Law Practice Today: Women in Law

The ABA’s February 2018 issue of Law Practice Today’s Law Student Syndication, the Women in Law Issue, is available.

Articles include

Legal Tech Trailblazers Look Ahead

Ending the Gender Pay Gap in Law

Bottom Up: The Next Generation is Changing the Profession


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Interested in Employee Benefits Law?

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (“ACEBC”) offers a way to connect interested law students with ACEBC members for purposes of asking questions about employee benefits as a practice area.  Law students can find out what day-to-day practice is like from an experienced employee benefits attorney. It’s a challenging and enjoyable practice area — they’ll share what we’ve learned and answer the students’ questions.

Students interested in talking with an ACEBC member about employee benefits practice should send an email to with name, law school, email address, and phone number. The law student may specify interest in a particular type of practice, such as in-house, government, law firm, not for profit, or teaching. The information will be passed to an ACEBC member who will contact the law student.  (The discussion with the volunteer is intended as informational only—it is not a job interview, and students should not use the Law Student Outreach as a vehicle for seeking employment by contacting members.)


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Etiquette Dinner

Join us at the Etiquette Dinner on Tuesday, February 27, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Student Union (Africa Room, 3rd Floor).

You finally have an interview with your dream company and you can’t wait to dazzle them with your polished resume, new suit and impressive portfolio.

But wait, you’re meeting over lunch. No problem, right? You’ve eaten lunch before so you’re all set…as long as you know

  • which way to pass the rolls
  • what to do with your knife when not in use
  • the correct way to place your napkin in your lap
  • which water glass is yours

Believe it or not, knowing the answers to these questions could be the difference between a job offer and a polite, thanks, but no thanks. In today’s competitive job market, more and more employers are taking candidates out for a meal to see how they do in a social situation and being familiar with basic table etiquette can give you the advantage.

Faculty and members of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association Board of Governors will be invited to attend and network with students during dinner.

Registration is required by Wednesday, February 14, at 12:00 noonA registration deposit of $10 (cash or check)* is due at the time of registration.  You may register in the Career Service Office – Room 209.  Registrations may be cancelled until Wednesday, February 11, at 12:00 noon.  (*Upon arrival at the dinner, the $10 deposit will be returned to students.  Students who do not attend the dinner will forfeit their deposit.)  Questions may be directed to Maria Comas at

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Law Night at Heinz Hall

Duquesne Law students are invited to the PSO’s Annual Law Night!

Cocktails, Networking & Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Room (Lower Level).  Beethoven’s Fifth” at 8:00 p.m.  Additional information about the performance.

This event is free to Duquesne Law students due to the generous underwriting by the Abraham & Edythe Fingold Fund.   Registration is required by Friday, February 2, at 12:00 noon.  Register on DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).  Guest ticket packages may be purchased for $45/each by contacting Ms. Erin Lynn at 412-392-3324 or

Questions may be directed to Maria Comas at

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2018 Mock Interview Program

*Sign-up for mock interviews!  The program will take place from January 17 – February 2, 2018.

*Meet with attorneys and recruiters who volunteer to conduct mock interviews with you at their law firms or at the law school. Each mock interview is approximately 30 minutes: 15-20 minutes for the mock interview and 10-15 minutes for feedback on the student’s resume and interview techniques.

*The schedule will be emailed to students, and mock interview appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by sending an email to

*You may sign up for as many interviews as your schedule permits.

*This is a great way to practice your interview skills, receive feedback about your resume before it counts later this semester or next fall during the On-Campus Recruitment Program, and build your network.   No matter what type of law you’re interested in, this practice will help you!

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Comas at

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Law Practice Today – December Edition

Check out the ABA’s latest edition of Law Practice Today: The New Year Issue.

Articles include:
Attorney Well-beingPositive Professionals: A New Approach for Building Better Law Firms

Feature – Five Steps to Organize Virtually Anything

FeatureRetrain Your Lawyer Brain and Grow Your Business

Young LawyersLessons Learned in Providing Disaster Legal Services in Florida

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Save the Dates: Mock Interview Program

This year’s Mock Interview Program will take place from January 17 – February 2, 2018.

Students have the opportunity to practice their interview skills and receive constructive feedback about those skills and their resumes.  Last year, more than 85 mock interviews were scheduled with attorneys and recruiting professionals throughout the city.  Take advantage of this program so you can develop an effective answer to “Tell me about yourself.” and other frequently asked questions before you sit down at an interview that counts.

The program is open to all students.

The mock interview schedule will be sent to students via email.  Times will vary according to the participating firms’ preferences.  Mock interview times will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and students may sign-up for as many interviews as their schedules permit.
Questions may be directed to Maria Comas at

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Judicial, Government and Public Interest Law Reception

Join us on Wednesday, November 15, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom   Co-hosted with the Office of Clinical Legal Education and Pitt Law Career Services Office, this event brings together nearly 200 students and 100 judges and lawyers each year.  All students are invited to attend this reception and meet judges and attorneys working in government agencies and public interest law organizations who will tell you about externship, clerkship, pro bono, and career opportunities with their offices.

Professional attire required.  Students are welcome to attend as much of the program as their schedule permits.

RSVP required via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab) by Thursday, November 9.

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Lawcountability, J.D.

As more law students compete for fewer jobs, our career services team is committed to helping each of you find more dynamic ways to stand out. But, simultaneously attending classes, networking, following up on career leads, strategically managing social media, and generally raising your profile can be overwhelming. To give you a significant advantage in your job search and career development, we are pleased to offer you access to Lawcountability,J.D., a powerful technology platform that will make it easier for you to achieve more in less time by offering:

On-demand programs that show you how to connect with the people you are trying to meet rather than collect random business cards.

Automated e-mail reminders to help you execute your goals.

The ability to identify your objectives and fit them into your busy schedule.

A unique game-like point system to measure your performance and compare it to your peers.

You are not required to participate, but those who do will be eligible to win prizes on a weekly, monthly, semester, and academic year basis. In fact, the students who consistently use and apply the system, as well as discuss their efforts on social media, throughout the academic year could win a full bar review scholarship from Barbri (valued at over $2,000)*. Learn more in this video –

And, the best part of this approach is that you could see results by committing just ten minutes a week. It is open to all Duquesne Law students.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this tool that will help you achieve your career goals.   Please contact Maria Comas ( with any questions.


*Students who have secured employment with law firms or other organizations that will be paying the cost of their bar review course are ineligible to receive one of the four BARBRI scholarship

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ACBA 8th Annual Law Student Diversity Reception


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