Law Students Face New Responsibilities in Career Building

In the September 23rd issue of the National Law Journal, author Ari L. Kaplan notes that a transformation at law schools and firms is altering the nature of careers in the profession.  He makes the case that self-reflection is essential in an era where employers are looking for an individual who already holds the foundation for many of the qualities that they are expecting a few years in the future.  Read his full article.

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).

Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference – deadline to apply extended

The deadline to apply to employers participating in the EJW Career Fair has been extended to Monday, Sept. 14 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.  Some positions still reflected the original deadline this morning, but has since been fixed. Please remember that the deadline for uploading all resumes and accompanying materials is 11:59 pm EDT today.  Technical assistance will only be available until 5:00 pm EDT today.    Visit the EJW website for more information and links to register for the Career Fair & Conference.

Changes to FBI Hiring Plans

We have just learned that the FBI will not hire new entrants into its Summer 2010 Honors & Summer 2010 Volunteer Internship Programs (although they are re-hiring 2009′s program participants). Instead, the office will concentrate its efforts on hiring 400+ professional staff entry-level positions and also new Special Agents.  They hope to have the professional staff positions posted by late September.   Watch www.fbijobs.gov for the most up-to-date information.

NCBA Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section Career Panel

Wake law students are invited join the members of the North Carolina Bar Association Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section Council for pizza at noon Monday, September 14.  The Antitrust Section is dedicated to dealing with issues relating to antitrust regulation and unfair and deceptive trade practices; the council, made up of experienced antitrust practitioners from across North Carolina, conducts the business of the section, and is meeting at Wake Forest this month. Meet and mingle with these lawyers and then get answers to your questions about competition law in North Carolina during a panel discussion on the practice of antitrust law in North Carolina.   

RSVP by 9/9/09 in Symplicity - SPACE IS LIMITED so register early

Student Health Law Conference: October 16, 2009

The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) Third Annual Student Health Law Conference will be hosted by Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, on Friday, October 16, 2009 from 8:30am to 5:00pm.  This conference, which is attended by law students from law schools throughout the country, seeks to expose law students to the myriad career paths for attorneys in health and life sciences. The conference provides an introductory session on health law, panels on a variety of employment opportunities in health law, and a networking reception with the conference speakers. In the past, over 180 law students from dozens of law schools as far as the west coast attended the conference. In the current market, I would expect an even greater attendance. Career paths that will be represented include academia, compliance, private firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, drug and device companies, health insurers, and hospitals. Our speakers for this year’s conference have been chosen for their health law expertise. They know the hiring process both as prospective employees and as employers. They are well suited to provide support and guidance to the next generation of health attorneys during these tenuous economic times. The nominal registration fee of $35 pays for student meals. Without exception, the speakers are uncompensated and paying their own travel expenses.  For more information about the conference, please visit the ASLME website.

“Great Career Paths You May Not Have Considered”

Have you considered all your options? While most law students pursue careers in law firms, there are many other career options available. It is easy to overlook employers who typically do not recruit through OCI. Join us on Monday, August 31 to hear from four alumni who pursued paths less traveled by law students – in government positions/fellowships, state/specialty court clerkships and solo practice. These panelists will share their stories and offer advice for pursuing a position in their area. Resources will also be provided to help you jumpstart a job search focusing on employers who do not traditionally recruit on-campus.

Guest speakers:
Susan Cheng (JD’07), Presidential Management Fellow- Dept. of Homeland Security
Clara Cottrell (JD’07), former clerk with the NC Business Court
Samuel Feemster (JD’79), FBI Special Agent
James Tolin (JD’04), opened his own firm in Winston-Salem after law school

Date:  Monday, August 31, 2009
Time: 12:00 – 12:50 pm
Location: Room 1312
Please register to attend by submitting an RSVP in the Events section of Symplicity. (1Ls may email the Career Services Office to register since they do not yet have Symplicity accounts.)   Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP, but please bring your own drink.

ABA Magazine Article: Where the Work Is

The August issue of the ABA Magazine features an article highlighting practice areas recommended in recessionary times.  Read the article to see which areas are thriving these days.

4 Tips for Reluctant Networkers

Many people avoid networking because they aren’t comfortable with it.  Read Debra Bruce’s article offering four tips to make networking more enjoyable and less intimidating.