Women’s Bar Association Events Open to Law Students


The Executive Comittee of the Women’s Bar Association is pleased to announce that it will honor Nicola Henry-Taylor (L’96) as the recipient of the 2015 Susan B. Anthony Award, which will be presented at a reception on February 17, 2015 at the Omni William Penn, from 4:45 to 7:00 PM.  Please plan to join us as we honor Nicola for her dedication to professionalism, equality and promoting women in the profession.  All law students are invited to volunteer at the event by working at the registration desk; you are welcome to attend the entire event as well.  Please contact Maria Comas by February 10 if you are interested in volunteering.


The WBA is holding a Resume Seminar to help law students, newer attorneys and anyone wanting to have a top notch resume.  Topics covered will include how to put your best foot forward, do’s and don’t's for your legal resume, and things you should be doing to build your resume for the legal career you desire.  The seminar is being held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM at the William Penn, Allegheny Room, immediately before the Susan B. Anthony Reception.  Presenters include Jacki Herzog (L’07), Legal Recruiter, Clark Hill, PLC, as well as Dianne McClelland, McClelland Legal Search.  Law students and attorneys are welcome and there is no cost for the seminar.  Please register by email to mpierson@zoominternet.net or by calling the WBA at (412) 429-1922.  You do not have to attend the award reception in order to attend the resume seminar.

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2015 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 February 2 – February 13, 2015. 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.

The mock interview schedule will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by sending an email to comas@duq.edu. Students may sign up for as many interviews as their schedules permit. We expect to add additional interviews to the schedule, and updates will be announced as necessary.

Students will be required to submit a copy of their resume prior to the mock interviews.  Information about legal resumes, including sample resumes, can be found in the CSO Handbook (available at http://www.duqlawblogs.org/cso/ ). Questions should be directed to Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu or 412-396-6279).

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Fellowship & Pro Bono Opportunities for 2016 Graduates

Wednesday, January 21 * 12:00-1:00 p.m. * Room 204
Wednesday, January 28 * 5:00-6:00 p.m. * Room 308
Co-sponsored by the Office of Clinical Legal Education and Career Services Office
Join the Law Clinic and Career Services Office as we describe local paid summer fellowship opportunities – including the Law School’s PILA and McGinley Public Service Fellowships and the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Summer Fellowship – as well as various pro bono opportunities available to 2D/3E/3P students.

The application deadlines for the fellowships are upcoming (beginning in early February), and these programs offer wonderful opportunities to work with members of our community who need legal assistance. Information about finding fellowships outside the Greater Pittsburgh area and signing up for pro bono projects will also be covered.  Lunch provided. Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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Did you miss one of the 1L Job Search Series Programs?

The following 1L Job Search Series Programs will be repeated early in the Spring Semester so you can get your materials ready for job & internship opportunities ahead of you.

NOTE – The schedule has changed since it was originally published.  The resume and cover letter programs have been combined into one so students interested in attending the Legal Skills Program on January 13 may do so without a scheduling conflict.

Crafting a Legal Resume & Drafting a Cover Letter Workshop – 1L Job Search Series
Wednesday, January 14 * 12:00-1:00 p.m. OR 5:00-6:00 p.m. * Room 304

Attend this workshop so you are prepared to submit application materials to employers for summer opportunities.  Bring your laptop if you would like and revise your resume and cover letter as we go through the program.  This program is part of the 1L Job Search Series offered by the CSO, and it is a repeat of the workshops that were offered in the Fall Semester.  Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

1L Summer Job Search
Thursday, January 15, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 304
Friday, January 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 308
At this program, we will discuss summer job opportunities, timing recommendations and resources available to you as you embark on your summer job search.  This program is part of the 1L Job Search Series offered by the CSO, and it is a repeat of the workshops that were offered in the Fall Semester.  Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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Schweitzer Fellowship Program Information Session

Thursday, January 8 * 12:00-1:00 p.m. * Room 301

The Schweitzer Fellowship Program focuses on health and social service needs of underserved and vulnerable populations throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area. Fellows design a direct service project that they implement through a community agency for a few hours a week while they remain in school. The program director will describe the program and the application process. Maggie McGannon (2L) currently serves as a Schweitzer Fellow, and she’ll be telling students about her project working with inmates at the Allegheny County Jail. Stephanie Johnson (L’12) also served as a Fellow, and you can read about her project here.

