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"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.

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.

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.

ABA Magazine Article: Where the Work Is

The August issue of the ABA Magazine features an article highlighting practice areas recommended in recessionary times.  Read the article to see which areas are thriving these days.

4 Tips for Reluctant Networkers

Many people avoid networking because they aren’t comfortable with it.  Read Debra Bruce’s article offering four tips to make networking more enjoyable and less intimidating.

Student Debt Relief Webinar

Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How government and nonprofit employees can earn public service loan forgiveness

A must attend for anyone with high student debt working for the government or a nonprofit, this free webinar explains how you can benefit from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation.  From this interactive webinar, you will learn and be able to ask questions about:

  • How to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • How the new Income-Based Repayment plan works
  • How to figure out how much you can benefit

When: Monday, Aug. 17, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. EDT (4:30 p.m. CDT, 2:30 p.m. PDT)
Registration: Space is limited, so participants are required to register in advance 
Sponsored by: Equal Justice Works

Thinking of going solo?

The theme of the July issue of Law Practice Today is “Suddenly Solo.” It offers information for those who choose to open a practice and those who may be suddenly thrust into that arena.  The first article featured, “Fast Tips for Marketing When Suddenly Solo”, offers useful tips for recent grads, soon-to-be grads, and more experienced alums who find themselves considering starting a solo practice or a new practice with one or more colleagues.

Tips for New Law Firm Associates

Attorney Jason Braun offers advice to help young law firm associates become great lawyers.  Some of the lessons were learned quickly, while others came through trial and error.  Read his article, entitled “Commentary: Tough Love for New Associates,” to gain the benefit of his experience.

Public Interest: 2010 Equal Justice Works Fellowship

The 2010 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application is now available.  Recognizing that many obstacles prevent committed attorneys from practicing public interest law, the fellowship program provides financial and technical support to lawyers working on innovative and effective legal projects. The two-year Fellowships offer salary and generous loan repayment assistance; a national training and leadership development program; and other forms of support during the term of the Fellowship.  Applications and all supporting materials are due by September 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm EST.  Here is some helpful advice offered by EJW concerning the preparation of your application: Continue reading »

Government Jobs: US Department of Justice

Below is information about opportunities for law students with the DOJ – Attorney General Honors Program, the Summer Law Intern Program, and Volunteer Legal Internships.  The application period for two of the programs is now open, with applications due by September 8, 2009 at midnight EST. Continue reading »