Monthly Archives: August 2013

Welcome Classes of 2016 & 2017!

The Career Services Office welcomes you to the Duquesne University School of Law!  We hope as you begin your classes and become accustomed to your new surroundings, you will take advantage of the services and programs offered by the CSO.

The CSO and Law Clinic will hold a mandatory orientation program for our offices in October, but you can do things now to get ready for your job search and clinical work going forward.

What should you do now?

  • Join student organizations to help determine or strengthen your interests in different areas of law.
  • Join professional organizations or affinity groups, such as the Allegheny County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, or American Bar Association – each has free or discounted student memberships available.
  • Stop by the CSO Express table in the Student Lounge each week for free coffee, snacks, and CSO tips.
  • Follow the CSO via The Common Plea, Twitter (@DuquesneLawCSO), and Facebook (Duquesne University School of Law Career Services Office).
  • Create a LinkedIn profile.
  • Attend programs offered by the CSO and other Law School offices and student organizations.
  • Use a professional email address for all correspondence.  Example: Your Duquesne email address.
  • Review your on-line presence, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Google your name to ensure you present a professional image on the internet.
  • Create a professional voice mail message.

What should you do later in the semester?

  • Draft a legal resume and cover letter.
  • Schedule an appointment to discuss your job search strategies, resume, and cover letter.
  • Begin your search for summer employment, fellowships, internships, or volunteer opportunities.
  • Identify people with whom you can make professional connections (alumni, family, friends, etc).
  • Finalize your resume and application documents, targeted to specific employers.

For now, we wish you good luck as you start your law school career!


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Business Cards Available

The Career Services Office will provide current students with business cards to use for networking purposes. If you would like to receive 30 complimentary business cards, please send the following information to by Friday, August 30, at 5:00 p.m.:
Name as you would like it to appear on the cards
Anticipated Graduation Date (ie, June 2014)
Phone Number
Email Address

When the cards are available, they will be placed in your student mailbox.

Be sure to order your cards so you are prepared to hand them to people you meet at upcoming events, such as the Meet & Greet with the ACBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Section and the Law Alumni Reception!  (Details to follow about these events.)

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Interview Skills Panel Discussion * Thursday, August 8, 2013 * 5:00-6:00 p.m. * Room 203

This program will feature Laurie Lenigan, Director of Legal Recruiting at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, and Jennifer Ross, Senior Manager of Legal Recruiting at Reed Smith, LLP. Ms. Lenigan and Ms. Ross have a wealth of experience with the interviewing process and will offer law students some insight into a law firm’s interviewing and recruiting processes. All students are encouraged to attend this program, regardless of your participation in the Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program. Many small and mid-sized firms do not have recruitment offices or personnel, but the issues, concerns and questions regarding student and recent graduate recruitment and interviewing are universal in many respects.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP on DuqLawConnect (Events tab) so that an accurate amount of handouts are available. RSVP’s are encouraged, but not required. Light refreshments provided.


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