October 22, 2009

Symplicity Calendar

Did you know that we post upcoming conferences around the country on the Symplicity calendar? Do you know when your target practice area's section meetings will be for the ABA? Don't miss the opportunity to attend this August's ABA Annual Meeting here in Chicago, where many sections will indeed meet to conduct business, offer CLE seminars, and provide you with various networking opportunities. Don't forget to note when committees meet and have special events or CLE seminars at the Chicago Bar Association as well.

October 21, 2009

ABA Recession Resources

The ABA has created resources that will help you to understand the economic outlook so that you can sound well-versed while networking and while interviewing. In addition, we suggest following the NALPOrg Twitter feed, for the latest on legal employment news and statistics. NALP Executive Director James Leipold also publishes a weekly of the latest legal employment and other related news.

October 20, 2009

PICs Picks: Community Project Involvement

Law students at DePaul have many advantages and opportunities open to them. One of these is the vast number of service activities that allow law students to participate in a multitude of projects to benefit the community. These service opportunities range from legally focused work, such as the numerous clinic programs, to those that do not deal with legal work, such as the Service Immersion trips. There is flexibility to accommodate any level of student interest, from those willing to make major time commitments through the field placement program or clinics to those seeking to work one day per semester. Besides providing the chance for students to bolster their resumes with meaningful and attractive experiences, there is also a chance to gain useful training and experience. Finally, students who choose to participate in service activities often make great contacts with attorneys, judges, professors, and other law students that could lead to employment while in school or after graduation. Check out the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative today for more information on various pro bono and volunteer opportunities.

October 19, 2009

It is about networking -- and support too. . .

Yes, networking can be intimidating. That is why it is so important to break it down into pieces that make it manageable -- your perspective, your current contacts, what contacts you want to develop, your own skills. But the one piece that is often overlooked in seeking the next position is the importance of support. This blog entry reminds you that yes, jobs are being found through networking, but don't forget to find ways to allow others within your network support you.