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New Approaches to Getting a Law Firm Job

In the November 25th issue of The National Law Journal, Steven Bennett, a partner in the New York City offices of Jones Day, offers suggestions to help job-seekers “adapt to the new recruitment practices” of law firms brought on by the economic downturn.  Read the article to get his tips.

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.

10 Tips for Beginning a Successful Legal Career

The Young Lawyer Editorial Board for The Legal Intelligencer published a great article yesterday offering advice to new attorneys.  Read the article to get some great professional development tips, useful both to recent graduates and to students as they work over the summer and prepare for future legal careers.

Career Services Newsletter for 1Ls: November 6, 2009

This newsletter includes information for 1Ls on next week’s career program and several job opportunities with upcoming deadlines. Continue reading »

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.

LexisNexis Job Search Webinar

Lexis is offering a webinar on Monday, November 9 from 3-4:00 pm entitled “Getting the Job: Using LexisNexis to Secure Employment”.  You will learn how to use the professional networking, job finding and interview preparation resources available to you through LexisNexis® and Martindale-Hubbell.  Register online.

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.

10 Dating Rules That Can Also Help You in a Job Interview

Diana Rubin, Managing Director in Major, Lindsey & Africa’s D.C. office, wrote an entertaining article last month offering tips for interview success.  She suggests that the rules for succeeding in the dating world and in the job market are more similar than you might think.  Read her article to find out how!

"Professor Wants Law Students to Think Before They Tweet"

Karen Sloan recently interviewed Drake University Law School professor Melissa Weresh for The National Law Journal (October 21, 2009) to discuss her efforts to encourage law students and young attorneys to be more deliberate in their electronic communications and to think about the ethical problems that can arise from new technology.   Read the article to hear Professor Weresh’s thoughts on the topic.