Have you Googled yourself lately? If you haven’t, go ahead and open another window and type in your name. I just Googled myself, as well. You want to know what comes up? A photographer (not me), my website for my business, my LinkedIn profile, then some links to a guitarist who also shares my name. Not bad really. If someone was looking for Lee Burgess in the legal field, he/she could find me. But more important than that, there is nothing there that I don’t want others to see. [Read more…] about Job Hunting 101: Google Yourself
Alison and I were chatting the other day about mistakes we think law students make when networking. And one thing we have both seen over and over again is that students forget to ask for help.
Take this example. A student meets me at a function and tells me he/she wants to work in criminal law. “That’s great,” I say. Then the student tells me that he/she is struggling to find an internship in criminal law. I mention that I know a few attorneys that practice criminal law. The student then says nothing. What should the student have done?
Asked me for help! [Read more…] about Job Hunting 101: When Networking, Ask for Help!
Alison and I were giving a talk to a bunch of students at the University of San Francisco School of Law this past weekend as part of a Greenhorn Legal program. We were talking about social media and personal branding. We challenged students in the audience to identify what made them unique.
We each come to the profession of law with some special and unique skills. They can be skills we honed during our previous professional lives. Or they can be skills we developed through our education, internships, or even our nonprofit volunteering. We are each made up of a unique set of experiences, which makes each of us a unique candidate for a job. [Read more…] about Job Hunting 101: What Makes You Unique?
When I was in law school, I was incredibly busy. I often took an overload of classes (why, you might be wondering—but that is another post entirely). I spent a lot of my time writing and tutoring and working on law review. It was great, but I didn’t spend a lot of time becoming part of my legal community outside of law school. [Read more…] about Job Hunting 101: Get Out and Meet People
I learned a really interesting thing yesterday: Many law schools have programs for students to apply for funding to attend conferences. Sometimes this is through career services, sometimes it is through the SBA, but if you ask around, you just might find out that there is money available to you to attend conferences or networking events—so you don’t have to pay for them yourself.
Hard to believe, but it’s already March! All those things you didn’t quite understand in class and planned to catch up on later? Yeah, later is now!
Time’s getting short to pull things together before the exam crunch hits. (But don’t flip out if you’re feeling unprepared. Here’s the story of my almost disastrous second semester, and how I pulled things together in the last few weeks to avoid flunking out.)
Here are a few tips for getting it together:
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