Throughout the year, the Center for Professional Development organizes trainings, panel discussions, and networking receptions that will assist in developing effective professional skills as well as provide opportunities to build your network in the legal community. These programs provide a perfect compliment to your classroom learning, supplying practical information that you'll use throughout your career.
The events focus on helping you decide on a suitable practice area and career path as well as facilitate access to practicing attorneys who can serve as valuable resources and mentors. The skill based training focuses on training students to be excellent networkers, interviewers, and leaders in the profession.
Seminars and CPD Information Sessions
You've probably heard us say it before: interviewing is an art. Great interviewees are not born, they're made. In this seminar, you will learn the principles of effective interviewing, including how to prepare, crafting strong answers that highlight your capabilities and experiences, and things to think about when formulating questions that you will be asking of your interviewer. Please reserve your spot to attend a seminar by signing up in Symplicity.
Networking is critical in the legal community. You can learn about specific job opportunities, meet people who have career paths that inspire you, and learn about a particular practice area. Yet, many people are not comfortable with the mechanics of the networking process. In this seminar, CPD staff will address the importance of networking, environments in which networking is appropriate and fruitful, and ways that you can effectively and efficiently continue building your professional network. Please reserve your spot to attend a seminar by signing up in Symplicity.
Public Interest Seminar
The public interest arena is a vastly rich and varied legal avenue. Whether you have a firm idea of what you want to do in serving the public good, or are exploring your options, this seminar will give you information in determining what is right for you and how you can pursue that career path. Particularly covered in this seminar are methods of navigating the competitive landscape of public interest jobs and fellowships, ideas for experiences to pursue today so you are a competitive candidate in the future, and an overview of fellowships and the fellowship application process. Please reserve your spot to attend a seminar by signing up in Symplicity.
Finding a Job in the Federal Government Seminar
CONSIDER FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT. Consider these facts: * Practically every area of private legal practice is mirrored in the federal government. * Over 80% of federal jobs are located outside of Washington, D.C. * Federal pay and benefit packages are extremely attractive. Why not consider employment with the federal government? CPD will review how to find and compete for desirable federal law jobs, including completing the Federal Application and crafting KSA's that will convince employers that you are the best candidate for the job. Please reserve your spot to attend a seminar by signing up in Symplicity.
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PIJF Info Session
What's table talk? How do I make the best impression when I meet an employer? Is it worth it to go to the Fair if I don't get any interviews? (The answer to the last one is yes!) Come learn how to effectively prepare for and work the Northwest Public Service Career Fair. This meeting is crucial if you want to get the very most from the fair and nail your interviews.
1L Diversity Programs Events
If you are considering applying to one or more of the diversity summer opportunity programs, make sure to attend the information sessions and networking events related to these opportunities.
Diversity 1L Student Reception
There will be a Diversity 1L Student Reception at K&L Gates (date and time TBD). Dress is business professional.
Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program Information Sessions
- Program representatives from the Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program will be on campus (date and time TBD) in the Second Floor Gallery to talk about the program and answer questions about the application process. Dress is business casual.
- CPD will be hosting an informal information session featuring last year's student participants in the Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program (date and time TBD) in the Courtroom. Come learn about the experience you can get in the program and the application process from people who have lived it! Pizza will be served. Please RSVP in Symplicity.
Individual Firm Diversity Fellowship Meet & Greet
The Annual Diversity Fellowship Meet & Greet with individual firms will be (date and time TBD) in the Second Floor Gallery. The event format will feature "table talk" and an opportunity to mingle with attorneys and recruiting representatives from firms hosting a 1L summer diversity fellowship. Dress is business professional.
Mock Interview Programs
Practicing attorneys in a variety of fields will be on campus to do mock interviews and provide individual feedback. This is a great opportunity to network and practice your interview skills with attorneys in a non-competitive, no-stress atmosphere.
Clerkship Info Session
Students interested in pursuing judicial clerkships in 2011 need to attend the Clerkship Program Kickoff Meeting. This meeting is open to 2, 3, and 4L students. The application season for positions beginning in 2011 will be this summer and fall. Judicial clerks provide assistance to judges in researching issues before the court and in writing opinions. These positions are a great way to perfect research and writing skills and open up career opportunities for the future. Students in the top quarter of the class are strongly encouraged to consider clerking. Whether you plan to apply across the country or solely in Seattle, the application process is complex. We'll help you sort out when, how, and to whom to apply and walk you through it each step of the way. You'll also sign up for clerkship updates and receive a step-by-step guide for the clerkship application season covering the next six months. RSVP in Symplicity.
