Professional Development News

Session 1 On Campus Interview Signups

Session 1 On Campus Interview employers have made their selections.  To see if you were selected, log in to Symplicity, click "OCI" and select "Session 1".  Under "Invitations", if it says "Accept Preselect", click on that and you will be able to sign up for an interview time.  If you have questions, please contact Debra Reh. 

Fall 2012 Hiring Season

The Fall 2012 Hiring Season is close at hand.  Prepare by brushing up on Interview skills and practicing responses.  Research the firm/organization and be ready to ask questions when given the opportunity.  Anticipate tough questions and have answers for them.  If interested in setting up a mock interview, contact Dean Urbach or Debra Reh.

Examples of commonly asked interview questions (on the Professional Development website)

• Why haven't you gained any legal experience if you are interested in practicing law?
• What qualities do you possess which lead you to believe you will make a good lawyer?
• What Supreme Court decision during the last year seems to you the most significant?
• What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?

Large and Medium-Sized Firms
• What in particular about our firm interests you?
• Are there any other reasons that led you to choose us?
• Which of your experiences might help you to fit with our firm?
• Do you think you have the qualities that would enable you to become a partner?

Small Offices
• Do you have any ties to this community?
• Do you consider yourself an easy person to get along with? Explain.
• How much responsibility will you be prepared to assume right from the start? Explain.

Government Employers
• Why are you interested in this government agency?
• What experience have you had which you think might equip you for this job?
• Do you have a career plan?
• What training have you had in administrative law?

Legal Services and Public Interest Groups
• How committed are you to working with this population?
• What do you see as the rewards of working in this area of the law?
• What are your plans for your legal career?

Fall Hiring Season - Session 2 On Campus Interview "Bidding"

Bidding for Session 2 employers of the on campus interview portion of the Fall Hiring Season begins today.  Currently, there are two employers interested in second-year students and one employer interested in third-year students.  The deadline is Sunday, September 9th.

If you need assistance with your Symplicity account, please contact Debra Reh.

Are You Interested in Public Interest Law?

If you’re interested in public interest law, mark your calendar for the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair on Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27, 2012 in Washington, D.C.  The largest public interest career fair in the country, the EJW Conference gives law students from across the country the opportunity to interview with non-profit and government agencies, network with other public interest-minded law students and attorneys, and attend advising and skill-building workshops.  The registration deadline for submitting resumes is Thursday, September 13.

The Office of Professional Development will host an information session on the EJW Conference on Thursday, September 6 at Noon in room 171 to provide more details, including the opportunity to talk to U of L students who have previously attended the conference. 

ABA Student Staff Writer Position

The ABA's Criminal Justice Section has just started a new committee: the Young Lawyers Committee.  One of the Young Lawyers Committee's new initiatives is to publish a quarterly newsletter targeted toward law students and lawyers in their first five years of practice.

Each issue will include a quarterly review of criminal opinions issued by the various federal circuits.  The goal is to publish a "case summary" for each opinion, organized by circuit.

The Young Lawyers Committee of the ABA's Criminal Justice section is seeking several volunteer law students to serve as "Staff Writers" for this project.  Students will be responsible for monitoring the opinions issued by the particular circuit(s) to which they will be assigned.  For each opinion that impacts  criminal law, the writer will prepare a summary of the relevant facts and the holding of the case.  Summaries should be approximately one paragraph long, with reasonable leeway for more complicated opinions.

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision is attached.  Applicants should review the case and prepare a case summary as described above.  The summary should then be e-mailed to Michael Dean at no later than October 15, 2012.  Applicants who have been selected will be contacted shortly thereafter. 


Ramble by the River

If you are a walker/runner, you won't want to miss the Ramble by the River sponsored by the Louisville Bar Association.  The walk/run will take place on Saturday, September 8 at Thurman Hutchins Park on the river.  A brochure containing the registration form and future details is attached.  Proceeds will benefit Doctors & Lawyers for Kids.

Attorney General's Honors and Summer Law Intern Program Information Session

Mr. Lou DeFalaise, Director of the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management at the Department of Justice, will be speaking about the opportunities available for new attorneys and interns at the U.S. DOJ.

TODAY’S Session is Part 2 of the How to Get a Government Job during the Fall Hiring Season.  

The session is at Noon in room 175 TODAY.  Pizza and drinks will be served.

Return Borrowed Books

Second-year students,

If you borrowed a copy of The Official Guide to Legal Specialties when you met with the Office of Professional Development as a first-year student, please return it. 

Meeting with Office of Professional Development

Second- and third-year students who are interested in meeting to have their resume and/or cover letters reviewed and discuss career opportunities or Professional Development resources may sign up with Debra Reh, room 184. 

Fall Hiring Season - Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

Second- and third-year students may now "bid" (upload documents to a specific employer) for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.  Please note that the KY DPA is listed as a separate session.  If you are interested in interviewing with the KY DPA, please select that session.  The deadline for KY DPA bidding is Wednesday, September 5th.