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November 24, 2009

Looking for your next step? Been laid off? Take time to evaluate.

If you have been laid off from your firm or your organization, your well meaning friends and family may say things like: "things happen for a reason," "you will be better off" or "take this as an opportunity." It is hard to take those to heart, but read the below article and see if are able to find that silver lining.

Hope for a Silver Lining
Current legal market offers attorneys an opportunity to figure out what they want to do outside of a big firm.

November 23, 2009

Awards, Competitions, Grants and Scholarships

From the ABA Law Student Division website.

"Did you know the ABA presents over 100 awards and distributes over $100,000 in awards and grants each year? Over 20 of these awards and grants have been specifically designed for law schools or law students, including writing competitions and fellowships. Don't miss the opportunity to gain recognition for your accomplishments, that of your law school or student organization."


The 2009 Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements

The American Bar Association and the National Conference of Bar Examiners publishes the annual Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, which sets out the rules and practices of all U.S. jurisdictions for admission to the Bar. This valuable resource can be downloaded for free http://www.ncbex.org/comprehensive-guide-to-bar-admissions/

Thanks to Touro Law Center's CSO for this post.


November 19, 2009

Top 10 Reasons Employers Want to Hire You

By Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com
November 2, 2009 9:48 a.m. EST

"When you apply for a job, you know exactly what you're looking for. You want a company you love, great co-workers, a decent salary, a culture where you fit in and, most importantly, you want to love what you'll be doing.

But do you ever consider what the employer is looking for in its employees?

These days, competition is steep among job seekers; it's important to know what employers want in an employee before going into an interview so candidates can sell how they would be an asset to the company."

For the entire article, click here.


University of Minnesota Law School Student Business Cards

Law student business cards, which have the look and feel of a traditional business card, enable students to provide critical career and contact information to people they meet in social and professional situations. For a minimal investment, you can obtain University of Minnesota Law School business cards for use in such situations.

For information as to how to order your cards, click here.

If you have additional questions, please see your CPDC counselor.


November 15, 2009

1L Hiring Index from NALP Directory of Legal Employers

The NALP Directory of Legal Employers allows students to generate their own custom index of NALP employers that hire first-year students. Using the Advanced Search feature, students can enter their specific criteria and then select 1Ls from the "Organizations that Hire" drop-down list. Employers that indicated Yes or Case-by-Case (CBC) will appear in the results list.

Thanks to our friends at DePaul for this post.


10 Tips for Beginning a Successful Legal Career

10 Tips for Beginning a Successful Legal Career
Young Lawyer Editorial Board
The Legal Intelligencer
November 12, 2009

"As another class of law school graduates begins their careers as practicing attorneys, we started to reflect upon our early days as lawyers. Looking back, we realized just how much we didn't know then, and we commented that we wish someone had given us better advice prior to starting our new positions.

With that in mind, here are our top 10 tips to transition seamlessly a successful legal career."

For the entire article, click here.


November 10, 2009

Thinking about going solo?

Here is a short article on things to think about if you are planning to open your own practice.

November 6, 2009

Federal Government Internships Offer Hope in the Tight Economy

Check out this very helpful article from the NCDA website: Federal Government Internships Offer Hope in the Tight Economy by Laura Kapelski

"Statistics on rising unemployment and decreased hiring projections across widespread career industries have led college students to wonder about their career possibilities and competitiveness in a tight job market. These challenging times also present difficulties for college career counselors. In particular, counselors must manage college students' expectations of the job market while at the same time offering strategies and tips for obtaining career related experiences."

Job Search Resources for Federal Government Internships/Jobs

* http://www.usajobs.gov/
* http://www.studentjobs.gov/
* http://makingthedifference.org/index.shtml
* Federal agencies' employment sections. To access a listing of federal agencies visit: http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml

For the complete article, click here.

November 1, 2009

100+ Career Blogs ALL Professionals MUST Read

Check out this great post that includes many resources.

Whether you are seeking career advice or job opportunities, developing your personal brand, taking the next step in your career or simply just want to keep track of news and updates from the career industry, Career Rocketeer has compiled and presents to you the ultimate, definitive list of career blogs you should be reading, including those of authors, bloggers, coaches and experts in the world of personal branding and marketing, career and job searching, networking, social media, resume writing and more.

For the entire post, click here.