Initial networking contacts and requests for informational interviews are best sent as email messages. You may email or handwrite your thank-you notes, depending on your preference. Sample Networking Email Date: November 15, 2011 Subject: Informational Interview Request from HLS Student
Seems like I’ve been getting more emails lately from strangers asking me for career advice. While I am flattered anyone thinks I have something to offer in this regard, I find it difficult to take time to answer such broad questions like, Should I go to law school or get a public health degree? How did you get into this work? Where can I find jobs in food policy?
So, you want to be a political appointee in the Obama administration's second term? With cabinet leadership turning over at State and DOD, half the people I know are wondering how to get their feet in the door. (The other half are wondering if anyone will be willing to pay their salaries when they finally leave their current jobs in the administration). But despite the many eager job candidates, there's not much honest or useful information available on how to find administration jobs.
I recently received an e-mail sent to my business address that began with the salutation "Dear Ms. Anne," — the kind of greeting that suggested that the rest of the note would offer me riches from some recently deceased Estonian cousin I didn't know I had. It continued, "I know you have no idea who I am, however, I will try to keep this as short and to the point as possible" — words destined to cause a further sinking feeling about what was to come. But in the seconds I skimmed the note, a few words jumped out at me and I was intrigued. In three short paragraphs, Zanele Mutepfa , a junior at Portland State University in Oregon, told me that she was an immigrant Zimbabwean-born orphan and youth advocate who aspired to be a television talk show host.
Things are starting to look up in terms of hiring at the nation’s largest law firms. Most law schools sent slightly larger percentages of their 2012 classes into first-year associate jobs at these firms than they did in 2011. Among the 50 schools most popular with hiring firms, 25 percent of graduates landed associate jobs, up from 22 percent in 2011. Even so, hiring was not as robust as in 2010, when 27 percent of the graduates from the top 50 schools landed at the largest firms.
Realize that everyone’s grades can improve each semester by honing study strategies. Students who did well can do even better. Students who ended up in the middle of the class can improve. And students whose grades placed them on academic probation can turn things around. Changes in study habits can mean not only higher grades in May, but also less stress during the semester and greater retention of material. Ask yourself the following questions to evaluate your study habits.
Law School Personal Statement Samples Law School Personal Statement Articles Take a deep breath… By now you are probably well into the complications of applying to law school, which, as you probably well know, is more competitive than ever. Your law school applications and transcripts are going to need to be ready to go at least a month before the school's deadline.
By JOE PALAZZOLO Members of the law-school class of 2011 had little better than a 50-50 shot of landing a job as a lawyer within nine months of receiving a degree, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of new data that provides the most detailed picture yet of the grim market for law jobs. Members of the law-school class of 2011 had little better than a 50-50 shot of landing a job as a lawyer within nine months of receiving a degree, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. Joe Palazzolo has details on The News Hub.
By V.W. Barber A law school personal statement is successful when the writing is successful.
Ezra Reese focuses his practice on political law and nonprofit tax law. He counsels clients on campaign finance issues for federal and state elected officials, political parties, other political organizations, trade associations and issue organizations.
One of my favorite clients asked me about how to use a campus visit effectively. I thought to myself, “Surely I covered this in my book !” I looked at the chapter called “Launching Your Campaign to Get In” and arranging campus visits is suggested, but not really explained.
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[ Editor's Note: This piece was originally written by Phila Lawyer in 2008, but we're bringing it out of the archives because it's every bit as relevant now as it was four years ago. ]
The Score Reports help prospective students make informed law school application and enrollment decisions using job outcome data. Our collection of geographic, school, and other reports have been designed to focus applicants on schools with observable relationships to specific locations and job types. The goal is to help prospective students understand which schools, if any, can help them achieve various career objectives. [ Read the Introduction to Using the Score Reports ]