Friday, April 18, 2014

The Summertime Professional Development Plan

by Victoria Capinpin
LCS Graduate Fellow

As budding legal professionals, your life should not just be about attending law school classes and getting that internship you really wanted. Professional development also includes getting involved with activities outside of law school, volunteering with local community organizations, and making meaningful connections with other professionals. Summertime is a great time to catch up with your professional development.

ATTEND OR VOLUNTEER AT ONE EVENT PER MONTH: Attend events and make it a goal to meet at least five attorneys (and exchange contact information). For the larger events, try to find a contact person to ask if they need any student volunteers. Volunteering at events is a great way to attend the events for free, meet all of the attorney-guests, and show the attorney-coordinators how hard you work. Some upcoming events are:

JOIN A COMMITTEE: Joining the committees of bar associations is one of the best ways to build your professional network because it gives you opportunities to plan events and work on various projects.
  • Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABANC) is looking for members to join their Social Committee: As part of the KABANC Social Committee, you will be an integral part of planning, facilitating and having fun at KABANC's numerous social events. If interested, please contact Alice Choy (
  • Asian American Bar Association (AABA) Is looking for members to join their Solo and Small Firm Committee and their Newsletter Committee: Solo and Small Firm Committee is looking for committee members! All interested in helping plan, organize, and put on events for the coming year should contact Veronica B. Guinto at for more information. Newsletter Committee is looking for committee members! All interested in helping with article submission and editing the web-based newsletter and post-event articles should contact Janet Li at for more information.

GO ON TWO INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS PER MONTH: Informational interviews are simply meant to help you make real connections with other professionals in the legal industry. You can ask questions without feeling the same stress that may come from a formal interview for a job. And if you make a favorable impression, the attorney may think of you if a position becomes available later.
  • LCS makes it easy for you to ask for informational interviews by providing you with a list of attorneys and professionals who have already agreed to be contacted for meetings: sign up now for our 30-Minute Mentor Program.
  • Log into GGU's Alumni database or search the Golden Gate University Law LinkedIn group to search for attorneys who are working in the firm you want to work for or are practicing the type of law you want to practice.

ATTEND A CAREER FAIR: There are so many great career fairs going on this summer! If it is out-of-state, consider making it worth your trip and stay for a couple more days to explore the city.

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APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS: Summer is a great time to polish your application materials and apply for scholarships and grants. Come in to LCS and have a counselor review your materials before you submit them!
  • AABA Law Student Summer Grant - due April 25 - The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area is offering one or more grants to help fund qualified summer law clerk(s) to work on legal projects that provide free legal services to the Asian American community.
  • AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund's Mike Eidon Scholarship 2014 - due May 1 - The scholarship, traditionally in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitmentto a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending theprinciples of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.
  • 2014-2015 FBANC Legal Scholarship - due May 5 - Current law students in good academic standing and those admitted to law school for the 2014-2015 academic year are encouraged to apply for the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC) Legal Scholarships. This year, FBANC will present three scholarships: two FBANC Scholarships awarded in the amount of $2,500 each and the Raymond L. Ocampo, Jr. Family Scholarship awarded in the amount of $5,000.

ENTER WRITING COMPETITIONS: Sharpen your writing skills and enter writing competitions. Winning one will add tremendous value to your resume!
View more writing competitions

VOLUNTEER AT CLINICS: Volunteering at clinics is a great way to get legal experience and meet other attorneys.

