April 16, 2009

Networking through Conferences

Conferences are a fabulous opportunity to network and meet practitioners, legal scholars and professors, and fellow law students. Between attending committee meetings, there are usually CLE offerings to learn more about practice areas and hot topics. Most student registrations are greatly reduced and offer listservs to find other students to share hotel expenses. For example, did you know that this year's ABA Annual Meeting will be held right here in Chicago at the end of July? Some, like the American Constitution Society offer fellowships. Other conferences, such as the NLLSA Annual Conference (hosted by DePaul's LLSA Chapter this coming fall) and Federalist Society Student Symposium are specifically for students. To start researching other bar associations that may be of interest to you, check out the ABA Bar Directory, National Association of Bar Executives Directory, and the LCS Legal Organizations Resource in the Document Library of Symplicity.

Wall Street Journal Interview Article

This article discusses common mistakes that may be magnified by overaggression. Consider these tips for your entire job search.

April 14, 2009

Change is in the Air for Law Firms

How does this economic downturn affect the business of law? The LawJobs.Com Career Center makes some educated guesses.

National Association of Law Students with Disabilities

The National Association of Law Students with Disabilities (NALSWD) is a coalition of law students dedicated to disability advocacy and the achievement of equal access, inclusion, diversity and non-discrimination in legal education and the legal profession. NALSWD, well-supported by the ABA and various law firms, is planning its third annual conference for August 7-9 in Washington, D.C. The conference is held in conjuntion with the IMPACT Career Fair, the only national employer recruitment program event for law students with disabilities. The newly formed Lawyers with Disabilities group has been created to create a sustained community for law students and lawyers with disabilities to seek support and advice during law school and within the legal profession. Check out their website today to find out more about their amazing work.

April 13, 2009

Off the Clock - Volunteer Opportunities

The LawyerAvenue blog brings a post about ten sites to check out if are looking for ways to contribute your skills on a volunteer basis. This can be a great way to network and keep your skills sharp. Some of the listings are the usual suspects like Idealist or PSLawNet, but others are geared toward specialty causes or general volunteer opportunities.

Federal Judicial Clerkship Postings

Just a reminder, but the federal judiciary continues to hire! Check out OSCAR today to find current postings!