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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