Mock Interview Program

Duquesne Law students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Mock Interview Program coordinated by the Career Services Office. The program will take place from February 8 – February 19, 2016.

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.

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.  Currently available interview times.

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.

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 in the Career Resources section).

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Law Alumni Receptions in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Students interested in working in Philadelphia or Washington, D.C., are invited to attend upcoming Law Alumni Receptions in these cities. If you are interested in working in either city, this is a great way to make connections there with our alumni.

Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses.

RSVP’s are required as noted below.

Date: Thursday, February 25
Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy
RSVP by February 22 to

Washington, DC
Date: Sunday, March 6
Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Washington Marriott at Metro Center
RSVP by February 29 to

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Professional Development Series

The Career Services Office offers a new three-part Professional Development Series intended to give law students an advantage in interviewing, work performance, and professional advancement.

Employers have identified the topics in this series to be important in their evaluations of candidates and employees, and the Career Services Office is offering this programming so students can identify these traits and characteristics in themselves, share them appropriately at interviews, and continue to grow in these areas during law school and as practicing attorneys.

Students do not have to attend all of the sessions in order to participate. Each session covers a stand-alone topic, and we invite you to attend as many of the sessions as your schedule permits. RSVP required for each.

Each session includes a presentation by Alyson Lyon, MBA, about the given topic followed by small group discussion. Duquesne Law alumni have been asked to lead the discussions. This series is paid for in part by the Law Alumni Career Services Endowed Fund.
Grit & Growth Mindset
Friday, February 5 – 12:00-2:00 p.m. – 613 Student Union
This program will educate the participants about the science behind the grit and growth mindset, provide attendees with tools to assess their own levels of grit and growth mindset, and offer practical ways to incorporate these concepts in their job search and career development. “Grit” entails perseverance, dedication and a strong drive and commitment to achieve one’s goals. A “growth mindset” is the belief that our abilities are flexible and adaptable, and can be improved through conscientious effort. Extensive research concerning the traits and characteristics of those who have achieved professional success has repeatedly confirmed that the possession of grit and a growth mindset are better predictors of success than pure intelligence, what school you attended, or how high you graduated in your class. Significantly, through teaching, these traits can be developed and enhanced. Grit and a growth mindset better enable you to adapt to and overcome ever-changing obstacles and barriers in the workplace and to realize your full potential. RSVP required on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.
Lawyers As Emerging Leaders
Friday, February 12 – 12:00-2:00 p.m. – 613 Student Union
This program will provide an overview of successful and emerging law firm leadership models, the cultures they form and their impact on change management. Today’s law firms experience extraordinary change characterized by vulnerability, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, a.k.a. “lead law firms in a VUCA world”. Law students and new associates bear the responsibility to enter the profession as life-long learners with their attention on a leader’s way of thinking, acting and being as it relates to leading self and others in order to adapt to the new landscape of the legal profession. Participants will gain an understanding with recommendations on how to focus on this aspect of practicing law while developing their professional expertise. RSVP required on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.
Emotional Intelligence for Lawyers
Friday, February 19 – 12:00-2:30 p.m. – 613 Student Union
This program will focus on understanding the impact emotional intelligence has on our capability to ‘intelligently’ use one’s own and others’ emotions to intentionally and effectively deliver individual and organizational outcomes. Research studies have shown, unlike IQ and personality, EI skills can be enhanced through insight and the application of simple yet effective development techniques. These skills are important at work as emotions are an inherent part of workplace activities at all levels. We will focus on the importance of understanding self and the impact on building relationships with peers, leaders and clients.
Students who attend the February 19 program will receive a copy of StrengthsFinder 2.0. The first 30 minutes of this session will be devoted to taking the StrengthsFinder test so students can use the information to frame their thoughts and discussion during this presentation.
RSVP required on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.
About the Presenter
Alyson Lyon, MBA is one of the founding partners of Higher View Coaching & Consulting in Pittsburgh, PA. She has over 20 years of experience in executive leadership development and organizational coaching working internationally with senior executives, lawyers, physicians and other business leaders. Alyson served as Executive Director, keeping more than 200 attorneys and support staff in three law firms productive through her coaching of emerging leaders. As an Educator, Alyson is an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University in the McAnulty College teaching leadership development courses for Graduate and Undergraduate students.

