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July 30, 2010

NALP Seeks Nominations for the 16th Annual PSLawNet Pro Bono Publico Award

Purpose: To recognize the significant contributions that law students make to under-served populations, the public interest community, and legal education by performing pro bono or public service work.

Eligibility: The Pro Bono Publico Award is available to any second- or third-year law student at a
PSLawNet Subscriber School. The recipient will be honored during an Award Luncheon at NALP's
Public Service Mini-Conference on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at the Washington, DC office of Arnold & Porter, LLP. The Award recipient will receive transportation to Washington, a one-night stay in an area hotel, a commemorative plaque, and a small monetary award.

For more information, click here.


2010 Public Service Career and Internship Fair

Each year the Partnership organizes a federal job fair in Washington, D.C. to facilitate conversations between great, entry-level talent and agency representatives and encourage these individuals to bring their skills and experience to the government. This year's Public Service Career and Internship Fair took place on July 14 and connected representatives from 85 federal agencies with more than 8,000 students and job seekers from across the country.

Said one student, "I was able to accomplish what I set out to do and put my résumé into the hands of agencies that I have been trying to contact on USAJOBS.gov for quite some time." Agencies were equally excited about their interactions with participants, and found a number of promising candidates for their internship programs and available jobs.

Agencies recruited for a wide variety of positions at the Career Fair, ranging from engineers to accountants to program analysts and everything in between. This diversity is indicative of the broad spectrum of positions available to students and jobseekers in government. Nearly every federal agency is looking to hire candidates in a number of fields. This is why it is so important that students begin researching federal agencies and their missions to determine which offices will be a good fit for them before applying.

On September 1 the Partnership will release the new Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings of more than 283 federal agencies, offices and subcomponents. This report and Web site not only ranks agencies based on employee satisfaction, but also on effective leadership, pay and benefits, work/life balance and more. Users can create customized profiles based on the criteria in which they are most interested in potential employers, and compare up to three agencies at once.

Consider doing your homework on federal agencies by visiting bestplacestowork.org, wherethejobsare.org and makingthedifference.org today!
Agencies: Learn more about your agency's Best Places to Work in the Federal Government ranking here.

July 25, 2010

Lavender Law Career Fair

he National LGBT Bar Association's Annual Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession's recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and legal departments.

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Miami, FL
Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Click here for more information.


July 22, 2010

Upcoming Job Fairs & Tips for Successful Participation

Attending job fairs is an excellent way to meet multiple employers at one location. Check out these two websites regarding upcoming job fairs in addition to tips on how to be successful at a fair. Note that many job fairs are restricted to students from participating schools.



Job Fair Tips

Dress professionally - Wear a suit, handle this as you would a regular interview.

Resumes - Bring a supply of resumes to hand out to the employers. Take a portfolio/briefcase to hold your documentation (e.g. resumes, writing samples,firm literature, etc.). And don't forget to bring a pen or two!

Prepare a "one minute commercial" - Think about your strong points, your goals, the employer and where you want to go within the organization. How do you 'fit'?

Be prepared - to discuss where you want to work geographically (New York - Boston - anywhere), what you like doing, what you're looking for in a job, what you most relevant skills are.

Arrive early - Plan on extra time for checking in.

Network - While you are waiting in line, talk to others. You may hear about opportunities of which you were unaware.

Be assertive and show initiative - shake hands and introduce yourself to recruiters when you reach the table.

Be enthusiastic - Employer surveys identify one of the most important personal attributes candidates can bring to a new position as enthusiasm. NALP, in fact, has reported 'lack of enthusiasm' as one of the top three reasons candidates aren't considered for positions. (Arrogance and poor communication skills are the other two.)

Stay calm - There will be many applicants approaching employers at the same time you are... Don't be overwhelmed by the experience. Keep a positive attitude and concentrate on the benefits of the experience.

Explore options - A wide variety of organizations will normally participate. This is an excellent opportunity to browse and indulge your curiosity.

(Adapted from http://jobsearch.about.com)

July 10, 2010

ABA Law Student Division 2010 Career Fair

Friday, August 6, 2010
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel
55 Fourth Street (San Francisco, CA)

The ABA Law Student Division is pleased to present the fourth Annual Career Fair during the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The program, which kicks-off the Division's portion of the ABA Annual Meeting, is structured as a table-talk event, providing employers the opportunity to speak one-on-one with over 400 law student leaders and recent graduates from the 199 ABA-approved law schools in a single day without having to travel great distances. As attendees of the Career Fair, law students can meet hiring representatives from some of the country's most prominent law firms, government legal departments, and public interest organizations to discuss their future careers and prospects for summer and associate positions.

For more information, click here.


2010-2011 OCI Forms Now Available Online

Following a review by the NALP Recruiting Section and the Ethics & Standards Advisory Group, updated versions of all NALP OCI forms have now been posted at www.nalp.org/forms. These forms include an Open Letter to Law Students, which schools are encouraged to share with their students; the NALP Travel Expense Reimbursement Form, which is especially helpful for students to use when expenses will be shared by several employers; the OCI Student Evaluation Form, an optional form that can be distributed by schools; the Employer's Interview Outcome Form for schools to distribute to employers later in the fall; and the Law School Career Services Request Form, which can be distributed by schools to employers invited to interview on campus in 2011-2012.

July 9, 2010

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference

The Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference (MMRC) is an annual event that connects the largest legal employers in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area with top 2L and 3L candidates from around the country. Each year's conference and job fair includes around 30 employers and upwards of 150 law students.

Employers participating in the interviews will include small, medium and large firms; corporate law departments; and public interest, nonprofit and government entities.

The conference is co-sponsored by Twin Cities Diversity in Practice and the Twin Cities Committee on Minority Lawyers in Large Law Firms ("TCC").

The 2010 MMRC will be held August 13, 2010. Student bidding is now open until Friday, July 23rd at 9:00 p.m.

2010 MMRC flier (pdf)

The conference organizers are commited to a policy against discrimination in employment based upon age, sex, race, religious belief, handicap, veteran status, sexual orientation or national origin.

July 2, 2010

How to Approach a Meeting With a Legal Recruiter

By Linda E. Laufer
New York Law Journal
July 02, 2010

Question I have been contacting recruiters to help with my job search. Finally, one has invited me in for a meeting. I would appreciate your thoughts on how to handle it - should I treat it like an interview? What do you think about my working with a recruiter? Thanks.

-- Recruiting Risk or Reward

Click here for the response.