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July 31, 2009

Prepare for Law School Success During Your Pre-1L Summer

University of Minnesota alum Nena Street provides excellent tips for pre-1Ls.

"Waiting for law school to start this fall and wondering what you should be doing to prepare? Here are my top 7 tips for using your pre-1L summer to prepare for law school success."

For the entire post, visit Prepare for Law School Success During Your Pre-1L Summer.

Thanks Nena!


July 30, 2009

50 Web Resources

50 Web Resources for the Suddenly Solo Lawyer
By Jim Calloway and Allison C. Shields

"So you're suddenly solo. Do you look for a new job immediately, consider starting a new solo or small firm law practice, take on some legal work from acquaintances in the meantime or make an entire new master plan for your life and career? Only you can answer these questions for yourself. But we think spending a day or more reading and reviewing these free online resources will give you a lot of inspiration and ideas. (If you count, you may even find more than 50 links in this article - we're lawyers, not accountants!)"

"Suddenly solo" or not - this is a great post filled with terrific resources.


July 29, 2009

Energy Careers: New website showcases careers, education, jobs in Minnesota's energy sector

ISEEK is pleased to announce the launch of its Minnesota Energy Careers website. The site is for students, job seekers, and career explorers looking for successful pathways in energy. They can research energy careers, learn about energy education options, and find Minnesota energy employers.

Features of Minnesota Energy Careers include:

* Energy careers and industry segments
* Energy training programs and certifications
* Green energy careers
* 'Day in the Life' interviews
* Salaries and energy occupations in demand data
* Student testimonials
* Videos
* Polls and quizzes

The Minnesota Energy Careers website is a part of ISEEK Minnesota's comprehensive career, education, and job resource.

The Minnesota Energy Careers website was funded in part by a High Growth Job Training Initiative grant to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities from the U. S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

The site was also part of a workforce solution funded by a grant awarded to the Southwest Minnesota FIRST Collaborative under Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

Navigating the Career Development Process

Are you wondering how to begin your job search? Check out this article in the July issue of Hennepin Lawyer, by two of our very own, Dana Bartocci and Vic Massaglia.

July 24, 2009

Student Professionalism During the Interview Season


Student Professionalism During the Interview Season: A Quick Guide to Your Ethical Responsibilities in the Offer and Decision-Making Process

"Fall interviewing season is stressful. Thinking about offers and decisions may seem like the least of your worries - and yet how and when you respond to offers makes a tremendous difference. Your offer could even expire if you don't focus on your response deadline. Equally important, your professionalism in responding to offers sets the tone for your relationship with employers who have expressed an interest in you. But what should that professionalism include? And what are all those "NALP timing guidelines" or "Principles and Standards for the Timing of Offers and Decisions" your career services office keeps talking about?

Here are a few of the questions law students most often ask about these ethical standards. These answers provide you with a quick guide to the essentials of navigating the fall interviewing season with professionalism.

* What are the NALP timing guidelines and why are they important?
* When, exactly, do I have to respond to offers?
* Do NALP's timing guidelines ever allow employers to require my decision sooner?
* How many offers can I consider at once?
* What if I need more time to decide?
* What if the employer I am interviewing with is not a NALP member or is not abiding by the NALP guidelines?
* How can I learn more?"

For this entire article from NALP, visit http://www.nalp.org/studentprofessionalism.


July 23, 2009

Job Search Marketing Toolkit - Networking

From Career Alley:

"If it's the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?" - Robin Williams

Networking for job search is under-rated (and it certainly is not the Psychic Network). For some of us (like me) there is nothing I like less than "bothering" a former co-worker, friend, relative or business associate to let them know that I am out of work &/or looking for a job. There are, of course, many people who don't have a problem with this.

There are a number of ways you can leverage your network without calling people as the first step (although this is not a bad way to start). Business social networks have been covered in a number of previous posts (quick links are listed below), so I won't cover that topic again in this post. I will, however, provide some basic Networking concepts and methods. But first some quick links to ... social networks:

For these links and for the entire post, visit CareerAlley


July 22, 2009

Law School Announces Judicial Law Clerk Post-Graduate Fellowship for 2009 Grads!

The University of Minnesota Law School is proud to introduce the Fourth Judicial District Law Clerk Post-Graduate Fellowship. The Law School will award up to five Judicial Law Clerk Post-Graduate Fellowships. Fellows are required to work a total of 400 hours and will receive an award of $5,000.

Applications are open to 2009 graduates of the University of Minnesota Law School who have taken the bar exam or will take it in July 2009. Graduates are not eligible if they have secured another permanent law or law clerk position, regardless of the start date of that employment.

