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2018 Mock Interview Program

*Sign-up for mock interviews!  The program will take place from January 17 – February 2, 2018.

*Meet with attorneys and recruiters who volunteer to conduct mock interviews with you at their law firms or at the law school. Each mock interview is approximately 30 minutes: 15-20 minutes for the mock interview and 10-15 minutes for feedback on the student’s resume and interview techniques.

*The schedule will be emailed to students, and mock interview appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by sending an email to comas@duq.edu.

*You may sign up for as many interviews as your schedule permits.

*This is a great way to practice your interview skills, receive feedback about your resume before it counts later this semester or next fall during the On-Campus Recruitment Program, and build your network.   No matter what type of law you’re interested in, this practice will help you!

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu.

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Save the Dates: Mock Interview Program

This year’s Mock Interview Program will take place from January 17 – February 2, 2018.

Students have the opportunity to practice their interview skills and receive constructive feedback about those skills and their resumes.  Last year, more than 85 mock interviews were scheduled with attorneys and recruiting professionals throughout the city.  Take advantage of this program so you can develop an effective answer to “Tell me about yourself.” and other frequently asked questions before you sit down at an interview that counts.

The program is open to all students.

The mock interview schedule will be sent to students via email.  Times will vary according to the participating firms’ preferences.  Mock interview times will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and students may sign-up for as many interviews as their schedules permit.
Questions may be directed to Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu.

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Judicial, Government and Public Interest Law Reception

Join us on Wednesday, November 15, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom   Co-hosted with the Office of Clinical Legal Education and Pitt Law Career Services Office, this event brings together nearly 200 students and 100 judges and lawyers each year.  All students are invited to attend this reception and meet judges and attorneys working in government agencies and public interest law organizations who will tell you about externship, clerkship, pro bono, and career opportunities with their offices.

Professional attire required.  Students are welcome to attend as much of the program as their schedule permits.

RSVP required via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab) by Thursday, November 9.

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Judicial Clerkships: Their Importance and How To Get Them Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 13 * 5:00-6:00 p.m. * Room 203

Join us for this special program featuring current and former clerks to federal and state judges. Hear about their experiences and discover why judicial law clerk positions are outstanding professional opportunities.

Panelists include:

  • Brandon Betts (Duq. Law 2015) – Former Judicial Law Clerk to Justice David Wecht, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Amanda Knorr (Duq. Law 2015) – Current Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio, Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division
  • Brian Kravetz (Duq. Law 2007) – Permanent Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Nora Barry Fischer, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Christina Manfredi McKinley (Catholic U. 2009) – Former Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Janice Rogers Brown, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Judge Michael Kanne, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

The panel will be moderated by Associate Dean Jacob H. Rooksby, Professor Rhonda Gay Hartman, Professor Julia Glencer, and Career Services Director Maria Comas.

Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).

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Lessons Live from the Bench

Join the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section and Appellate Advocacy Committee for a special continuing legal education program. Duquesne University School of Law and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Historical Society are proud co-sponsors. The two-hour program features:

  • Judge Michael H. Wojcik
  • Judge Joseph M. Cosgrove
  • Senior Judge Dan Pellegrini
  • Robert L. Byer, Esq. (Moderator)
  • Plus Experienced and Novice Appellate Advocates

The CLE will run from 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Room 302 and will be followed by a reception with the judges from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Student registration is free, but advanced registration is strongly encouraged.

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Networking Your Way to Career Success Panel & Reception

Co-sponsored with the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Thursday, January 26
5:00-7:00 p.m., Faculty Lounge

Most students find their jobs outside of the On-Campus Interview (OCI) program each year.  A panel of attorneys will tell you how they found their jobs directly out of law school. What worked for them? What didn’t?   Some of the panelists obtained their jobs through a targeted mailing while others got theirs through some type of networking connection.   Most of them have moved to a new position at least once after law school.  Hear about the suggestions they have for you regarding various job search strategies and connecting with people who do the work that interests you.  Learn how building these skills now will help you with client and business development as a young lawyer.

 

Panelists include:

Rick DeBlasio (L’14), Housing and Redevelopment Insurance Exchange and Excalibur Insurance Management Services

Jonathan Ehret (L’13), Robb Leonard & Mulvihill

Andria Krupa (L’11), Cordell & Cordell

Genevieve Pecharka (L’13), Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.