10 Dos and Don'ts of Summer Associate Practice
Viewing your summer associate position as a 10 week job interview can keep you on your toes, but it can also have you hiding under your desk intimidated. In this seminar, we will cover some of the most important rules for making a good impression this summer and locking up a job offer. From practice pointers to etiquette, social graces to business essentials, we want to help you make the most out of the opportunity you have secured. Being a practicing attorney is very different from being a law student, and can also be very different from working in another type of office. Whether you are planning to be in a two person office or a two hundred person office this summer, this seminar will cover simple guidelines designed to keep you both careful and confident.
OCI Info Sessions
In the fall, firms and organizations come to campus to interview mostly 2Ls and some 3Ls for summer and full-time positions. The information session will briefly introduce the process of applying for firms through Simplicity, discuss how to properly prepare, and answer any questions you may have. If you are considering participating in OCI, please make sure to attend one of these sessions.
Business Law Section Panel Event
The Business Section of the WSBA will ask several local business lawyers, representing a diverse range of practice types, to come to Seattle University Law School and discuss how to get into and develop a career in Business Law, and growing and emerging areas of practice for business lawyers. They regret any inconvenience this change may cause, but they are excited about working with the law school now and in the future on events involving students and practicing lawyers. Please join us for a panel discussion and to meet the members of the panel. Please sign up through Symplicity.
Family Law Speed Networking Event
Come and meet are attorneys focusing in the area of family law. Spend the evening socializing with practicing attorneys in the field and hear about their experiences. This is a wonderful way to make contacts with local firms. Space is limited to 40 students. Sign up through Symplicity.
Annual Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) and Law Student Speed Networking Event
This is an ideal opportunity to learn about litigation from the perspective of the mid sized firm corporate attorney and build relationships and mentors that will be an asset to you during law school and beyond. The program will be limited to 40 students and every seven minutes you'll connect and meet with one of fifteen attorneys who practice in a variety of areas and firms. This program was very favorably received last year and is critical to your networking success. The perfect way to meet 15 practitioners in a laid back setting. Appetizers will be served.
Come support the Public Interest Law Foundation and their Summer Grant Program while having a great time bidding on some amazing auction items. Judges, practicing attorneys, faculty, and staff will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of PILF and working to create more funding resources for SU summer interns working in public interest! Professor John McKay will be the Keynote Speaker!
Annual Washington State Association for Justice (Formerly WSTLA) and Law Student Speed Networking Event
Fifteen trial attorneys from small firms who represent the plaintiff side will attend the event and provide insight into the excitement, challenges, and satisfaction of advocating for the little guy. The members of this organization are very collegial and rely heavily on a supportive network of colleagues. Attend this event to learn and equally important build relationships that will benefit you throughout your career. Not to be missed. Appetizers will be served. Space is limited - RSVP in Symplicity.
Career Fairs and Conferences
Public Interest Job Fair
The Northwest Public Service Career Fairs are hosted by the Northwest Consortium Law Schools. These are the premier career fairs for public interest summer hiring in the Pacific Northwest. This is a great way for first year law students to get substantive legal experience. Check out the Web site for more information and be sure to visit the Web site often, as we are still adding new employers. Many of the organizations will be doing interviews.
Annual Solo, Small, and Mid-Size Firm Fair
In the spring, CPD will host the Fourth Annual Solo, Small, and Mid-Sized Firm Information, Networking, and Career Fair. Last year, thirty-five employers participated and 1, 2, 3, and 4Ls secured jobs, found mentors, learned about specific fields of law, and connected with members of the bar in a relaxed setting. This year, we expect to have fifty employers attend. During the fair, employers will meet with students to discuss their practices and how to effectively develop opportunities within the profession. Whether you already have a job or not, this fair is not to be missed. The fair provides a unique opportunity to connect with members of the bar in a casual setting and develop relationships with attorneys practicing in a diverse variety of specialties.
Beyond the Traditional Fair
Employers working in a variety of industries where the JD degree is highly valued will be available to share how they developed their career. Potential participants include people doing risk management, regulatory analysts, policy analysts, legal publishing, HR for major corporations, Federal Agents, as well as many others. If you are considering a career outside the traditional practice of law, then the fair is not to be missed.