Thursday, May 20, 2010

Summer Associates Annual Reception - New York City Bar

Summer Associates Annual Reception Thursday, June 17, 2010 6 - 8 pm The New York City Bar and the New York Law Journal will host the annual welcoming reception in honor of summer associates, their mentors and colleagues. Guests can mingle with other summer associates and attorneys, enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and have the chance to win great door prizes. This event is free, but please register online or by calling (212) 382-6665. For group registrations, please email your contact information and list of attendees to

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

PLI Presents: "How to Succeed As A Summer Associate"

The Practising Law Institute is holding its 4th Annual "How to Succeed As A Summer Associate" program Monday June 7th (5:30 pm – 7pm Eastern). This free program will provide law students with a unique opportunity to get practical advice from law firm partners on making the most of their summer associate experience. Students who can come to New York for this event will have the added advantage of a networking reception with the faculty and other attendees after the program. · Register for the live program at our New York City Conference Center: · Register for the live Webcast:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

ABA Student Health Insurance Plan Enrollment for Graduates Deadline – May 22, 2010 The ABA Law Student Division health insurance plan with UnitedHealthcare Student Resources (UHCSR) offers a health insurance coverage extension for up to one year PROVIDED the student is a member of the ABA Law Student Division, currently carrying the Division’s plan with UHCSR, AND there is no break (lapse) in that coverage between the date of graduation and the first day of this one-year extension. Graduating law students who are not currently carrying this health insurance coverage with the ABA Law Student Division UHCSR plan may still qualify for the graduate extension by enrolling and purchasing the last quarter of the 2009-2010 health plan no later than May 22, 2010. Enrollment in the health plan by May 22, 2010 is an ABSOLUTE requirement of the carrier for graduating students seeking the extension coverage. Additionally, this program is offered to ABA Law Student Division members only. More information available at:

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ten Simple Tricks to Remembering Names

As we all know, networking is a key tool for your professional development. It allows you to build your network of contacts, learn about legal practice areas and work settings and, potentially, can result in a lead on a job. To be an effective networker, it is crucial to remember the names of the people you meet - a challenge for many people. Check out this article on for "Ten Simple Tricks to Remembering Names."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Judicial Clerkships for the 2011-2012 Term

A post-graduate judicial clerkship in either federal or state court is an extremely valuable career opportunity available to all students at Rutgers School of Law-Newark. In addition to affording recent law school graduates an chance to polish research and writing skills, a judicial clerkship can provide an excellent introduction to a specific court and practice area and a chance to observe attorneys in the court room who have substantial experience and expertise. Students submit applications for judicial clerkships the fall semester of their third year. However, the judicial clerkship application process begins this Spring. For federal and higher New Jersey state courts (i.e. the Supreme Court and Appellate Division), 2Ls must seek letters of recommendation and give the Office of Career Services a list of judges to whom they intend to apply before the end of the semester. For more information, please plan to attend one of the Judicial Clerkship Information Sessions scheduled on Thursday, March 24th at 5:00pm (Room 25) at 6:00pm (Baker Trial Courtroom) or Monday, March 29th at 5:30pm (Baker Trial Courtroom). If you cannot attend these sessions, feel free to schedule a counseling appointment with a career counselor via Symplicity. Also, be sure to SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday April 13th at 5pm, to hear from a panel of judges and current law clerks as they give insights into judicial clerkships, including information on applying for clerkships, typical clerkship experiences and the benefits that can be gained from clerking.

