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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7th Annual Law Student Diversity Reception

Students are invited to meet members of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s (ACBA) various affinity groups at the 7th Annual Law Student Diversity Reception.  The event will take place on November 3 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Koppers Building (436 Seventh Avenue – Downtown).  You do not have to be a student member of the ACBA to attend.  RSVP’s are due by 10/31/16More information and RSVP details.  Professional attire required.

This reception offers a great way to make professional connections with Pittsburgh’s legal community!  As of now 30 attorneys have registered for the event.  Please contact Maria Coma s(comas@duq.edu) if you have any questions.

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Judicial, Government and Public Interest Law Reception

All students are invited to attend the 6th Annual Judicial, Government & Public Interest Law Reception on October 18!  The reception will take place in the Power Center Ballroom from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Students may attend as much of the event as their schedules permit.

You’ll meet judges and attorneys who work in government agencies and public interest law organizations, and you’ll learn about externship, clerkship, pro bono, and career opportunities with their offices.  We’re expecting more than 60 judges and attorneys to attend, in addition to our Clinical Faculty who will tell you about the various Law Clinics.  See attached list for a current list of participating employers.

This reception is open to Duquesne Law and Pitt Law students.

RSVP required via DuqLawConnect – Events tab by October 14.

Professional attire required.

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Register for sue’s run 4 kids!

sue’s run4 kids is coming up!  It’s on Sunday October 9th in Schenley Park and includes a 4-mile race, 1-mile kids race and 1- and 2-mile fun runs and walks.  We will also have our fantastic pre- and post-race party at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion with Magician AlMazing, face painting, Volunteer Princesses, the musical stylings of TK the DJ, delicious FREE food (including Bruegger’s bagelsStarbucks coffee, wraps from Smallman Street Deli, Outshine bars, and Eat ‘n Park smiley cookies), family-friendly games and activities, and a raffle with prizes you actually want to win (like a $3500 necklace!!)!  All proceeds go to helping teenagers in the foster care system through the Lipman Youth Fund at KidsVoice.

Register today at www.suesrun4kids.org!  You can also register in person on October 9th between 7:15-8:15 a.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion.

 

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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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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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Golf Outing Open to Upper Division Students – Apply by Friday!

Are you a golfer interested in networking with area employers?  Duquesne University School of Law students have been invited to apply for a chance to participate in the upcoming Tri-Rivers Heritage Foundation 9th Annual Golf Outing to benefit Sarah Heinz House on Friday, September 30, 2016.  David Renner, Duquesne Law graduate and co-founder of the Tri-Rivers Heritage Foundation, will be your host.  This is the third year that Duquesne Law students have been invited to attend this event – last year’s attendees found this to be a very worthwhile and fun outing.

This event is open to 6 upperclassmen with a minimum 3.00 GPA who either own (or can acquire) their own golf clubs.  In order to apply, please submit a resume and cover letter telling a bit about yourself and your interest in this event addressed to:

David E. Renner
Post & Schell
One Oxford Centre
301 Grant Street, Suite 4300
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Email your cover letter and resume to Samantha Coyne at: coynes1@duq.edu by noon on Friday, September 16, 2016.
Participants will be chosen by the Three Rivers Heritage Foundation and notified by the Law School if selected.
Questions?  Please email Samantha Coyne (coynes1@duq.edu).

Event Details
The Tri-Rivers Heritage Foundation 9th Annual Golf Outing to Benefit Sarah Heinz House

When: Friday, September 30, 2016
Where: Allegheny Country Club, 250 Country Club Road, Sewickley, Pennsylvania 15143
Schedule of Events
8:00 am Registration
8:00 am – 8:45 am Open Practice Range and Putting Green
8:45 am – 8:55 am Welcoming Remarks
9:00 am Shotgun Scramble
Immediately Following Golf Lunch/Awards Reception and Charity Presentation
About The Tri-Rivers Heritage Foundation
The Tri-Rivers Heritage Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 2006 by seven students and a faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh. The Foundation’s goal is to provide children within the Pittsburgh community the resources necessary to build a strong foundation for future success.  They will be hosting their annual charity golf outing this year at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley, Pennsylvania on September 30, 2016.

The Tri-Rivers Heritage Foundation is really a dual-purpose charity.  The first purpose of the charity is that all proceeds from the outing are donated to Sarah Heinz House, a charter member of the Boys & Girls Club of America located in the North Side of Pittsburgh.  Sarah Heinz House is devoted to helping children in and around Pittsburgh by providing after school programs and other educational, artistic, recreational and community service programs. The second purpose of the outing is to create networking opportunities for students seeking employment.  This is accomplished by pairing two company or firm representatives with two finance, accounting, or law students so the four can network during the round of golf.  It really creates a great opportunity for the students and corporate/firm representatives to get to know each other.  Also, the students are all at the top of their classes at Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, and Duquesne.  In fact, the Foundation has been successful in getting a number of students jobs in the past and even helped more students get interviews and internships with the companies/firms that come to this event.

A number of large companies and firms have participated in the golf outing in the past, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, PNC Bank, Coca-Cola, Morgan Stanley, Highmark Inc., Northwestern Mutual, UBS, UPS, Ernst & Young, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, the University of Pittsburgh, Federated Investors, Alpern Rosenthal, Eden Hall Foundation, First National Bank, First Commonwealth Bank, C.S. McKee, PLS Logistics Services, PJ Dick Trumbull, American Eagle Outfitters, and Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl.

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Equal Justice Works Annual Conference and Career Fair

Equal Justice Works Annual Conference and Career Fair
October 28-29, 2016 * Arlington, VA

  • The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest career fair in the country.
  • More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking, and other career opportunities.
  • Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities. 
    • The deadline to register & apply for pre-scheduled interviews is Wednesday, September 14, at 6:00 p.m. Register.
  • The Conference and Career Fair also feature workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more.The Career Services Office will pay for some limited expenses associated with student registration & travel to this career fair. Contact Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) by September 30 if you plan to attend.
  • More information, including a list of employers who have registered for pre-scheduled interviews and “table talk” sessions.

 

 

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