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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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Lawcountability, J.D.

As more law students compete for fewer jobs, our career services team is committed to helping each of you find more dynamic ways to stand out. But, simultaneously attending classes, networking, following up on career leads, strategically managing social media, and generally raising your profile can be overwhelming. To give you a significant advantage in your job search and career development, we are pleased to offer you access to Lawcountability,J.D., a powerful technology platform that will make it easier for you to achieve more in less time by offering:

On-demand programs that show you how to connect with the people you are trying to meet rather than collect random business cards.

Automated e-mail reminders to help you execute your goals.

The ability to identify your objectives and fit them into your busy schedule.

A unique game-like point system to measure your performance and compare it to your peers.

You are not required to participate, but those who do will be eligible to win prizes on a weekly, monthly, semester, and academic year basis. In fact, the students who consistently use and apply the system, as well as discuss their efforts on social media, throughout the academic year could win a full bar review scholarship from Barbri (valued at over $2,000)*. Learn more in this video –  https://vimeo.com/139815282

And, the best part of this approach is that you could see results by committing just ten minutes a week. It is open to all Duquesne Law students.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this tool that will help you achieve your career goals.   Please contact Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) with any questions.

 

*Students who have secured employment with law firms or other organizations that will be paying the cost of their bar review course are ineligible to receive one of the four BARBRI scholarship

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Frequently Asked Questions – On-Campus Interviews

 

(PDF Version of FAQ’s)

Is someone in the CSO available to review my application materials?
Yes.  Students should forward documents (in Word format) to the CSO for review.  Documents should be forwarded to Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu.  Due to increased requests to review materials during the summer, please allow one week for the review of your materials.

The CSO will not review writing samples for content, so students should contact the professor or attorney involved with the writing sample with questions about content.  Students intending to submit documents written while serving as an intern, law clerk or volunteer must get permission to use such documents as writing samples, either with or without redactions.

How can I research firms and employers?
The firm’s website is the natural place to start your research, but you must do more.  Talk with other students who work at the firm or have interviewed with the firm in the past.  Some students submit Summer Employment Surveys to the CSO, and we keep them on file in the office.  Ask the CSO to identify students who are willing to talk with current students going through the interview process.  Thankfully, many students will make themselves available to answer questions for the benefit of those that follow them.

You can use the tools on Lexis and Westlaw to get an in depth look at the types of cases the firm handles.  Before you tell a firm that you have been interested in the practice of health law since you were 10 years old, find out how many cases involving health law the firm actually handles in their Pittsburgh office.  This not only will prevent you from including incorrect information in your cover letter or an embarrassing situation during an interview, it also allows you to show the employer that you have looked beyond their website while preparing your application materials.

The NALP Directory of Legal Employers, Vault, and Chambers offer detailed information about firms and their summer associate programs.  Links to each of these resources are available under the “Research” area on the left menu on this site.    Chambers also sends us books that include similar information.  The 2017 editions should be delivered to the CSO soon and are free for students.

How can I distinguish myself in my cover letter?
As noted in the previous question, do your homework by learning as much about a firm or organization as possible.  When writing your letter, consider your audience.  Generally speaking, an employer wants to know how you can help them by furthering their business objectives and addressing the needs of their clients.  Cover letters are very often the most difficult document to prepare during the application process.  You must convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job without rehashing everything on your resume or overstating your qualifications.  This art takes practice.  Consider “Cover Letters: 7 Steps to Creating a Great True First Impression” as you write (and re-write) your cover letters.

Should I tailor my cover letters?
Yes.  Each letter should be tailored to the firm to which you are applying.  You should include the specific contact information for the firm in your letter (Name, Firm Name, Address) in the appropriate place in the letter.  You should address the letter to that contact (Dear Mr. or Ms. ____:).  You can find the contact information in the OCI listing.  You should let the employer know why you are writing to them in particular.  This is where your research comes into play.

