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PSLawNet: new State & Local Government job search resource

PSLawNet has just introduced a great new resource on their site focusing on State and Local Government Resources. This new page includes links to hundreds of state and local government agencies that hire attorneys and/or law students. It is searchable by state via an interactive map and includes listings for many major city employers as well.

Reminder: Register for the Patent Interview Program TODAY

To 1Ls and 2Ls interested in IP/Patent law:

Just a reminder that today, March 8th, is the registration deadline for the Loyola Patent Program. For more information, including a list of participating employers, and to register, visit http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

Annual Law Student Conference on Public Interest Litigation

The Institute for Justice is now taking applications for its annual law student conference held each July in downtown Washington, D.C. Thirty students from the nation’s top law schools take part in this three-day conference on shaping the world through the IJ way of public interest litigation.

The annual conference covers IJ’s four litigation pillars: First Amendment rights, school choice, economic liberty and private property rights. These topics are taught alongside others rarely discussed in law school, such as: natural rights theory, public interest litigation tactics, cutting-edge constitutional theories, media skills, and the use of social science research. The faculty combines IJ attorneys and staff members with leading law professors and legal experts including Randy Barnett, Roger Pilon, and Todd Zywicki. After attending this crash course in public interest law, the IJ-Way, participants are able to recognize and seize public interest opportunities in the future.

This year’s conference will be held July 23rd through the 25th at The George Washington University. The application deadline is Monday, March 15th and interested students can apply at www.ij.org/students.

Positioning Yourself to Get the Job

The January 4, 2010 issue of the Winston-Salem Journal featured an article highlighting the importance of feedback in the job search process.  The following useful ”job-hunting strategies” were also provided:
• Ask friends or acquaintances who manage and hire people to offer constructive criticism of your cover letter and resume.
• Ask those same friends to do a practice interview with you, providing “tough love” feedback.
• Apply immediately — with a tailored cover letter and resume – to attractive jobs; search for friends and colleagues who could act as referrals within the organization.
• Be selective about sending resumes rather than scatter-shooting.
• Be specific about the type of work and organizations that you find most interesting.
• Plan to network 80 percent of the time and use the Internet 20 percent.
• Be willing to explore opportunities outside your profession that match up with your job skills.
• Examine your real financial needs so as to be more open to opportunities that may pay less than what you want.
• Be willing to take a lower-paying job if it can serve as a steppingstone to another job inside or outside the company.
• Stay with your current job, rather than job searching full time, since many employers are more attracted to applicants who are employed.

Read the full article here.

ABA Law Student Division accepting applications for 2010-2011 leadership positions

Looking for opportunities to get involved in the ABA Law Student Division?  Below is a letter from the current chair of the Division describing the leadership opportunities available and promoting the benefits of involvement.   Visit www.abanet.org/lsd/elections/ for the eligibility requirements, nomination/application forms, and delivery instructions. Continue reading »

How to Enhance Your Chances for a Successful Job Search Even in a Difficult Economy

In the December 15 issue of The Legal Intelligencer, Alyssa Dragnich suggests concrete actions law graduates can take to enhance their chances for a successful job search even in a difficult economy.  Although her article is directed towards recent law graduates, her advice is applicable to any law student or graduate seeking employment.  Read her article.

2L Career Services Newsletter: December 11, 2009

In this week’s issue:

• Law Student Writing Competition of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association – Deadline December 31, 2009
• 2010 State Government Internship Program – Deadline January 20, 2010
• Timap International Internship Opportunity
REMINDER: Do not forget to check Symplicity regularly throughout your winter break and if you are feeling frustrated with your job search, please set up an appointment with your career advisor!!!!!!! Dian Smith is the career advisor for 2Ls whose last name ends with (A – K) and Kala Taylor is the career advisor for 3Ls; however, feel free to make an appointment with anyone in the office to discuss your job search. Continue reading »

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.

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.