Monthly Archives: February 2014

Five Great Networking Opportunities in March

Do you know that 80% of jobs are found through networking?  Networking – or making professional connections – is an important part of a job search. People you meet may refer you for jobs at small & mid-sized firms that aren’t advertised, or someone you meet may be willing to make a call on your behalf when they know someone who works for your dream employer. Whether you’re a networking pro or this is new to you, plan to attend the CSO’s networking events in March. Don’t forget to RSVP before Spring Break – spaces are filling up quickly!

Speed Networking with the ACBA Young Lawyers Division
Monday, March 10, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room 414

Co-sponsored with the ACBA Young Lawyers Division
RSVP today in order to meet members of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (members who have graduated from law school 10 years ago or less)! In small groups, students will meet attorneys during the formal speed networking portion of the program. A brief reception will follow. Attorney names will be available as soon as their attendance is confirmed. Space is limited to 30 students. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis via RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab. Students may arrive late or leave early due to class schedules. Please send a note to Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) if you will be arriving late or leaving early.

Speed Networking with Law Alumni
Wednesday, March 12, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room 414

Co-sponsored with the Duquesne Law Alumni Association (Re-scheduled from February 10)
Students will have the opportunity to meet 10-15 members of the Duquesne Law Alumni Board of Governors, who work in various practice areas and settings throughout the region. In a format similar to speed dating, students will meet the alumni in small groups and then have an opportunity to continue conversations at a brief reception after the formal speed networking portion of the event concludes. This is a great way to practice your networking skills while meeting alumni who are very interested in meeting and helping our students. Registration is required and limited to 25 students. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis via RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab. The speed networking portion of the program will last for approximately one hour, followed by a reception. If you need to arrive late or leave early due to your class schedule, please send a note to Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu.

Health Law Speed Networking Event
Tuesday, March 25, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Room 414

Co-sponsored with the Health Law Society
Attorneys holding various positions in the health law field have been invited to meet with students interested in learning more about the opportunities available in this area. A reception will follow the speed networking portion of the program. Registration is limited to the first 30 students to RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may arrive late or leave early due to class schedules. Please send a note to Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) if you will be arriving late or leaving early.

Speed Networking with the Women’s Bar Association
Wednesday, March 26, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room 414

Co-sponsored with the Women’s Law Association
Students will have the opportunity to meet attorneys working in various settings and practice areas. Nicola Henry-Taylor (L’96) will offer keynote remarks and participate in the speed networking. The networking portion of the program will last for approximately one hour, followed by a reception. Registration is limited to the first 30 students to RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may arrive late or leave early due to class schedules. Please send a note to Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) if you will be arriving late or leaving early.

Law Night at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Friday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. Dinner/ 8:00 p.m. Concert, Heinz Hall (Downtown)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has organized the Third Annual Duquesne & Pitt Law Night – an evening of networking and music! A cocktail reception and dinner with local attorneys and fellow students will be followed by an “American Fanfare” Concert. The Law School will purchase our students’ tickets. (Tickets include dinner and the concert.) Tickets must be reserved by signing-up on DuqLawConnect (Events tab) by March 20, at 5:00 p.m. Additional tickets may be purchased for guests at a cost of $45/ticket by calling Erin Lynn at 412-392-3324.
*DuqLawConnect: https://law-duq-csm.symplicity.com/students (If you have misplaced your DuqLawConnect log-in information, please contact the CSO at lawcareers@duq.edu.)

*Please contact Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu or 412-396-6279 with any questions.

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Tips from the Practitioners Series: Practice in a Large Firm

By Dodi Walker Gross, L’ 82
Partner at Reed Smith LLP

Well, what is a large firm?  It depends on the location of the firm and how many offices the firm has.  The Pittsburgh Business Times rankings in January 2013 showed the largest local multi-office firms had anywhere from 268 Pittsburgh lawyers (Reed Smith) to 66 Pittsburgh lawyers (Burns White).  Some pros and cons to consider about “Big Law Practice”:

Pros:
Lots of resources
Many smart lawyers with experiences across a broad range of practice areas
Can navigate your own path, with lots of options

Cons:
Figuring out the resources
Can be intimidating
Need to be a self-starter

This series is written by members of the Career/Employment Committee of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association with the intent to provide helpful job search tips and suggestions for students and alumni.

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2014 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

Loyola University Chicago School of law is hosting the 2014 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1 in Chicago, Illinois. This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs.

Last year roughly 125 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,700 law students from across the country participated in the program. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the materials of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program.

Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews. In past years, most of the available positions were for rising 2L students (current 1D, 2E and 2P students); however some positions were available for rising 3L students (current 2D, 3E and 3P students).

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program. You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Monday, February 10 and close on Monday, March 3. On February 10, online registration opened at https://patentlawregistration.luc.edu/lawstudents/Default.aspx. At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester). Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as Duquesne University School of law on the registration form’s drop down menu of law schools.

There is a non-refundable $35 dollar registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration. Please have your credit card ready when you register.

Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program. Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in our office, Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu or 412-396-6279).

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Business Cards Available for Law Students

The Career Services Office will provide law students with business cards to use for networking purposes. You’ll have opportunities to use the cards at upcoming events this semester including speed networking events with health law practitioners and members of the Women’s Bar Association, a Practice Area & Concentrations Fair and more. Other programs and events sponsored by offices and organizations here at the Law School, the local bar associations and other groups are great venues to meet and exchange cards with other professionals.

If you would like to receive 30 complimentary business cards, please complete an order form by Friday, February 14, at 5 pm. You can find an order form at https://sharepoint.law.duq.edu/cso/Lists/Business%20Card%20Requests/newform.aspx. (If you need to log-in, please use your Multipass/DORI log-in credentials.)

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

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Tips from the Practitioners Series: Mastering Networking

By Kathleen Charlton, L’ 08 (Evening Division)
Partner at Charlton & Charlton Attorneys At Law

Networking is an integral part of building your career. Regardless of whether you are practicing at a small firm or a large firm, you will be expected to generate clients. I found that the best way to network was simply by joining local organizations that I was interested in. The first place I started with was by joining the local bar association AND attending meetings and events. This is an easy way to meet people and to generate referrals from other attorneys. Also, joining a local charity helps you meet other professionals that may also become a source of referrals and help to get your name out in the community. I have also found that keeping in touch with your classmates is a great way to network, as your classmates may practice in other areas of the law. Taking these simple steps at the beginning of my career has helped me to expand my network of referrals and to bring in new clients.

This series is written by members of the Career/Employment Committee of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association with the intent to provide helpful job search tips and suggestions for students and alumni.

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Speed Networking with Law Alumni

Speed network with members of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association Board of Governors, co-sponsor of this event!  In groups of 3 or 4, students will have the opportunity to meet 10-15 members of the Duquesne Law Alumni Board of Governors, who work in various practice areas and organizations throughout the region. In a format similar to speed dating, students will meet the alumni in small groups and then have an opportunity to continue conversations at a brief reception after the formal speed networking portion of the event concludes.  This is a great way to practice your networking skills while meeting alumni who are very interested in meeting and helping our students.

The program will be held on Thursday, February 6, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Room 414.  The speed networking portion of the program will last for approximately one hour, followed by a reception.  Registration is required and limited to 25 students. Please register on DuqLawConnect – Events tab. (Please contact the CSO at lawcareers@duq.edu if you misplaced your DuqLawConnect log-in information.)  If you need to arrive late or leave early due to your class schedule, please send a note with that information to Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu.

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