Professional Development News
Introducing GPS for Law Students
Many of you may feel lost or are not sure where your final destination will be. The Office of Professional Development is here to guide you and get you headed in the right direction. You may be asking yourself, “What tool do I need to achieve this?” Never fear; with GPS, you can chart your course and navigate your way to a successful career.
Geography – Where do you want to work after graduation? If the answer is in Louisville, focus on Louisville and establish a plan for obtaining volunteer or paid work your first summer. Build on your experience and work for another local employer the following summer.
Practice Area – What type of work do you want to do? Examples include all areas of law, policy analysis, risk assessment, legal editing, development (fundraising), teaching, ethics advising, lobbying and more.
Setting – What kind of organization or workplace do you want to be in? Examples include a law firm, a non-profit, the government at every level, a publishing company, a hospital, a school, a business and more.
On Thursday, September 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in a room TBA, local immigration attorney and alum, Becca O'Neill, will hold a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees. Detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. The next visit will be on Friday, September 21. Trained students will conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee. Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training. All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available. Attached are some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail along with a more detailed description of the project. More stories can also be found at: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/tags/these-lives-matter.
Each month, the trainings will be conducted the third Thursday of the month, with jail visits on the third Friday of the month after the training. Students interested in attending the training on September 20, should email Becca O'Neill directly by MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10. Her email is email@example.com. Additionally, please let Ms. O'Neill know in your e-mail whether you plan to attend the Friday visit after the training. A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit. Also, please let Ms. O'Neill know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.
If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on September 21, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, so she can add your name to the list.
Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second- and third-year students,
The IRS Office of Chief Counsel is collecting information through Symplicity. There are openings in the summer legal program and the honors program.
If you are interested in applying, select Fall 2012 - Session 2. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 14th.
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?
• 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.
• 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?
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.
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.