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Position: Full-time associate (starting Fall 2014) at Gibbons (a 230-attorney American Lawyer 200 law firm based in Newark, New Jersey) with the opportunity to be located at Prudential after the second year at Gibbons.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is pleased to announce a partnership with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) and Gibbons, P.C. (Gibbons) to provide a post-graduation employment opportunity to a highly-motivated, third-year law school student. Through this partnership, NAPABA will select a third-year law school student for the 2014 NAPABA-Prudential Law Fellowship, which is a unique opportunity for a permanent, full-time law firm associate position in the New York/New Jersey area with the opportunity to be located at Prudential after the Fellow’s second year at Gibbons.

The Fellow will be hired to the position of a full-time associate in Fall 2014 at Gibbons and will be employed, compensated and supervised by Gibbons. The Fellow will be expected to begin work on a date to be determined between the Fellow and Gibbons. The date is expected to be set after law school graduation and completion of the July 2014 bar examination. After the Fellow’s second year at Gibbons (and assuming the Fellow has performed satisfactorily at the law firm and demonstrated an interest in working in a core practice area in the Prudential Law Department), the Fellow will be given the opportunity to be located in the Prudential Law Department's Newark, New Jersey office or other office in the greater New York City metropolitan area for up to one year (the "Fellowship Year").

During the Fellowship Year, the Fellow will continue to be solely employed, compensated and supervised by Gibbons. If the Fellow performs satisfactorily, in the judgment of Gibbons, during the Fellowship Year, the Fellow will be expected to return as an associate to Gibbons at the end of the Fellowship Year.

About NAPABA, Prudential and Gibbons

NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students and represents the interests of over 40,000 Asian Pacific American attorneys and over 65 national, state and local Asian Pacific American bar association affiliates. NAPABA promotes the professional development of our members and diversity in the legal profession and advocates for the Asian Pacific American community. For more information, please visit www.napaba.org.

Prudential is a multinational financial services leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management expertise, Prudential is focused on helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. The company's well-known Rock symbol is an icon of strength, stability, expertise and innovation that has stood the test of time. Prudential's businesses offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, asset management, and real estate services. For more information, please visit www.prudential.com.

With 230 attorneys, Gibbons is a leading law firm in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and Delaware, ranked among the nation’s top 200 firms by The American Lawyer. Gibbons is one of only 20 law firms nationwide to be named to the National Law Journal's inaugural "Midsize Hot List," which recognized firms with fewer than 300 lawyers that have found innovative ways to position themselves and demonstrated creativity and success in recruiting and retaining top talent, developing practice areas, managing operations, and generally navigating the economic downturn more effectively than many larger firms. A 2009 winner of the prestigious Catalyst Award for its innovative Women’s Initiative, Gibbons is ranked one of the top 50 firms nationwide for working women by Working Mother magazine and among the top 100 for diversity by MultiCultural Law magazine, and has earned the Gold Standard Certification by the Women In Law Empowerment Forum. The firm has also been recognized among the Best Places to Work in America by the Society for Human Resource Management and Great Place to Work Institute, as well as in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania by NJBIZ, Crain's New York Business, Philadelphia Business Journal, and Central Penn Business Journal.

Gibbons maintains offices in Newark, New Jersey; New York, New York; Trenton, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Wilmington, Delaware.

Primary Responsibilities

After graduation, the Fellow will join Gibbons in the 2014 Fall Associate Class and will have the responsibilities of a full-time Gibbons associate.

If the Fellow accepts the opportunity to be located at Prudential after the Fellow’s second law firm year, the Fellow’s responsibilities may include the following: executing legal transactions; securing, preparing, drafting, and processing legal documents; undertaking legal research; providing litigation support; and coordinating other special projects. The Fellow may also assist attorneys in providing legal advice to internal clients on a daily basis.


  • Minimum law school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Possess financial or business-related experience or demonstrated interest.
  • Excellent oral and written communication abilities.
  • Strong conceptual thinking and legal analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and social skills.
  • Strong organizational, time management and project management skills.
  • Ability to work and think independently.
  • Forward thinking ability with a risk management perspective.
  • Strong ethics and moral code.
  • Ability to efficiently multitask, manage priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to effectively interact with individuals at all levels.
  • Ability to make accurate and time sensitive decisions.
  • Assess a range of situations and identify appropriate response and attention
  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Prior work experience in a financial services or insurance industry preferred.

How to Apply

To apply, you must submit by email a cover letter (which should include a personal statement as set forth below), resume, list of three references, writing sample and transcript to:

Pia Rivera
Staff Assistant
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
1612 K St. NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006

The cover letter should also include a personal statement that highlights one of the following topics that have not been captured in the candidate's resume:

  1. a discussion of how diversity and inclusion in the workplace or in the academic environment has had a personal impact on the applicant;
  2. an example of a time when the applicant found it challenging to work with others in a team (including the issues, the resolutions and the overall result);
  3. an example of a time the applicant suspended or cancelled leisure time to complete work or to address other personal obligations; or
  4. a discussion of how participation in the Prudential Fellowship Program will benefit and enhance the applicant's experience at Gibbons.

Please write "Prudential Fellowship" in the subject line of all correspondence. All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 16, 2014. Finalists must be available to participate in phone interviews on February 24-28, 2014. Selected candidates will be brought to Newark, NJ, for in-person interviews during March 2014, with offers to be made shortly thereafter.


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