Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vault/MCCA 7th Annual Legal Diversity Career Fair

Vault.com and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association will host a legal diversity career fair to provide minority, female, LGBT, and candidates with disabilities the opportunity to meet and network with recruiters from law firms, government agencies, corporate law departments and nonprofit organizations who are firmly committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.  Some employers will conduct interviews at the career fair by invitation only.  

While all students and lateral associates are welcome to attend, this event is specifically designed for the following underrepresented groups:

  • 2L minority, female, LGBT and candidates with disabilities who have not yet committed to a firm or other employer for summer 2013
  • Lateral minority, female, LGBT and candidates with disabilities who are looking for new opportunities
  • A limited number of employers may also wish to interview rising 3Ls for entry-level associate positions

The career fair will take place on July 27 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Grand Hyatt Washington, D.C. and will include a Law Firm Diversity Awards Breakfast as well as a Diversity Luncheon.  Registration for both is required and seating is limited.

For additional information and to register, click here.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cole Schotz Diversity Scholarship

Cole Schotz provides a Diversity Scholarship to a diverse, second-year, full-time law student in good standing.  Consideration is given to the candidate's academic achievement, involvement in community service, demonstrated leadership abilities, and advancement of diversity in the legal profession.  The recipient will receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be a full-time student in good standing who will complete his/her first year of law school at an ABA accredited law school by July 1
  • Must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 at his/her undergraduate school and law school
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the USA as well as attend an ABA accredited law school in a state where Cole Schotz's office are located:  Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, or Texas
  • Must not be the recipient of another diversity scholarship award
The application deadline is July 1, 2012.  For complete application materials, contact the OCS at careerdevelopment@kinoy.rutgers.edu or come by the office to pick-up application materials.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Summer Associate Success Free Webinar

Vault.com is sponsoring a free webinar offering experts' perspectives on how to ensure your success as a summer associate -- and end the summer with a permanent job offer in hand.

Panelists Include:

* Rachel Marx -- Law Editor of Vault.com
* Wendy Siegel -- Director, Recruitment and Marketing at New York University School of Law
* Donna Gerson -- Author, Lawyer, and Business Etiquette Expert
* Recruiter from Vault 100 Firm -- TBA

You may submit questions in advance by clicking here to register.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2012. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2013 in one of our following offices: Birmingham, AL; Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN; or Houston, TX. Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

Scholarship applications are now available. The application deadline is June 22, 2012.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the scholarship program, click here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Keys to Summer Success

In most cases, your upcoming summer experience is essentially a 8-10 week interview, either for another position next summer or post-graduation, or to determine whether you are someone this employer can recommend to others in the future. Although this may seem intimidating, keep in mind that you would not have been hired if the employer did not think that you were going to succeed. Whatever type of legal employer you work for – firm, government or public interest organization, corporation or judge – there are things you can do to help ensure that you will be in that employer’s good graces at the end of the summer. Be sure to remember, however, that this summer is not only about performing for the employer. You have an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the profession in which you will be working and gain practical experience . You should make it your aim to get as much out of the experience as you can.

Here are five things you can do to help ensure that you get the most out the summer.

Do good work and work hard. Nothing will impress an employer more than proving them right about your ability to do the job. After all, receiving an offer for the summer means that those who interviewed you believed you have what it takes to succeed in their organization. The quality of your work product should be your priority from your first day on the job to your last. Proof-read all of your work carefully and submit only polished and completed assignments, not drafts. Be meticulous and efficient on every assignment (even the ones that aren’t particularly interesting to you). Take the responsibilities that are given to you seriously and show that you value the opportunity that has been afforded you. Don’t miss deadlines, be late to meetings or over-extend yourself. If you reliably produce excellent work product and demonstrate a commitment to the work, you greatly increase your chances of being asked back if there is a position to fill.

Ask lots of questions. Asking questions is one of the best ways to learn and to express your interests. Be proactive about your professional development by exploring legal issues and seeking career advice from the attorneys you work with. In addition, you should not be afraid to ask as many questions as you feel you need to in order to understand fully the work assigned to you. Before you walk out of the room after receiving an assignment, make sure that you understand things such as the format in which your assignment should be completed (e.g., memorandum, oral report, draft brief, letter to client), by what date the assigning attorney wants the project completed and whether there is a limit on the amount of time you should spend or the kinds of research materials that you may use. Follow up with the assigning attorney if you realize later that you are still unsure about how best to proceed. No question will make you look as bad as answering the wrong question in a memo or racking up thousands of dollars in LEXIS fees for a client that will not pay for electronic research. Confirming that you understand the parameters of your assignment helps ensure that your final work product is acceptable to the assigning attorney.

Build relationships and stay in touch. Build relationships with the attorneys or organization where you will be working, as well as with any other law students who are there for the summer. Show initiative and an ability to work independently, but not competitiveness or arrogance. Most legal employers value attorneys who are able to work well in a team environment. Try to work with as many different attorneys as you can over the course of the summer. Doing so will give you exposure to various work and lawyering styles, as well as to more attorneys who may have a say in later hiring decisions. Remember that you can learn a lot from the support staff, who sometimes can be more approachable when questions or problems arise. It can be easy to fly under the radar during a summer position. This won’t help you when future hiring decisions are made and the decision-makers can’t remember your work, what you were like or, even worse, can’t remember you at all. Once the summer comes to an end, don’t just disappear. You have made some significant contact with people who will soon be your professional peers. Even if you don’t end up working full-time for the employer you work for this summer, relationships you develop may prove to be valuable connections for your future career.

