Monthly Archives: November 2016

Build Your Network – Attend the Young Lawyers Division Meeting on Dec. 1!

The Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) invites Duquesne Law students to attend their next Council meeting on Thursday, December 1, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Koppers Building (downtown). Lunch is provided at YLD meetings.

Bar association involvement and participation leads to tremendous networking opportunities for people looking for jobs so they hear about job leads and meet people who are likely to pass those leads along to them. Similarly, networking is important for attorneys looking for client development opportunities and may be interested in new job prospects. It’s never too early to make your professional connections!

Networking results in approx. 80% of jobs. Take advantage of this invitation and meet the YLD leaders (including some Duquesne Law graduates)! You do not need to be an ACBA student member to attend the meeting.

Please RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab by Wednesday, November 30, at 12:00 noon. I have to provide a list of attendees to our YLD Liaison, Shayna Raver (L’14), at that time.

Join CSO Director, Maria Comas, at the meeting and start to make meaningful professional connections!  Please direct your questions to Maria at comas@duq.edu.

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Holiday Success Strategies

Students: Make the Most of Your Winter Break

The upcoming winter break provides tons of opportunities for you to reconnect with contacts you’ve made throughout the previous year. Think strategically and use the next several weeks to build and expand your networks.

  1. If you don’t already possess a stack of business cards, order some today. Your cards should list your name, the name of your school, your anticipated graduation date, and your contact information. Once you have your cards in hand, carry them with you everywhere. The person seated next to you on your post-final-exams trip home just may be the employer of your dreams.
  2. Set aside an hour or two on Black Friday to send holiday wishes to any professionals you encountered during the previous 12 months. For more casual acquaintances, feel free to send your wishes via email. In the case of a prospective employer, past employer, or alumni of the school, consider sending a holiday card with a brief personal note. This personal communication will help you become memorable, something that never hurts when you need to land your first real job.
  3. Many offices experience their quietest time of year between Christmas and New Years. Key decision makers who stay in town over the holidays may have more time than normal to sit down and talk with you. Take a risk this holiday season. Make a list of the school’s alumni with whom you would most like to meet and email a meeting request. Don’t give up until you’ve succeeded in scheduling at least one meeting.
  4. If you plan to return to a city where you worked as a summer associate or intern, use the upcoming break to reconnect face to face with contacts you previously established. A quick coffee or lunch allows you to reconfirm your interest in a prospective employer.
  5. In addition to meeting with prospective employers, use the winter break to reconnect with peers, college classmates, and the like. They may become important members of your network. And don’t ignore their parents, some of whom may be able to give you direction and even new leads.

 

These tips are shared with permission from the Mary Crane & Associates Newsletter, November 2016.

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Business Cards Available

The Career Services Office will provide students with business cards to use for networking purposes.

If you would like to receive 30 complimentary business cards, please complete an order form by Monday, November 7, at 6:00 p.m.

You can find an order form on Sharepoint. (Please use your Multipass/DORI credentials to log-in to Sharepoint.)  Click “Save” to submit your information after you enter it on the form.

This is the last opportunity to order business cards from the CSO this semester.

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

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Law Practice Today: The Client Issue

Check out the latest issue of the ABA Law Practice Today  – a publication written for law students!  This month’s articles focus on all things clients.

Articles include
Client Retention: The Overshadowed Sibling of Client Acquisition
Four Types of Clients That All Lawyers Need to Understand
Making It Rain: Practical Tips From Those Who Do: Melanie S. Cibik

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