Friday, February 25, 2011

Another Job Search Resource - Online Newspaper Job Postings

by MariLee Allred

In today's market, people are getting more and more creative in their job search strategies.  However, don't forget to include online job postings in major newspapers. 

If you are interested in working in a larger metropolian area, look at the newspaper postings for legal positions.  If you are unfamiliar with the newspapers in a certain city, Google the name of the city you're interested in and the word "newspapers."  Key words to search for: "legal intern," "attorney," "legal," etc.

Here's a few to get you started:

Arizona Republic News:
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Sun Times:
Dallas Morning News:
Denver Post:
Houston Chronicle:
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. Daily News:
Las Vegas Sun:
New York Times:
Seattle Times:
Washington Post:
Wall Street Journal:
Washington Times:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Guide to Women's Suits

by Corporette

It can be tricky for women to find a great interview suit — where to start?  
A General Note on Women’s Interview Suits: If you are interviewing for a conservative job (law, investment banking, etc.), the whole point is that your brain is what the interviewer is interested in — not your fashion sense.  Your resume and your words should speak louder than your clothes, and to that end, the entire goal of the interview outfit should be to make sure that it doesn’t distract the interviewer.  Show personality through your words, not your clothes. 

Job Interview Follow Up

by Lawyerist

You just had a job interview at the law firm of your dreams, or at least a place where you could picture yourself working for a couple years. Perhaps the job interview was merely informational (some friend called in a favor so you can pick the person’s brains for 15 minutes with no real possibility of securing a position at the firm), but what is your next move? Is there anything else that can be done with this person and this firm or are you done? I suggest that your first meeting is only the first of many follow-up steps.

Writing an eye-catching “thank you for meeting with me” letter is helpful, but persistent follow-up is key. And yes, take the extra time to send a real letter like professionals used to do in the old days.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Tips for Students Applying for Internships Abroad

from NYU Law Public Interest Law Center

Common objectives of summer internships include:

• Explore different kinds of work to help you figure out what you want to do later.
• Gain field experience and on-the-ground knowledge about human rights violations.
• Have an impact and contribute to protecting human rights in action.
• Make contacts and develop networks.
• Develop skills such as researching, interviewing, trial monitoring, brief-writing, etc.
• Strengthen language skills, and cross-cultural communication skills.

Identifying organizations

Some organizations – such as UN agencies, international tribunals, and a limited number of local non-governmental organizations – have formal internship programs with set deadlines. These programs may be very competitive, and the application process is relatively similar to that for domestic internships. You should definitely apply if these interest you, but there is no need to limit your search there.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bar Exam Guide

State-by-state guide to bar exam information, including dates, deadlines, and cost.

Interview Tips & Etiquette, OCIs and Others

by MariLee Allred

1) Double check your interview dates, times, and room numbers in Symplicity

If you have scheduled interviews, they will be listed under the OCI/Job Fairs/Resume Collects tab, Spring 2011 OCIs session.
I have had several students think they knew when their interviews were--but were mistaken and missed their interview times.

2) Be 10 minutes early for your interviews

Allow yourself a few extra minutes to allow for traffic, finding a parking space, and other unforseen circumstances. You will want a couple of minutes to collect yourself prior to your interview.

3) Knock on the door when it is time for your interview to begin

Interviewers are expecting this. It lets them know you are there, and helps keep them on time.

4) If you are sick, have a flat tire, get into a car accident, etc., etc., call MariLee ASAP (801-422-1857)

If you are too sick to talk to me on the phone, have your spouse, roommate, ER nurse, etc. call me. Don't just blow off the interview.

5) If you need to switch interview times with another student or have accepted another offer, you must notify me no fewer than 24 hours before your interview so I can change the interview schedule.

Email or call MariLee ASAP (801-422-1857).

6) Wear your best interview SUIT

Men - Dark, conservative suit, white shirt, conservative tie, polish your shoes, check your fingernails.

Women - Skirt suit (no separates), conservative colors, hose is a must, polish your shoes, understated jewelry, makeup, nails, etc.

