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OCI

How do you ace OCI? The experts help you prep for on-campus interviews

July 19, 2018

Are you getting ready for on-campus interviews? Nervous about how you'll do? To help you get ready for OCI, lawyers from both sides of the interview table shared their advice on the interview process and how to land the “call-back” in this webinar.https://youtu.be/7TZi7HjVqxESpeakers:Tiffany J. deGruy, Partner, Bradley, Birmingham, AL

Mentor

The power of mentors and sponsors

March 05, 2018

Mentors provide guidance and advice, but they do not necessarily act as a coach or advocate like sponsors.  Those wanting career guidance and advice typically seek out mentors and, at times, mentors are assigned to professionals new to a particular industry or organization. 

How to succeed (and have fun) at informational interviews

January 01, 2018

It can be difficult trying to figure out exactly how you want to use your law degree. Do you want to work in the government? For a large firm? A smaller or medium-sized one? A public interest group?Lucky for us, we lawyers have lots of options. One of the best

Letters of Recommendation

How do you ask for a letter of recommendation?

December 05, 2017

I’d like to provide some advice on letters of recommendation, having requested many for myself and with some observations having just provided one.When requesting a letter of recommendation, choose someone who can speak to the skills and attributes you’re trying to highlight. In my experience, a glowing letter from someone

Chris Jennison and Josephine Bahn (right) talk with Circuit Governor Morgan Nelson at the 2016 ABA Law Student Division Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Lessons from year one: Networking really is that important

June 15, 2017

You may be reading the title and thinking – really?  Law school administrators and career services already tell us about the importance of networking, and some 1L teachers push us or even require us to interview a practitioner or to attend an event here and there. Still, law school doesn’t teach

Networking

Networking starts on day one

June 12, 2017

Most law students quickly realize that law school is so much more than attending classes and studying. While your schoolwork is a critical component (and obviously the primary purpose of your being there), law school truly is the beginning of your legal career and, more importantly, your network. Each day

Hire Me

The short and useless life of a bad resume

May 08, 2017

Over the last 20 years, I have reviewed hundreds of resumes. Most of them hit the wastebasket very rapidly. There are a lot of reasons why.The author can’t write proper English, punctuate properly, or obey the rules of grammar. Even little things matter – attention to detail

OCI

How to survive the OCI gauntlet

February 13, 2017

The on-campus interview. Your future career hangs in the balance! Are you ready? Whatever you do, don’t fail, or your thought of a law career is over!OK, OK, not really. Just relax.The OCI is a big deal – this post is not to downplay it – but it is not

Legal Career Quiz

What kind of lawyer will you be? Take the Legal Career Quiz

February 18, 2016

Some attorneys knew what kind of law they want to practice long before law school. Others may be well into their career and still trying to figure it all out. For the latter, we've got a new tool for you.ABA Legal Career Central has teamed up with

Interview tips for law students.

8 Tips for A+ Interviews

September 01, 2015

By Susan Fine.Of course, you’ve prepared for job interviews. But before you meet with any prospective employer, be sure you’ve covered these eight bases.Everyone agrees that good preparation is the key to a successful interview. But what sets the top performers apart? They ensure that their preparation goes well beyond

resume dos and donts.

Do’s and don’ts for resumes and cover letters

September 01, 2015

By Mark WeberWhen you have approximately 15 seconds to grab the attention of an employer who’s scanning your resume and cover letter, how can you make a strong first impression?Here’s a road map. First, before you even begin working on a resume and cover letter, clean up your online presence.

Law students networking.

How to Network Effectively in Different Scenarios

February 01, 2015

By Katherine A. ErwinSome people are natural networkers, and basically network all the time: in line at the grocery, at the airport, on the sidelines at a softball game. For those who don’t do it automatically, I want to touch on three different categories of networking you should be aware

law student researching an employer

Getting the Backstory: Tips for Employer Background Research

December 14, 2014

By Markeisha J. Miner.You are just beginning your job search. You know you are interested in a certain practice area, but do not know how to go about finding prospective employers in your preferred location. Or, like many lawyers in this country, you want to practice in a small firm

law student interview handshake

The Waiting Game - Understanding the Interview Process in Law School

October 01, 2014

While you’re on pins and needles this semester, awaiting word about the permanent job offer you’re hoping for, you can’t help but wonder: What’s taking so long?“Waiting is a source of tremendous stress for students. It can be a long, lonely wait, especially if your classmates already have jobs,” said

professional interview attire for law students.

Interview Attire - Spend Smart to Look the Part

April 01, 2014

By Erin Binns.Grab your wallet . . . it’s time to invest in your career. Qualifications and academic accomplishments alone don’t generate offers. You need to look the part, too. Legal employers value appearance and will judge you for it. If you opt not to wear a business suit to

Defeating the Dreaded Interview Questions

April 01, 2014

By Erin E. Rhinehart.Picture this: Tom, an eager 2L, scores an interview at a reputable mid-sized law firm for a summer associate position. This is it. This is the opportunity for which Tom has been waiting. Sporting a freshly pressed navy suit with a starched white shirt and red power

What employers value in law students.

What Employers Really Value

February 01, 2014

Grades—they don’t matter as much as you think they do. Despite all the hype (especially at this time of year for 1Ls) most employers don’t rely exclusively or even heavily on academic achievement when making hiring decisions. Yes, some employers are persnickety about grades and use class rank as a

10 Job Search Tips for Law Students and New Graduates

January 01, 2014

First, let’s recognize that all job searches are stressful. The closer you are to graduation, the more pressure you likely feel. Along with pressure, you will probably experience a range of emotions including nervousness, intimidation, being overwhelmed, frustation, and—hopefully—elation at the end. Here are some tips to help you through

Stop Squandering Opportunities - Master the Follow-Up

December 01, 2013

Students listen to lawyers present on career panel. The end.Students attend class with lawyer as guest presenter. The end.Students attend a Student Bar Association event and mingle with lawyers. The end.Does your story end with being in the same room as a lawyer and never following up? Ignoring chances to

Job Search

How to Make Your Job Search Fit Your Schedule

September 01, 2013

Get Focused In a tight job market, law students in need of experience will often say, “I will take any job anywhere.” While flexibility and adaptability are critical qualities, casting your net too wide results in an unfocused job search taking an incredible amount of time and that is ultimately less

Reviewing a law student's cover letter.

Writing an Effective Cover Letter

November 01, 2012

As a legal writing instructor, many students bring me cover letters to review. Often after I help a student rework a letter, employers start to respond.

A law student's resume.

Resumes - Creating the Best First Impression

November 01, 2012

Résumés have two stand-out moments in the application process. The document’s first job is to generate an interview. The second is to serve as a springboard for questions and conversations during the interview. Approach résumé creation with an eye toward both. All formatting and content decisions should be filtered with

Law student interviewing.

Master the Legal Interview

December 01, 2011

Law students must answer interview questions in the hopes of impressing someone enough to get a job offer. There is fear, anxiety, and, overall, the need to impress.