Professional Development

HOLIDAY PARTY SURVIVAL TIPS by Kim Bolourtchi, Director of Professional Development

Holiday parties are a fantastic way to expand your network while learning more about the culture of a prospective employer. At the same time, they can be, well, terrifying. While you might be tempted to skip it – do not miss the chance to make these valuable connections. To alleviate some of the uncertainty surrounding the holiday party, here are some tips to help you make a great impression when you go.

1)  RSVP on time.
Some “reply by” dates are already coming up next week, check the CCD blog for a list of holiday parties. If you respond YES, you must attend. If your plans change, you MUST personally contact the party organizer and let them know you will not be able to come after all. DO NOT just fail to show up; they will notice AND remember.

2)  Dress appropriately; the invitation will often tell you the dress code. If it doesn’t, assume it is business attire and wear a suit. If it is cocktail attire, then conservative cocktail or dressier business attire is appropriate.

3)  Prepare a short elevator pitch about yourself. Be ready to talk about who you are, what you are passionate about, and your goals.

4)  Identify a few people you hope to connect with at the party, and do a little research on them. Have questions ready- but keep it light. Remember, it’s their holiday party.

5)  Research the firm and know how they distinguish themselves, along with any noteworthy recent accomplishments.

6)  Keep your body language open, and eyes up and engaged.  Smile.  If you need a break, walk confidently to the restroom, regroup and return.

7)  Talk with people you don’t know as well as those you do.  If you came with friends, do not hang with them the whole time.

8)  Don’t monopolize one person for too long. A simple “it was nice meeting you” or “it was nice talking with you” or “I’ll catch up with you again later” is an easy way to end a conversation. Circulate!

9)  Listen more than you talk. Avoid weighing in on politics, religion, and sex.

10)  If they are serving food /drinks, make sure you keep one hand free so you can shake hands. Also, avoid messy food and throw away your used cocktail napkin promptly.

11)  DO NOT take the edge off with alcohol. If you drink, limit yourself to ONE alcoholic beverage, and drink it slowly.

12)  Stay off your phone / social media. If you need to check a text or voicemail, do it privately.

13)  Keep your business cards in one place for handing out, and put the ones you receive somewhere completely different so you don’t mix them up.

14)  Stay friendly and professional. Everything you say and do is likely being observed by someone.

15)  Circle back to a few key people before the party ends, and reconnect to say thank you and goodbye.

16)  Thank the host.

17)  Re-read tip #11. Please, for your own sake, DO NOT drink too much and be the subject of the story everyone tells until the next holiday party.

18)  AFTER the party, celebrate doing an amazing job at surviving!

19)  Within 24 hours, follow up with anyone you really connected with and want to build into your network. Want help on Thank You emails? Email Kim Bolourtchi and Request the guide! 

 

Have You Joined?

Did you know WashILaw had a group on LinkedIn that is devoted to personal and professional development? Join the group and see the latest tips on how to improve your legal writing with WashULaw alum Sterling Miller HERE.

Mock Interviews – DO ONE

1L Career Intersession is right around the corner. 1Ls, you can start preparing now. First, watch a pre-recorded Public Interest / Big Law interview. Then, record your own! You don’t need to come to school or even get out of your pajamas to do an online mock interview.

Mock Interviews: Practice makes perfect right?

Do an online mock interview online before January 8.
Login to Symplicity. Go to “Resources” > “Mock Interviews”

Good luck on exams! Thank you for joining our events all semester.

Thank you for joining our events (from big to small) and impressing our guests at:

Cyber [Monday] Coffees

Attorney Tuesdays

Peer Wednesdays

Faculty Thursdays

and more!

with 50 + events and over 25 professionals this semester!

You have participated in a wide range of topics including Mental Health and Law Enforcement, being a career clerk, IP with a non-technical background, writing for a law TV drama, JAG, and more. You asked tough questions!

We are taking a break from events until you return, but we are not on break!  We are here all winter break — a critical time for networking and your job search.  Schedule a time to meet virtually or in-person with us or with a Peer Advisor.

Look for the great events taking shape next semester including: Cyber [Monday] Coffee with recent grad Gursharon Shergill, Faculty Thursday with Bob Kallen and Cooper & Cooper “Renting in New York”.

Upcoming CCD Events 11.27.17-12.1.17

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Add these events and more to your calendar

MONDAY 11.27.17

Monday [CYBER] Coffee: WashULaw recent grads Ellis Herington Associate, Pepper Hamilton LLP  and Jordan Sazant Associate, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP talk about the Delaware legal market, bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, and corporate law | CCD Professional Development Workroom or join in from anywhere @ 10am

TUESDAY 11.28.17

Attorney Tuesday: Lewis Rice Recruiting Committee Chairs gives insight to 1L’s on working for Lewis Rice and the OCI process | ABH403 @ 12pm | Lunch will be provided RSVP HERE

WEDNESDAY 11.29.17

Peer Wednesday: Peer Advisors Matt Tharp & Andy Ryngaert give tips on how to Maximize Winter Break | CCD Big Table @ 12:15

THURSDAY 11.30.17

Faculty Thursday: TBA

Upcoming Events 11.20.17 – 11.27.17

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CCD Events Happening 11.20.17 – 11.27.17… View all events HERE 

MONDAY 11.20.17

Professional Development Programming for International Students | CCD Big Table @ 12:00pm

TUESDAY 11.21.17

Attorney Tuesday: Gregory J. Linhares | Clerk of Court, US District Court – Eastern MO | JAG Army Reserve | Local Government | CCD Big Table @ 12:15

WEDNESDAY 11.22.17

Peer Wednesday: 3L Kami Jones | St. Louis legal market | Bryan Cave | CCD Big Table @ 12:15

THURSDAY 11.23.17 – FRIDAY 11.24.17

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MONDAY 11.27.17

Monday [CYBER] Coffee: WashULaw recent grads Ellis Herington Associate, Pepper Hamilton LLP  and Jordan Sazant Associate, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP talk about the Delaware legal market, bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, and corporate law | CCD Professional Development Workroom or join in from anywhere @ 10am

The National Law Review November 2017 Law Student Writing Competition

The National Law Review (NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.

