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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!

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).

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.

Law Student Writing Competitions help you stand out

Looking for a way to build your resume and help you to stand out in an increasingly competitive job market?  Seek out opportunities to be published!  Law student writing competitions are a great way to do this.  Below are details about a competition currently underway with the National Law Review. Continue reading »

ASPIRE- public interest student resource

ASPIRE is a program for students who pursue public interest work during the summer or after they graduate from law school. Through this program LexisNexis provides qualified law students and recent law school graduates with free access to some of the most popular sources available within their research system.

Many students facing heightened challenges securing internships and launching their legal careers in a tough economy are pursuing public interest work to enhance their resumes and gain experience. For this reason, LexisNexis has expanded the ASPIRE program to include non-profit summer positions for current students, as well as graduates who pursue public interest legal work as a career.

Students can find complete details and apply for the program on the LexisNexis law student website www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool.

Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair- registration deadline May 15

The 5th Annual Vault Diversity Career Fair will be held on Friday, July 30, 2010 in Washington, DC.  This event provides minority, female and GLBT candidates with the opportunity to meet and network with recruiters from law firms, government agencies, corporate law departments and non-profit organizations who are firmly committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.  The registration deadline is May 15, 2010.  For more information, check out their website.

Womble Carlyle Scholars Program- apply by May 14

Established in 2004, the Womble Carlyle Scholars Program awards scholarships to diverse rising second year law students who present outstanding academic credentials, personal or professional achievement outside the school environment, and significant participation in community service. This program is designed to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the bar. The scholarship is awarded to diverse law students at schools in most of the states in which the firm has offices.

In addition to the scholarship ($4,000.00 per year), an offer of summer employment as a Summer Associate in one of the firm’s eleven offices is extended to the Scholar after his/her second year of law school. The Scholar may choose to work at the firm all, half (at least six weeks), or none of the summer. While the firm will ultimately determine which office each Scholar will work in, every effort will be made to satisfy each Scholars’ office preference. Scholar salaries during the summer are the same as the firm’s other Summer Associates in each office.

The $4,000.00 scholarship is renewable for the Scholar’s third year of law school and is not contingent upon acceptance of the firm’s summer employment offer after the Scholar’s second year.

Submitting the Application
The scholarship application consists of two parts and must be submitted separately. First, a completed application, cover letter and resume must be submitted by May 14, 2010. The final portion of the scholarship application is due by July 7, 2010. This final portion must include one letter of recommendation, an official transcript of your first year grades, a graded law school brief or a response to a posted essay question and a brief statement. Visit the “careers” section of www.wcsr.com to access the application and further details.

To date, Womble Carlyle has awarded close to 50 scholarships, totaling over $380,000 to deserving students!