Lunch provided. Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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Top 10 Career-Related Things To Do During the Semester Break

#10. Do a Self-Assessment. Spend some time figuring out what you want to do. Assess your skills, interests, personality traits and consider where you would most like to work . . . Law Firm? Public Interest? Judicial Clerkship? Government? Military? Non-traditional Career? Check out the CSO Handbook (under the Career Resources tab above) for a self-assessment checklist or stop by the CSO and borrow a book on a career path you are considering.

#9. Get a Letter of Reciprocity. If you are leaving town over winter break and want to begin searching for a summer job in another city, get a letter of reciprocity. Letters can be sent to law schools throughout the country. A reciprocity letter entitles you to use the Career Services Offices of other law schools. A copy of the reciprocity policies of various law schools is on file in the CSO and online at www.nalp.org.

#8. Update and Revise Your Resume and Cover Letter.  Review the chapters in The CSO Handbook to assist in your edits and then send your documents to the CSO (at comas@duq.edu) so we can review them for you.  The University will re-open on January 5, 2015.

#7. Conduct Informational Interviews. Locate someone who is doing what you think you want to do and arrange an informational interview. Ask: What is a typical day like? What do they like most/least about what they do? How can you make yourself an attractive candidate in that field? Who else should you contact?

#6. Renew and Make New Contacts. Get together with contacts, even if it is just for a morning cup of coffee. Also, find out if there are any bar association functions that you can attend. A number of functions involving lawyers are conducted over the holidays, and these are a great opportunity to network.

#5. Write an Article or Do Volunteer Work. If you are not working over the holidays, see if a local legal services/aid office could use some volunteer help. A good way to get your name noticed is to write an article for a bar journal, a competition, or a publication in the field you are interested in. Often, students can get involved in various bar sections & attend meetings – another great way to meet people!  Information about scholarships, writing competitions and professional organizations can be found via the tabs above.

#4. Create a Job Folder. If you’re working, keep track of your assignments: drafting pleadings & motions, preparing discovery, etc. Keep a folder in which you briefly describe what you have done. This is a useful tool when it comes time to update your resume & cover letter.

#3. Prepare Applications for Public Interest and Government Opportunities. Take time to review postings online for public interest and government positions – paid and unpaid. If unpaid, apply for the Law School’s Summer Public Interest Fellowship or McGinley Public Service Law Fellowship (applications to be distributed in the Spring Semester).  If you are a 2D/3E/3P student, apply for the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Summer Fellowship (applications on DuqLawConnect).  If you want to work in this area, often you need to volunteer or work for low pay to make contacts, gain experience and show your commitment.

#2. Prepare Applications for Judicial Clerkships. If you are scheduled to graduate in 2015 or 2016 and considering a clerkship with the federal or state courts, use the break to gather info and prepare applications to submit in the spring. Ask your professors for letters of recommendation now; some of them are former law clerks. Do some research, talk to alumni who are currently clerking and get materials in order.  Info sheets about applying to both court systems are available in the Career Resources tab above.  Many federal court applications will be submitted via www.oscar.uscourts.gov, so be sure to create a free account soon.  Note: due to a recent change, 2L students may submit application materials to federal court judges now; in previous years, the application window did not open until the summer.

#1. Check the Internet. Over the holidays, spend some time with your computer/tablet/notebook/phone that is focused on your career development and goals. This can be a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the career materials available on Westlaw, Lexis, DuqLawConnect, LinkedIn and the web generally.

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1L Student Reception – Hodgson Russ (Buffalo, NY)

Hodgson Russ LLP invites first year students who will be in the Buffalo, NY, area on January 5 to a 1L Student Reception.  This is a great way for you to meet their attorneys, learn about the firm and ask questions about the practice of law in Western NY.  RSVP by December 22 to sscott@hodgsonruss.com.  More information.

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Law Practice Today – November Edition

The November edition of the ABA’s Law Practice Today is available.  Be sure to read this month’s articles, including:

“How to Win & Cultivate New Clients”

“Solo But Not Alone”

“Training of New Associates in Small Firms”

“Being an Active Alum Can Mean a Better Career”

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1L Job Search Series – Programs Repeated in January

First year students: If you missed any of the 1L Job Search Series Programs this semester, plan to attend them when they’re repeated in the Spring Semester.
Crafting a Legal Resume: January 13 (12 pm & 5 pm)
Drafting a Cover Letter: January 14 (12 pm & 5 pm)
1L Summer Job Search: January 15 (12 pm & 5 pm)The Common Plea

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ABA Law Practice Today — New Student Resource

The ABA Law Practice Division created a new monthly publication, ABA Law Practice Today, especially for law students.  Each month, we’ll post a link to the new edition of the ABA Law Practice Today.  We hope you find the information valuable!


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