Student Application for the Capital Activities Planning Board

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Chip Nielsen

Chip Nielsen
Year Graduated: 1971
Title: Sr. Political Law Partner, Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP
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Student Application for the Capital Activities Planning Board

Overview of the Capital Lawyering Program

The McGeorge Capital Lawyering Program offers a comprehensive structure for students to develop the knowledge, skills and professional network needed to obtain positions working in California's capital. In addition to the academic program which leads to the award of the Capital Certificate, the Capital Lawyering Program includes a number of engagement and networking opportunities. Capital Lawyering I activities target students in the first year of law school, Capital Lawyering II activities will focus on students in the 2L year, and Capital Lawyering III activities will launch 3L students into a capital lawyering career. These activities are planned and executed by the Capital Activities Planning Board (CAP Board). Activities include VIP and Backstage Pass tours of the Capitol and City Hall, career panels, informational interviewing and mentoring, job shadowing, and numerous networking events.

Composition of the CAP Board

The CAP Board is comprised of members of the Capital Center Alumni Board, a faculty advisor, a Career Development Office representative, and 3L, 2L, and 1L students (from both day and evening divisions).

Responsibilities of CAP Board Members

CAP Board members serve a renewable one-year term and meet approximately 3-4 times a year to plan Capital Lawyering Program activities. The CAP Board will plan a series of Capital Lawyering I, II, and III Program activities for the coming academic year. Meetings are generally held on campus but may be held off campus on occasion. CAP Board Members are expected to promote and attend Capital Lawyering Program events and to work with the Government Affairs Student Association and the McGeorge administration to coordinate programs.

CAP Board Member Qualifications

  • An interest in careers and activities centered in and around California's Capitol, including public policy work, legislative process, lobbying, campaign and election law, government relations, and political law.
  • Acceptance of Application pending with the Capital Certificate Program.
  • Membership in the Government Affairs Student Association.
  • Ability to interact professionally with alumni in "power and influence" positions.
  • Submission of a completed application and participation in a brief screening interview.

CAP Board Application Process

All applications for the CAP Board must be submitted electronically via the online form below to Professor Adrienne Brungess.

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