Should I include my class rank and/or GPA on my resume?
Yes for OCI applications.  Most employers who participate in OCI specify required or recommended class rank or GPA’s.  It’s essential to include this information on your resume so the recipient does not have to guess if you meet their specifications; if they have to guess, they’re probably going to guess that you don’t and move on to the next candidate.   (Any time an employer asks for a particular GPA or class rank and you meet or exceed their request, be sure to list the information on your resume, regardless of if it’s OCI or not, for these same reasons.)

You should not round your GPA when you list it on your resume.  List the GPA as it appears on DORI and your transcript.  You may list your class rank as it is listed on DORI (__/__) or as a percentage (Top 30%).  If you list a percentage, triple check your math so you do not (unintentionally) misrepresent the information.

Where can I find sample legal resumes and cover letters?
The CSO Handbook includes a chapter about each of these subjects, as well as other topics such as interviewing skills and follow-up correspondence.  You can find The CSO Handbook on The Common Plea (under the Career Resources tab) and on DuqLawConnect (under the Resource tab).

How do I get an unofficial transcript from DORI?
Current students may access their unofficial transcript on DORI by selecting “View Academic Transcripts”. Students may print the transcript as a pdf file, which allows you to save the document as a pdf file and upload/submit it as necessary. Unless an employer specifies otherwise, an unofficial transcript is fine to submit with your application documents. The CSO does not recommend ordering pdf files through the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) for use in OCI or other employment applications. Employers have reported difficulties with opening the files from NSC, so we do not recommend that you use them as part of your application materials.

Are OCI application materials sent to employers all at once or on a rolling basis?
The CSO will not release any application materials to the employers before the application deadline.  After the deadline passes, every application received by the deadline will be sent to the employer for review.  Check out the process at a glance.  Check out the process at a glance.

Can I make a change to a document after I submit a bid?
You can update your documents any time prior to the application deadline.  However, you must withdraw your bid, upload the revised document, and re-submit your bid.  These steps must be done before the application deadline.

Will the CSO forward late applications?
No.  Only materials submitted by the posted deadline will be forwarded to the employer.  Students who miss the application deadline must submit their materials to employers directly in order to be considered for an interview.

Does the CSO rank or screen applications?
No.  The CSO submits all materials submitted by the deadline.  The employer then reviews the application materials and provides the CSO with a list of students they would like to interview.  The CSO does not use any type of ranking, screening, or lottery system for student interviews.

What does “Total Slots” mean on the OCI listing?
This indicates the number of candidates the employer intends to interview at the time they register for the On-Campus Interviewing Program.  The employer may end up interviewing more or less students, but they typically interview the number stated.

How will I know if I have been selected for an interview?
Employers tell the CSO who they would like to interview.  After receiving notification from the employer, the CSO sends an email to all students who applied for that particular employer – telling them that they have or have not been selected for an interview.

Are interview times assigned?
No.  Students who have been selected for an interview will receive an email notification informing them that they must go to DuqLawConnect to select an interview time.  The interview times determined by the employer will be listed accordingly, and times will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Will I know the names of the people interviewing me?
Most employers provide the names of the people (either attorneys and/or recruiters) planning to conduct the interviews.  However, it is not uncommon for a firm to contact the CSO prior to the interview with a change.  If time permits, the CSO notifies students of the change in interviewer.  Time does not always permit, though, if the change is last minute.

While you are researching each firm or organization, you should also research the interviewers.  Lexis and Westlaw provide tools to conduct searches about attorneys, as well as firms.

What should I wear to an interview?
You should wear conservative attire to interviews – this includes your suit, shirt, ties, shoes, and jewelry.  Although a firm might have a “business casual” dress policy for its employees, you should wear a conservative suit to all interviews.  The CSO Handbook includes a chapter about interviewing skills, including professional dress attire.  You can find The CSO Handbook on The Common Plea (under the Career Resources tab) and on DuqLawConnect (under the Resource tab).

Where are initial screening interviews held?
Employers may choose to hold their initial screening interviews at the Law School or at the firm.  The location of the initial interview will be noted on the OCI listing.  Interviews to be held at the Law School will be held in Rooms 205 and 206.

