Welcome to the LCLD Connections Newsletter! This newsletter is for all attorney Mentors and student Mentees participating in the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program. In it, we share important program updates and highlights.
The summer is in full swing and I hope that all Mentors and Mentees have plans for a bit of rest and relaxation over the next couple of months. Be sure to catch up with your Mentor or Mentee to exchange information about summer plans, especially if you'll be out of town. And if you plan to be in the same area over the summer, be sure to make plans to get together!
-Sarah Wintle, Pipeline Programs Manager
In This Issue:
- Now Enrolling Mentor Attorneys!
- Fall On-Campus Recruiting: A Useful Approach - Guest Column
- 12 Months of Diversity Resource for Student Mentees
- Articles of Interest
- New Contact Information?
Now enrolling Mentor attorneys for the 2013-14 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program
It's that time again! Since the winter of 2012, the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program has matched more than 1,400 Mentor attorneys to an equal number of students in more than 30 cities across the U.S. As the program continues to grow, we want to encourage you and members of your organization to get involved in the 2013-14 program, which will launch in the fall of 2013.
- For more information about the program and what is expected of participants, please visit the LCLD website here.
- For information about the cities where we are seeking Mentor attorneys, please visit the LCLD website here.
- Finally, to enroll as a Mentor or to enroll Mentors from your organization, please visit the attorney enrollment page.
Please note: If you participated as a Mentor in 2011-12 or 2012-13 and intend to continue working with your current Mentee, you do not need to enroll in the program again. However, if you would like to be assigned a new Mentee for the 2013-2014 academic year, please follow the link above to re-register.
If you have questions about the program or about enrollment, please contact Sarah Wintle.
Fall On-Campus Recruiting: A Useful Approach - Guest Column
By Neil Dennis
Right about now you should be preparing for the upcoming recruiting season at your school. Some of you may be focusing on law firms (large and small) and others on public service (e.g., government, non-profit). Whatever your focus, the suggestions below will set you on the path to a successful recruiting season.
1. Make use of your school's Career Services/Development Office.
If you have never stepped foot in your school's career services office, now would be a good time to go. Here are a few things these offices can do for you:
- Inform you of what recruiting programs are available and provide their deadlines;
- Help you update your resume and provide guidance for drafting cover letters; and
- Help you develop a strategy for interviewing and applying to employers.
Bottom line: Do not attempt to navigate through the recruiting season by yourself; otherwise you risk the likely result of missing out on a program or even overlooking the nuances of expressing yourself clearly and effectively during an interview.
2. Make use of your current summer position.
Your current position is going to play a major role in the upcoming recruiting season. For many of you, this is your first legal job, and employers are going to want to hear about your experience. So be mindful of the projects you are working on right now because those are the stories you will be telling (over and over again) later.
Before you finish your summer job, try to get at least one supervisor as a reference. An added bonus would be if you were able to produce a writing sample from your work (just make sure it has substantive legal research and analysis and that your supervisor allows you to use it for recruiting purposes).
3. Make use of any networking opportunities.
If you are hoping to be in a firm next summer and you are invited to firm receptions or presentations, definitely go. You might also want to ask for a list of the attendees in advance so you can plan out which individuals to meet. If you want to be in the public sector, try doing informational interviews (again, see if your career services office, or anyone you know or currently work for, has any contacts in agencies or organizations that you are interested in). Be sure to follow up with anyone you meet, especially if you end up interviewing there.
4. Make use of what's out there in terms of research tools.
NALP Directory: snapshots of firm statistics, including student hiring, practice areas, and diversity numbers - it also includes information for the recruiting contact.
Vault.com: surveys of what lawyers think of their firms - be sure to check with your career services office to see if they have a free account that students can use.
Chambers & Associates: also a survey of firm atmospheres - I believe Vault is more established, but this is a very good one to use and compare - plus it's free.
Chambers & Partners: ranking of firms by practice areas and practitioners - also free.
With respect to public interest, keep an eye on these resources:
University of Arizona Government Honors & Internship Handbook: be sure to check with your career services office to see if they have a free account that students can use.
PSJD: for non-profit organizations as well as other public interest employers.
Remember, while these links are helpful, they do not take the place of talking with a career counselor to hash out a strategy for your recruiting season.
Final thought: You are going to get out of this recruiting season whatever you put into it. Those who hustle no matter where they rank in their class will be rewarded. So be motivated and be proactive!
Author Notes: Neil Dennis is Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion in Georgetown Law's Office of Career Services. Mr. Dennis received his B.A., Honours from the University of Toronto and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
12 Months of Diversity Resource for Student Mentees
There sometimes seem to be unending resources available to diverse law students and it can often be hard to keep track of them all. LCLD would like to ensure that all student Mentees have access to as much information as possible with respect to opportunities in the law, and as a result, we are making available a resource called 12 Months of Diversity & Inclusion Opportunities. Note that the opportunities listed in this resource are organized by the month in which the application is due. Be sure to review opportunities well in advance of deadlines to ensure you have time to submit a competitive application. To access this listing of opportunities, please click here.
For specific questions about individual opportunities, please contact the organization associated with each listing.
Articles of Interest
LCLD is committed to providing supporting resources to Mentors and Mentees participating in the Success in Law School Mentoring Program. With that in mind, we're going to begin providing links in the Connections newsletter to articles that may be of interest to both Mentors and Mentees. If you find articles about the mentoring experience that you think may be of interest to others, please forward them to Sarah Wintle for inclusion in upcoming newsletters.
Tips for Law Students on Building a Personal Brand Using Digital Technology
By Ashley Matthews, NALP PSJD Fellow
NALP Bulletin; June 2013, pgs 9-11
Summer Associate Tips - How to Work the Lunch and Cocktail Party
By Eve Birnbaum, guest blogger and law firm consultant
The Careerist (a lawjobs.com blog); June 17, 2013
Seven Do's And Don'ts For Mentors
By Jessica Brondo, Founder and CEO of Admitted.ly
Forbes; June 18, 2013
Helping New Grads Be Better Lawyers Faster
By Grover E. Cleveland, author of Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: The Essential Guide to Thriving as a New Lawyer
Law Practice (an ABA Magazine); May-June 2013; Volume 39, Number 3
New Contact Information?
With several thousand individuals now involved in the mentoring program, LCLD must constantly work to keep Mentor and Mentee contact information up-to-date. If you have updates to your contact information, especially an email address, please send it to Sarah Wintle. Likewise, for Mentors, if you're planning a move to a new firm or corporate law department, please let us know so that we are able to keep you informed after your move!