Thursday, January 27, 2011

Leveraging Social Networking in Your Job Search

Are you using social media to improve your job search? The importance of a professional online identity continues to grow. Employers will find you on the Internet, are you reaching out to them while job hunting? Law students and young lawyers who haven’t started marketing yourselves online: this post is for you.
Your online profiles may provide your future employer’s first impression. Create a professional identity online by making professional contacts with people doing what you want to do. If you want to be a defense attorney, read and comment on defense attorneys’ blogs. If you want to work in legal aid, follow the many legal aid organizations on Twitter. If you are considering academia, get to know law librarians, faculty and law school support staff online.
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Getting a Second Look from Government Agencies

Tips from an alum involved in hiring at a governent agency

First, grades matter. While an applicant’s grades needn’t be the highest in the world, they matter in terms of where you fit into your class. Your undergraduate grades also matter. People can’t give up if they had a poor first year or first semester. They need to remain focused on doing well in their classes.

Second, students simply need to submit better writing samples. Too many of the applicants submitted the typical appellate brief and they weren’t very inspiring. The students should submit the best written product they have produced in law school and the language should snap, crackle and pop! I know students have a lot to do but taking the extra time to ensure their writing sample is legally accurate, grammatically correct, and interesting to read is well worth the effort. It is hard to do but you can tell the good writers from the average.

Additionally, cover letters need to be better. Many of the cover letters we received described in detail how the student wanted to work for our office their entire lives but the examples they described had NOTHING to do with what we do. Don’t be a granola crunching, animal loving, PETA wanna be and say that your biggest dream is to work for the international law section of the Department of Defense. It shows that you don’t know anything about the practice. There needs to be some logical congruence in your history and what you say in your cover letter. The cover letter also needs to have zero defects. My own preference is a tight, minimalist cover letter that opens the kid up to as little skepticism as possible.

Third, those who seemed to get through the initial round did one or two – sometimes three – extracurricular activities but participated in a meaningful way. Of course you have your outlier superstar who does a dozen extracurriculars well. There was suspicion with those kids who appeared to have done everything in law school. We are all lawyers and know that it is simply not physically possible to do everything listed on some of these resumes.

Fourth, 2Ls, especially, need to have some form of legal experience their first summer. Doing good general legal work is all that’s required. The experience needn’t be specifically tailored. An externship or part-time work during the fall only adds to the number of points awarded for “legal experience." We even counted work done prior to law school if it was relevant.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

What's Hot and What's Not in the Legal Profession 2010

This is our 22nd annual report on what’s going on, not only in the United States but also in other
parts of the world, in an increasingly globalized legal profession. It is longer than our previous
reports and, like all of them, is based on information we compile throughout the year from many
sources including discussions with firm management. Some of our findings are obvious but must be
included. Others are not obvious. And still others are contrary to the Conventional Wisdom.
Nevertheless, this is the picture at the beginning of 2011.

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Cover Letter Tips and Best Practices for Summer Job Applications

by PSLawNet

It’s that time of year. 1Ls and 2Ls are scurrying about looking for summer internship/clerkship listings, checking deadlines, and putting application materials together. Here, we start a series of job application posts we’ll publish over the next several days, offering tips and best practices. Today’s post will focus on cover letters.

Before we get to our tips list, the first, most important, universal tip is that law students should immediately schedule an appointment in their career services or public interest advising office. Your author, about 10 years ago, fancied himself a sort of rogue public-interest student who didn’t need the help of his public interest career advisor. This was really, really dumb. Only after I sent the job applications out did I see the typos (amazing how they jump out at you once the original letter has already been sent), the formatting inconsistencies, etc. These are things that a trained eye would have caught in no time. So by all means, speak to a professional who’s helped hundreds of students in the exact position you’re in now.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Expert Opinion: Five-step Strategic Planning for Your Postgraduate Public Interest Job Search

by Nicole Ayala

Now, more than ever, landing that public-interest dream job right out of law school is a daunting task. As a result, you should be thinking strategically about how to position yourself to get the job you want when hiring picks back up.

