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Spring 2015 Externship Fair Draws New Employers


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Résumés in hand and answers at the ready, well over 100 CUA Law students attended the Spring 2015 Externship Fair on Jan. 27, aiming to secure employment opportunities that will help to burnish their credentials and perhaps lead to future fulltime jobs. Attendees included at least 84 1Ls, 16 2Ls, and 8 3Ls. It was a particularly strong showing from the first year class, whose participation increased by 20% from a year ago.

Held once each semester, the event invites area legal employers to interview Columbus School of Law students for externship openings that provide academic credits and invaluable experience. Students who perform well have a long history of leveraging the opportunities into permanent positions, either with their externship employer or by using their newly made professional contacts to land elsewhere.
This year, seven new employers set up tables in the law school’s atrium to answer questions about what they do and what kind of law student they are seeking. In addition, students had the option for the first time of pre-interviewing—scheduling talks with exhibitors in advance in a quieter setting than the actual Externship Fair.  Eighteen students were selected for a total of 25 interviews through this program.
The Spring 2015 Externship Fair was managed and coordinated by Clinical Assistant Professor Lisa Martin, director of the law school’s Experiential Curriculum. A representative sampling of externship opportunities is listed below.
New Employers
Amara Legal Center
Bloomberg LP, Government Relations
Chesapeake Legal Alliance
Children’s Law Center
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia
FEC, Office of General Counsel
U.S. Copyright Office, Policy and International Affairs
Communications Law
FCC’s Enforcement Bureau’s Investigations and Hearings Division
Federal Election Commission, Office of Vice Chair Ann Ravel
Federal Election Commission, Office of General Counsel
PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association, Government Affairs
Corporate and Securities Law               
Children's National Medical Center, Legal and Risk Management Department
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Investment Adviser Association
Catholic University of America’s Compliance and Ethics Program
Catholic University of America’s Office of General Counsel

Criminal Law
Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties
Prince George’s County Police Department, Office of Inspector General
The Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office
Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, District Court/Circuit Court
U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, International Prison Transfer Unit
U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office - DC
Family Law
Bread for the City    
Catholic Charities Legal Network
Children’s Law Center
International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Federal Government        
FCC’s Enforcement Bureau’s Investigations and Hearings Division
National Labor Relations Board
U.S. Air Force JAG Corps, HQ AF/JAX   
U.S. Copyright Office
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Office of Special Masters
U.S. Department of Education, Office of the General Counsel
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Departmental Appeals Board
U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Immigration Litigation, District Court Section
EPA, Office of Enforcement
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington Field Office, Hearings Unit
Office of Personnel Management, Office of the General Counsel
Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy, Interagency Affairs
Hogar Immigrant Services, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Advocacy Department
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation, District Court Section

Labor and Employment Law
National Labor Relations Board, Region 5