Interviewing Skills Panel Discussion

Tuesday, January 17
5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 303

Hear from a panel of experienced interviewers who will offer valuable insight about the interviewing process.  Prepare for successful interviews by attending this session so you can put these helpful tips and suggestions to use.  Panelists include

Christopher Elnicki (L’14), Steele Schneider

Elliot Howsie (L’98), Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender

Turahn Jenkins (L’04), Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender

Stephanie Solomon (L’08), Burns White LLC


Dinner provided. RSVP welcomed, but not required, via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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2017 Mock Interview Program

All students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Mock Interview Program coordinated by the Career Services Office. The program will take place from January 18 – February 3, 2017.

In this program, local attorneys and recruiters volunteer to conduct mock interviews with students either at their law firms or at the law school. Each mock interview is scheduled for approximately 30 minutes: 15-20 minutes for the mock interview and 10-15 minutes for feedback on the student’s resume and interview techniques.

You may sign up for as many schedule as your schedule permits.  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. We expect to add a few firms to the list in the coming days, and updates will be published as necessary.

This is a great way to practice your interview skills and receive feedback about your resume before it counts later this semester or next fall during the On-Campus Recruitment Program.  We are having an Interviewing Skills Panel on January 17th so students may learn tips they may employ during the mock interviews this semester.

The interviewer will be provided a copy of your resume prior to your mock interview, so please be sure to update your resume in preparation for this program. Information about legal resumes, including sample resumes, can be found in the CSO Handbook (available at ).

Please direct your questions to Maria Comas, Director of Career Services, at

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FBA Holiday Party Invitation

The Federal Bar Association invites Duquesne Law students to its Annual Western District of PA Chapter’s Holiday Party on Monday, December 12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the HYP Club (620 William Penn Place), Downtown.  Students must RSVP to Samantha Coyne, Employer Outreach Manager, at

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Build Your Network – Attend the Young Lawyers Division Meeting on Dec. 1!

The Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) invites Duquesne Law students to attend their next Council meeting on Thursday, December 1, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Koppers Building (downtown). Lunch is provided at YLD meetings.

Bar association involvement and participation leads to tremendous networking opportunities for people looking for jobs so they hear about job leads and meet people who are likely to pass those leads along to them. Similarly, networking is important for attorneys looking for client development opportunities and may be interested in new job prospects. It’s never too early to make your professional connections!

Networking results in approx. 80% of jobs. Take advantage of this invitation and meet the YLD leaders (including some Duquesne Law graduates)! You do not need to be an ACBA student member to attend the meeting.

Please RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab by Wednesday, November 30, at 12:00 noon. I have to provide a list of attendees to our YLD Liaison, Shayna Raver (L’14), at that time.

Join CSO Director, Maria Comas, at the meeting and start to make meaningful professional connections!  Please direct your questions to Maria at

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Holiday Success Strategies

Students: Make the Most of Your Winter Break

The upcoming winter break provides tons of opportunities for you to reconnect with contacts you’ve made throughout the previous year. Think strategically and use the next several weeks to build and expand your networks.

  1. If you don’t already possess a stack of business cards, order some today. Your cards should list your name, the name of your school, your anticipated graduation date, and your contact information. Once you have your cards in hand, carry them with you everywhere. The person seated next to you on your post-final-exams trip home just may be the employer of your dreams.
  2. Set aside an hour or two on Black Friday to send holiday wishes to any professionals you encountered during the previous 12 months. For more casual acquaintances, feel free to send your wishes via email. In the case of a prospective employer, past employer, or alumni of the school, consider sending a holiday card with a brief personal note. This personal communication will help you become memorable, something that never hurts when you need to land your first real job.
  3. Many offices experience their quietest time of year between Christmas and New Years. Key decision makers who stay in town over the holidays may have more time than normal to sit down and talk with you. Take a risk this holiday season. Make a list of the school’s alumni with whom you would most like to meet and email a meeting request. Don’t give up until you’ve succeeded in scheduling at least one meeting.
  4. If you plan to return to a city where you worked as a summer associate or intern, use the upcoming break to reconnect face to face with contacts you previously established. A quick coffee or lunch allows you to reconfirm your interest in a prospective employer.
  5. In addition to meeting with prospective employers, use the winter break to reconnect with peers, college classmates, and the like. They may become important members of your network. And don’t ignore their parents, some of whom may be able to give you direction and even new leads.


These tips are shared with permission from the Mary Crane & Associates Newsletter, November 2016.

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Business Cards Available

The Career Services Office will provide students with business cards to use for networking purposes.

If you would like to receive 30 complimentary business cards, please complete an order form by Monday, November 7, at 6:00 p.m.

You can find an order form on Sharepoint. (Please use your Multipass/DORI credentials to log-in to Sharepoint.)  Click “Save” to submit your information after you enter it on the form.

This is the last opportunity to order business cards from the CSO this semester.

When the cards are available, they will be placed in your student mailbox. Please contact Maria Comas ( if you have any questions.

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Law Practice Today: The Client Issue

Check out the latest issue of the ABA Law Practice Today  – a publication written for law students!  This month’s articles focus on all things clients.

Articles include
Client Retention: The Overshadowed Sibling of Client Acquisition
Four Types of Clients That All Lawyers Need to Understand
Making It Rain: Practical Tips From Those Who Do: Melanie S. Cibik

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7th Annual Law Student Diversity Reception

Students are invited to meet members of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s (ACBA) various affinity groups at the 7th Annual Law Student Diversity Reception.  The event will take place on November 3 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Koppers Building (436 Seventh Avenue – Downtown).  You do not have to be a student member of the ACBA to attend.  RSVP’s are due by 10/31/16More information and RSVP details.  Professional attire required.

This reception offers a great way to make professional connections with Pittsburgh’s legal community!  As of now 30 attorneys have registered for the event.  Please contact Maria Coma s( if you have any questions.

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Judicial, Government and Public Interest Law Reception

All students are invited to attend the 6th Annual Judicial, Government & Public Interest Law Reception on October 18!  The reception will take place in the Power Center Ballroom from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Students may attend as much of the event as their schedules permit.

You’ll meet judges and attorneys who work in government agencies and public interest law organizations, and you’ll learn about externship, clerkship, pro bono, and career opportunities with their offices.  We’re expecting more than 60 judges and attorneys to attend, in addition to our Clinical Faculty who will tell you about the various Law Clinics.  See attached list for a current list of participating employers.

This reception is open to Duquesne Law and Pitt Law students.

RSVP required via DuqLawConnect – Events tab by October 14.

Professional attire required.

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Register for sue’s run 4 kids!

sue’s run4 kids is coming up!  It’s on Sunday October 9th in Schenley Park and includes a 4-mile race, 1-mile kids race and 1- and 2-mile fun runs and walks.  We will also have our fantastic pre- and post-race party at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion with Magician AlMazing, face painting, Volunteer Princesses, the musical stylings of TK the DJ, delicious FREE food (including Bruegger’s bagelsStarbucks coffee, wraps from Smallman Street Deli, Outshine bars, and Eat ‘n Park smiley cookies), family-friendly games and activities, and a raffle with prizes you actually want to win (like a $3500 necklace!!)!  All proceeds go to helping teenagers in the foster care system through the Lipman Youth Fund at KidsVoice.

Register today at!  You can also register in person on October 9th between 7:15-8:15 a.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion.


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