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Law Student Writing Competitions help you stand out

Looking for a way to build your resume and help you to stand out in an increasingly competitive job market?  Seek out opportunities to be published!  Law student writing competitions are a great way to do this.  Below are details about a competition currently underway with the National Law Review. Continue reading »

ASPIRE- public interest student resource

ASPIRE is a program for students who pursue public interest work during the summer or after they graduate from law school. Through this program LexisNexis provides qualified law students and recent law school graduates with free access to some of the most popular sources available within their research system.

Many students facing heightened challenges securing internships and launching their legal careers in a tough economy are pursuing public interest work to enhance their resumes and gain experience. For this reason, LexisNexis has expanded the ASPIRE program to include non-profit summer positions for current students, as well as graduates who pursue public interest legal work as a career.

Students can find complete details and apply for the program on the LexisNexis law student website www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool.

National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference

When: October 15 & 16, 2010 – SAVE THE DATE!
Where: National Labor College, Silver Spring, MD
Deadline: August 26 if you’re asking The Peggy Browning Fund to pay for airfare.  September 30 for all others.  Registration will open in July. Students should register early to ensure admission!
Brochure: Conference brochures and registration forms will be available in July.
More Info: Watch for more details in the coming months.

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.

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.

3L Career Services Newsletter: December 21, 2009

In this week’s issue:

  • Job Highlights:
    o 2010-2011 Capital Fellows, California Senate Fellows Program, Sacramento State Center for California Studies – Deadline is February 24th. See the Government Honors Handbook for more details.
    o US Department of Justice Tax Division is currently hiring civil trial attorneys and criminal prosecutors – Deadline for applying is January 11th.
  • Bar Info:
    o Please make sure you check your state’s bar admissions policies and review the application process over the break. This process is time-consuming and varied. Now is the time to focus on getting your bar applications in.
    o Having trouble deciding which state bar to take? Visit www.ncbex.org and find the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions Requirements. Find out which bars have reciprocity with other bars, waive-in requirements, and other helpful information that may assist you in deciding which state bar to take.
  • What should you being doing over winter break? 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.

3L Career Services Newsletter: December 11, 2009

In this week’s issue:
• It’s time to apply for the state bar exams!!!!! Beware of upcoming deadlines!
• Law Student Writing Competition of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association – Deadline December 31, 2009
REMINDERS:

  • Please remember to periodically check Symplicity for Job Postings!!
  • If you are feeling frustrated with your job search, please schedule an appointment with career services advisor!!!!!!!!!!!! Continue reading »

The Ultimate Guide to LLM Programs

Have you ever considered pursuing an LLM degree?  Are you wondering if it’s worth it and how valuable the degree is to prospective employers?  In their “Ultimate Guide to LLM Programs” the National Jurist addresses these questions and others and provides a comprehensive list of LLM programs at law schools across the country (by practice area).