What follows is a five-part outline to use in developing a strategic plan that will move you closer to your career objectives.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Expert Opinion: 10 Networking Tips

by Michael Bergmann

When hunting for a public interest job (summer or permanent), networking is an invaluable career-building tool.  As we’ve noted before, networking is not schmoozing.  Rather, it is the process of developing relationships with individuals and organizations who operate in the professional arena that you wish to join (or advance within).  

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Using OSCAR to Find a Federal Clerkship or Working in Federal Appellate Courts

from PSLawNet

If you are a law student or practicing attorney considering a federal clerkship or working as a staff attorney in the federal appellate courts you should get to know OSCAR. No not that adorable grouch from Sesame Street, but the federal Judiciary’s online system for clerkship application and review.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

No Job? Find a Way to Get Experience

by Randall Ryder

The hot rumor is that the legal economy is showing modest signs of improvement. Even so, there are still plenty of 2009 and 2010 law school grads who are looking for legal jobs.
Even if you have to take a non-legal job to pay the rent, make time to keep your legal skills sharp.

An Introvert's Guide to Networking

by Kendra Brodin

It’s no secret: networking events are often the most effective and efficient way to get to meet new people and expand your professional network. But for those who would rather be a wallflower than the life of the party, it can be downright painful.
Imagine joining a new group or organization and going to an event for the first time. You walk into the room and people are mingling and laughing, and everyone seems to know one another. Before you know it, you’re out the door and on your way home, having endured another awkward, agonizing two hours of skirting direct eye contact and keeping your mouth full of hor d’oeuvres so you could avoid conversation.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Winter Lecture Series - Fridays, 10 a.m.

You'll need to pick a track to attend, traditional or non-traditional.  All lectures will be recorded and available on the law school recordings home page. https://www.law.byu.edu/Law_School/Recordings

2011 Winter Lecture Series

Traditional Track
Friday from 10:00 - 10:50 am in Room 206

Jan 7 Scott Thorley, US ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

Jan 14 Jacey Skinner, DIRECTOR, UTAH SENTENCING COMMISSION
(FORMERLY WITH THE SALT LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE)

Jan 20 (Thursday) Annual Winter Job Fair from 11:00 – 1:00 in the Fishbowl Reception Area

Jan 21 No Class

Jan 28 Rudy Bautista, RICHARDS BRANDT MILLER & NELSON
(FORMERLY WITH THE SALT LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE)

Feb 4 JAG Panel

Feb 11 Ray Johnson, ATTORNEY AT LAW/BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR

Feb 18 Judge Kay Lindsay, PRESIDING JUDGE, 4TH DISTRICT JUVENILE COURT

Feb 25 No Class – Placement Break

Mar 4 TBA

Mar 11 Tani Downing, STATE RISK MANAGER, STATE OF UTAH

Mar 18 Adam Ford, PARTNER, FORD & HUFF; NUTS & BOLTS OF STARTING YOUR OWN
PRACTICE

Mar 25 Trystan Smith, SHAREHOLDER, SNOW CHRISTENSEN & MARTINEAU

Apr 1 Event with Alumni Leaders


Non-Traditional Track

Fridays from 10:00 - 10:50 am in Room 208

Jan 7 Charlie Freedman, VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL COUNSEL, DOWN EAST OUTFITTERS

Jan 14 Scott Poelman, JP MORGAN

Jan 20 (Thursday) Annual Winter Job Fair from 11:00 – 1:00 in the Fishbowl Reception Area

Jan 21 No Class

Jan 28 Trent Pedersen, CHIEF DIVISION COUNSEL/AGENT, FBI

Feb 4 Helen Anderson, COMMUNITY RELATIONS & PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, THE CITY OF PROVO, MAYOR’S OFFICE

Feb 11 Ed Carter, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, BYU

Feb 18 TBA

Feb 25 No Class – Placement Break

Mar 4 TBA

Mar 11 Lew Cramer, PRESIDENT & CEO, WORLD TRADE CENTER, UT

Mar 18 Adam Ford, PARTNER, FORD & HUFF; NUTS & BOLTS OF STARTING YOUR OWN
PRACTICE (ROOM 206)

Mar 25 TBA

Apr 1 Event with Alumni Leaders