Dean's Alumni Practice Series - April 12th at 5pm

Dean's Alumni Practice Series - Criminal Law (Prosecutor's Office) Interested in Criminal Law? Wonder what it would be like to work in a Prosecutor's Office? Please join us on Monday, April 12th at 5:00 PM in Room 292, when Greg DeMattia, the head of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide Division, and an alum of Rutgers School of Law-Newark, will be speaking about his over twenty-five years of experience as a prosecutor. Light refreshments will be served. Please let us know that you are planning to attend by RSVPing under the Workshops tab in the Events section of Symplicity.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Jersey Law Firm Night

Save the Date! On Wednesday, April 7th, the Office of Career Services will host New Jersey Law Firm Night - our annual networking event focusing on law firms here in New Jersey. This event will give students a chance to meet attorneys and other representatives from some of the leading firms in the state. The event will take place here in the law school from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. in the lower atrium.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

The Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held on August 6-7, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri.
The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage students to practice law in Kansas City. The HDLJF is designed to expose law students of diverse backgrounds to both traditional and non-traditional legal employers. In addition, students can expect to learn more about living in Kansas City through interactions with diverse legal practitioners in the area.
The HDLJF will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Kansas City. The kickoff event begin with registration, a diversity panel discussion and a welcome reception on Friday, August 6th at the brand new Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association headquarters. Interviewing will begin at 8:30 AM on Saturday, August 7th with a keynote luncheon featuring Dr. Bernard Franklin.
It is recommended that students register as soon as possible after registration opens on March 22nd. The final deadline for registration will be June 21st, 2010. The Crowne Plaza Hotel will also have a limited number of $50 hotel rooms reserved for students participating in the job fair.
Please visit the HDLJF website to register and for more information.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New York County Lawyers' Association - Upcoming Programs including "Managing Your Law School Debt" & "Deconstructing the NY Bar Exam"

The New York County Lawyers' Association (NYCLA) is holding two free programs for NYCLA members. Non-members receive a free year as a NYCLA law student when they pay $25 to attend either program.
Managing Your Law School Debt:
Understanding the repayment options on your student loans and the basics of personal finance can help you maximize your educational investment. This presentation will focus on money management and personal finance strategies that can help you manage repayment of your debt. It will include a comprehensive description of the income-based retainment plan, and the loan forgiveness program for lawyers who serve ten years in the public sector.
Speaker: Jennifer C. Trauman, Account Executive at the Access Group, Inc.
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:00 PM
RSVP: or call Alanna at (212)267-6646, ext. 209
Deconstructing the Bar Exam:
Learn - specific techniques for increasing your essay scores; how to avoid fatal mistakes; how graders evaluate the essays; strategies for answering difficult questions; what you should never include in your essay answer; tips that may make the difference between passing and failing; how the New York multiple-choice questions are constructed and how to analyze them; character and fitness issues that could affect your admission to the bar.
Speakers: Hon. Bryan R. Williams, Member, New York State Board of Law Examiners; Eileen Shapiro, Senior Bar Examiner, New York State Board of Law Examiners; James T. Shed, Secretary to the Committee for Character and Fitness, Appellate Division, First Department
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 6:00PM
RSVP: or call Alanna at (212)267-6646, ext. 209

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Equal Justice America is Offering Legal Services Fellowships to Students for the Summer

Equal Justice America is offering Legal Services Fellowships for students this summer. Applications are due on March 22, 2010. Students can get the information for applying by clicking here.
Equal Justice America will consider applications from law students who have arranged a placement with an organization that provides civil legal assistance to the poor.
Depending on the availability of funding, EJA Summer Fellowships pay up to $4,000. EJA may also supplement students who have received funding from other sources.
For more information about the program please visit the Equal Justice America website.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Small Business Seminar for Lawyers and Business Owners Saturday March 6th

Interested in learning how to apply small business principles when creating your own successful law practice? Sameer Kumar, a Rutgers Law School-Newark class of 2000 alum will be holding a seminar through his Amazing Business Amazing Life (R) program on Saturday, March 6th at the Hampton Inn in Woodbridge, New Jersey. In this program, Sameer will be teaching 1) his proprietary T7 Method; 2) factors that guarantee business success; and 3) marketing and sales strategies that guarantee more prospects, more clients, more repeat clients and more referrals for your business. Preregistration is required. Both current students and alumni are welcome. The seminar is free. There is a lunch and Q&A session after the seminar for a fee of $47. 9am to 10am: Networking and Registration 10am to 12pm: Seminar 12pm to 2pm: "Lunch with Us" and Special Q&A Session For more information and to preregister click here. Please email us at for the referral code.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Ari Kaplan - How to Stand Out in a Stagnant Economy