Placement in the top 50% of the Law School class is preferred. Successful applicants will have knowledge of general law, state law, established precedent, sources of legal reference, court practices and procedures, and legal terminology and concepts. They will be able to communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written forms with diverse audiences, research complex legal questions and apply legal principles, represent the court in a respectful manner, establish and maintain effective working relationships, and skillfully use word processing and legal research software.

Fellows will perform professional legal work under general supervision of a justice, judge, or other legal officials in the Fourth Judicial District. Duties involve legal research and other related clerical or administrative work in preparation of memoranda, opinions, or orders for judges or court officials concerning the cases before them. Fellows' work is reviewed through conferences and written reports.

Some examples of a Judicial Law Clerk's responsibilities may include review, research, and annotation of laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, and briefs; preparation of briefs, legal memoranda, statements of issues, and appropriate suggestions or recommendations; compilation of references on laws and decisions necessary for legal determinations; conferring with justice, judge, or court official on legal questions, construction of documents, and granting of orders; attendance at oral arguments to record necessary case information; maintenance of records attendant to court proceedings; and performance of such courtroom duties as calling the calendar, swearing in jury panels and witnesses, taking court minutes, and assisting in arraignments, motions, hearings, pre-trial conferences, and trials.

Fellows are required to work a total of 400 hours, at 30 hours per week. Fellows are paid as employees of the Fourth Judicial District and receive paychecks, with proper withholding, according to the Judicial District's regularly scheduled payroll process.

Applicants are required to prepare the following supplemental material:

•Rank in order of interest the following types of law: family, civil, criminal, and juvenile.
•Describe what would make you a successful clerk in each area.
To apply for a Fellowship, upload your resume, cover letter, supplemental material, and a short writing sample into Symplicity. The deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14. The Fourth Judicial District will notify applicants who receive an interview.

For additional information about the Post-Graduate Fellowship Program, please contact Dana Bartocci, Employer Relations Coordinator, Career and Professional Development Center, University of Minnesota Law School, at bartocci@umn.edu bartocci@umn.edu or 612-625-4694.

2010 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application Now Available!

From Equal Justice Works Fellowships Staff:

The 2010 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application is available at http://info.equaljusticeworks.org/fellowships/login.asp. You may review the application form in order to advise students by creating a profile and an application name.

Important reminders

Review the application ASAP. We recommend that prospective candidates review the online application form as soon as possible to familiarize themselves with how it works and to prepare the necessary items required to apply -- the online application, the Certification Form (signed by both candidate and host organization and accompanied this year by a Benefits Summary Sheet) and up to two letters of recommendation.

Begin working on the application early. There are character limits noted for each text box, and character counts may differ between a word processing program and the application. It is therefore important for candidates to paste the text into the application well in advance of the deadline to ensure that the text fits in the allotted space. The server also grows increasingly busy as the deadline approaches.

Hard copy documents must be received by September 17th. The deadline for submission of the application, which is done online, is 5pm EDT on September 17th. A signed Certification Form and up to 2 recommendation letter(s) must be received by Equal Justice Works no later than September 17th. These items must be mailed or hand delivered. Faxes and emails will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please email fellowships@equaljusticeworks.org or call (202)466-3686, extension 202.

We hope you are having a pleasant summer!

Career Services for Student Veterans and Service Members

There is a new online presentation available, "Career Services for Student Veterans and Service Members".

Check it out at http://umconnect.umn.edu/veterans

Special thanks to St. Paul Campus Career Center volunteer Kari Trad for all of her hard work on this project!


July 14, 2009

Do you know an attorney, professor, Law Student, Paralegal or Legal Advocate Who has Made a Significant Contribution to Poverty Law or Public Interest Work?

If so, the Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF) encourages you to submit your nominations for deserving recipients in one or more of six award categories.

Please visit our website at www.mnjustice.org and click on the "Outstanding Service Awards" tab to download a nomination form. Nomination forms may be returned electronically, by email, or by regular mail no later than August 14, 2009. Awardees will be announced on September 10, 2009 and will be honored at MJF's 27th Anniversary Celebration.

Our Anniversary Awards Celebration will take place October 29, 2009 at International Market Square in Minneapolis. Our Keynote Speaker will be Robin Maher, Director of the ABA's Death Penalty Representation Project. The Project's goals are to better inform the bar and the public about the lack of representation available to death row inmates, to address this need by recruiting competent, volunteer attorneys and to offer counsel training and assistance. The Project also aims to propose systemic changes that would assure those facing death are represented at all stages of the proceedings--from trial through clemency--by qualified, adequately compensated counsel.

Pass this announcement and materials on to any interested parties.

Please forward questions or comments to me at joann@mnjustice.org or 612-626-9366. Apologies for any duplication of emails; this announcement has been cross-posted to multiple lists.

