March 21, 2009

Job Research Tips

We've been advising a lot of students and alumni lately about how additional research and targeted research will help set them apart in this tough economy job search. Even though the website Idealist serves the public sector, this article about research and additional ways to network into jobs is important to include in your job search arsenal.

March 20, 2009

ABA Section of Taxation Progam & Fellowship

The ABA Section of Taxation invites you to attend a "Career in Tax Law Panel & Discussion on Diversity Initiatives" on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the John Marshall Law School. For additional details, including RSVP information, check the Events calendar in Symplicity.

In addition, the Section has begun to accept applications for its 2010-2012 Public Service Fellowship Program. This fellowship reflects the section's desire to advance public service efforts in tax law and to foster a more fair and equitable tax system. Additional information is available on this fellowship, its requirements, and the Section's commitment to pro bono service.

March 19, 2009

CBA Government Fair

Interested in working in the Government? Want to network with local, state, and federal employees? Check out the Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Section Annual Government Service Career Fair on Saturday, April 4, 2009. The Fair will begin with a panel discussion on legal careers in public service followed by an opportunity to meet representatives from local government offices. PLEASE NOTE: Resumes will be accepted at the discretion of the agencies.

Participating Agencies include: Chicago Park District, U.S. Department of Energy, Securities & Exchange Commission - Midwest Regional Office, U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, U.S. Dept. of Justice - Antitrust Division, U.S. Dept. of Labor Employee Benefits Security Adminstration, U.S. EPA, Region V - Office of Regional Counsel, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Office of the State Appellate Defender--1st Judicial District, and National Labor Relations Board.

Hob Knob with Insurance Professionals!

For a nominal fee, law students are invited to participate in DRI's Insurance & Coverage Claims Institute (ICCI) seminar April 1-3 at the Westin Michigan Ave Chicago. Dine-arounds and receptions will allow ample opporunities for students to meet professionals practicing in these areas.

March 18, 2009

EJW Summer Corps

Have you secured a summer public interest job? Check out the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps application to see if your position and agency qualify for the Education Awards. For the first time, government public defender offices qualify. This program may be used in conjunction with other funding sources.

March 17, 2009

Young Associate Marketing Tips

The Remsen Group has published an article discussing how young associates need to build their marketing and develop revenue. The Young Lawyer blog highlights the fact that meeting your billables isn't listed -- because that is already expected.

March 16, 2009

Common Networking Fears

Students and alumni have been known to cringe when we talk about the importance of networking. Networking, whether directed (for a short-term goal) or investment (long-term relationship building), helps you learn about the profession, opportunities, and other people. But what if you're afraid of it? Check out this short article from the Leopard Blog to overcome the most common fears. Like all of career development skills, networking requires considering your own interests, needs, experiences, and skills, as well as a plan. Want help developing a plan? Stop by or call Law Career Services (312-362-8385) for an appointment.

Federal Judicial Clerkship Postings

Did you know that all federal judicial clerkships are posted in the OSCAR system? This past weekend, a bankruptcy judge in Tennessee posted an opening for this upcoming fall for a two year term. For additional information about judicial clerkships, check out the Clerkship Guide in the Document Library in Symplicity today.