The Office of Career Services and Phi Alpha Delta present: ARI KAPLAN - "How to Stand Out in a Stagnant Economy" on Thursday, March 4th at 5pm in the Baker Trial Courtroom (Room 125). After practicing as a lawyer for nine years in New York, Ari Kaplan has become a public speaker and career advisor for law students and legal professionals and most recently authored The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development (Thomson-West, 2008). His session, particularly relevant in the current legal market, shows law students, lawyers and other professionals how they can stand out in today's stagnant economy. Ari customizes each event using an anonymous survey to illustrate the techniques related to creating opportunity and asks that students complete the survey by Thursday, February 25th. The survey can be accessed here. Students should RSVP for Ari Kaplan's presentation through Symplicity (under the Events tab, Information Sessions). Refreshments will be served!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Students: Shadow the Essex County Prosecutor's Homicide Division for a Day!*

Interested in Criminal Law? Want to see what it's really like to work in a Prosecutor's Office? The Essex County Prosecutor's Office has generously offered to host one 2L/3LE student and one 3L/4LE student for a day. To win this great opportunity, any 2L/3LE or 3L/4LE student may sign up for a lottery by filling out a raffle ticket (one per person). Raffle tickets are available in the Office of Career Services, on Blackboard (under the Programs tab in the main menu) and on flyers posted around the school. Raffle tickets will be collected in the Office of Career Services now until Wednesday, March 3rd at 4pm. The shadowing date will be sometime this Spring and will be determined once the students are selected by lottery. *This event was generously donated by Douglas Duncan, a Rutgers undergraduate alum.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Jersey State Bar Reaches Out to Attorneys in Tough Economy

The New Jersey State Bar Association is holding "Suddenly Successful: Making the Transition to Solo Practice," a free workshop for lawyers who have been laid off, furloughed, or are just looking for something new. Panelists will offer advice and answer questions about how attorneys can regain their footing and client roster. They will also share their experiences and advice about how to survive a transition, from getting insurance to navigating the ethics minefield to managing the stress of making a career change. The event, which is being cosponsored by the Monmouth County Bar Association, will be on Saturday, February 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Tinton Falls. To attend the event call (732)249-5000 or visit the Bar's website.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Focus on Job Fairs

Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2010 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday, July 29 and Friday, July 30, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs. Last year roughly 90 employers, 170 law schools, and 1,800 law students from across the country participated in the program. Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program. You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students. For more information and to register, please refer to the program's website. The registration deadline is Monday, March 8, 2010. 2010 Lavender Law Career Fair & Conference Registration is now open for the 2010 Lavender Law Career Fair & Conference, which will be held August 26-28, 2010 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. The National LGBT Bar Association's Annual Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession's recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and legal departments. Last year over 600 candidates and 130 recruiters representing private firms and public organizations from all over the country participated. To register, click here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Some Tips and Suggestions for Writing Samples