If the interview will be held at the firm, additional instructions may be sent to you from the CSO or the law firm recruiting office.  This may include details about parking, security check-in, and where to report once inside a building.  Students should consider a test drive or walk to the firm location in order to give themselves ample travel time.

Where are call-back interviews held?
Call-back interviews most often are held at the law firm or organization.  Each firm conducts these interviews differently. These may include a panel of interviewers, multiple interviews with different individuals (1-on-1), or interviews during lunch.  Any interaction with the firm’s lawyers, recruiters or employees – from the time you enter the building to the time you leave a cocktail party –should be viewed as being part of the interview process.

How early should I arrive for an interview?
Regardless of the interview location, students should plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to their scheduled interview time.  While you are encouraged to give yourself ample time to walk or drive to the employer’s location, you should not check-in at the firm itself (e.g., the reception area, recruiter’s office, etc.) until 10 minutes prior to your interview.

Should I do a mock interview before the real interview takes place?
Yes.  The CSO’s formal mock interview with local attorneys takes place in the spring semester.  The CSO staff is available to conduct mock interviews by appointment by sending an email to lawcareers@duq.edu.

Preparation is key.  While you don’t want to sound rehearsed, you should verbalize your answers to potential questions before the actual interview takes place so you can rework any answers you think sound awkward or not right.  While answering questions, remember that the interviewer is looking for someone who has the professional skills to do the job, who fits the job requirements, and who wants the job.  Be engaged in the interview – be sure your nervousness doesn’t outshine your interest in the job and in the employer and take the time to answer the questions asked of you.  Think of a few questions you can ask the interviewers when you have the chance.

Are resources available about interviewing skills?
Yes.  The CSO Resource Center includes many books and publications about interviewing skills.  The two most popular resources in recent years have been Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams by Kimm Walton and An Insider’s Guide to Interviewing: Insights from the Employer’s Perspective by NALP.  Multiple copies of Guerrilla Tactics are available for students to borrow from the CSO.  The CSO purchased enough copies of An Insider’s Guide for students to have their own copy of this informative booklet.

What else should I read as I prepare for interviews?
On a regular basis, you should read The National Law Journal (www.law.com), The Legal Intelligencer www.law.com/pa, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (www.postgazette.com), and the Pittsburgh Business Times (www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh).  Free copies of the Post-Gazette are available in the Student Lounge during the school year, and you can find the daily paper in the Center for Legal Information.  The CSO and Center for Legal Information have copies of the Pittsburgh Business Times available for review year-round.  Of course, if you are interested in another city or state, you should become familiar with the news in those areas.


Additional information about Fall Recruitment, including on-campus interviewing, can be found in the memo distributed via email on June 20, 2017.

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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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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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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, October 3, at 12:00 noon.

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.

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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Public Interest & Public Sector Law Resources

Are you interested in a career in public interest or public service?
Check out these resources & information:

**Equal Justice Works’ What is Public Interest Law?  is a great guide to get your started.**

**Create a free account at www.psjd.org and access numerous job postings and resources related to public interest and public service jobs.**

**Attend the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair**
Arlington, VA * October 28 & 29, 2016
The conference and career fair include:
*Opportunities for pre-scheduled interviews (available to upper division students)
*Informational discussions with employers
*Resume reviews
*Conference workshops
*Networking receptions

The Career Services Office will reimburse students for their registration fee and some specific travel expenses associated with this conference. Interested students must email me as soon as possible, but no later than September 12 at 6:00 p.m., so additional information can be sent to you about our travel policies.  Be sure to check the conference website for additional deadlines and timetables associated with this event.

**Check out the new Student Justice Center **
The resource library created by Equal Justice Works is stocked with guides, videos, an events calendar and more! Share them with your students if you’re looking for new resources to spread across your campus. The password for full access to SJC resources is “justice”.

**3L’s: Equal Justice Works Fellowship applications are due on September 16!

**2L’s: It’s a good idea to start thinking about next year’s Equal Justice Works Fellowship application – never too early to start!**

**Attend free webinars about debt relief and public interest job search resources.**

**Schedule a meeting with Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) to discuss your interests & goals in this area.**

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Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) Webinar

Students interested in the Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) are invited to watch a webinar about the programs and application process. The webinar will be hosted by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and will provide an opportunity for students to ask questions about the Programs and the application.

