The most effective way to get a job is to identify what kind of work you want to do, and then build personal connections with targeted employers. This is especially true in difficult economic times.
This workshop is designed to get you started on the process by identifying the 8 steps you need to take now to prepare for your search, and offering a concrete, results-oriented plan to guide you through your 3L year.
Tuesday, October 25th
Attending law school while working full-time and enjoying a personal life leaves little time for career development activities. Yet it is important to begin clarifying your goals and making connections in the legal community before you graduate.
At this workshop you will learn how to:
- Explore different areas of the law and figure out what is right for you – even if you have no time to intern.
- Create a professional network in the legal community.
- Gain legal experience and build your resume.
- Plan for life after graduation so that you find a rewarding job.
Wednesday, October 26th
Understanding how the entry-level job market for attorneys operates, and how and when different types of employers hire, is critical to being able to use your time during law school wisely.
- Get the facts on when different employers make their hiring decisions and who is hiring.
- Learn the three ways law students get post-graduate jobs - and understand why applying to jobs on the internet is not one of them.
- Discover the five ways to find an internship.
- Learn the secret of effective networking.
- Develop a strategy and an action plan for this year and beyond.
All interested students are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, October 26th
You can still attend the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair this coming Friday and Saturday, October 21st and 22nd, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. – just register when you arrive! The fair is an unparalleled networking opportunity for students interested in public interest employers, including the federal government, and offers a multitude of skill-building and career advising sessions. Experts from around the country will give presentations on subjects such as qualifying for student loan debt relief and getting a job in the federal government.
Over 130 nonprofits and government agencies attended last year’s fair to meet law students and recent graduates for both summer internships and post-graduate employment. (First-year law students are welcome to attend the informational workshops and table talks, but cannot sign up for interviews.) EJW Career Fair Flyer.
During National Pro Bono Week, activities are scheduled across the state during the week to honor local volunteer lawyers. There are a number of ways law students can get involved!
The Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC) is coordinating these pro bono festivities and outreach efforts. Highlights of the week include a kickoff celebratory pro bono recognition program, various seminars, lawyer training sessions, community programs, a reception at a law firm and a free legal clinic.
Programming spans various areas of law: foreclosure prevention, debtor assistance, family law counseling, special education, Medicaid, criminal records expungement, veteran’s benefits, immigration and more! This is a great way to get involved with the legal community, meet others in the profession and build your resume. View the National Celebration of Pro Bono Week Calendar and join the celebration.
Last year, over 50 Maryland circuit, appellate, and federal district court judges attended the LCDO’s Judicial Appreciation Reception. Students interested in judicial internships and clerkships met and mingled with judges, and many of them made connections that led to jobs. You can do the same! Please join the LCDO as we honor and give thanks to the Maryland Judiciary for their support of UB Law students and alumni. Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Thursday, October 6th
6-8pm, Law School Lobby
On Saturday, October 22, 2011, thousands will unite for the 2011 Walk on the National Mall to celebrate human rights, raise public awareness about contemporary forms of slavery and raise funds for non-profits working to end these practices. The event includes a 5K walk around the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, resource fair, live music, speakers and a children’s area.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world, with an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide today. Last year, over 4,500 walkers raised over $100,000, and brought together over 30 anti-trafficking organizations in the DC area.
This is a great opportunity for UB Law students to interact with the local advocacy community, engage in a community service project, and support victims of human trafficking. School teams and individual students can sign up now at http://walk.stopmodernslavery.org.
Discuss innovative strategies on social justice issues with the staff of the Public Justice Center by participating in its Justice for Breakfast Discussion Series. The next breakfast will be October 11th at 8:15 am and will be on the topic of “Back to School: Breaking down barriers to homeless kids’ education.” See the invitation here.
The Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland (Legal Aid) has partnered with UB Law to provide employment opportunities and student loan forgiveness to students interested in public service though the UB Law Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIF). The Public Interest Fellowship (PIF) provides second year day and third year evening law students a full-time, paid summer experience at Legal Aid designed to lead to an offer of post-graduate employment.
The program gives students a $4000 stipend to intern at either placement for the summer and a forgivable loan for their full third year tuition and fees. In exchange, the students commit to working for Legal Aid (or other 501(c)(3) organization) upon graduation for a minimum of three years. Applications for PIF are due Tuesday, October 11th.