This Week at the CDO (Week of April 4, 2011)

Wednesday, April 6

The CDO How To Series:  How to Fly Solo Right out of Law School with Spencer Aronfeld ’91.  12:30 p.m., Room 109.  Join Spencer Aronfeld as he discusses how he successfully started his own practice right after graduation.  Pizza and drinks will be served.

Are you a 2L interested in a post-graduate judicial clerkship? Then the Nuts and Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop is for you.  12:30 p.m., Room 110.  

 

Thursday, April 7

The CDO How To Series:  How to Get the Job You Really Want 12:30 p.m. in room 109.  Not to be missed for those looking for interviewing tips and practice but unable to conduct a mock interview.  

 

Coming up next week:  Working this summer and want to know what to expect?  The CDO’s How To series continues with How to Succeed as a Summer Associate and How to Succeed as a Summer Intern.

Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop

Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop

Wednesday, April 6th

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Room A110

 

This is an important meeting for all 2Ls who will be applying for post-graduate judicial clerkships beginning this summer.   We will be covering information critical to the application process, including the timeline for applying to state and federal judges, the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (“OSCAR”), as well as your application documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters, writing samples and letters of recommendation).  1Ls and 3Ls are also encouraged to attend if interested.

Professors Sergio Campos and Jill Barton will also be in attendance to help answer questions regarding clerking for a judge.  Pizza will be served.

The CDO “How To” Series: How to Get the Job You Really Want

The Career Development Office cordially invites you to attend a lively presentation about strategies that will give you a competitive edge during interviews.

Robert Coppel, Director of Training & Professionalism with the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office, will present HOW TO GET THE JOB YOU REALLY WANT at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7th in Room 109.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Robert discuss the “4Ps” and other techniques that will help you get the job you really want.  We hope to see you there!

 

Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop

Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop

Wednesday, April 6th

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Room A110

This is an important meeting for all 2Ls who will be applying for post-graduate judicial clerkships beginning this summer.   We will be covering information critical to the application process, including the timeline for applying to state and federal judges, the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (“OSCAR”), as well as your application documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters, writing samples and letters of recommendation).  1Ls and 3Ls are also encouraged to attend if interested.

Professors Sergio Campos and Jill Barton will also be in attendance to help answer questions regarding clerking for a judge.  Pizza will be served.

Questions?  Email Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships, Career Development Office.

From the ABA: Eight Tips on Getting Your First Job After Law School

From the ABA:  Eight tips on getting your first job after law school

Experts in tort, trial and insurance law shared their secrets of career success during the program, “I’m Getting My J.D. Now What? A Forum on How to Get Your First Job,” at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Atlanta. Panelists offered law school students tips on landing their first job in this tough and competitive legal market. They emphasized to law students that setting themselves apart from other applicants is key.

The panel consisted of Jim Myrick, head of litigation for Buist, Moore, Smythe, McGee, P.A., in Charleston, S.C.; Marlo Orlin Leach, Atlanta-based litigator; Christopher Shelton, law student; Robert Caldwell, business attorney at Kolesar & Leatham in Las Vegas; and Vanessa Williams, vice president and deputy general counsel at R. L. Polk & Co in Michigan.

The following are eight tips given by panelists:

  1. Networking: All panelists stressed the importance of networking—not just when starting a legal career, but all throughout it. Leach urged law students to begin networking now, noting that “it starts in law school and ends when you retire.” Williams emphasized that networking will “help your career progress because of connections you make.”
  2. Get involved: Caldwell said that being involved in the organized bar or other activities pertaining to the law sets a candidate apart because it “shows a deep commitment to your profession,” something he says he values in the job applicants he hires. He also stressed that also being involved in community activities can lead to new business.
  3. Be yourself: Myrick said, “You be you… everyone else is taken,” urging students to be original in their approach to applying and interviewing for jobs. If you don’t, he continued, “you have nothing new to offer.”
  4. Be courteous: Myrick stated that it is important to always be courteous, because ultimately, landing a job is “all about human relationships.” By treating people well, you can build a good reputation, bring in clients and ultimately, bring in money.
  5. Tailor your cover letter and resume: All panelists urged applicants to have professional looking cover letters and resumes and to pay attention to detail. Williams said that, “you’ll want to blow them away.” She explained that “by setting yourself apart and showing what unique things you have to offer, you can get the interview.” Panelists also advised students to focus on relevant information.
  6. Select an appropriate writing sample: Caldwell urged applicants to choose writing samples that are appropriate for the firm to which they are applying. Also, applicants should stay within the requested page limit and make sure their sample is truly their work.
  7. Do your research: Panelists advised students to research the firms that call them for job interviews, and to think about “interesting and knowledgeable” questions to ask interviewers.
  8. Send thank you cards: Caldwell expressed that sending handwritten thank you cards after an interview sets applicants apart from the competition. He said it is something rarely done and is appreciated.

“I’m Getting My J.D. Now What? A Forum on How to Get Your First Job” was sponsored by the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section and the Law Student Division.

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Now Available!

Application deadline is June 17, 2011.