Please note that the HP and SLIP application opens on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Students are encouraged to review the application prior to the webinars and come prepared with questions.

This webinar is open to law students throughout the country, and we sincerely hope interested students can attend one of the two sessions, either August 9th at 12:00 P.M. (EST) or August 10th at 3:00 P.M. (EST). RSVP deadlines and instructions.  RSVP’s are required and are limited to the first 100 students to sign-up.

More information about both programs, including offices participating and the number of available positions, can be found at:

HP: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/entry-level-attorneys
SLIP: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/summer-law-intern-program

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Frequently Asked Questions – On-Campus Interviewing

In response to students’ questions about the on-campus interview program, the Career Services Office (CSO) created this “Frequently Asked Questions” post.  Of course, students with additional questions are encouraged to contact the CSO.

How do I find and apply for these positions? All OCI positions are posted on DuqLawConnect, under the “OCI” tab.  Students are encouraged to review the User Guide for specific information.

Is someone in the CSO available to review my application materials?
Yes.  Students should forward documents (in Word format) to the CSO for review.  Documents should be forwarded to Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu.  Due to increased requests to review materials during the summer, please allow one week for the review of your materials.

It is important to ask someone to review your materials before you submit them.  Another person is likely to see typos and other errors that you have overlooked because you have lived with the documents for so long.

The CSO will not review writing samples for content, so students should contact the professor or attorney involved with the writing sample with questions about content.  Students intending to submit documents written while serving as an intern, law clerk, volunteer or similar position must get permission to use such documents as writing samples, either with or without redactions.

How can I research firms and employers?
The firm’s website is the natural place to start your research, but you must do more.  Talk with other students who work at the firm or have interviewed with the firm in the past.  Some students submit Summer Employment Surveys to the CSO, and we keep them on file in the office.  Ask the CSO to identify students who are willing to talk with current students going through the interview process.  Thankfully, many Duquesne Law students will make themselves available to answer questions for the benefit of those that follow them.

You can use the tools on Lexis and Westlaw to get an in depth look at the types of cases the firm handles.  Before you tell a firm that you have been interested in the practice of health law since you were 10 years old, find out how many cases involving health law the firm actually handles.  This not only will prevent you from including incorrect information in your cover letter or an embarrassing situation during an interview, it also allows you to show the employer that you have looked beyond their website while preparing your application materials.

You can use the NALP Directory of Legal Employers to research many large firms that provide detailed information to NALP for inclusion in this on-line directory.  You also can use Chambers Associates to discover information about some large firms.  (Follow the link to both on the left menu bar).

Many firms have social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  If you use any of these social media outlets, follow the firms of interest to you so you can read updates that they post.  The CSO does not recommend that you seek LinkedIn connections with individual attorneys or recruiters at the firms, however.  As a potential interview candidate, these individual connections should not be pursued.  However, if someone at the firm invites you to connect with them, it is appropriate to accept their invitation.  Be sure you have professional appearances on any of these sites.  Check the E-Guides on E-Professionalism under the Career Resources tab for more information.

How can I distinguish myself in my cover letter?
As noted in the previous question, do your homework by learning as much about a firm or organization as possible.  When writing your letter, consider your audience.  Generally speaking, an employer wants to know how you can help them by furthering their business objectives and addressing the needs of their clients.  Cover letters are very often the most difficult document to prepare during the application process.  You must convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job without rehashing everything on your resume or overstating your qualifications.  This art takes practice.  Consider “Cover Letters: 7 Steps to Creating a Great True First Impression” as you write (and re-write) your cover letters.  Check the Drafting a Cover Letter webinar, too, that’s available under the Career Resources tab.

Should I tailor my cover letters?
Yes.  Each letter should be tailored to the firm to which you are applying.  You should include the specific contact information for the firm in your letter (Name, Firm Name, Address) in the appropriate place in the letter.  You should address the letter to that contact (Dear Mr. or Ms. ____:).

