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.

NCBA Minorities in the Profession – 1L Summer Associate Program

The North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Minorities in the Profession (MIP) is launching its annual 1L Summer Associate Program to all NC law schools. The MIP 1L Summer Associate Program is designed to provide corporate legal departments and law firms in North Carolina with an inside track on recruiting some of our state’s brightest and most talented minority law students.  There will be a 15-minute information session for interested students on Tuesday, January 12th at 12 noon in Room 1302. Students who participated in the program last year will be sharing their thoughts on the process. You will receive more information about the application and interviewing process at the program as well.

To attend the info session, PLEASE RSVP TO KALA TAYLOR.  Applications will be due to the Office of Career Services on Wednesday, January 20th by 12noon.  Wake Law student interviews will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, January 21st and Friday, January 22nd in the Interview Suites located on the second floor of the Law School across the hall from Career Services.

Calling All Alumni! Volunteers needed for the Mock Interview Program

Dear Alumni,
The Office of Career Services needs your help! We have over 100 first year law students interested in participating in our Mock Interview Program this semester. In a tough job market, having the opportunity to practice interview skills is more important than ever. We hope you will consider volunteering to assist with this important student program. Continue reading »

3L Career Services Newsletter: December 21, 2009

In this week’s issue:

  • Job Highlights:
    o 2010-2011 Capital Fellows, California Senate Fellows Program, Sacramento State Center for California Studies – Deadline is February 24th. See the Government Honors Handbook for more details.
    o US Department of Justice Tax Division is currently hiring civil trial attorneys and criminal prosecutors – Deadline for applying is January 11th.
  • Bar Info:
    o Please make sure you check your state’s bar admissions policies and review the application process over the break. This process is time-consuming and varied. Now is the time to focus on getting your bar applications in.
    o Having trouble deciding which state bar to take? Visit www.ncbex.org and find the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions Requirements. Find out which bars have reciprocity with other bars, waive-in requirements, and other helpful information that may assist you in deciding which state bar to take.
  • What should you being doing over winter break? Continue reading »

ABA Law Student Division accepting applications for 2010-2011 leadership positions

Looking for opportunities to get involved in the ABA Law Student Division?  Below is a letter from the current chair of the Division describing the leadership opportunities available and promoting the benefits of involvement.   Visit www.abanet.org/lsd/elections/ for the eligibility requirements, nomination/application forms, and delivery instructions. Continue reading »

How to Enhance Your Chances for a Successful Job Search Even in a Difficult Economy

In the December 15 issue of The Legal Intelligencer, Alyssa Dragnich suggests concrete actions law graduates can take to enhance their chances for a successful job search even in a difficult economy.  Although her article is directed towards recent law graduates, her advice is applicable to any law student or graduate seeking employment.  Read her article.