. The Center is exploring emerging legal issues affecting low-income people in the Southeast, such as consumer lending, employment and housing discrimination, public benefits, and other economic justice concerns.

The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups. Located in Montgomery, Alabama – the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement – the Center was founded by Morris Dees and Joe Levin, two local lawyers who shared a commitment to racial equality. Its first president was civil rights activist Julian Bond.


Throughout its history, the Center has worked to make the nation’s Constitutional ideals a reality. The Center’s legal department fights all forms of discrimination and works to protect society’s most vulnerable members, handling innovative cases that few lawyers are willing to take. Over three decades, it has achieved significant legal victories, including landmark Supreme Court decisions and crushing jury verdicts against hate groups.

To learn more and apply, see the listing at PSLawNet!

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In the D.C. Area? There’s a Career Fair this Saturday!

The Washington Bar Association is hosting its Ninth Annual Career Fair this weekend at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law. In addition to resume critiques and mock interviews, attendees will learn about the “ideal law clerk” and meet attorneys and judges from the area!

So, if you’re in the area, check it out. Here are the deets:

Saturday, February 25, 2012
9 am – 12 pm

4340 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Building 52
Washington, D.C. 20008

Find out more here.

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