July 10, 2009

Make the Most of Your MWL Membership: Get Involved!!

Save the Date
Minnesota Women Lawyers 2009 Committee Fair on August 26th
Have you ever wondered how MWL is able to attract so many phenomenal speakers, print a great publication, hold top-notch events, and so much more? MWL has its many committees to thank! Find out how you can get involved at the 2009 MWL Committee Fair. Join us for lunch and meet the active members who get it all done. You'll learn about opportunities to get involved and network with MWL's leadership and members.

The MWL Committee Fair will be held on Wednesday, August 26th from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Briggs and Morgan, P.A. (80 South 8th Street, IDS Tower, Suite 2200 in Minneapolis; in the Minnesota Room). All members and prospective members are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, August 21st to gwinther@mwlawyers.org. We hope you will be able to join us!

Open Letter to Law Students from the National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP)

View and print in PDF format: Open Letter to Law Students (PDF)

As employer members of NALP, we have developed this letter to give students additional insight into employers' perspectives on the recruiting process. We think the following suggestions will help you interview more efficiently within the broad provisions of the NALP Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruitment Activities, and particularly the "General Standards for Timing of Offers and Decisions."

For the entire letter at NALP's website, click here.


Equal Justice Works (formerly NAPIL) Fellowships Program

July 7, 2009 The 2010 application is now open
Sept. 17, 2009 The application and supporting paperwork are due to Equal Justice Works by 5 p.m. EDT
Nov. 2009 Interviews begin for selected candidates
Dec. 2009
and Jan. 2010 Interviews continue; Fellowships are offered on a rolling basis
Sept. 2010 Class of 2010 Fellows begin service

For more information, click here.

Want to Advance Your Career? Clean Up Your E-mail Etiquette.

"These days, using e-mail effectively isn't just a nice thing to do -- it's a critical part of managing your career. Why? First, because e-mail is a dominant form of communication and we often use it to talk to people we don't know well, or even people we've never met in person. This means people may form opinions of you based mostly or entirely on your e-mail style. Second, e-mail forms a permanent record of communication, so if you've used it poorly, it could come back to haunt you. Finally, e-mail lacks those helpful interpersonal cues that come across in phone or in-person contact, making it easier for miscommunications to occur. This can compromise people's impressions of you or even jeopardize a job interview.

So, what are the biggest e-mail faux pas? To answer this question, I conducted an informal survey here at ISEEK, asking my coworkers to tell me about their e-mail pet peeves. Here's what they said.

* Avoid sending long, wordy e-mails. Do you skim your e-mails looking for the bottom line? So does everyone else! If what you have to say is complicated or can't be conveyed in a few lines of text, you're probably better off talking in person or over the phone."

For the entire post, click here.

July 7, 2009

Top 10 Tips for Success in Law School

From: Law School Academic Support Blog

Whether someone is just starting out as a 1L student or getting ready to enter 2L or 3L year, the following tips can help with both academic and personal success. These are my top 10 tips out of several hundred that could be given.

* Have a restful summer. Law school is hard work. To get consistently high grades, law students need to work 50-55 hours a week outside of class. It pays off to have a blissful and restful summer. In addition to any work hours or class hours, have some fun. Get lots of sleep. Enjoy life. Do at least some things that have nothing to do with law. (And, if you are an entering 1L, do all things that have nothing to do with law.)

For the entire post, click here.

July 2, 2009

PSLawNet's Federal Government Careers

For those who are unfamiliar, please note that PSLawNet's Federal Government Careers page - which is free and publicly accessible - is newly updated and expanded:

From Steve Grumm, NALP's Director of Public Service Initiatives

2009 Best Places to Work Rankings in the Federal Government

The Partnership for Public Service and American University's School of Public Affairs recently released the 2009 edition of Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. The Best Places to Work rankings are the most comprehensive and authoritative rating and analysis of employee satisfaction and commitment in the federal government.

While the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Government Accountability Office maintained their top positions in 2009, both agencies also significantly increased their scores. On the other side of the spectrum, the three lowest-ranked agencies in 2007, the Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security and Small Business Administration (SBA), were all among the most-improved agencies in 2009. SBA improved its index score by a whopping 30 percent.

For the fourth time in a row, survey data showed the primary driver of job satisfaction in the federal space to be effective leadership. While this finding is no surprise, the reasons behind it are. Although conventional wisdom holds that the greatest influence on an employee's satisfaction is his or her immediate supervisor, the 2009 Best Places rankings reveal that the quality of the agency's senior leadership is the primary indicator of employees' leadership satisfaction.

Schools: There has never been a more exciting time for your students to pursue a career in federal government. Click here to learn more about the wide variety of opportunities available to job seekers.

Agencies: Are you committed to improving your score? Click here.