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 »

Presidential Management Fellows Program – application period Oct. 1-15, 2009

The purpose of the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is to attract to the Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.  Application to the PMF Class of 2010 will open October 1-15, 2009, via a vacancy announcement on www.USAJOBS.gov and as a link under the “How to Apply\PMF Application” section of the PMF website . (If you plan to apply for this program, please notify Dean Ron Wright.)

Eligible students are encouraged to create an account on www.USAJOBS.gov to build their online resume. During the application process, applicants will be required to link their USAJOBS online resume to their application.  Additional information can be found under the “How to Apply\Program and Application Overview” and “How to Apply\Frequently Asked Questions” sections of this website.

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.

How to Succeed at Business Development: A First-Year View

First year law firm associate, Erik Frank, offers great advice on the importance of networking and business development in an article published in The Legal Intelligencer on September 16, 2009.  He makes a great case for developing these skills early on in your legal career!  Read the article for tips on how to get started.

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 »

Advice & Perspectives from a Law Firm Partner & In-House Counsel

This Thursday we will kick off the first program in our Series on the State of the Legal Markets.   Students are encouraged to join us for this informative program!  More details are provided below:

Advice & Perspectives from a Law Firm Partner & In-House Counsel
When: Thursday, September 17 from 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Where: Room 1312
Todd R. Eskelsen, a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP’s Washington D.C. Office, and James M. Jacobs, a Wake Forest Law alumnus and General Counsel to the Illinois Farm Bureau and affiliated insurance companies, will discuss the state of the legal market and offer insight for focusing your job search in light of the current economy. They will discuss:
• The current status of the legal industry from their perspectives
• The latest changes in the large law firm recruiting process and compensation systems
• Developing a strategy for breaking into their career fields
• What job search skills/tools students should focus on this year and for their career
RSVP required in Symplicity by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, Sept 15 to reserve a lunch (please bring your own drink).