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Smart and delusional job search strategies for 3Ls

3L spring or fall semester job search strategies range from very smart to completely delusional. Ideal: Organized, structured, systematic and not frantic combination of: Self assessment, Targeted networking based on a. well-developed or tentative selection of practice areas or career paths, b. geography, c. friends, … Continue reading

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Six signposts for finding a career path

Not every signpost will be useful for you as you seek to find a career path.   Don’t go looking for either signposts or a path on a map, unless you are willing to create that map.  Unhelpful signposts: distractions … Continue reading

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Employers need information to make good decisions

Employers are neither sleuths nor ferrets: they need information. Employers need information to make good decisions about you. They can only act on the information you provide. You have read the job description and discussed the position with your network. … Continue reading

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Three-point checklist for 3Ls

This three-point checklist for 3Ls is a working document for students who have yet to find their career paths. Its theme is Waste no time. Between now and graduation, you have a huge block of time. Don’t waste it. You may … Continue reading

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3L Bad Idea: Skipping the July Bar

Mid-February is the time when some 3Ls begin contemplating a bad idea: skipping the July bar. Banish that thought and sign up. Three good excuses for skipping a July bar         Donating a kidney.         Having … Continue reading

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5 tips for the 3L marathon

The third year of law school is many things: lots of work, not enough work,  practical clinical experience working with actual clients with real problems, complicated decision-making about where to practice, a frantic scramble for a job,  and a constant … Continue reading

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Cover Letters: critical tools for an alternative career search

Best cover letters The best cover letters are door openers. They should show that you understand the job for which you are applying, know some current problems in the industry, understand problems specific to the business (two different things), and … Continue reading

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Job Search Outside OCI: Spring Break Edition

Spring break is a defining moment for thousands of law students who must finally accept that they are not likely to get a job through fall OCI. Their resumes are not under a stray file. That door has closed. Small … Continue reading

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Three Bs to energize your job search

Unless your loved one included a job offer with the flowers and chocolate, February 15 will be a good time to energize your job search. Begin with these Three B’s. Begin a Job Search By Ditching Your Baggage Ruth Hayden, … Continue reading

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6 steps to jump-start a spring job search

The beginning of Spring Semester is the right time to jump-start your job search. Here are six steps to help you begin. 1. Check your toolbox. Critical tools for a 21st century job search are: Electronic and paper resume. Have at least … Continue reading

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