Thursday, July 16, 2009

More advice to pass along to your students about how to find a law job

The job market for lawyers is terrible so our students need every bit of advice we can give them.  A place to start is the The Legal Blog Watch which has compiled advice from several sources here.

Harvard Law School is advising students to consider casting a wider net by exploring jobs in second cities such as Baltimore or Richmond, Va., if they're interested in Washington D.C., or Milwaukee or St. Louis if they want to work in Chicago.

Other schools are taking a different approach to helping students. The Long Island Business Newsreports that Hofstra Law School is teaming up with Nassau County Bar Association to sponsor a series of speakers who can help students find jobs. One recent speaker was Ari Kaplan, author of "The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career through Creative Networking and Business Development." Kaplan encourages students to be aggressive in building relationships and creative in finding common connections.

One way to do that is to set up Google alerts. Searching on a contact’s name will bring up media announcements, blog posts, Tweets and press releases, revealing what is going on in their personal and professional lives.For instance, Kaplan said he is running a 5-kilometer race in Hudson, N.Y., next week and someone he met would know that if they set up an alert in his name. That person could then potentially send him an e-mail wishing him luck. That e-mail is something Kaplan said he would remember.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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