Monthly Archives: August 2011

Join Career Services for coffee and a presentation

Join the Career Services Department every Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for afternoon coffee and snacks in the Atrium. You can get answers about Symplicity, Job Search Help, pick up valuable resources or make an appointment to meet with one of the counselors.

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What Can You Do with a JD?

Here are more ideas of things you can do with a JD! 

  • Civil Mediation Program Manager
  • Contract Termination Specialist
  • Contract Administrator
  • Economic Policy Analyst
  • Estate Administrator
  • Labor Negotiator
  • Law Firm Recruitment Director
  • Law School Librarian
  • Legal Researcher
  • Paralegal Program Instructor
  • Political Campaign Manager
  • Regulations Analyst

Want to learn how your JD is relevant in these fields?  Make an appointment with a Career Services Counselor!

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In-House Counsel Job Posting Website

Looking for an in-house counsel position?  There are lots of great postings on GoInHouse.com.  Postings range from entry level to senior positions.  It is free for job seekers to apply for jobs posted on the site.  Lots of new jobs are posted daily, so check the site often or sign up for job alerts, the RSS feed or follow GoInHouse on Twitter.

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NY Times Article on Midlife Career Changes

On Sunday the NY Times published an interesting article on midlife career changes.  The article features two former attorneys and does a really great job of highlighting the difficulties of following your career dreams – demanding hours (even demanding by an attorney’s standards), economic uncertainty, loss of career prestige.  The article is a reminder that the reality of following your dreams is never as idyllic as you imagine.  In the end, however, the obstacles make the journey richer. I won’t ruin the end of the article for you, but I urge you to read it – I think you will find it reaffirming.  Happy reading!  (Click here to read the article.)

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Vacancy Announcement for Foreign Service Specialist

Have you ever thought of working as a Department of State Foreign Service Specialist?  Check out this Vacancy Announcement for a Foreign Service Office Management Specialist – http://careers.state.gov/specialist/vacancy-announcements/oms

Office Management Specialists serve at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide and in the U.S.  Duties include supporting ambassadors and senior management, supporting representational events, drafting documents and preparing briefing materials, managing the office, and integrating with local culture.

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Welcome to a new semester

I want to once again welcome everyone back for a great semester. For the 1Ls, Burnt Toast & Coffee is the message that I send out at the beginning of each week concerning upcoming events and important announcements concerning things that have happened since the previous message.

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Translating Legal Skills to an Alternative Career

One roadblock in obtaining that dream non-traditional legal career, is convincing a potential employer that you have the skills necessary to do the job.  You will need to articulate all the skills you have acquired from your legal training that are relevant to the job for which you are applying.  I cannot emphasize this enough – YOU MUST TELL the potential employer WHAT SKILLS YOU HAVE, a potential employer is not going to know this! 

So what skills have you acquired in law school that may be relevant to an alternative legal career?  How about being able to:

  • Analyze problems
  • Think strategically and plan ahead 
  • Identify issues and anticipate problems
  • Generate solutions
  • Synthesize large amounts of information
  • Write logically and succinctly
  • Negotiate and persuade
  • Research
  • Multitask and prioritize many tasks
  • Attend to details

Have a specific non-traditional job you would like to apply for, but don’t know what skills are relevant?  Make an appointment with a CSD counselor and we can help you with that!

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Using the Occupational Outlook Handbook in Your Alternative Career Search

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (“OOH”) is a fabulous resource for exploring career options.  Along with presenting detailed information on employment projections for hundreds of careers, the OOH provides summaries of the career field, work environment, training and qualifications, average salaries, related occupations, and professional organizations.  Ever thought about writing or editing?  Go to the OOH first to find out the latest trends in fields employing writers.  Just starting your career search and wondering what areas have the best prospects for job growth?  Go to the OOH Overview to discover that the number of compliance officer jobs is expected to increase and the employment services industry is expected to have large growth, but that you should stay away from jobs in textile production.  To check it out click here.

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Schedule an Appointment to Plan Your Alternative Career

Start planning for your next internship or your job search – it’s not too early!!  Before your schedule is packed with reading, writing, and deadlines, go ahead and meet with your career services counselor to strategize for the coming year.  Making an appointment is easy – just fill out and submit an electronic Appointment Request Form .

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Welcome Back!

Welcome to a new school year!

Come check out the new & improved Career Service office!  We are now located off the Atrium, where financial aide used to be located.  Stop by and say hello! 

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