No perfume or cologne is highly recommended.

7) Bring copies of your documents with you and be prepared to talk about anything on them

Bring a copy of your resume, transcript and writing sample with you to the interview and be prepared to discuss them in detail.

8) Remember, the interview is a conversation, not an interrogation

The interview should be a give-and-take between you and the interviewers--not just you answering questions.

9) Do your research

Know some specifics about the firm--not just what's on their website. Read the bios for each of your interviewers--know something about them. You can find their names in Symplicity by clicking on the Review button next to the firm you're scheduled to interview with (OCI/Job Fairs/Resume Collects tab, Spring 2011 OCIs session).

10) Don't call the interviewers by their first names unless invited to do so

Mr. So-and-So and Ms. So-and-So. DO NOT use Mrs., even if you think they are married.

11) Have good questions prepared to ask the interviewers

This is critical and can make or break an interview. For samples of some questions you can ask, see, November 2010, "Ideas for Good Questions to Ask in Interviews."

12) Send thank you notes within 24 hours of your interview

Handwritten notes are best, but in a pinch, a nicely worded, personal thank you email will suffice.

For more detailed information, you can check the blog archives for helpful articles ( There are many articles posted about these topics that will help you navigate the interview process.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Five Keys to Great Interview Preparation

by Kimm Alayne Walton, Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams

1. Before you go on even one interview, develop your infomercial; the answer to, "Tell me about yourself." The answer should address the real issue, "Give me the reasons I should hire you."

A. Include qualities and skills you genuinely have that are important to the employer.
B. Accomplishments that support your skills.
C. A hobby or interest.
D. Keep it brief.

2. Develop answers to difficult questions you know you're going to get.

A. The answers should reflect the real you.
B. Avoid "yes" or "no" answers. Use examples, stories from school, activities, or work to illustrate your points.
C. Remember to make your answers meaty and real.
D. Memorize your resume and be very familiar with your writing sample.
E. Google yourself.
F. The killer strategy for handling questions about anything in your background that you don't like--it's the way you talk about it. For any difficult question, look at the issue behind the question and address that, succinctly. Put a positive spin on the answer such as what you learned from the situation.
G. These include such questions as, "How are you?" "Why aren't your grades better?" "Why do you want to work in this city?" "What's your greatest flaw (or weakness)?" (ex. highlight a past negative you've corrected or overcome), "Why should we hire you?" "What will you be doing five years from now?" "Why do you want to work for us?"

3. Research.

A. Proof of your enthusiasm
B. You'll come up with questions to ask.
C. You'll avoid making bonehead comments.
D. You'll learn more about why you want (or don't want) to work for this employer.
E. You'll be more relaxed and confident during your interview.

4. Develop questions to ask (and avoiding asking the wrong ones).

A. You'll gather key information about the firm.
B. You'll turn the interview into a conversation.
C. You'll show off your research into the firm and the interviewer.

   What do you like about your job?
   How did you choose the firm/agency/copany?
   What do you wish you'd known before you got here?
   What do you find most challenging about being a lawyer?
   When you go back to the office, what will you be working on?
   What's the most interesting case/project you've worked on?
   How is your job different than what you expected it to be?
   What would a typical day look like for me?
   What kinds of cases would I work on?
   What practice areas are growing most rapidly?
   How has the practice changed over the last five years?

5. Practice, Practice, Practice.

A. Mock interviews with the Career Services Office (contact Beth Hansen).
B. Participate in the Mock Interview Fair in October.
C. Set up informational interviews.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions (from the Registrar's Office)

Mandatory 1L Meetings
March 17, 2011 from 11:00 -1:00 in room 303
April 22, 2011 from 8:30 - 12:00 Noon room 303

How do I get a “Dean’s Letter of Good Standing”?
Nancy Hamberlin, Law School Registrar, (240 JRCB) does these kinds of letters. They are needed when a student is going to another school on visiting or transfer status for either this summer or next school year.

