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Rev up your legal job search with ABA Career Forward

August 02, 2019

As a law student looking to land that perfect job out of law school, you can never have enough help. And we've got a great new tool for ABA members to use to get noticed in their job search. Meet ABA Career Forward, 

OCI

Struck out at OCI? It’s not the end of the world

September 10, 2018

It’s happened – you did not get a callback from OCI. You now have the opportunity to approach the rest of the interview season and law school more strategically and make circumstances change in your favor.

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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/7TZi7HjVqxE Speakers: Tiffany J. deGruy, Partner, Bradley, Birmingham, AL

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Everything you need to know about OCI: on-campus interviewing

July 01, 2018

Law firms and other legal employers visit law schools nationwide during the fall to interview applicants for employment starting the following summer in a process called OCI (on-campus interviewing). Most large law firms do the majority of their hiring of new law graduates this way.  Firms hire students to work the summer between their second and third year, and if the student performs well, firms often make offers to them for full-time employment upon graduation.

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

OCI

OCI advice: How to stand out from the crowd

August 01, 2017

Imagine you are sitting in your ninth on-campus interview of the week, talking to yet another potential employer about the unique attributes of this particular firm. The attorney sitting across from you earnestly describes her firm’s associate training program: “We give summer associates real client work, not make-work. And once

Becoming an Irresistible Candidate

Simply irresistible: How to be the best job candidate you can be

May 11, 2017

Your qualifications have caught an employer’s attention. Now you have to convince the employer that you are the candidate that best fits the organization’s needs. Presenters of this webinar, "Interviewing: Becoming an Irresistible Candidate", discuss interviewing techniques: how to prepare, make a positive first impression, and present with confidence. The panelists

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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

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Video: What to do (and not to do) during an interview

May 12, 2016

Recent law school graduates and experienced interviewers led a discussion of interview skills and pitfalls at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego during the American Bar Association's midyear meeting in February 2016. They demonstrated common mistakes and shared a few of their own unexpected interview experiences.

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10 tips for a strong legal internship interview

February 17, 2016

As with any sport, strong performance during your interview will depend on a variety of factors that are impossible to predict. After adequately preparing for the interview, the best advice to follow is just to be yourself. Here are 10 tips for additional guidance when trying to land a competitive legal internship.

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Swimming Lesson: The 411 on informational interviews

December 21, 2015

Q: Everyone says I should do informational interviews. Any advice on how I should go about this?  A: Yes. Informational interviews can help you in several ways. But you need to plan before you dive in. Here are some tips to make the most of your contacts: Identify your purpose. First, decide what

How to dress to your curriculum

December 01, 2015

By Amy Phan Taylor AMY PHAN TAYLOR, a 2L student at Seattle University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Here's how to avoid losing a job opportunity because of a fashion faux pas — and even save a few dollars building your wardrobe. Black Capri pants. Animal print strappy heels. Ties hitting

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

6 Interviewing traits you should have

September 01, 2015

By Casey Berman CASEY BERMAN (casey@leavelawbehind.com) graduated from law school in 1999 and is now a San Francisco-based entrepreneur and founder of Leave Law Behind, a blog helping lawyers find alternate careers. When I was a freshman in college, I was given one of the most valuable items a

Open doors at law firms

September 01, 2015

By Carol Kanarek CAROL KANAREK (ckanarek@aol.com) is a former transactional lawyer who has also earned her master’s degree in social work. She has provided career-related services to lawyers, law students, and law firms for more than 30 years. Resumes and cover letters are the key to sparking the interest of potential employers. The

How to Rethink Interview Preparation for Alternative Careers

September 01, 2014

There’s nothing new or trendy about law students searching for careers outside the traditional parameters of practice. Lawyers are everywhere, and we have been for a long time. We infiltrate industries, organizations, government agencies, and companies. It makes sense when you consider the fundamental skills and strengths that are honed