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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.

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).

“Great Career Paths You May Not Have Considered”

Have you considered all your options? While most law students pursue careers in law firms, there are many other career options available. It is easy to overlook employers who typically do not recruit through OCI. Join us on Monday, August 31 to hear from four alumni who pursued paths less traveled by law students – in government positions/fellowships, state/specialty court clerkships and solo practice. These panelists will share their stories and offer advice for pursuing a position in their area. Resources will also be provided to help you jumpstart a job search focusing on employers who do not traditionally recruit on-campus.

Guest speakers:
Susan Cheng (JD’07), Presidential Management Fellow- Dept. of Homeland Security
Clara Cottrell (JD’07), former clerk with the NC Business Court
Samuel Feemster (JD’79), FBI Special Agent
James Tolin (JD’04), opened his own firm in Winston-Salem after law school

Date:  Monday, August 31, 2009
Time: 12:00 – 12:50 pm
Location: Room 1312
Please register to attend by submitting an RSVP in the Events section of Symplicity. (1Ls may email the Career Services Office to register since they do not yet have Symplicity accounts.)   Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP, but please bring your own drink.

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.

K&L Gates "Change Your World" Campaign

K&L Gates is kicking off the second year of their Change Your World campaign, reducing waste by minimizing printed recruiting materials and eliminating promotional items. The money saved will be donated to a worthy charity, chosen by students.  See the message below that they asked us to forward asking for your help: Continue reading »

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.