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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.

Has the recession forever changed large law firms & what does that mean for law students?

The “State of the Legal Markets” program series offered in September featured speakers discussing the changing legal job market, in large firms, small firms and in-house at corporations.  An article recently published in The American Lawyer offers an interesting discussion of this very topic as it raises the question, “Has the recession forever changed large law firms?  And if so, where does that leave law students?” Check out the article by Tamara Loomis online.

Environmental Career Speaker

The Environmental Law Society and the Office of Career Services are teaming up to host an environmental law speaker next Wednesday, October 28th at 12:00 noon in room 1302.  Wake Forest Law School graduate Elizabeth Ladt worked at the White House Counsel on Environmental Quality (CEQ) under the Bush Administration, where her area of expertise was International Affairs and Climate Change. Since leaving the White House, Elizabeth has continued to work on issues surrounding international climate change agreements.

 This December the United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the conference leaders from around the world, including President Obama, will gather to discuss an international framework for climate change mitigation. Elizabeth will be attending the Copenhagen Conference, and having worked on international climate change issues in the White House, she will be able to offer a very unique perspective on what will likely take place at the conference. At the program, Elizabeth will be discussing domestic and international climate politics with a focus on the upcoming climate negotiations in Copenhagen.  She will also spend some time discussing her career path and answer career questions, including advice on getting a job in DC.

Lunch will be served, but in order to reserve a lunch you must RSVP in Symplicity for this event by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22.

Internship with EPA’s Boston Regional Office

The Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office is seeking motivated law school students with strong academic credentials for legal intern positions. Only currently enrolled law school students are eligible to apply for the program. We are particularly interested in students planning careers in the public sector or seeking experience in environmental law. Legal interns will have the opportunity to work on a challenging range of issues involving environmental protection and public policy throughout New England.  Summer internships are, at a minimum, ten week full-time positions. There is a summer program that includes weekly meetings introducing the legal interns to a broad range of regional activities, field trips, and brown bag lunches with senior managers.  Funding may be available for some positions. Students with outside sources of funding (i.e., scholarship, fellowship, or grant funds) or who may receive college credit are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION DEADLINES
The deadline for the submittal of applications for full-time internships for Summer 2010 is February 5, 2010. However, we encourage you to submit your application for the Summer 2010 program as early as possible. Some offers may be made as early as November, 2009.  More information is available available online.

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.