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Programming Preview: Career Strategy Session

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That's why we'll be replicating my favorite session from the 2010 WILL Academy at Ms. JD's 4th Annual Conference on Women in Law: Stand Up! Stand Out!Lisa Horowitz, past President of the National Association of Women Lawyers and Director of Professional Development at McDermott, Will & Emery runs a career strategy session you simply cannot miss.  First Lisa starts you off by helping you identify a long-term goal - something 3 to 5 years off you'd like to accomplish. Maybe it's a new job, a new skill, a new client, a new city.…

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Anatomy of a Job Search: The Resume

Welcome to 2011! Hope you had a great vacation. Now back to work. For many, the new year brings a new job search.  Few employers post opportunities or conduct interviews during the holidays, so there should be a flurry of activity in the coming weeks and months. Time to polish up those job application materials.I've already ranted against those who ignore the most basic points of the cover letter.  No need to rehash that except to say that the cover letter and resume are symbiotic.  Any change to one should at least prompt a reread, if not an edit of…

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All You Need to Procastinate this Friday Away

It all started with a typical post on Corporette about a super-cute sweater/jacket from Anthropologie. Then a reader "threadjacked" the comments with a question about whether or not she should go to law school in Philadelphia. 280 comments later there were discussions on regional markets, student loans, personality traits, career paths, law school rankings, work/life balance (or a lack of it), and the profession's culture of complaining. Essentially, 24 hours' worth of anonymous comments provided a comprehensive overview of all the factors that effect professional satisfaction and should (but rarely do) factor into the decision to pursue a career in…

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Anatomy of a Job Search: The Cover Letter

1Ls and 2Ls are engaged in summer job searches, 3Ls are looking for post-graduation employment, and the rest of us are perennially thinking about what comes next. In other words, listen up, all of you.Over lunch yesterday a friend was sharing some of the more humorous resume details she's seen as a judicial clerk reading externship applications. Beyond these funny stories, the most important lesson that emerged was how little thought applicants give to their cover letters.Here's the deal: she works for a bankruptcy judge and the first thing she looks for is some reason, really any reason, why the…

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Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship

So it's a stressful time for 1Ls, I know. Your first set of exams are imminent. Plus you're starting to freak out about finding a job for the summer. Well I was anyway.I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you really need to focus on exams and then as soon as they're done you need to focus with similar intensity on summer work.  You want to come back to campus in January with irons in the fire and a clear idea of how you're going to get the summer position of your choice.Many law firms have created…

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Today is the Last Day to Register for the Microsoft IP Summit

This year's annual Microsoft Women and Minority Law Student IP Summit will be held November 8, 2010, at the University of Texas. Today is the last day to register. I recommend this program to first and second year students still looking to choose a practice area or interested in intellectual property law. It will also be an important chance for 3Ls looking to enter the field to make valuable connections. The Summit brings IP attorneys from Microsoft and leading firms together to talk about their field generally, their practices and career paths individually, and the challenges and opportunities for women…

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Registration Closing for the 2010 Microsoft Student IP Summit

This year's annual Microsoft Women and Minority Law Student IP Summit will be held November 8, 2010, at the University of Texas. The last day to register will be in one week on November 4th. I recommend this program to first and second year students still looking to choose a practice area or interested in intellectual property law. It will also be an important chance for 3Ls looking to enter the field to make valuable connections.The Summit brings IP attorneys from Microsoft and leading firms together to talk about their field generally, their practices and career paths individually, and the…

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Highlights from the First Annual D.C. Student Networking & Leadership Summit

On Saturday, September 25th students from D.C.-area law school schools convened at Georgetown University Law Center for the First Annual D.C. Student Networking & Leadership Summit Sponsored by LexisHUB.  The event featured an impressive group of speakers, each sharing the tools needed to succeed in their respective fields. A few common themes emerged from the panel discussion: Stay true to yourself and do what you love.  It’s important to find your voice. Network, network, network.  Even after you have the job of your dreams, remember that law firms are businesses too.  Also, you never know when you are going to shift gears…

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The First Ever D.C.-Area Student Leadership Summit is THIS Saturday! Are You Coming?

With generous support from LexisHUB students from 10 D.C.-area law schools are gathering at Georgetown this Saturday for the first annual Student Leadership Summit. The program will consist of a panel presentation followed by an afternoon reception.  We hope you'll take this opportunity to connect with students from the region's top schools.  More details on the panel and reception follow:Who: Robin West, Associate Dean; Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy, Georgetown University Law Center Lisa Horowitz, Senior Manager of Professional Development, McDermott Will & Emery LLPJudge Julia B. Weatherly, Associate Judge, Prince George’s County Circuit CourtNoha Sidhom, Office…

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OCI didn’t pan out. Now what?

By now, most of the 2Ls who will get a firm job through on-campus interviewing have a finished at least the first if not the second round of interviews and know the outcome of the process. If you have more than one offer and are struggling to make a choice, I recommend reading this.If you have less than one offer and are struggling to stay calm, read on.  Now that you're no longer of the conveyor belt from career services to big law you'll have to think for yourself about what you want to do and how you'll get to…

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