Monday, April 29, 2013

Looking for Entry Level Public Interest Law Jobs? We Made a List (and Checked it Twice) Just for You!


Did you know that postgraduate fellowships are one of the best ways for recent law graduates to lay a strong foundation for a public interest law career? These fellowships allow recent law graduates to secure entry-level jobs with organizations that serve marginalized or vulnerable client populations, while gaining a entire network of like-minded colleagues in the public interest legal community.

With that being said, it’s time to gear up and get ready to apply! Our Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowships Application Deadline Calendar offers a running list of deadlines to help you keep track, along with links to the organization’s profile and job description.

The list is always being updated, so check back on a consistent basis for approaching dates. Since the summer/fall is prime-time to apply, be sure to check last year’s deadlines to get a feel for how you might manage your applications in the upcoming months. Good luck!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

How Not to Annoy People on LinkedIn


LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for networking and even finding jobs, but if you're not careful, you can end up using it in ways that alienate the very people with which you're hoping to form connections.

Here are some of the most common annoying behaviors to avoid on the site.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Vault's New Guide to Legal Practice Areas

What does a securities litigator do all day? Which courses are recommended for budding private equity attorneys? What does it actually mean to be an “international lawyer”?

Unfortunately, a traditional law school curriculum doesn’t do much to help students figure out what it’s really like to practice in different areas of the law. That’s where our new guide—Practice Perspectives: Vault’s Guide to Legal Practice Areas—comes in.

Practice Perspectives is the insider’s guide to what it’s really like to be a practicing attorney in more than 20 different areas* of the law. Whether you’re preparing for on-campus interviews, already have a summer associate job in the bag, are looking to make a lateral move, or are considering applying to law school, Practice Perspectives is a vital career exploration tool.

In the guide, you’ll find more than 30 interviews with attorneys who are at the top of their fields at some of the most prestigious law firms** in the country. We asked these partners and associates all about their specific practice areas—the types of clients they represent, the best and worst aspects of working in their chosen fields, and what misconceptions exists about their specialties.

Each attorney featured in the guide answered the following questions:
  • What, substantively, does your practice area entail?
  • What types of clients do you represent?
  • What types of deals and/or cases do you work on?
  • How did you decide to practice in your area?
  • What is a typical day or week like in your practice area?
  • What is the best thing about your practice area?
  • What is the most challenging aspect of your practice area?
  • What training, classes, experience or skills development would you recommend to someone who wishes to enter your practice area?
  • What misconceptions exist about your practice area? What do you wish you had known before joining your practice area?
  • What is unique about your practice area at your firm?
If your school subscribes to Vault’s Career Insider, you can download Practice Perspectives for free through your school’s career services website. Otherwise, check out the guide here: Practice Perspectives: Vault's Guide to Legal Practice Areas.

(BYU Law School has a subscription- see your CSO password card for details or talk to the CSO secretary).

*Practice areas covered in the guide include Antitrust; Appellate Litigation; Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights; Clean Technology/Renewable Energy; Energy, Oil & Gas; Financial Services; Commercial Litigation; Corporate; Intellectual Property; International Law; Intellectual Property; IP Boutiques; Labor and Employment; Litigation Boutiques; Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Equity; Products Liability; Real Estate; Securities; Securities Litigation; Tax; Technology; and White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations.

**The attorneys interviewed come from Allen & Overy, Cleary Gottlieb, Cooley, Davis Polk, Dechert, Finnegan, Freshfields, Goulston & Storrs, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, Latham, Littler Mendelson, Mayer Brown, Milbank, Molo Lamken, Orrick, Paul Hastings, Ropes & Gray, Seyfarth Shaw, Skadden, Sullivan & Cromwell, Weil, and White & Case.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Using Google Alerts in Your Job Search

Google Alerts is a powerful tool you can use to located targeted information efficiently.  Once set up, you will get continued results about topics of your choosing. 

You can use this information to your advantage when searching for a job.  You can find out what's happening with a particular organization, hiring trends in a city or region, job openings, research for job interviews, etc.

It's also a good idea to set up an alert for your name.  That way, you'll see anything that's published on the internet about you (Facebook tags, blogs, websites, etc.) If it's negative, you can take steps to correct it.

Listed below are some tips on setting effective Google Alerts.

See link for full article.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Top 5 Mistakes People Make When Starting a New Job


You may have heard of the term career suicide.

Most of the time you hear it when people pass a wrong comment to the boss and you hear someone say, “Are you trying to commit career suicide?” It is all too easy to destroy your career if you make some of these mistakes.

These are the top five mistakes people make when joining new companies. You would have probably had these experiences with new people you do not welcome. We will never know if these people deliberately commit these killer mistakes. We can only guess.

But if you are joining a new company, do keep these in mind so you do not cut short your experience in your new job.

See link for full article.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Hot Alternative Legal Careers, 2013

by Hillary Mantis

Have you been wondering what the options are for lawyers in alternative legal careers? It can be hard to figure out exactly what those careers are, and how you can find them. I recently moderated a panel for the New York State Bar Association on this ever popular topic and here are some career ideas from the speakers:

Sonia Bonsu found that volunteering paid off. It opened up a new career path to her, and helped her land her current position, as Director of Development for the Calhoun School, a private school in Manhattan. Bonsu, who is an alumnus of the Calhoun school, had sat on their board as a volunteer, mentoring students. When the Director of Development position opened up, she landed it. It helped that she had also worked after law school as a Deputy Director of Finance to a political campaign, and was familiar with fundraising.

