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Securities & Exchange Commission: 2010 Summer Internship Program

The SEC recently opened the application process for 2L applicants to its 2010 summer internship program. These internships give law students the unique opportunity of joining the SEC on the front lines of a rapidly-changing financial regulatory system. Interested students can learn more about available opportunities online. Students have the opportunity to work for ten weeks during the summer at the Commission’s Washington, DC headquarters or in one of its 11 regional offices nationwide including: New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.  The application for 2L students is now open. The application for 1L students will open in December.

The SEC is charged with the important mission of protecting investors; maintaining fair, orderly and efficient markets; and facilitating capital formation, a mission made that much more important in light of market developments over the past year. For specific information about the SEC (who they are and what they do), visit their website .

Using Informational Interviews to Help Your Job Search

Many of the Career Services programs this semester have emphasized the value of informational interviews in a job search.  They can be a valuable source of information about a practice area/career path or the job market in a given geographic area.  An article posted on Law.com today offers practical advice for those who wish to conduct informational interviews.  Read the article to find out why they are important, what you should ask, how to arrange them and how to prepare.

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 »

US Attorney's Office in Charlotte

Were you inspired by the guest speaker at the program on US Attorney’s Offices, co-sponsored by the Criminal Law Roundtable and the Office of Career Services on Monday, September 28?  Students interested in applying with the US Attorney’s office in Charlotte should send a hard copy of their resume, cover letter, transcript (if available) and a brief writing sample. The application deadline for 2Ls is December 1st and February 1st for 1Ls. (1Ls may begin applying after Dec. 1). Applications should be send via US Mail to:
Kevin Zolot
Gang Coordinator & OCDETF
Assistant United States Attorney
227 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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.

Federalist Society hosts former UN Ambassador John Bolton

The 25th U.S. ambassador to the United Nations will present “President Obama’s New International Order” on behalf of the Wake Forest Federalist Society on Friday, October 2, 2009 at 12:00 noon in the Courtroom.  Bolton, who is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, gained a reputation for his outspoken views on reform in the United Nations and his opposition to U.S. membership in the International Criminal Court.  This event is open to the Wake Forest Community only.

To attend, please RSVP in Symplicity so that we can adequately prepare for the event. Registration is limited to 200 people – first come, first serve.

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.

2010 Constangy Diversity Scholars Awards

Constangy, Brooks & Smith is now accepting applications for their 2010 Diversity Scholars Awards. The $3,000 scholarships will be granted to deserving second-year law students at an accredited law school in each of 3 regions. The regions are as follows: (1) Southern (Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee); (2) Mid-West/West Coast (Texas, California, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin); and, (3) Eastern (North Carolina, Virginia/Washington, D.C., South Carolina and Massachusetts). Constangy initiated this award program in order to recognize the achievements of law students who have demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to diversity in their community, school or work environment, and personal achievements in overcoming challenges to reach goals.  For more information and an application form, visit their websiteCompleted applications must be received by November 16, 2009.

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.

Career Services Newsletter for 2Ls & 3Ls: September 11, 2009

• Career Series on the State of the Legal Markets
• Latham & Watkins 2010 Diversity Scholars Program
• FBI Internship Update – An Opportunity for 3Ls?
• The Study Group Personal Bar Review Employment Opportunity Continue reading »