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Weekly Roundup

Top 10 Tips from Legal Recruiters: How to Land an Interview – The National Jurist features advice from recruiters that you can use to prepare for interviews this fall.

 Salary Requirements: What to Say – Advice from LinkedIn that you can use when asked to provide salary requirements. 

 Ten Tips Summer Associates Can Learn From Lean In – This post at Ms. JD suggests ways to incorporate principles from Lean In to your summer job.

 Going to Work: Mid-Summer Review – Pass the Baton features advice on getting feedback on your work.

The 2013 A-List: The Complete Report – The American Lawyer has complete coverage of its annual list of the “best” firms based on scores for financial performance, pro bono, diversity, and associate satisfaction.

The Best/Worst Paying In-House Jobs – The Careerist summarizes the Major Lindsay & Africa annual compensation report.  Read a more detailed synopsis at Corporate Counsel or click here to read the entire report.


Register Now for the 2013 Public Defender Advocacy, Training & Hiring (PATH) Conference

Registration is now open for the 2013 Public Defender Advocacy, Training & Hiring (PATH) Conference. Hosted by the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the UC Berkeley School of Law, the PATH conference offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students and recent graduates to learn more about careers in indigent criminal defense representation.  This year’s PATH conference will be held at UC Berkeley School of Law on August 3, 2013.  For more information and to register, click here to read more about the event on the PSJD Blog.

Join the WBA for “Networking: Building Your Life One Contact at a Time” on July 18th

The Career Development Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of DC invites you to attend this event, which will feature tips on how to network effectively to enhance your life professionally and personally.  A discounted rate of $15 is available to students who call the WBA to register.  Click here for more information.


Event Details

Date/Time: Thursday, July 18th from 6 pm to 8 pm

Location: Wiley Rein, LLP, 1776 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006;

Farragut North/Farragut West Metro


Job Alert

Job Alert: Summer 2013 Health Care Advocacy Internship with Public Citizen

If you are interested in Health Care Advocacy, log into CareerLink to learn more about an opportunity to work with Congress Watch, a division of Public Citizen.  See posting ID 26701.

Job Alert: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation – Deadline July 1st!

If you are interested in immigration litigation, log in to CareerLink to learn more about fall internship opportunities with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation. Apply by July 1st to be considered!

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Quick Tips: Choosing a Writing Sample

While you’re plugging away at work this summer, you might want to take some time to think about writing samples.  Many students and recent graduates have questions about choosing a good writing sample.  Read on for quick tips and suggested resources on this topic.

1.       The best writing samples are written as part of a legal work experience, including internships and externships.  If you are using a sample from work, be sure you have your employer’s permission to use the document as a writing sample and redact any sensitive information.  If you are a first year student, employers understand that you may not yet have completed a legal internship or externship; therefore, a legal memoranda or brief from Legal Rhetoric is acceptable.  Just be sure that your writing sample includes legal analysis.  Unless the topic is highly relevant to the position you seek or you are certain that an employer is interested, it is generally best to stay away from submitting scholarly or academic work.


Weekly Roundup

10 Tips for Effective Face-to-Face Networking

Summer Associate Tips—How to Work the Lunch and Cocktail Party – The Careerist offers insight to help you make a good impression this summer.

Law School Class of 2012 Finds More Jobs, Starting Salaries Rise – But Large Class Size Hurts Overall Employment Rate – Read NALP’s press release profiling employment findings for the class of 2012.

Advice for Passing the Bar Exam – The first post in Ms. JD’s series of tips to help those of you studying for the Bar this summer.