POLISH YOUR JOB MATERIALS AND PREPARE FOR FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES: Don't let your job materials become stale during the summer.
  • Come in to LCS and have a counselor review and update your materials. Call us for an appointment at (415) 442-6625.
  • Apply for opportunities through our Summer Recruitment Program; details and deadlines are in LCSonline. 
So, take advantage of your free time during the summer and work on your professional development!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GOING SOLO - May 31, 2014

Golden Gate University School of Law
 The State Bar of California

"GOING SOLO: A Seminar on How to Start a Law Practice"

WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 2014
WHERE: GGU's Campus: 536 Mission Street, San Francisco
COST: Students are FREE; GGU Alumni are $25; non-GGU Alumni are $125
WHAT: The goal of this five-panel event is to educate alumni and law students on developing business skills for building and maintaining a law practice, and to present a positive network-building atmosphere that invites the exchange of ideas and business cards. MCLE credits are available. Sponsoring companies will also be there with information tables.
FOOD: Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
VOLUNTEERS: We need several law student volunteers to help make sure this event runs smoothly! Please email if you are interested in volunteering.
QUESTIONS? Feel free to contact us at 415-442-6625 or


Registration and breakfast

The Big Decision: Is solo practice right for you?

The Business Plan: Everything you need to know and do before you launch

Establishing a Law Practice: Your business & professional development plan

Networking/Lunch break

Running a Law Practice: Finance and office management

Professional Responsibility: Ethical issues common in solo practice

Q&A/Meet the panelists

(please keep checking this blog post for the latest updates and changes to the event)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jeena Cho Speaks to GGU Students

By Victoria Capinpin
LCS Graduate Fellow

On March 11, Jeena Cho, San Francisco Bankruptcy Attorney and co-founder of JC Law Group, came to GGU to speak to students about what she wished she learned in law school. Jeena offered tons of great advice, not only geared for current students, but also for recent graduates like myself.

Acknowledge that now is the time for self-exploration. Change your mindset from "What am I supposed to do?" to "What do I love to do?" When you are looking for a job, trust your gut. Does the job description get you excited? Or is it just something that you think you need?
Network through social media. Build your brand by establishing an online presence. Browse blogs and Twitter profiles of professionals who share your same interests. Email or message them. But don't feel "rejected" if they don't message you back. Read a previously published blog post about how to build your professional presence online, starting with your user bio!

Take advantage of "two degrees of separation." Finding a job through networking isn't a one-stop shop. It is not likely that the person you meet for the first time will have a job ready for you at that time. But chances are, that person knows someone who does. (According to Jeena, there are only two degrees of separation in the legal community). So, at the end of your meeting, ask for recommendations of other professionals to talk to.
Make time to have some fun. Find what you are passionate about. Everyone needs a little bit of time dedicated to themselves. It's okay to take Sunday off to go hiking. It's okay to start a blog about cooking. If you enjoy writing, start a blog--not necessarily about law, but write about anything you like.
After her talk at GGU, Jeena wrote a follow-up blog titled 10 Tips to Help You Decide What Type of Law to Practice. It answers a question asked of her by a GGU student, and has more great advice for law students. Check it out!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Take Advantage of LexisNexis, Westlaw, & Bloomberg Law’s Extended Summer Use Programs!

By Melissa LeBlanc
Law Career Services Intern

LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law offer the following programs that will be useful for 1Ls/2Ls over the summer, and for graduating students after they take the bar exam.

First Year & Second Year Law Students
Lexis Advance’s All Access summer program allows first and second year law students to continue to use their Lexis Advance ID during the summer for all of their legal work purposes. Visit for more information. 

Westlaw also offers a password summer extension program for academic purposes. This includes pro bono and public service programs, unpaid public internships or externships etc.; however, it may not be used for research conducted for a law firm, corporation or other entity that is paying you. Visit for more info.

Bloomberg Law offers summer use access to law students as well. Visit for more information.

Graduating Law Students
If you are a graduating JD or LLM student, Lexis is offering free continued use of Lexis Advance through December 31, 2014. If you would like to have access to their resources for educational use, bar exam preparation, and post-graduate job searching, then you can apply now for a Lexis Advance ID through Lexis’ Graduate program – it only takes a minute! Visit for more information.

If you are a graduating law student and would like continued free access to Westlaw’s resources you may extend your password by going to 

Bloomberg Law offers graduating law students 6 months of continued use. Visit for more information.