Carolina Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee and Young
Lawyers Division Bar Exam Committee announce the Bar Exam Writing Clinic to individuals sitting for the July 2010
North Carolina Bar Exam.
The focus of the clinic is
to provide bar candidates with the opportunity to get practical information
about the North Carolina Bar Exam.The
Clinic will include a
representative from the North Carolina Board of Examiners who will cover topics
such as how the bar exam questions are selected and scored, and stories from successful
attorneys about surviving and conquering the bar exam. Additionally, participants
will have the opportunity to take part in a portion of the program specifically
directed to the essay questions, which will include tips on how bar candidates
can improve their essay writing skills.
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The National LGBT Bar Association Student
Leadership Awards are presented to graduating or recently graduated law
students who have demonstrated a unique level of commitment to serving the LGBT
community throughout their law school careers. They are presented annually at the Law Student
Celebration & Caucus event at the Lavender
Law Career Fair & Conference.
In order to be
eligible for the 2010 Student Leadership Award, a candidate must have graduated
or must be graduating from law school between September 2009 and September 2010.
This means that December 2009, January, 2010 and May 2010 graduates will all be
eligible for this award.
In order to
nominate an eligible candidate for a Student Leadership Award, please
·a 250- to 500-word statement
indicating why the nominee deserves recognition for his or her service to the
LGBT community throughout law school; and
·the nominee’s resume.
Deadline: June 4, 2010
Anyone may submit
a nomination (professors, previous or current employers, peers, even the
nominees themselves). The recipient is expected to be present at the 2010
Lavender Law Career Fair & Conference in Miami Beach to accept his or her
Student Leadership Award. The LGBT Bar will provide registration, lodging, and
airfare within the 48 contiguous United States for the recipient. The deadline
for nominations is June 4, 2010. Finalists will be notified by the end of
June. Nominations should be submitted to Student.Leadershp@LGBTbar.org.
Since summer is drawing near, we want to make you aware of
ASPIRE, a program for students who pursue public interest work
during the summer or after they graduate from law school. LexisNexis, your
partner in legal education, provides qualified law students and recent law
school graduates with free access to some of the most popular
sources available within our research system.
Students face a heightened challenge securing internships and launching their
legal careers in a tough economy. For this reason, LexisNexis has expanded the
ASPIRE program to include non-profit summer positions for current students, as
well as graduates who pursue public interest legal work as a career. You may
learn details of the program on the
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When students inform you of their public service plans, please remind them
that the ASPIRE program is available to help them be more effective in their
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We realize students need every advantage possible, especially when their hard
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A growing number of solo corporate attorneys and
small corporate boutiques have emerged in the last two years to fill what they
see as a gap in the Philadelphia legal market. Solo corporate attorney Keith S.
Marlowe says that especially since the recession, Philadelphia has seen more
corporate attorneys with large-firm and in-house pedigrees venturing out on
their own or in very small groups to attract business from smaller private
companies and startups and to capture some work normally reserved for
megafirms. To continue reading, click here: More Small and
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Sidley Austin LLP is excited to introduce its inaugural
Sidley Diversity Mentor Program to be held this summer in Washington, D.C. We
encourage all diverse 1L students at Duke who intend to work as law firm summer
associates in Washington, D.C. in 2011 and plan to spend their upcoming summer
in the DC-area to apply. For an outline of the program, eligibility
requirements, and program application, please see the attached. The mentor
program is expected to take place in June and July 2010.
Space for mentees is limited and application materials are
due by April 30, 2010. We request applicants submit an application form
available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QHQK5SD
and send a resume and an unofficial transcript to Kelly Cassetori, Legal
Recruiting Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward
to hearing from you.
Why You Should Attend
In today’s tough economic environment it’s more important than ever to make the
most of your summer associate experience. You’ve secured a coveted
position as a summer associate, so now what? You’re excited, overwhelmed,
and maybe even nervous. Naturally you’ve got questions. How much
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functions? How do you turn this opportunity into a permanent position at
the firm? What happens if you don’t receive an offer? What if you
receive an offer with a deferred start date?
At this free program you’ll get practical advice from law firm
partners who’ve not only been through summer associate programs themselves but
who are now involved in supervising the summer associates at their respective
firms. New York City
attendees will also have an opportunity to share their questions and concerns
with our professional faculty and summer associates from other area law firms
at the post-program cocktail party.
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Who pays travel costs and makes the arrangements for
out-of-town job interviews?
and Roberta Kass Special to Law.com March 22,
Editor's note: This is the 11th article in a series providing interview
tips and techniques for attorneys. Links to previous articles in the series
follow this article.
Long-distance interviewing presents additional cost and logistical
challenges. You may need to take your job search show "on the road" if you are
considering opportunities out of your immediate geographic area. Even if you are
seeking a position locally, you may need to meet key players in a firm's
far-flung offices. The interview itself is basically the same whether conducted
in your home town or anywhere else; the difference lies in the logistics.
OUT-OF-TOWN INTERVIEWS KEPT TO A MINIMUM
These days, businesses are looking for ways to keep expenses down and
interview travel -- like all business travel -- is down. In a booming market
where firms are desperate to add talent, or if candidates have exceptional
credentials or hard-to-find expertise, employers are much more willing to tackle
those challenges. In a tighter market, many employers refuse to consider
out-of-area candidates, sometimes even from within the state or perhaps as close
as the next county.
