Monday, April 30, 2012

3L Job Search Advice


If you’re concerned about finding a job after law school, today’s interview is for you! We’re talking to Philip Guzman, Director of Public Service Programs at North Carolina Central University School of Law.

After an extremely varied career, as a teacher (high school and law school), prosecutor, law firm associate, solo practitioner, and more, he’s turned to career counseling — a job for which I’m sure he’s uniquely suited!

I’m a 3L going into my last semester of law school, and I don’t have a job lined up yet. 

What are the three most critical things I need to be doing right now to ensure I eventually find a job I like?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

10 things Your Law Firm Boss Wants You to Know But Won't Tell You


When you show up for work at a law firm, you realize pretty quickly that there’s a lot to learn. Some things people will tell you, but there’s a lot of stuff no one’s going to tell you.
Having been on both sides of the equation (as the one screwing things up, and the one getting annoyed with more junior people making my life difficult), here are a few things I learned along the way.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

1L Job Search Advice


Are you looking for a 1L summer job? Lots of people are!

We’ve brought in law school career expert Philip A. Guzman, Director of Public Service Programs at North Carolina Central University School of Law, to share his expertise on the topic. If you’ve got questions, leave them in the comments, as we’ve got plans for another post or two on the topic!

Remember Your Goal

As the clock continues to tick toward finals and the end of your first year in law school, the first thing you need to do is give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. You have made it through, perhaps, the most challenging academic experience that you have had to date! You did it and now know that you belong here in law school!

But wait. What if — even given your best efforts to date (or maybe not!) — you still don’t have a summer job/internship?

  • First, don’t panic and remember everything that you have already accomplished.
  • Second, remember what you need to accomplish in the summer of your 1L year.
Click here for full article.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

LinkedIn Networking 101


Networking is about establishing and then maintaining a relationship with someone before you ask for help. The rules don’t change just because it is not face-to-face. Let me give you an example of a very common mistake we see in our business.

Last week, I received a LinkedIn request that simply said “Susan, I am looking for a new career opportunity and would like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.”

We are always open to meeting people and building our network. Of course, I accepted although already I am feeling a bit on the defense. Why, what’s the big deal? I have never met this person and I feel like a favor is being requested or is about to be requested of me.

So let's go over a few basic ideas when using LinkedIn or any networking tool.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Military/JAG Recommended Reading

For those of you interested in pursuing a career with the military as a JAG officer or in another capacity, here is a list of books you might find helpful and educational.  Thanks to our Air Force JAG Recruiter, CPT Bryce Poole, for the recommendations!

Civil-Military Relations
The Soldier and the State, by Samuel L. Huntington
Armed Servants, by Peter Feaver
U.S. Civil-Military Relations After 9/11, by Mackubin Thomas Owens 

Warfare and Strategy
On War, by Carl von Clausewitz
The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
A History of Warfare, by John Keegan
On the Origins of War, by Donald Kagan
The Father of us All, by Victor Davis Hanson
Ripples of Battle, by Victor Davis Hanson

Law and War
The Blackstone of Military Law:  Colonel William Winthrop, by Joshua E. Kastenburg
Law and the Long War, by Benjamin Wittes
The Powers of War and Peace, by John Yoo

Air Power
A History of Air Warfare, by John Andreas Olsen
Airpower for Strategic Effect, by Colin S. Gray
Air Power, by Stephen Budiansky

Preparing for Deployment
Home and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War, by David and Nancy French
Baghdad at Sunrise, by Peter R. Mansoor
Joker One, by Donovan Campbell
What it is Like to Go to War, by Karl Marlantes
Drowning in the Desert, by Vivian H. Gembara

George Washington on Leadership, by Richard Brookhiser
Combat Leader’s Field Guide, by Brett A. Stoneberger
The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell, by Harry S. Laver and Jeffrey J. Matthews

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Making the Judicial Clerkship Work for You

You’ve heard the comments time and time again — a judicial clerkship is a great opportunity you should pursue if given the chance. Besides the prestige of the position, clerkships offer law school graduates a rare glimpse inside the chambers of the country’s brilliant and respected jurists.

While the writing and researching experience is invaluable, there are additional opportunities law clerks should look into before their clerkship ends.

 Now on to the tips….

Monday, April 9, 2012

Interview Etiquette at the Table (Lunch or Dinner)

By Etiquette Scholar

You will probably not be asked to an “eating meeting” unless you have demonstrated that you can do the job. An invitation to a meal means that you are under strong consideration. The interviewer’s main objective is to evaluate your social skills.

Don't neglect your table manners. (Click here to go to article).

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Job Interview? How To Stand Out From The Rest

by Glass Door Blog

Every interview requires a sales pitch – and you’re the hot commodity up for grabs. If you want to land the sale, you must stand out from all the other products on the market. Sure, you could take the Billy Mays approach and proclaim your problem-solving prowess in a loud, impassioned manner. You could also drape yourself in bling like one of hip-hop’s brashest rappers. Neither approach is likely to garner the result you desire.

Instead, consider the following ways in which successful candidates set themselves apart.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Building Your Network on Campus

By Above the Law

Networking in law school usually conjures up the image of students desperately trying to hand out their résumés to a room full of uninterested attorneys. But networking doesn’t have to be that awkward, and it isn’t only limited to finding a job.

Networking is simply about connecting with people, and if your goal is to have a flourishing career as a lawyer, start building your network and acquiring networking skills now. If you haven’t realized it yet, your law school offers numerous resources at your fingertips. Not sure where to start?

 Read on for Lateral Link’s top three tips on how to effectively build your network as a law student…