networking

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.