Seek out feedback and other growth opportunities. This not only serves the purpose of finding out if you produced satisfactory work, but also allows you to gather information that will help you improve on your future assignments and general lawyering skills. You may be asked to complete another assignment for the same attorney, so listen carefully to feedback. This will help you improve your performance the next time around. Attend training programs or seminars that are given or promoted by your employer. Take advantage of opportunities to learn more about the profession and/or an area of law in which you think you might like to practice. For example, if you are invited to attend a deposition or hearing, sit in on a settlement or contract negotiation or participate in a client meeting – go! If you aren’t invited, ask if you may tag along. Also, to the extent possible, attend internal meetings and social events to find out as much as you can about the organization where you are working to determine whether it is the right place for you. This also has the added bonus of putting yourself in situations where you are more likely to meet (and hopefully impress) attorneys at that organization. However, make sure that you leave yourself with enough time to complete your assignments in a proper and timely fashion.

Be professional and have a great attitude. Maintaining a positive attitude throughout the summer goes a long way to making a favorable impression – farther than most people realize. A positive attitude means not only acting professionally and respectfully at all times and toward all people, including support staff, but also showing a genuine interest in and enjoying the things that you will experience. Part of your evaluation will be your ability to mesh with the culture of the organization and the other people who work there. For most employers, someone who is consistently respectful, confident and courteous will more likely been seen as a person who will “fit-in” well. Don’t get drunk at social events, don’t tell or email dirty jokes or otherwise make insensitive comments. Use discretion when discussing cases, clients or other attorneys . . .you never know who may be riding in the elevator with you and may overhear your comments. Be a positive addition to any team. Realize not only that you have something to contribute, but also that you can learn from the others with whom you work. All attorneys experience setbacks, defeats and criticism during their careers. If these things should happen during the summer, take them in stride. Don’t let them deflate you for the rest of the summer. Stay positive and confident, learn what you can from the experience and move forward.

Good luck and remember to have some fun!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Free Webinars

Take advantage of the following free webinars that are open to students and graduates.  The webinars are given by Richard L. Hermann, author of the recently published, From Lemons to Lemonade in the New Legal Job Market: Winning Job Search Strategies for Entry Level Attorneys (Lawyer Avenue Press).  Click here to sign up.

JD Preferred! The Hottest Current Alternative to Traditional Practice
60 Minutes with Richard Hermann
Wednesday, May 16th  
8:30pm EDT/ 7:30pm CDT/ 5:30pm

Compliance, Compliance, Compliance
Corporate America's Fastest Growing Career
60 Minutes with Richard Hermann
Wednesday, June 13th 
8:30pm EDT/ 7:30pm CDT/ 5:30pm

Legal Job Opportunities in the Education Sector:
Law Teaching, Campus Administration & K-12
60 Minutes with Richard Hermann
Wednesday, July 11th  
8:30pm EDT/ 7:30pm CDT/ 5:30pm

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

8th Annual IMPACT Career Fair

Registration is now open for the IMPACT Career Fair for law students and attorneys with disabilities.  The IMPACT Career Fair will be held on Friday, August 3 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. and is hosted by the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. Various law firms, government agencies, and public interest will interview returning Fall 2012 law students and graduates from the Class of 2012 and earlier.  There will be a luncheon with a Keynote Speaker. 

The deadline to register for students and graduates is 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 8.

For more information and to register, click here.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

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. Last year, Kansas City played host to nearly 100 students from over 40 Law Schools from across the nation who had the opportunity to interview with 15 area law firms, organizations and government agencies.  All 2L (Graduating in 2014) and 3L (Graduating in 2013) Law Students and Recent Law Grads (Graduating in 2012) are invited to participate regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status, age and veteran status.

The 2012 Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair will take place August 3-4, 2012, 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 3rd at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association headquarters. Interviewing will begin at 8:30 AM on Saturday, August 4th with a keynote luncheon featuring Dr. Bernard Franklin. The deadline for early bird registration is May 25th.  The final deadline to register is yet to be determined. 

For more information and to register, click here.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Donut Day!

The Office of Career Services sponsored Donut Day yesterday offering free coffee and doughnuts to law students as they study for finals.  As you can see below, both coffee and doughnuts were a welcome treat during this time.  If you missed it this semester, look out for it at the end of the Fall 2012 semester!

Good luck to all of our students during this exam period - see you on the other side!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

FREE ABA Membership for Graduating Students

The American Bar Association is offering all Rutgers School of Law | Newark graduating students a free membership. The benefits of ABA membership include: 
  • Access free resources from the ABA Career Center, including searching for legal positions on the job board 
  • Enjoy complimentary memberships in your choice of 21 specialty groups 
  • Save money on a variety of products and services from HP, Lenovo, Sprint and more 
  • Keep up with the latest legal news through the ABA Journal and eJournal 
  • Connect with lawyers through the ABA member directory
Click here to sign up online!