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.