Robert Raver (L’12), Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC

Shayna Raver (L’14), Robb Leonard & Mulvihill, will moderate the panel.

Paneslists’ bios.
Panelists and students are invited to network with each other after the panel concludes.  Refreshments provided at the reception.  Students may attend as much of the program as their schedules permit.  RSVP welcomed, but not required, via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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Law Student Etiquette Dinner

Tuesday, February 7
5:00-7:00 p.m., Student Union, Africa Room
(Evening students may attend as much of the dinner as their schedule permits.)
You finally have an interview with your dream company and you can’t wait to dazzle them with your polished resume, new suit and impressive portfolio.
But wait, you’re meeting over lunch. No problem, right? You’ve eaten lunch before so you’re all set…as long as you know
  • which way to pass the rolls
  • what to do with your knife when not in use
  • the correct way to place your napkin in your lap
  • which water glass is yours
Believe it or not, knowing the answers to these questions could be the difference between a job offer and a polite, thanks, but no thanks. In today’s competitive job market, more and more employers are taking candidates out for a meal to see how they do in a social situation and being familiar with basic table etiquette can give you the advantage.
What should I expect?
Students will be guided through a 3-course meal by Nicole Feldhues, Director of University Career Services, and learn the ins-and-outs of the dining experience. This event is designed to give you a competitive edge, but more importantly to improve your confidence level and lessen any fears or discomfort you may currently experience at a formal function.  Law Faculty & Duquesne Law Alumni Association Board of Governors will also attend to guide discussion during the meal itself.
What will I learn?
In addition to the many skills needed to navigate the dining experience, you’ll learn
  • how to make introductions
  • appropriate topics for mealtime discussion
  • networking tips
  • what and how to order
  • ladies or gentlemen first?
Registration Required.
Students must register for the dinner by Tuesday, January 31, at 6:00 p.m.  Registration is $10 (cash or check) and is due at the time of registration.  You may register in the Career Service Office – Room 209.  Our office hours are 7:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (M-TH) and 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (F).  If you cannot get here during office hours, please email Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) to make other arrangements.  Registrations may be cancelled until Tuesday, January 31, at 6:00 p.m.

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Interviewing Skills Panel Discussion

Tuesday, January 17
5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 303

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

Christopher Elnicki (L’14), Steele Schneider

Elliot Howsie (L’98), Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender

Turahn Jenkins (L’04), Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender

Stephanie Solomon (L’08), Burns White LLC

 

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

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2017 Mock Interview Program

All students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Mock Interview Program coordinated by the Career Services Office. The program will take place from January 18 – February 3, 2017.

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.

You may sign up for as many schedule as your schedule permits.  Mock interview appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by sending an email to comas@duq.edu. You may sign up for as many interviews as your schedule permits. We expect to add a few firms to the list in the coming days, and updates will be published as necessary.

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.  We are having an Interviewing Skills Panel on January 17th so students may learn tips they may employ during the mock interviews this semester.

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 at http://www.duqlawblogs.org/cso/ ).

Please direct your questions to Maria Comas, Director of Career Services, at comas@duq.edu.

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Nonpracticing Attorneys and Legal Professionals – Panel Discussion

Duquesne Law students and 2016 graduates are invited to a panel discussion about non-traditional legal careers that will be presented by the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) on Thursday, September 29, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the ACBA Offices located in the Koppers Building (Downtown).

The ACBA Nonpracticing Attorneys and Legal Professionals Committee is hosting this panel discussion featuring four successful attorneys who are using their law degrees in nontraditional ways. Panelists include Susan Ardisson, bit-x-bit, LLC; Melanie Harrington, Vibrant Pittsburgh; David Matthews, Center for Organ Recovery & Education; and Abby Wilson, Allegheny County Health Department.  (Bios) Learn how they secured their current positions and how their career paths evolved. The panel members will discuss how their degrees have helped them in their positions, and the challenges they faced along the way.

Registration is free for students & 2016 graduates, but registration is required at www.acba.org by September 28 at the latest.  A networking reception will take place both before and after the presentation.

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