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2011. Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student’s third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Additionally, recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of our following offices: Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; or Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit: www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices

 

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 28, 2011)

Wednesday, March 30th

1L Progressive Lunch, lunchtime, Miami Alumni Center.  All 1Ls received an email inviting them to participate in this year’s Progressive Lunch.  Replacing our long running Firm Night program, the 1L Progressive Lunch will give members of the Class of 2013 an opportunity to meet attorneys and recruiting coordinators from some of the largest firms in Miami.  RSVP is required.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Lori Lorenzo of the Career Development Office

 

Thursday, March 31st

How To Series:  How to Develop Strategies for Success:  Mastering the Legal Market and Finding the Best Opportunities, 12:30 p.m., room 109.

Scott Hodes, LL.M. ’05 and Southeast Director of Lateral Link, will be on campus to give a presentation that has been widely viewed and well received at law schools around the country.  He will discuss what you can do to market yourself in this economy.  It is not to be missed!

 

Coming Up Next Week:  Our “How To” Series continues with two more dynamic presentations:

HOW TO FLY SOLO RIGHT OUT OF LAW SCHOOL WITH SPENCER ARONFELD – Wednesday, April 6th at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109

Hear Spencer Aronfeld ’92 discuss how he successfully started his own practice right after graduation.

HOW TO GET THE JOB YOU REALLY WANT – Thursday, April 7th at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109

Robert Coppel, Director of Training and Professionalism at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office will teach you the“4Ps” that will give you an edge over your competitors during interviews.

 

How To Series: How to Develop Strategies for Success

The Career Development Office cordially invites you to attend an interactive discussion about positioning yourself for success in the legal market.

Scott Hodes, Southeast Director of Lateral Link Group, LLC, will present HOW TO DEVELOP STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS: MASTERING THE LEGAL MARKET AND FINDING THE BEST OPPORTUNITIES at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 in Room 109.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this dynamic and popular presentation, which has already been very well received in many law schools nationwide, such as Harvard, Duke, Northwestern, UCLA, University of Chicago, University of Florida and Michigan.

We hope to see you there!

 

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 21, 2011)

Welcome back from spring break!  We hope you enjoyed your time off from classes.  To help you settle back into the swing of things, the CDO will not be holding any events this week.  However, starting next week through the end of the semester, the CDO will be hosting some great events including its “How To” series and the inaugural 1L Progressive Lunch.  Here is a preview of what is to come during the remainder of the semester:

THE CDO “HOW TO” SERIES: As the school year comes to an end, the CDO presents a series of “How To” presentations to help get you ready for the summer and beyond:

HOW TO DEVELOP STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS:  MASTERING THE LEGAL MARKET AND FINDING THE BEST OPPORTUNITIES – Thursday, March 31st at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109

Join Scott Hodes, LL.M. ’05, Southeast Director of Lateral Link, LLC, for an in-depth, interactive discussion about positioning yourself for success in the legal market.

HOW TO FLY SOLO RIGHT OUT OF LAW SCHOOL WITH SPENCER ARONFELD – Wednesday, April 6th at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109

Hear Spencer Aronfeld ’92 discuss how he successfully started his own practice right after graduation.

HOW TO GET THE JOB YOU REALLY WANT – Thursday, April 7th at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109

Robert Coppel, Director of Training and Professionalism at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office will teach you the“4Ps” that will give you an edge over your competitors during interviews.

HOW TO SUCCEED AS A SUMMER ASSOCIATE – Tuesday, April 12th at 12:30 p.m. in Room 109

Join attorneys, recruiting coordinators and former summer associates to learn what to expect and how to make the most of your experience this summer.

HOW TO SUCCEED AS A SUMMER INTERN – Wednesday, April 13th at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108

Working for a judge this summer?  Government agency?  Public interest organization?   Join those who have been in your shoes before and get tips on what you can expect and how to put your best foot forward.

 

1L PROGRESSIVE LUNCH: Replacing our long running Firm Night program, the 1L Progressive Lunch will give members of the Class of 2013 an opportunity to meet attorneys and recruiting coordinators from some of the largest firms in Miami.  The lunch will take place on Wednesday, March 30th at the University of Miami Alumni Center.  RSVP is required.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Lori Lorenzo of the Career Development Office.

 

Also coming soon:  information about Fall Recruiting 2011.

Free Bankruptcy Seminar for Attorneys (CLE Credit Available)

Interested in bankruptcy law or want to get involved in pro bono matters?  Dade Legal Aid/Put Something Back cordially invites you to attend their bankruptcy basics seminar titled “Who What How Why & Where of Bankruptcy” taking place next Friday, March 25th, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Claude Pepper Federal Building, 51 SW 1st Avenue, first floor.

This basic seminar is geared towards attorneys who may be interested in learning more about bankruptcy practice, but do not have a bankruptcy background or do not yet have much experience.  The seminar features a distinguished panel of judges and professionals and the event is FREE for all attorneys who are willing to take on a pro-bono bankruptcy case (note: attorneys must be licensed to practice in the Southern District of Florida).  Participants also receive 4.0 CLE Credits (including 0.5 Ethics).

Attorneys interested in attending may register online.