Summer Housing: NALP’s 2011 Online Apartment Exchange

Law students seeking summer housing and students with housing available for the summer are invited to participate in NALP’s free online 2011 Apartment Exchange.  The Apartment Exchange will be available from January 15 until May 15, 2011.

Law firms using new interview techniques

During the economic downtown, some firms have begun to use new interview techniques to assess candidates.  There has been discussion of identifying core competencies and utilizing more behavioral interview questions.  Check out this recent article by Vivia Chen about the firm McKenna Long & Aldridge who has begun using psychological testing in the interview process.  The lesson for students: take the time to fully prepare for your interviews!  This means not only researching the employer, but also spending time up front doing the necessary self-assessment to be fully aware of your own values, skills, and interests.

NC Law School Interview Program- March 12 & 19, 2011

Wake Forest University School of Law will co-host the North Carolina Law School Interview Program, which includes, two job fairs and a resume collect only opportunity for NC legal employers.  The Eastern NC Job Fair will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the NC Bar Center in Cary, NC and the Western NC Job Fair will take place on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, NC. (Note: The Western NC Job Fair falls on the weekend of your spring break. Please make sure you are able to attend BEFORE bidding.) Wake law students interested in participating should go to Symplicity and filter for the Sessions entitled “Spring ’11 – Job Fair – Eastern NC Job Fair”, “Spring ’11 – Job Fair – Western NC Job Fair”, and if interested in bidding to NC employers who are only collecting resumes, filter for “Spring ’11 NC Job Fair Resume Collect Only”.

The deadline to submit your bids to all three opportunities is Friday, February 4, 2011 at 12NOON EST. Please do not wait until the last minute to place your bids as the system may experience slowdowns with heavy traffic close to the deadline.

Using Social Media in your Job Search

Are you currently using social media in your job search?  If not, you are missing an opportunity to expand your pool of potential networking contacts.  While this doesn’t replace the importance of in-person networking, it does offer the opportunity to network with people beyond your local area.  Once connections are made, don’t forget to take the online connection offline to develop the relationship.  If it’s not possible to meet in person, you can talk on the phone or via private email. 

If you want to learn more about how to maximize use of social media in your job search, come to the program we are hosting on Friday, November 12th from 12:00-12:50 p.m. in Room 1312.  Chuck Hester, a LinkedIn expert, will discuss the benefits and methods of using social media tools to enhance your job search. Register in Symplicity by Wednesday at noon to reserve a lunch.

Career Skills Workshop & Networking Reception on October 22

Wonder what legal employers expect in terms of business communication? Want a chance to win a free Brooks Brothers dress shirt? Interested in meeting alumni who have invested themselves in helping the Law School and its students succeed? See details below about this exciting opportunity for Wake Law students!

3:30 – 5:00 pm in the Courtroom:  Keynote Speaker- Donna Gerson
Join us to hear guest speaker, Donna Gerson, offer advice on networking and business communication. Brooks Brothers will also do a brief presentation on business and interview attire.  They are offering discount coupons to all attendees and will raffle off several free dress shirts!

Donna Gerson is a contributing editor for Student Lawyer magazine (American Bar Association). She is also the author of several books on legal career issues, including Choosing Small, Choosing Smart, Building Career Connections and the new Asked and Answered series published by Thomson Reuters. “Last year Donna spoke to Wake Law students about the Small Firms Job Market”. After clerking for a judge in Philadelphia, Donna worked as a litigator in Pittsburgh before joining the Career Services Office at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She served as the director of the Career Services Office for seven years before becoming a full-time writer and speaker.

5:00 – 6:00 pm in the Courtyard:  Networking “Wine & Cheese” Reception with the Law Board of Visitors
Following the presentation, students are invited to attend a joint reception with alumni who are meeting at the Law School that day. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet alumni who have invested themselves in helping the Law School and its students succeed! You can find the roster of Law Board of Visitors online at http://law.wfu.edu/alumni/visitors/.

To attend, advance registration is required via Symplicity.

Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference

Students interested in public interest law careers are encouraged to attend the Equal Justice Works (EJW) Conference and Career Fair for the opportunity to meet with more than 130 public interest employers, practitioners and leaders. The EJW Conference and Career Fair is taking place in Bethesda, MD on October 22 and 23. Submit your resumes soon! The deadline to submit resumes to employers is Friday, September 24.

Note: 1L students are not eligible to interview with employers during the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. However, 1L students may informally talk to employers during Table Talk on Friday and Saturday.

Increase in Behavioral Interviewing by Law Firms

There is a renewed emphasis on behavioral interviewing in law firm hiring this year.  Check out an article by Gina Passarella that appears today in The Legal Intelligencer  discussing this very topic.

State of the Legal Market

Tuesday, August 24 from 12:00-12:50 pm
Room 1312 (Courtroom)

Start your job search with invaluable knowledge on recent trends, hot topics and thriving practice areas. Join us to hear two guest speakers discuss the current state of the legal market. Bob Graff of Major, Lindsay & Africa will discuss the private sector and Andrea Gevas of the Department of Justice will represent the public sector. Find out what’s happening now in the legal job market!

Pizza will be provided for students who RSVP in Symplicity by 3:00 pm on Monday. Please bring your own drink.

2010-2011 Federal Legal Employment Guide

The 2010-2011 Federal Legal Employment Guide is now available for download from PSLawNet. This free Guide is an excellent tool to help you learn about legal careers in the federal government and conduct a successful job search.

Download the Guide and access organized, easy-to-read information concerning:
• the benefits of a federal legal career;
• how to find legal positions in the federal government;
• strategies for conducting your job search to find the ideal positions; and
• how to design successful application materials.

Webinar on Equal Justice Works Fellowships

Equal Justice Works is offering a webinar Monday, Aug. 2 at 10:00 am Eastern for people interested in their post-graduate fellowship program. You can register online for the webinar, which will cover:
  •  Who is eligible to apply for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship (Candidate, Project, Host Organization)
  •  The benefits of a Fellowship and the Host Organization’s responsibilities
  •  How the application process works
  •  Tips in creating a successful application that cover Project Description, Candidate Background, and Host Organization Background.
The deadline to submit your application and supporting paperwork for the EJW Fellowship is 5:00 pm Eastern on September 15, 2010.