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Law Practice Today – January

Check out the January edition of ABA’s Law Practice Today.  This month is the “New Law Issue” where you can read these articles and more:

Seven Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Drones in 2016

New U.S. Crowdfunding Rules Offer High Hopes for Capital Formation

Weary of Wearables: IP, Privacy, and Data Security Concerns

The Internet of Things: A Reality Check for Legal Professionals






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This week in the CSO:

Interviewing Skills Panel Discussion
Tuesday, January 12, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 203

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
Ayanna M. Lee-Davis (L’04) – Saul Ewing, LLP
Erin E. McCurdy (L’08) – American Eagle Outfitters
Stephanie L. Solomon (L’08) – Burns White LLC

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

Schweitzer Fellowship Program Information Session
Thursday, January 14, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 304

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

Deadline to Reserve Tickets for PSO Law Night
Deadline: Friday, January 22
Event: Friday, January 29, Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Heinz Hall

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) invites students to the Fourth Annual Duquesne & Pitt Law Night – an evening of networking and music. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by “Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto” at 8:00 p.m. Duquesne Law students’ tickets will be paid for by the Law School. Tickets must be reserved by submitting an RSVP on DuqLawConnect or sending an email to by Friday, January 22, at 5:00 p.m. Students may purchase guest tickets at a price of $45/ticket by calling Erin Lynn at the PSO at 412-392-3324. Students are responsible for their own parking/transportation costs.



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PSO Law Night

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) invites students to the Fourth Annual Duquesne & Pitt Law Night – an evening of networking and music – on Friday, January 29 at Heinz Hall (Downtown). Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by “Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto” at 8:00 p.m. Duquesne Law students’ tickets will be paid for by the Law School. Tickets must be reserved by submitting an RSVP on DuqLawConnect or sending an email to by Friday, January 22, at 5:00 p.m. Students may purchase guest tickets at a price of $45/ticket by calling Erin Lynn at the PSO at 412-392-3324. Students are responsible for their own parking/transportation costs.

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Top 10 Career-Related Things To Do Over the Holiday Break

#10. 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 so we can review them for you when the University reopens on January 4, 2016. You can find the CSO Handbook on DuqLawConnect and this site under “Career Resources”.

#9. Catch Up on Lawcountability Videos. Earlier this semester, you started to receive weekly emails containing videos geared towards job searches and professional development. Now is a great time to watch these 10-minute videos so you can put the information to good use next semester!

#8. 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.

#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. 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.

#5. Check Scholarship and Writing Competition Listings. We post numerous announcements for scholarships and writing competitions that are sponsored by schools and professional organizations nationwide. Take some time during your break to see if you qualify for any of them. You can find them on this website.

#4. Prepare Applications for Judicial Clerkships. If you are scheduled to graduate in 2016 or 2017, and you are 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, & get materials in order. The CSO created helpful info sheets that you can find on this site under “Career Resources”. Some federal court applications will be submitted via, so be sure to create a free account soon.

#3. Prepare Applications for Public Interest & Government Opportunities. Take time to review postings online for public interest & gov’t positions – paid & unpaid. If unpaid, apply for the position & for a Summer Public Interest Fellowship or McGinley Public Service Law Fellowship through the Law School. 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 to public interest work.

#2. Create a Job Folder. Keep track of your assignments as you work as a law clerk or intern: 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 and prepare for interviews.

#1. Do a Self-Assessment. Spend some time figuring out what you want to do. Assess your skills, interests, personality traits, & consider where you would most like to work . . . Law Firm? Public interest? Judicial clerkship? Government? Military? Non-traditional Career? Check out the CSO Handbook for a self-assessment checklist or stop by the CSO & borrow a book on a career path you’re considering.

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PBA Intellectual Property Law Meeting Open to Law Students

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section invites Duquesne Law students to join their next meeting on Monday, December 14.  The meeting will feature M. Kelly Tillery, Esq., Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia, PA.  Mr. Tillery will speak on the topic of “What can be done against sellers of counterfeit/knock-off products that appear on Amazon?” (Outline)

Section members, colleagues and law students are encouraged to participate.  Following the presentation, a section business meeting will be held (agenda and additional meeting materials).

To join the call, dial 1-877-659-3786 and use passcode 6468808532 #.

 Monthly conference calls are open to all PBA law students and members of the section and are held the second Monday of every month at noon.

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1L Reception in Buffalo, NY

Are you a 1L student interested in working in Buffalo this summer or after you graduate from law school?  Hodgson Russ LLP is hosting a reception for students currently in their first year of study at a law school outside of the Buffalo area.  Meet attorneys practicing at Hodgson Russ, learn more about the firm and let them answer your questions about the practice of law in Western New York.

The reception will be held on Monday, January 4, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  RSVP’s are due by Monday, December 21.  More information.

Duquesne Law students who attended last year’s reception thoroughly enjoyed it!  Let the CSO know if you plan on attending!

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Law Practice Today – Social Media Issue

Law Practice Today – Social Media Issue

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

12 Tips for Growing Your Twitter Following

Social Media for Law Firms: It’s All About Adding Value

Social Media’s Impact on Litigation

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