Law Student Writing Competitions help you stand out

Looking for a way to build your resume and help you to stand out in an increasingly competitive job market?  Seek out opportunities to be published!  Law student writing competitions are a great way to do this.  Below are details about a competition currently underway with the National Law Review. Continue reading »

ASPIRE- public interest student resource

ASPIRE is a program for students who pursue public interest work during the summer or after they graduate from law school. Through this program LexisNexis provides qualified law students and recent law school graduates with free access to some of the most popular sources available within their research system.

Many students facing heightened challenges securing internships and launching their legal careers in a tough economy are pursuing public interest work to enhance their resumes and gain experience. For this reason, LexisNexis has expanded the ASPIRE program to include non-profit summer positions for current students, as well as graduates who pursue public interest legal work as a career.

Students can find complete details and apply for the program on the LexisNexis law student website www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool.

Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair- registration deadline May 15

The 5th Annual Vault Diversity Career Fair will be held on Friday, July 30, 2010 in Washington, DC.  This event provides minority, female and GLBT candidates with the opportunity to meet and network with recruiters from law firms, government agencies, corporate law departments and non-profit organizations who are firmly committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.  The registration deadline is May 15, 2010.  For more information, check out their website.

Womble Carlyle Scholars Program- apply by May 14

Established in 2004, the Womble Carlyle Scholars Program awards scholarships to diverse rising second year law students who present outstanding academic credentials, personal or professional achievement outside the school environment, and significant participation in community service. This program is designed to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the bar. The scholarship is awarded to diverse law students at schools in most of the states in which the firm has offices.

In addition to the scholarship ($4,000.00 per year), an offer of summer employment as a Summer Associate in one of the firm’s eleven offices is extended to the Scholar after his/her second year of law school. The Scholar may choose to work at the firm all, half (at least six weeks), or none of the summer. While the firm will ultimately determine which office each Scholar will work in, every effort will be made to satisfy each Scholars’ office preference. Scholar salaries during the summer are the same as the firm’s other Summer Associates in each office.

The $4,000.00 scholarship is renewable for the Scholar’s third year of law school and is not contingent upon acceptance of the firm’s summer employment offer after the Scholar’s second year.

Submitting the Application
The scholarship application consists of two parts and must be submitted separately. First, a completed application, cover letter and resume must be submitted by May 14, 2010. The final portion of the scholarship application is due by July 7, 2010. This final portion must include one letter of recommendation, an official transcript of your first year grades, a graded law school brief or a response to a posted essay question and a brief statement. Visit the “careers” section of www.wcsr.com to access the application and further details.

To date, Womble Carlyle has awarded close to 50 scholarships, totaling over $380,000 to deserving students!

Southeastern IP Job Fair – student registration open

If you are interested in practicing in Intellectual Property law, check out this job fair of which Wake Law is a registered participant.  This is the second biggest IP job fair (aside from Loyola Patent Program in Chicago) and will take place in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Rising 2Ls and 3Ls who wish to participate should review the list of participating employers, complete the student registration form  and return it to Kala Taylor by Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm.  (These documents were sent to Wake Law students via email earlier today.)

If you have any questions about this job fair or need a registration form, contact Kala Taylor.  Or, for more information, please visit http://law.gsu.edu/careers/index/SIPJF/students.

National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference

When: October 15 & 16, 2010 – SAVE THE DATE!
Where: National Labor College, Silver Spring, MD
Deadline: August 26 if you’re asking The Peggy Browning Fund to pay for airfare.  September 30 for all others.  Registration will open in July. Students should register early to ensure admission!
Brochure: Conference brochures and registration forms will be available in July.
More Info: Watch for more details in the coming months.

PSLawNet: new State & Local Government job search resource

PSLawNet has just introduced a great new resource on their site focusing on State and Local Government Resources. This new page includes links to hundreds of state and local government agencies that hire attorneys and/or law students. It is searchable by state via an interactive map and includes listings for many major city employers as well.

Reminder: Register for the Patent Interview Program TODAY

To 1Ls and 2Ls interested in IP/Patent law:

Just a reminder that today, March 8th, is the registration deadline for the Loyola Patent Program. For more information, including a list of participating employers, and to register, visit http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

Annual Law Student Conference on Public Interest Litigation

The Institute for Justice is now taking applications for its annual law student conference held each July in downtown Washington, D.C. Thirty students from the nation’s top law schools take part in this three-day conference on shaping the world through the IJ way of public interest litigation.

The annual conference covers IJ’s four litigation pillars: First Amendment rights, school choice, economic liberty and private property rights. These topics are taught alongside others rarely discussed in law school, such as: natural rights theory, public interest litigation tactics, cutting-edge constitutional theories, media skills, and the use of social science research. The faculty combines IJ attorneys and staff members with leading law professors and legal experts including Randy Barnett, Roger Pilon, and Todd Zywicki. After attending this crash course in public interest law, the IJ-Way, participants are able to recognize and seize public interest opportunities in the future.

This year’s conference will be held July 23rd through the 25th at The George Washington University. The application deadline is Monday, March 15th and interested students can apply at www.ij.org/students.

Positioning Yourself to Get the Job

The January 4, 2010 issue of the Winston-Salem Journal featured an article highlighting the importance of feedback in the job search process.  The following useful ”job-hunting strategies” were also provided:
• Ask friends or acquaintances who manage and hire people to offer constructive criticism of your cover letter and resume.
• Ask those same friends to do a practice interview with you, providing “tough love” feedback.
• Apply immediately — with a tailored cover letter and resume – to attractive jobs; search for friends and colleagues who could act as referrals within the organization.
• Be selective about sending resumes rather than scatter-shooting.
• Be specific about the type of work and organizations that you find most interesting.
• Plan to network 80 percent of the time and use the Internet 20 percent.
• Be willing to explore opportunities outside your profession that match up with your job skills.
• Examine your real financial needs so as to be more open to opportunities that may pay less than what you want.
• Be willing to take a lower-paying job if it can serve as a steppingstone to another job inside or outside the company.
• Stay with your current job, rather than job searching full time, since many employers are more attracted to applicants who are employed.

Read the full article here.