Monday, November 23, 2009

New Jersey Superior Court (Trial Level) Judicial Clerkships

Are you a 3L thinking about clerking for a judge? Although the hiring season began earlier this fall, there are still opportunities for clerking in the New Jersey Superior Court (Trial Level) for the 2010-2011 term. Of course, to maximize your chances of securing one of these competitive positions, you should apply as soon as possible.
There are fifteen Superior Court vicinages, each with an Assignment Judge (head judge) and Chancery, Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions with a total of approximately 395 judges. In addition, there are several tax court judges who also hire law clerks.
The New Jersey Judiciary utilizes two application methods for judicial clerkships:
1) Apply directly to individual judges. Send a strong detailed cover letter and resume (with J.D. month/year) to the judges' chambers. Applicants may also choose to include a transcript and a list of references (letters of recommendation and writing samples are generally not necessary; however you may contact each judge's chambers to confirm this is the case). Go to the New Jersey Judiciary's Law Clerk Recruitment webpage to find information about the application process, to the 2009-2010 General Assignment Order to find out which judges are are assigned to the various divisions in each vicinage, and to the Judges' Chambers Listing to get the contact information for those judges. For any updates to a judge's status or new assignments, check out the Notices to the Bar on the Judiciary's website.
2) Send a copy of a cover letter and resume for inclusion in the Judiciary's centralized resume book. This centralized resume book is then sent to judges. The cover letter should be formal but addressed generally ("Dear Your Honor). Do not include a writing sample, transcripts or references. Your cover letter and resume should be sent to lawclerksresumes.mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us by December 24, 2009 for inclusion in the resume book sent to judges in January 2010.
The Office of Career Services strongly recommends that even if an application is sent to the central resume book, students should also apply directly to individual judges as well.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

1L Summer Job Search

Are you a 1L and wondering what you need to do in terms of looking for a summer job? At this point in the school year there are only a few steps you should be taking. First, concentrate on your academics and getting through your first semester exams. Although it is important to get some legal experience this summer, nothing will help you with your job search more than getting good grades. Second, take this time to work on your resume and cover letter. Samples can be found in the 1L/2L Handbook posted on the Office of Career Services section of Blackboard. Make an appointment with Career Services to have a career counselor review them with you. Third, if you are interested in either working at a large law firm or for a federal judge the summer after your first year, these are more competitive summer jobs. Therefore, you might consider sending your resume and cover letter to these places in December. A list of federal judges can be found on Symplicity. Finally, be sure to sign up for the NYU Job Fair. The registration deadline is December 1st, 2009. After final exams, you can start to target and apply for your ideal summer job. Next semester be sure to check with our office for upcoming events, networking opportunities, and help with your summer job search.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Managing a Career Transition in Tough Times

Are you a 3L looking for a job after graduation? Are you a graduate in search of a job or a transition to a new job? If so, NALP and ALI-ABA have teamed up to present "Managing a Career Transition in Tough Times," a free online presentation offering guidance and advice for finding a job in a difficult job market. Please click here for this free presentation by Marcia Pennington Shannon and Susan G. Manch of Shannon & Manch, LLP.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Follow Up: Using Social Networking Sites in Your Job Search

On November 5th, Amanda Ellis of Amanda Ellis Legal Search spoke to students about using social networking sites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, in their job search. In addition to her presentation which you can access through Blackboard (go to the Office of Career Services, Programs), she recommended the following "6 Things to Do" to get started using these social networking sites to your advantage: 1. Use the photo privacy settings on Facebook to limit who can access your photos. 2. Sign up for and complete a LinkedIn profile. Include detailed information about yourself and your job experience. 3. Connect with contacts via LinkedIn - initially and each time you meet a new contact. 4. Search for firms and attorneys in LinkedIn and determine if there are 2nd and 3rd degree contacts who might be able to introduce you. 5. Try Twitter - Create a profile and observe 10 people or organizations in the legal profession for a week. 6. Increase Twitter communication in week 2 with 1-2 people.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Registration for the NYU Job Fair is now open!

New York University School of Law will hold its Annual Public Interest/Public Service Legal Career Fair on Thursday and Friday, February 4 and 5, 2010. The Career Fair gives prospective employers the opportunity to meet with current students and allows students to gain greater perspectives on various aspects of public interest law. Last year, nearly 2,000 law students and representatives from more than 200 organizations attended the Career Fair. This event is a source of summer internships for Rutgers students every year. Registration for students will close at 3:00 p.m. on December 1, 2009. To register for the Career Fair, go to this link and fill out the online registration form. Please note that your Student ID should be your Rutgers ID number. The registration process only takes a few minutes. There is no obligation to attend even if you register, but you cannot apply for interviews if you are not in the system by December 1st. Once your registration has been approved by this office, you will receive an email with information about submitting your resume to employers interviewing at the Career Fair.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

LSPIN Deadline November 12th!

The Law Student Public Interest Fellowship Program (LSPIN) will provide grants for first- and second-year law students attending law school in New York and New Jersey to work with public interest organizations in the New York metropolitan area for ten weeks during the summer. Selected students will receive stipends in the amount of $4500 through the program. You can access an Application Form, as well as the Application Instructions describing the program here. You must email the Application Datasheet to careerservices@kinoy.rutgers.edu and submit the Application to the Office of Career Services (2nd Floor) NO LATER THAN 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2009. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Kitson, Associate Director of the Office of Career Services, and Co-Director of the Neisser Public Interest Program.