I need a Financial Aid Consortium Letter.
See Nancy Hamberlin.  These letters are for students who are wanting financial aid while visiting another law school for the summer or during the fall/winter semesters.

When can I register for fall semester?

Registration material will be available on the Law School Website sometime the end of June. A notice will be sent to the students by Nancy Hamberlin. She will provide them with the {date and time} registration opens for fall semester. Students registering for fall semester 2011 will need to have their registration completed by July 22, 2011. A student will be able to continue to make changes after this date until September 9, 2011.

Summer mailing addresses

Students need to leave their summer mailing addresses with Nancy Hamberlin. Email her.

Starting Dates for Fall Semester 2011

Incoming first year students (1Ls) will start on August 17, 2011
Second (2L) and third year (3L) students will start on August 22, 2011

Fall Tuition Deadline
August 22, 2011

Grades from Winter Semester 2011
Grades and class rankings will be available June 3, 2011

Summer Externships for 2011
We will have about 210 externship placements this summer.
The students must have their summer externship completed by August 5, 2011

Summer Externship Tuition Payment Day
August 19, 2011
THIS IS THE ONLY DAY. If a student cannot be here to see Nancy Hamberlin they must notify her in writing with the name of the person who will be paying in their place.

Bar Exam Certifications
All state bar exam certifications are due for students and alumni by June 13, 2011 for the July bar exam. Any forms or questions people have please direct to Nancy Hamberlin.

Monday, February 7, 2011

How to Charm and Do Business Over Dinner

Navigating a business dinner can be complicated, but a successful evening out will solidify any business relationship. Nina Zagat, who co-founded Zagat Survey restaurant guides, has dined out several times a week at New York's best restaurants for more than 30 years, and she is a skilled guide to the unwritten rules of such meals.

The main goal for Ms. Zagat is for the person with whom she is dining—whether it's a colleague or a potential business partner—to leave the meal knowing more about who she is as a person. "The feeling that [all] people should come away with at the end of the business dinner is one that they've had a really nice conversation, met interesting people and had a good time," says the 68-year-old, who owns the restaurant-guide business with her husband, Tim. "That's sort of the home run."

Continue to the full article here.

Friday, February 4, 2011

How to Follow Up After an Interview

by Randall Ryder

Interviewing for available positions can be tough in this legal market. If you land an interview, make sure that you make time to properly prepare for the interview and dress for success.

Once the interview is over, however, there is still work to be done.

Continue to article here.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Five Tips for Summer Public Interest (& Private Sector) Job Interviews

by PSLawNet

Last week we reviewed best practices in drafting cover letters and resumes for summer public interest jobs.  Today we offer interviewing tips.  Cover letters and resumes get your foot in the door.  Interviews get you jobs.  So, even if you tend to shine in interview settings, you should do as much as possible to prepare before meeting a prospective employer.

1.Do mock interviews. There is simply no downside to this, and no reason not to practice interviewing in a consequence-free environment before you have to do the real thing. Mock interviews are the surest way to a) identify questions that could trip you up, and b) get useful feedback from someone who has experience on the other side of the interviewing table. You will likely be able to arrange mock interviews through your career services office. If not, use your classmates, friends, and contacts in the legal community to set them up.

2.Enthusiasm and confidence are palpable. These characteristics are perceived immediately by an interviewer, and they set the stage for more fluid conversation during the interview. It’s hard sometimes not to appear nervous, overly serious, or both during an interview. Remember to make eye contact and to smile (at least occasionally) while answering questions. (Smiling while talking also is enormously helpful on phone interviews because, believe it or not, smiling will change the tone of your voice so that you’ll seem more engaging and confident to the interviewer on the other end of the phone. You’ll probably look like a weirdo, but no one will be around to see you anyway.)

Continue to article here.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

BYU Law Friends - sign up!

Got Big Plans This Summer?

Law Friends is a great place to share summer plans, and find friends near you! After logging in you can post where you are going, and whether you are looking for carpools, roommates, fun and more. Then you can search for others going to your destination and see their preferences as well.