Each month’s entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.

Submissions are now being accepted.

Suggested Topics

  • Cyber-security Issues – Major data breaches, EU Privacy Shield, Wearable Devices, Medical Devices​
  • Immigration Rights
  • Election 2016/2017 Coverage
  • Tax Issues
  • Constitutional Issues – First Amendment, Gun Control
  • Employment Issues – Ban the Box Laws, Minimum Wage,Transgender Accommodations, Age/Sex Discrimination

Articles covering current issues related to other areas of the law may also be submitted.

How to Submit:

Entries for the September contest must be submitted via email to lawschools@natlawreview.com by 5:00 pm Central Standard Time November 30, 2017.  Winners will be published in early December.

For complete submission guidelines and accompanying materials go to the Submission Guidelines.

Why Students Should Submit Articles:

​Students have the opportunity to publicly display their legal knowledge and skills.

The student’s photo, biography, and contact information will be posted with each article, allowing for professional recognition and exposure.

Winning articles are published alongside those written by respected attorneys from Am Law 200 and other prominent firms as well as from other respected professional associations.

​Now more than ever, business development skills are expected from law firm associates earlier in their careers. NLR wants to give law students valuable experience generating consumer-friendly legal content of the sort which is included for publication in law firm client newsletters, law firm blogs, bar association journals and trade association publications.

Student postings will remain in the NLR online database for up to two years, easily accessed by potential employers.​

Upcoming Events 11.13.17-11.17.17

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Stay Up To Date on All CCD Events HERE

 

MONDAY

OISS Group Discussion – The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) will be in the CCD’s Professional Development Workroom to answer questions pertaining to visas. CCD Big Table @ 12pm

1L Cover letter Workshop – Come find out the fastest way for your resume to end up in the trash! ABH309 @ 4pm

TUESDAY

1L Cover letter Workshop – Come find out the fastest way for your resume to end up in the trash! ABH312 @ 10am

PSAB Public Interest Job Panel – Second year students Das Adler, Liz Forester, Cora Allen, and Justin Long will speak about their application processes and first year summer employment. Kim Cofman-Bolourtchi will also speak about the importance of networking and how to use networking to apply for job. ABH306 @ 12pm

Attorney Tuesday WashULaw alum Sarah Sherer – Kohlburn ’13 discusses transitioning between fields early in your career; clerkships; large firms; civil litigation and being a former public defender.

Attorney Tuesday WashULaw alum Bryan Hopkins ‘86 Partner in technology, manufacturing & transportation at Husch Blackwell will discuss the mindset for associate success. Bryan is also a Veteran and is eager to meet WashULaw Vets.

 

WEDNESDAY

Peer Wednesday – MELSA hosts a 1L career panel: How to Leverage your Diverse Background and Network Efficiently. ABH311 @ 12pm

Peer Wednesday 3L Jon Stenberg talks the Chicago market and his path to landing a position with McGuire Woods post-grad. CCD Big Table @ 12:15pm

Peer Wednesday 3L Ali Raza talks about job searching as an international student Admissions Waiting Room @ 12:15pm

 

THURSDAY

Faculty Thursday – Former Missouri Governor Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon, Partner at Dowd Bennett discusses Mental Health and Law Enforcement: Focusing on 31 Mental Health Liaisons & the Path Forward. RSVP Here CCD Professional Development Workroom @ 12pm

Colorado State Public defender – A quick and dirty presentation about the Colorado State Public Defender. ABH311 @ 12pm

SBA Career Panel – Career panel designed to help 1L students with their job search and more. ABH202 @ 12pm

ESL Conversation Table – CCD Peer Advisors will be on hand to discuss sports, restaurants, travel, current events and more. Stop by and join the conversation. CCD Professional Development Workroom @ 12pm

2017 Law Student Writing Competition

The National Law Review is hosting its 2017 Law Student Writing Competition.

The National Law Review (NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.

Each month’s entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.

Submissions are now being accepted.

Suggested Topics

  • Cyber-security Issues – Major data breaches, EU Privacy Shield, Wearable Devices, Medical Devices​
  • Immigration Rights
  • Election 2016/2017 Coverage
  • Tax Issues
  • Constitutional Issues – First Amendment, Gun Control
  • Employment Issues – Ban the Box Laws, Minimum Wage,Transgender Accommodations, Age/Sex Discrimination

Articles covering current issues related to other areas of the law may also be submitted

How to Submit:

Entries for the September contest must be submitted via email to lawschools@natlawreview.com by 5:00 pm Central Standard Time November 30, 2017.  Winners will be published in early December.

For complete submission guidelines and accompanying materials go to the Submission Guidelines.

Why Students Should Submit Articles:

​Students have the opportunity to publicly display their legal knowledge and skills.

The student’s photo, biography, and contact information will be posted with each article, allowing for professional recognition and exposure.

Winning articles are published alongside those written by respected attorneys from Am Law 200 and other prominent firms as well as from other respected professional associations.

​Now more than ever, business development skills are expected from law firm associates earlier in their careers. NLR wants to give law students valuable experience generating consumer-friendly legal content of the sort which is included for publication in law firm client newsletters, law firm blogs, bar association journals and trade association publications.

​Student postings will remain in the NLR online database for up to two years, easily accessed by potential employers.​