When requested by a potential employer, writing samples are a crucial part of a student's application materials. Many employers will use the writing sample as a way to discern the best candidates from the pool of applicants who they have interviewed. There are no hard and fast rules for writing samples except they should be an example of your best legal writing.
Here are some basic guidelines:
First, a writing sample should be your own original work. Be careful of submitting materials that will be assumed to have been heavily edited (e.g. law review articles). This does not mean that you cannot submit a writing sample that has been reviewed by a legal writing professor or an attorney at a law firm where you worked. It is perfectly acceptable to use a writing sample that you have revised and edited. The key is that it includes your own revisions and has not been re-written by someone else.
Second, it should be your best work. Primarily, that means that it should be completely free of grammatical errors and typos. Your best work will also showcase that you are capable of doing the work the job requires. Accordingly, what you submit should be an example of your very best writing and analytical skills as well as your research abilities.
Third, it should be legal writing. Work you have written before law school does not showcase your legal skills to legal employers.
Fourth, be sure your writing sample does not include confidential information. Many upper-level students get their writing samples from documents they wrote during their summer employment. Memoranda that are written at firms or for judges are likely to contain confidential client information, attorney work-product or other content that should not be publicly disclosed. It is always a good idea to redact any information that is arguably confidential (and insert fictitious material) and to check with your former employer to insure it is acceptable even as revised.
Fifth, the length of the writing sample is not as important as its quality. However, you don't want your writing sample to be too long or too short. If a writing sample is too short, potential employers will not have enough material from which to judge your abilities. A writing sample that is too long will be burdensome to potential employers both because it is administratively hard to handle and will be difficult to read in its entirety. That said, it is better to err on the long-side so that employers won't be left guessing about your writing skills. Also, it doesn't make sense to choose an inferior piece of writing just because it is a few pages shorter. Remember, you can always take excerpts from a lengthy document. If you do, just make sure that there is enough context so that a reader can understand it - even if it means including a cover page with a summary of the material that has been omitted.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Dean's Alumni Practice Series - Bankruptcy Law

The Dean's Alumni Practice Series: A Focus on Bankruptcy Law Bankruptcy law offers a wide range of practice options and employment opportunities are currently growing in this field. Students interested in learning more about this hot practice area, please join us Tuesday, February 9th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 292, as we welcome two distinguished alumni as part of the Dean's Alumni Practice Series. Mark Goldman (class of 1973), founder of the Law Offices of Mark Goldman, P.C., and Mark Hall (class of 1999), a partner in the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP, will be here to speak about their experiences as practicing bankruptcy attorneys and answer questions from students interested in learning more about this thriving area of law. Refreshments will be served! Please let us know that you are planning to attend by RSVPing under the Workshops tab in the Events section of Symplicity.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Donna Gerson to Speak on Small Firm Job Searches

On Tuesday, February 2nd at 5pm in the Baker Trial Courtroom (Room 125) Donna Gerson, nationally-known speaker and author of Choosing Small, Choosing Smart, will make a presentation on small firm job searches.
How do you decide if a small to mid-size firm is a good fit for you? How can you target small and mid-sized firms in your job search? How do you build your personal network? How can you set yourself apart in resumes, cover letters and interviews? Come find out the answers to these questions.
Students should RSVP through Symplicity. Alumni can RSVP by sending an email to

Thursday, January 14, 2010

American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education Project Fellows Program

The American Bar Association (ABA) has developed a new program, the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE) Project Fellows program. During these challenging economic times, this new program has been developed to provide new lawyers unable to find employment with meaningful volunteer legal experience by giving them an opportunity to work on FJE public service projects.
For more information about the program as well as the on-line application form, please click here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Upcoming Networking Opportunities

Whether you are currently in law school, have a job or are looking for a job, networking is important. Here are some interesting upcoming networking opportunities in the New York City area. New York Women's Bar Association, Annual Judicial Reception Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 6:00 to 9:00pm, The Williams Club 24 E. 39th St., NYC Join the NYWBA in honoring Hon. Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, and the Newly Elected, Newly Appointed, and Re-elected Judges of New York County at a Cocktail Reception. For more information and to register, click here. New York City Bar, Career Opportunities in Small Law Firms: A Panel Discussion for Law Students Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 6:30pm, 42 W. 44th St., NYC Students should RSVP to For more information about this free event, click here. New York County Lawyers' Association, Special Event: So You Want to Clerk? Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 6:00pm, 14 Vesey St., NYC Learn hints and tips for being a clerk. For more information about this free event and to register, click here.