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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.

1L Mock Interview Program

 Would you like to have an opportunity to polish your interviewing skills before interviewing for summer positions?
Are you wondering what types of questions interviewers will ask for legal positions?

The Mock Interview Program offers 1Ls an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills.  Attorneys from local firms conduct the interviews and offer students feedback afterwards.  Interviews are typically 15 minutes, with a 5 minute feedback conversation to follow.

Mock interviews will take place on January 19 and 20, 2010 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  In early January, students will sign up for a single interview slot on one of the two nights.  But, in order to set up the program and recruit the correct number of interviewers, ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!  If you would like to participate in the January Mock Interview Program, you must RSVP in Symplicity by Monday, November 30, 2009.

Young Lawyers Panel

The North Carolina Bar Association and Office of Career Services are hosting a lunch panel featuring three stellar young lawyers on Wednesday, November 18 at 12:00 noon. This interactive lunch panel will feature three local attorneys who are Wake Forest graduates. Think you would like to pursue a career with a small or medium sized firm? Come hear Michael Wells Jr. talk about his practice. Interested in a big law firm experience? Recent graduate Jamie Dean will talk about his first few months in practice and the unique new program his firm has created. Are you interested in government service? Meg Coppley will talk about her work with the District Attorney’s office and transition into private practice. This is going to be a great event that you will not want to miss.

To attend the event, students must RSVP in Symplicity.  The event will be audiotaped, so those who cannot attend may access the recording on the Intranet afterwards.

Parker Poe: Minority Program

Parker Poe is hosting their 4th Annual “Life as a Lawyer: An Overview”, a program for minority law students.  The program will be held in Columbia, SC on January 30, 2010 at the Capital City Club and again on February 6, 2010 in Raleigh, NC at the Cardinal Club.  More details will be available from the firm in December 2009.  If you are interested in participating, let your career advisor know.

Serving the Public: Perspectives from Legal Services and Private Practice

Monday, November 9, 2009  from 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. in the Courtroom
co-sponsored by PILO and the Office of Career Services

Are you passionate about finding a career that will allow you to serve the public? Come hear from two attorneys who are doing this in very different work settings. Susan Gottsegen is a staff attorney with Legal Aid of NC and a Law Board of Visitors member. John O’Neal is a solo practitioner in Greensboro, whose practice focuses on representing plaintiffs. Both are members of NC Advocates for Justice, an organization whose motto is “Protecting People’s Rights”.

Join us to hear their career stories, the rewards and challenges of their jobs, advice on breaking into the field and their thoughts on several current issues (changes in the legal profession, the mortgage/foreclosure crisis, hot issues in consumer protection, etc.) There will be time for Q&A, so bring your questions!

RSVP in Symplicity by 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 5 to reserve a lunch.

Environmental Career Speaker

The Environmental Law Society and the Office of Career Services are teaming up to host an environmental law speaker next Wednesday, October 28th at 12:00 noon in room 1302.  Wake Forest Law School graduate Elizabeth Ladt worked at the White House Counsel on Environmental Quality (CEQ) under the Bush Administration, where her area of expertise was International Affairs and Climate Change. Since leaving the White House, Elizabeth has continued to work on issues surrounding international climate change agreements.

 This December the United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the conference leaders from around the world, including President Obama, will gather to discuss an international framework for climate change mitigation. Elizabeth will be attending the Copenhagen Conference, and having worked on international climate change issues in the White House, she will be able to offer a very unique perspective on what will likely take place at the conference. At the program, Elizabeth will be discussing domestic and international climate politics with a focus on the upcoming climate negotiations in Copenhagen.  She will also spend some time discussing her career path and answer career questions, including advice on getting a job in DC.

Lunch will be served, but in order to reserve a lunch you must RSVP in Symplicity for this event by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22.

Want to learn more about the Patent Bar Exam?

The WF Intellectual Property Law Association and the Office of Career Services are teaming up to present a one-hour program for students who might be interested in Patent law on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 12:00  noon in Room 1302. Guest speaker John M. White has been preparing applicants for the Patent Bar Exam since 1988 and is the Director of Patent Professional Development at PLI.

Please register to attend by submitting an RSVP in the Events section of Symplicity by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9TH!  Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP, but please bring your own drink. Continue reading »

Building a Professional Network: Presentation & Reception

Do you want to meet a group of friendly Wake Law alumni who are interested in your success as a law student? Join us on Friday, October 9, 2009 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm for a brief presentation on networking followed by a reception with the Law Board of Visitors!  The event will start with a 30-minute presentation on how to achieve success in networking for job search and business development efforts. Hear their stories and get tips for common networking scenarios – making introductions, working a room, gracefully exiting a conversation, and finding ways to build a connection.
Guest speakers:
          Stephen R. Berlin (’81, JD ’84) – Kilpatrick Stockton LLP
          Joseph Venable Green (JD ’76) – KeyBridge Capital Advisor LLC
          Charles E. Trefzger (JD ’84) – Third Street Management LLC

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 2009 roster of Law Board of Visitors online .

To attend, please RSVP in Symplicity by this Friday, October 2nd
so that reception details can be finalized.
This event is part of the Professional Development Series
presented by the Dean’s Office and the Office of Career Services.

Job Search Strategies for the Small Firm Market

When:  Monday, September 21 from 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Where:  Room 1312
What:  Donna Gerson, Attorney and Author, will discuss the changing rules of law firm recruiting and job search strategies specifically for the small firm market. If you want to work for a small firm during the summer or after graduation, come gather resources for identifying small firms and learn what they look for in candidates and how to reach them.  Donna 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. 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.
RSVP required by 12:00 noon on Thursday, Sept 17 to reserve a lunch (please bring your own drink).
If you miss the deadline to RSVP, please come and bring a bag lunch.

This event is the second in our Series on the State of the Legal Markets.

Advice & Perspectives from a Law Firm Partner & In-House Counsel

This Thursday we will kick off the first program in our Series on the State of the Legal Markets.   Students are encouraged to join us for this informative program!  More details are provided below:

Advice & Perspectives from a Law Firm Partner & In-House Counsel
When: Thursday, September 17 from 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Where: Room 1312
Todd R. Eskelsen, a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP’s Washington D.C. Office, and James M. Jacobs, a Wake Forest Law alumnus and General Counsel to the Illinois Farm Bureau and affiliated insurance companies, will discuss the state of the legal market and offer insight for focusing your job search in light of the current economy. They will discuss:
• The current status of the legal industry from their perspectives
• The latest changes in the large law firm recruiting process and compensation systems
• Developing a strategy for breaking into their career fields
• What job search skills/tools students should focus on this year and for their career
RSVP required in Symplicity by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, Sept 15 to reserve a lunch (please bring your own drink).