Many firms try to minimize the expense of recruiting out-of-area candidates
by doing an initial screening by telephone or video conference, or having a
local partner meet the candidate, before undertaking the time and expense of
making travel arrangements. Even meetings between lateral partner candidates and
key partners in other cities are done increasingly by video. Sometimes, however,
there's no substitute for a face-to-face meeting.
WHO PAYS FOR AN INITIAL INTERVIEW?
In a tight economy, prospective employers rarely cover an out of town
candidate's interviewing expenses for the initial interview, whereas in boom
times those costs may have been covered. Since the candidate often is expected
to pay initial interview expenses, if you are considering more than one
opportunity in the same general location, try to combine as many interviews in
the same trip as possible.
If you are looking to relocate to a particular destination, plan a trip there
on your own dime. When you submit your resume, use the cover letter to let
prospective employers know that you will be there on specific dates and will be
available for interviews. Give them enough time to receive and review your
resume in advance of your trip. If prospective employers know you will be in the
area at no expense to them, they may be more inclined to grant an initial
WHAT ABOUT FOLLOW UP INTERVIEWS?
The costs of second or subsequent interviews customarily are covered by the
prospective employer. Certainly, if you are interviewing for a position in your
home town but need to meet particular people in the firm's other offices, the
prospective employer will cover your travel expenses. If you are visiting more
than one firm on the same trip for subsequent interviews, let each of them know
you are looking at other opportunities, and costs may well be split among the
MAKING THE ARRANGEMENTS
Some firms will make the arrangements for you, while others expect you to
make your own, and they will reimburse you. Some firms have in-house travel
professionals, or prefer that you use a particular travel agency to make
arrangements. Remember that prospective employers are trying to economize
wherever possible, and follow their suggestions regarding transportation and
lodging choices. If you have family or friends in the area and plan to stay with
them, let the firm know. They usually are pleased to accommodate that and save
the expense. It is always appropriate to ask for clarification of each firm's
particular system for reimbursing travel expenses. Make sure you understand how
the firm wants these matters handled before you go on the interview.
Most firms cover all expenses directly related to an out-of-area callback
interview. Items typically eligible for reimbursement are: airplane and
reasonable and necessary cab fares, checked baggage fee for one bag per trip,
hotel room and taxes, moderate meal and beverage expenditures, local telephone
calls for business purposes, and reasonable internet access fees. The following
items are generally not eligible for reimbursement: minibar purchases, fitness
center fees, long-distance telephone calls, dry cleaning services, limousine
services, hotel room movies, bar tabs, and meal or beverage expenses for
Even if your host firm is handling the arrangements,
be prepared to present your own credit card when checking into the hotel to
cover incidentals. Do not take advantage of the situation and insist on
first-class airfare, expensive hotels, room service or pricey meals. If you are
driving to an interview outside of reasonable commuting distance, check with the
prospective employer regarding their reimbursement policies before renting a car
or asking for mileage reimbursement.
It is the candidate's responsibility to keep receipts and submit them to the
appropriate party in a timely manner for reimbursement. Find out if there is a
form you must fill out. Remember that your expense report reflects on your
candidacy. Be complete, timely and reasonable.
Also keep accurate records and receipts of any expenses that are not
reimbursed by a prospective employer. Out-of-pocket expenses related to a job
search may be tax deductible. Check with your accountant for details pertaining
to your situation.
RESEARCH THE NEW LOCALE
Especially if you are attempting to relocate, and even if you are just
visiting a prospective employer's out-of-area offices, get to know something
about the locale beforehand. Read the local paper online to learn something
about the business, economic, social and political climate. This will give you
something to discuss with your interviewers and impress them with your interest
in the firm and commitment to the area.
Enter the interview location into MapQuest or Google
maps so you know your way from the airport to the hotel to the employer's
offices, and approximately how long it will take to get to each location. Then,
give yourself extra time for traffic, weather issues and unforeseen
circumstances. Print out your travel itinerary and all of the relevant names,
addresses, phone numbers and/or e-mail addresses to carry with you, "just in
GETTING THERE IN ONE PIECE
With tightened security these days, the lighter you travel, the better. You
want to arrive at your interview fresh and wrinkle-free, nonetheless. If
possible, travel in something comfortable and bring your interview suit. Pack
everything -- or at least your essentials -- into one carry-on bag, to minimize
the trauma of losing your luggage in transit. Don't forget to check the weather
online so that you can be prepared. Wear comfortable shoes since you don't know
whether you will be walking some distances between your hotel, interview and
Try to arrive in your interview city the night before, so you can have a good
night's rest and be freshly groomed. While you can expect to have access to an
iron in your hotel for touch ups, pack an "emergency kit" for other unexpected
mishaps, even if it's just for a day trip. Bring an extra shirt or blouse and
stockings, sewing kit, stain remover wipes, shoe polish, pain reliever, pen,
cell phone charger, breath strips (faster than mints), umbrella, smart phone or
laptop, back-up prescription glasses and, of course, extra copies of your
With travel and logistics handled, you can breathe easier and focus on the
interview itself as a step towards your career destination.
Valerie Fontaine and Roberta Kass are senior legal search consultants
with Seltzer Fontaine Beckwith, based in Los Angeles. Valerie Fontaine is the
author of "The Right Moves: Job Search and Career Development Strategies for
Lawyers" (January 2006, NALP). They can be reached at (310) 839-6000, or visit