Her current position also enables her to tap into her interest in finance, and educational administration, as well as satisfying her need to help others. “I get to give back to an organization that gave me so much,” she said.

To check out job listings for careers in higher education:; for careers in fundraising check out The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

See full list here.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

8 Ways to Be Productive During Your Law School Summers

by jnwokocha

School is out and ideally you would like to find yourself lying on a beach somewhere, spending the entire summer resting up from the marathon of a year that you endured. Reality has it that you really cannot afford to spend your summer lounging around. You can use the summer to get ahead, make your mark, and forge connections within the legal community. If you failed to network during the school year, summer is the perfect time to flex your social muscles. Here are 8 Ways to Be Productive Over Your Law School Summers:

1. Connect with all or most of your current contacts. Recall those individuals that you have fallen out of touch with over the past year or so? Well now is the perfect time to reconnect. Specifically with those people located in the city where you would like to work or the city that you are working in during the summer. Don’t be afraid to make contact. Chances are that if you made a good first impression on them, they would love to hear from you and receive any life updates you might have.

2. Lunch, lunch, and more lunch. Working professionals enjoy the infamous lunch hour when they can manage to leave their desks. If you are able to set up some lunch meetings, this would be a great way to link up with legal professionals, mentors, potential employers, etc. over the summer. This allows you more room to connect on a more personal level. Just make sure that you prepare by researching the individual you will be meeting with and establishing talking points beforehand.

Read full article here.

Monday, April 8, 2013

NALP & PSJD’s Government Career Resources for Law Students & Lawyers

If you’re interested in working for the federal government, the 2012-13 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide (with the unfortunate acronym of “FLEOG”) is a good place to start.

The Guide offers a broad-based review of different career opportunities and paths to federal employment for law students and graduates. With tips on everything from the application process to looking for the ideal position, the Guide makes applying for federal jobs much less overwhelming.

When you’re done with the Guide, there’s even more helpful resources on PSJD’s Careers in Federal Government page. If you’re looking for information on working at any level of government practice – local, state, and/or federal – our Government Careers page contains a list of guides and links, including a state-by-state list of resources.

If you’re looking for government jobs and internships, log in or register on (it’s free for law students and alum!) and run an advanced search for job postings in the Government/Regulatory Affairs practice area. Happy job hunting!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Required Practical Skills for Young Associates

by Sybil Dunlop

When I first started working at a law firm, I had a misplaced desire to own 100% of my projects. Instead of delegating letterhead printing and exhibit pdfing to a legal administrative assistant, I would muddle through these tasks on my own. This hoarding was silly, and I have since learned the benefits of delegating.

That said, sometimes you may find yourself at the office on a weekend undertaking an emergency TRO or filing something at 11:00 PM. At these moments, it’s important that SOMEONE know how to pdf a document or even file electronically. (I know, I know, some of you at super large firms have access to a 2:00 AM person who can undertake these tasks such that you will never need to lift a finger—this conversation is for the rest of us.) So what are the tasks that every newer attorney should strive to master in case of emergency?

Federal Court Filing

Since you can file until midnight, one never knows when a last minute filing could be necessary. For this reason, it is nice to know the basics of an ECF filing. Now I’m not saying that every new associate needs to learn advanced filing techniques (these would include filing items under seal and submitting huge filings with massive exhibits and attachments). For most of these filings, you will have advanced notice and can make sure the right paralegals and legal administrative assistants are on board, ready to work their magic.

That said, you might need to file an emergency letter to the court or a late-received affidavit after everyone else has gone home. If you have already received a primer on ECF filing, you will be ready to go. If you have a checklist showing items you may need for a complete filing, you’re in even better shape (did you add a word count certificate? did you need a notice of service? a proposed order?) In addition, make sure that you have your password ready to go. Nothing is worse than being ready to file and then finding that the keeper of the passwords has disappeared.

State Court Filing

Since our state court filing system closes before people leave for the day, it is less likely that a newer attorney in my state would be called upon after hours to handle a state court filing. That said, it is still a good idea to know how the system works. All you need to do is ask permission to hover behind an administrative assistant, watch a state court filing, and take notes. Again, make sure that you have access to your password.

Read the full article here.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Balancing Exam Prep and Job Search

By Susan Gainen

Students often want to stop searching for jobs while studying for exams or prepping for the bar. Clearing the decks of everything extraneous to studying seems like a great strategy.

Think again. Time management is a critical element in any professional practice. Make it work for you during exams.

Employers and Job Postings: Law School Exams

Ignore job postings at your peril. Employers in small organizations without a separate human resources staff do a lot of hiring in a purely reactive mode. When a lawyer interrupts the managing partner's lunch crying out "I need a law clerk NOW!" if the resources are at hand, a job will be posted. This often happens in April and May, with resume due-dates and interviews scheduled during law school exams.

Employers and Job Postings: Bar Exams

When lawyers in small organizations need lawyers or law clerks, the first consideration is meeting clients' needs. Because clients do not organize their business or personal lives around the bar exam, there is often hiring during the summer.

Read full article here.