How to get your foot in the door

In years of counseling students and writing about legal careers, this is the one question I have gotten most often. But in recent tough times, the same question seems to be on most law students’ and law grads’ minds.

To put simply, you have to be proactive about looking for a job. It’s time to go back to basics: develop and nurture your professional network, get your name out to potential employers (for the right reasons) and keep an open mind about your options, weighing them realistically.

Volunteering is a privilege and responsibility

On Nov. 1 across the nation, 1Ls began the scary/stressful/exciting task of looking for a productive first-summer experience. Our career services representative started the process when she presented its support system — resume writing, networking events, a comprehensive online job database. All of these tools would help us to get hands-on legal experience while building our resumes. That is, if there were jobs.

BYU Law professor, ALS activist Michael Goldsmith dies

Michael Goldsmith, professor at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School professor, died Nov. 1, three years after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the paralyzing condition known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The BYU Law student body voted Goldsmith, 58, “Professor of the Year” six times during his tenure. He lectured on criminal procedure, evidence, RICO, trial advocacy and complex criminal investigations.

Widener launches Environmental Law Clinic

Widener University School of Law plans to open an Environmental Law Clinic to educate the public about legal procedures. To accompany the launch of the clinic, Widener will also be celebrating the school’s new Environmental Law Center.

The Center is the first academic-civic initiative to operate between the Widener campuses in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and in Wilmington, Delaware. The center is intended to harness the expertise of the environmental law faculty from both locations in an effort to benefit students and the public.

Southwestern Law professor David Kohler dies

David C. Kohler, Professor of Law and Director of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School, passed away on October 15 at the age of 56.

Kohler joined Southwestern in 2003, following a distinguished career as a media attorney. He also worked for nearly a decade with TBS and CNN where he was senior vice president and general counsel.

You chose law school for a reason

There’s a whole lot of talk about law school inflation —of job placement statistics, that is.

The ABA Journal’s Web site lists an Indiana University law professor’s comments, urging law schools to publish statistics that make side-by-side comparisons easier for “naïve law students.” The same website is abuzz with comments about so-dubbed “bogus” job placement and income statistics put forth by law schools.


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