Monthly Archives: June 2011

What Does Bowling Have To Do With Internships?

You wouldn’t normally associate bowling with job searches, would you?

When I encourage students to network by attending bar functions, they typically look for luncheons or receptions.  Although those types of events are great to attend, there are countless other opportunities to network with law firms and attorneys at many other less traditional bar events. 

For example, one of my 1L students took the initiative to attend a bowling event sponsored by a local bar association, and he walked out that night with an offer for an internship.  And he didn’t have to present a resume or schedule an interview!  Through casual conversation, the attorney was convinced the student would be a good fit for his office.  So when you’re looking for networking opportunities, scour the calendar for off-beat events like tree plantings, home building drives, golf outings, or even a Karaoke night.  Check with the local bar association for tips on what type of attire is appropriate and come eager to have fun.  Because if you are having fun, that means you are talking with people, which is – networking!

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Law Firms Seek Associates With More Business Training

According to a recent “Roundtable on the Future of Lawyer Hiring, Development and Advancement” hosted by NALP, law firms are in broad agreement that they would like to see new lawyers with more exposure to business training.  As explained by Robert E. Williams, Partner and Chief Talent Officer at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, “[a]ll the lawyers here are familiar with the legal case method, where you read a fact pattern and then think of the applicable law.  In the business case method, you read a fact pattern and then think of what you should do…I think that’s really invigorating to someone who’s been steeped in the legal case method for quite a long time, and it will bring them into closer alignment with the way their clients think.”  (“Finding the New Normal,” NALP Bulletin, Vol. 23, No. 6, June 2011)  If you have a business degree or a background in a business related field, emphasize the skills you learned in that regard on your resume and in interviews.  When asked what distinguishes you from other candidates, point out how your practical business experience translates into being a better attorney who understands the practical day-to-day implications of legal conclusions.  Afterall, a law firm is a business!

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Virtual Fashion Stylist Helps You Dress for Success

Did you ever dream you could have a fashon stylist in your closet to help you pick the perfect outfit for an interview or the first day of work at your fabulous new firm?  Now you can have your own virtual stylist at the push of a button.   Go Try It On , take a photo of what you are wearing, upload it to the site, and you will receive instant, objective feedback.  Do this at least a week before the important event so that you have ample time to shop for another outfit if neded.  To get your fashion feedback, click HERE.

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Create A Connection With A Law Firm!

Small law firms tend to hire based on their need for an extra pair of hands, and they most often hire someone with whom they have a connection.  You can create that connection by networking at local Bar Association events.  Most Bar Associations have events year round, including luncheons and socials.  Bar associations also sponsor continuing education seminars, which are s-u-p-e-r-b opportunities to network with lawyers in your chosen area of law.  For example, check out the events listed below sponsored by the Dade County Bar Association in the upcoming months.  (Generally, you do not have to be a member of the Bar Association to attend the event.)  Then, call or meet with a Career Services Counselor to plan your strategy for creating your connection at the event! 

Dade County Bar Association – Prosecuting and Defending a Foreclosure Case in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, June 27, 2011 

Labor and Employment Law CommitteeRecent Developments at the EEOC, Locally and Nationally, June 28, 2011

Real Property CommitteeCondominium Associations in Financial Distress Seminar, June 29, 2011

Business Law CommitteeDemystifying the Securities Law – A Practitioners Approach to Getting the Deal Done, June 29, 2011

Dade County Bar Association – Legal Line, July 6, 2011

Dade County Bar AssociationPassing the Gavel Ceremony for Judge Linda Ann Wells, July 14, 2011

Dade County Bar AssociationInvestiture of Victoria Brennan, July 15, 2011

Construction Law CommitteeCommercial General Liability Seminar, July 29, 2011

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Salary and Employment Trends in Private Practice

What are recent law school graduates in private practice earning?  Are there more opportunities with small firms or large firms?  What cities and states offer the most employment opportunities?  These questions can all be answered by consulting “Jobs and JD’s: Employment and Salaries of New Law School Graduates,” which is published by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).   This publication is a valuable resource and planning tool and is the only report of its kind.  “Jobs and JD’s” is available in the Career Services Department and in the library.  If you have never utilized this resource, you may want to schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss how the information you learn impacts your job search.  To schedule a counseling session, call the Career Services Department at (904) 680-7744 or click here.

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