You can find the contact information in the OCI listing; letters should be addressed to the person listed under “Contact Information.”  If the information is not available for some reason, always check the employer’s website for the information.  You should let the employer know why you are writing to them in particular.  This is where your research comes into play.

Where can I find sample legal resumes and cover letters?
The CSO Handbook includes a chapter about each of these subjects, as well as other topics such as interviewing skills and follow-up correspondence.  You can find The CSO Handbook on this site under the Career Resources tab and on DuqLawConnect (under the Resource tab).  When preparing your cover letter and resume, type your contact information in the document itself, rather than as a “header” in the document.  Employers have told us that they can’t always see your name and contact information when they view documents on their computer screen because headers are hidden.

How do I get an unofficial transcript from DORI?
Current students may access their unofficial transcript on DORI by selecting “View Academic Transcripts”.  Students may print the transcript as a pdf file, which allows you to save the document as a pdf file and upload/submit it as necessary. Unless an employer specifies otherwise, an unofficial transcript is fine to submit with your application documents.  The CSO recommends against ordering pdf files through the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) for use in OCI or other employment applications.  Employers have reported difficulties with opening the files from NSC, so we do not recommend that you use them as part of your application materials.

What should I use as a writing sample?
Most students use an excerpt from their Legal Research & Writing appellate brief as their writing sample.  However, some students prefer to use something they drafted during a summer internship or law clerk position.  Students must have permission from their employer/supervisor to use a document prepared during an internship/work setting; the employer may require that sensitive information is redacted from the document before it can be used.  No matter the source of a writing sample, students should be prepared to answer questions about it during an interview, so be sure to select a writing sample that you are most comfortable with and that shows your writing abilities in the best light possible.

Unless otherwise specified, a writing sample should be 5-12 pages.  Students should consider creating a cover page for their writing sample where they can identify the document and indicate that it is, in fact, an excerpt from a larger document.

I participated in the Law Review write-on competition, and I don’t know my status yet.  How should I write this on my resume?
The Law Review editors are aware of the first OCI application deadline of July 13, and they are working towards notifying students about their status before the deadline so this information can be added to resumes accordingly.

Are OCI application materials sent to employers all at once or on a rolling basis?
Unless an employer requests otherwise, the CSO will not release any application materials to the employers before the application deadline.  After the deadline passes, every application received by the deadline will be sent to the employer for review.  If an employer asks to receive applications on a rolling basis, notification will be included in the OCI posting.

Can I make a change to a document after I submit a bid?
You can update your documents any time prior to the application deadline.  However, you must withdraw your application, a.k.a. bid, upload the revised document, and re-submit your bid.  These steps must be done before the application deadline.

Will the CSO forward late applications?
No.  Only materials submitted by the posted deadline will be forwarded to the employer.  Students who miss the application deadline must submit their materials to employers directly in order to be considered for an interview.

Does the CSO rank or screen applications?
No.  The CSO submits all materials submitted by the deadline.  The employer then reviews the application materials and provides the CSO with a list of students they would like to interview.  The CSO does not use any type of ranking, screening or lottery system for student interviews.

What does “Total Slots” mean on the OCI listing?
This indicates the number of candidates the employer intends to interview at the time they register for the On-Campus Interviewing Program.  The employer may end up interviewing more or less students, but they typically interview the number stated.

How will I know if I have been selected for an interview?
After receiving notification from the employer, students will receive an email from the CSO informing them if they have or have not been selected for an interview.

Are interview times assigned?
No.  Students who have been selected for an interview will receive an email notification informing them that they must go to DuqLawConnect to select an interview time.  The interview times determined by the employer will be listed accordingly, and times will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Will I know the names of the people interviewing me?
Most employers provide the names of the people (either attorneys and/or recruiters) planning to conduct the interviews.  However, it is not uncommon for a firm to contact the CSO prior to the interview with a change.  If time permits, the CSO notifies students of the change in interviewer.  Time does not always permit, though, if the change is last minute.

While you are researching each firm or organization, you should also research the interviewers.  Lexis and Westlaw provide tools to conduct searches about attorneys, as well as firms.

