Show Off Your 'Emotional Intelligence' During the Legal Recruiting Process

In the July 20th issue of the New York Law Journal, Alison Bernard and Niki Kopsidas discuss a concept that is getting more and more attention from legal employers – “Emotional Intelligence”.  In a tight job market, legal employers are looking for ways to determine which candidates will not only excel in the academic practice of law, but who also possess the “soft skills” necessary to build strong client relationships.  Read their article to learn more about “EI”, and how students can demonstrate it in the interview process and develop it while in law school.

Discover the PATH to Becoming a Public Defender

Public Defender Advocacy, Training & Hiring Conference (PATH) will take place at Georgetown University Law Center on Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Immediately following the conference, there will be a networking happy hour at a local venue.

PATH is designed to provide law students considering or planning careers in indigent criminal defense representation information and guidance about how public defender offices hire, train and provide advocacy to indigent defendants. You have the opportunity to choose from 12 sessions on the different PATH tracks, all of which are calculated to help you understand what it means to be a public defender. No registration fee. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE – If interested, register ASAP!

Building Your Reputation As A Young Lawyer

Building and maintaining a positive public image is very important for young lawyers.  In the July 14th issue of the New York Law Journal, consultants Michelle Samuels and Shannon K. Stevens offered great tips to help attorneys get started on the right path.  Read their article.

Legal Market update from BLS

On July 6th The American Lawyer reported on the latest legal sector employment figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Full article copied below: Continue reading »

2010 Lavender Law Career Fair & Conference

The 2010 Lavender Law Career Fair & Conference will be held August 26-28th at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, FL. Over 1,000 practicing attorneys, scholars, law students, members of the judiciary and other legal professionals year are expected to attend this year’s event which will feature career, networking, and continuing legal education opportunities tailored for the LGBT legal community.

Register: Early registration to attend the 2010 Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference ends July 31st. Attendees are encouraged to register as soon as possible to take advantage of the discounted rates. For more information or to register for the 2010 Lavender Law Career Fair & Conference, please visit Registration.

IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities

6th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities
FRIDAY AUGUST 13, 2010 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sheraton Crystal City Hotel – Arlington, VA (Near National Airport)

This event is open to Fall 2010 returning law students, and graduates nationwide.  Students & graduates may register online at http://www.law.arizona.edu/Career/Impact/studentregistrationintro.cfm.  The deadline for students to register is Sunday July 11, 2010.  See the IMPACT website for details and to view registered employers (employers have until July 8, 2010 to register).

Legal Fellowships with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Lawis accepting applications for the 2011 Skadden, Equal Justice Works (EJW) and George N. Lindsay Legal Fellowships.  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to equal justice and equal opportunity for all. Applicants should be dedicated to using innovative strategies (including non-litigation strategies) to address entrenched or cutting edge racial, national origin and other discrimination matters. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in advocating for racial, national origin, gender, or economic justice for the most excluded people in our society. Continue reading »

Bar Exam Writing Clinic: Quick Tips to Improve Your Score

Attention Recent Grads:  If you are sitting for the NC Bar, check out the FREE Bar Exam Writing Clinic offered by the NCBA on June 5th. The deadline to register is May 31st!  There will be one held in Charlotte, NC and one held in Cary, NC. Here are the details: Continue reading »

Stay Safe (and Private) on Facebook

In recent years it has become commonplace for legal employers to google job candidates and check out their online social media presence.  As job-seekers, students should take care to monitor their online reputation.  But even after graduation, lawyers must continue this vigilance and take care to present a professional image both in person and online.  For Facebook users, here is a helpful article from The New York Times on “5 Steps to Stay Safe (and Private) on Facebook“.

It's Never Too Early To Raise Your Profile As A Lawyer

Young lawyers oftentimes feel they don’t have time for “networking, raising their profile and creating a personal brand”, but in an article today in The Legal Intelligencer Debra L. Bruce notes that these activities “can help you keep your job, get a new job and develop business.”  Read her article to find out why you should strive to be more visible in the community and get some great examples of methods that work.