What should I wear to an interview?
You should wear conservative attire to interviews – this includes your suit, shirt, ties, shoes and jewelry – similar to what you were required to wear at the LRW Appellate Arguments.  Although a firm might have a “business casual” dress policy for its employees, you should wear a conservative suit to all interviews.    The CSO Handbook includes a chapter about interviewing skills, including professional dress attire.  You can find The CSO Handbook here under the Career Resources tab and on DuqLawConnect (under the Resource tab).

Where are initial screening interviews held?
Employers may choose to hold their initial screening interviews at the Law School or at the firm.  The location of the initial interview will be noted on the OCI listing.  Interviews to be held at the Law School will be held in Rooms 206 and 207 (make the left just after Room 204, before the stairway, to find the interview rooms.)

If the interview will be held at the firm, additional instructions may be sent to you from the CSO or the law firm recruiting office.  This may include details about parking, security check-in and where to report once inside a building.  Students should consider a test drive or walk to the firm location in order to give themselves ample travel time.  Firms conducting initial interviews at their offices are within a 10-minute walk from campus during normal traffic and weather conditions.

Where are call-back interviews held?
Call-back interviews most often are held at the law firm or organization.  Each firm conducts these interviews differently. These may include a panel of interviewers, multiple interviews with different individuals (1-on-1), group interviews with multiple attorneys and students and interviews during lunch.  Any interaction with the firm’s lawyers, recruiters or employees – from the time you enter the building to the time you leave a cocktail party –should be viewed as being part of the interview process.

How early should I arrive for an interview?
Regardless of the interview location, students should plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to their scheduled interview time.  While you are encouraged to give yourself ample time to walk or drive to the employer’s location, you should not check-in at the firm itself (e.g., the reception area, recruiter’s office, etc.) until 10 minutes prior to your interview.

Should I do a mock interview before the real interview takes place?
Yes.  The CSO’s formal mock interview with local attorneys takes place in the spring semester.  The CSO staff is available to conduct mock interviews by appointment by sending an email to comas@duq.edu.

Preparation is key.  While you don’t want to sound rehearsed, you should verbalize your answers to potential questions before the actual interview takes place so you can rework any answers you think sound awkward or otherwise not right.  While answering questions, remember that the interviewer is looking for someone who has the professional skills to do the job, who fits the job requirements and who wants the job.  Be engaged in the interview – be sure your nervousness doesn’t outshine your interest in the job and in the employer and take time to answer the questions asked of you.

Are resources available about interviewing skills?
Yes.  The CSO Resource Center includes many books and publications about interviewing skills.  The two most popular resources in recent years have been Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams by Kimm Walton and An Insider’s Guide to Interviewing: Insights from the Employer’s Perspective by NALP.  Multiple copies of Guerrilla Tactics are available for students to borrow from the CSO.  The CSO purchased enough copies of An Insider’s Guide for students to have their own copy of this informative booklet.  A complete listing of the items available in the CSO Resource Center can be found here under Career Resources or DuqLawConnect (under Resources), where you can also find The CSO Handbook that includes an Interviewing Skills chapter.

What else should I read as I prepare for interviews?
On a regular basis, you should read The National Law Journal (www.law.com), The Legal Intelligencer www.law.com/pa, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Law section published every Monday (www.postgazette.com), and the Pittsburgh Business Times (www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh).  Free copies of the Post-Gazette are available in the Student Lounge during the school year, and you can find the daily paper in the Center for Legal Information.  The CSO and Center for Legal Information have copies of the Pittsburgh Business Times available for review year-round.  Of course, if you are interested in another city or state, you should become familiar with the news in those areas.

Students are advised to become familiar with NALP’s “Student Professionalism During Interview Season: A Quick Guide to Your Ethical Responsibilities in the Offer and Decision Making Process” and “Open Letter To Law Students“.  Both of these publications offer valuable information about the interviewing process and timing guidelines that some firms follow.

Additional information about Fall Recruitment, including on-campus interviewing, can be found in the memo distributed via email on June 22, 2016.

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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. www.higherviewcoaching.com

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