Friday, May 22, 2015

Inspired By Current Events: A Good Reason To Censor Your Social Media Content

By Michelle Queirolo 
Grad Fellow 
Law Career Services

“Watch what you post online.” We are advised of this time and time again because employers and colleagues refer to social media to learn about who we are professionally (remember the Name Brand blog). Well, a recent news story reminds us of how true this is.

According to The Detroit News, a prosecutor posted her opinion on Facebook about how to handle the recent Baltimore protests. She opined that the protestors should be shot. Although the prosecutor only left the post up for a very short time, her colleague, who is a criminal defense attorney, took a screen shot of her message and posted it on his wall. Thereafter, the media discovered the content and reported it to the public at large. As a result, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office informed the public that the prosecutor would resign.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

U.S. Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG): How Can You Join?

by Michelle Queirolo 
Grad Fellow 
Law Career Services

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a Judge Advocate? JAG Corps is appealing to many law students, and attorneys alike, because it offers a diverse practice - a combination of criminal prosecution, criminal defense, and client counseling - plus the opportunity for national and international travel. In addition, Judge Advocates are officers in the military, so these attorneys not only serve their clients, they serve and represent our country as well. To become a Judge Advocate, an applicant does not need prior military experience. Rather, a prospective applicant must first decide on which of the branches s/he would like to practice and serve in: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.

Friday, May 8, 2015

CAREER ROAD TRIP: Practicing Across State Lines

by Michelle Queirolo 
Grad Fellow 
Law Career Services

Is your career path leading you to another state? Or are you interested in practicing in another state? Lawyers often feel rooted to the state in which they are licensed to practice, but practicing law in another state may be more attainable than you thought. Many states offer long-term and short-term opportunities to practice in their state without having to take their bar exam. Long-term options include admission by motion, reciprocity agreements, and some federal practice opportunities. Short-term options include pro hac vice representation, in-house counsel, and limited practice opportunities.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Font of Wisdom: The Experts Weigh in on the Right and Wrong Fonts for Your Resume

by Jared Solovay 
Director of Employer Relations
Administrative Director of the Honors Lawyering Program 
Law Career Services

Students occasionally ask me which fonts make a positive impression in a resume, and which do not.

My standard response is to invoke Justice Potter Stewart (“I know it when I see it”); when you have looked at enough resumes, you know what feels polished and professional, and what feels sloppy and informal.

I suspect that answer is too coy to be satisfying, so I was intrigued when I came across this analysis of the question.

The results from these “typography wonks” may surprise you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What Is Your Name Brand?


by Michelle Queirolo 
Grad Fellow 
Law Career Services

During law school, and your professional legal career, you should consciously manage your brand. What is a brand, you might ask? Dictionary.com defines “brand” as “a kind of variety of something distinguished by some distinctive characteristic.” This is the exact purpose of your brand – to set yourself apart from the rest, to highlight the distinct qualities that you can bring to employers, and to show employers and clients what kind of an advocate you are. (For more info on what a brand is, and the importance of a professional brand, read this Forbes article.)

A professional brand is developed by your reputation, which is essential in the legal community. Your reputation is demonstrated by your style and professional interactions, your paper trail, your social media profiles, and your involvement in the community. Ultimately, your personality and values drive your particular brand, so it is vital that you remain genuine.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

What Are Some Common Mistakes Made By Law Students and Recent Graduates? (Part 3)

by Andrea Loh
Director of Employer Outreach
Law Career Services

Part 3 of our networking series provides a list of "top networking tips" shared by our panel of GGU alums during the LCS sponsored event “Leveraging Your Network to Create Professional Opportunities.”

Based on their collective experiences in practice, our panelists advised law students and recent graduates to do the following:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fish Out of Water: Networking Makes Me Uncomfortable. . . How Can I Get Over This? (Part 2)

by Andrea Loh
Director of Employer Outreach
Law Career Services

There is no way around it - an overwhelming majority of us feel apprehensive about speaking with new people.  Part 2 of our networking series discusses methods for overcoming those nerves that creep up before a professional networking event.  Here are a few tips that were offered by GGU alums during the LCS sponsored event “Leveraging Your Network to Create Professional Opportunities.”

To alleviate the anxiety you may feel about networking, try the following:

Set small goals. When attending an event, establish a goal of having substantive conversations with three new people.  Don't pressure yourself to meet every single person in the room.

Prepare beforehand. Come up with a short list of conversation topics, e.g., current events, area of practice, hobbies, or hometown. While conversing, focus on subjects that you have in common to maintain the flow of discussion.

Ask questions. Attorneys love to talk—about their work, experiences, personal interests, and more. Get them talking about any of these, and make sure that you maintain eye contact, smile, nod, and ask follow-up questions to keep the person engaged. By the end of your conversation the other person will walk away with a positive impression, even if they did the majority of the talking.

Bring a friend. Ask a friend or classmate to accompany you to an event. Split up once you arrive then check-in periodically to discuss your experiences.

Finally, remember that being uncomfortable is good!  It is a sign you are continuing to grow by challenging yourself to exceed your prior boundaries.

Click here to read Part 1.

RECAP: Meet the Bar Associations 2015

by Michelle Queirolo
LCS Grad Fellow

Meet the Bar Associations 2015 was a success! Students and recent graduates were able to talk to representatives of over 30 bar associations and organizations. For those of you who were unable to attend, you can view the handout to learn about each organization and their membership information.

Thank you to all of the bar associations and organizations! 
Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA)
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA)
Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (AACTLA)
Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)
California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL)
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ)
California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA)
Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA)
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAC)
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA)
Federal Bar Association (FBA)
Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego (FALSD)
Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC)
Italian American Bar Association of Northern California (IABANC)
Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABANC)
Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OCKABA)
Palo Alto Area Bar Association (PAABA)
Queen’s Bench Bar Association
Sacramento County Bar Association (SCBA)
San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association (SFIPLA)
San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association (SFLRLA)
San Francisco Paralegal Association (SFPA)
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA)
San Mateo County Bar Association Santa Barbara County Bar Association (SBCBA)
Santa Cruz County Bar Association
St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco (STMS)
The Lawyers’ Club of San Francisco – Inn of Court
Tom Homann LGBT Law Association (THLA)
Women Lawyers of Alameda County (WLAC)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Networking Tips from Successful GGU Alumni

by Andrea Loh
Director of Employer Outreach
Law Career Services

Did you miss the LCS sponsored event “Leveraging Your Network to Create Professional Opportunities”? Not to worry—below are some of the key takeaways provided by our four distinguished panelists: Carolyn Lee (GGU JD 06, LLM 08) of Abkin Law LLP; Philip Batchelder (GGU JD 09) of Mitchell & Batchelder LLP; Jamil McClintock (GGU JD 13) of DLA Piper; and Edgar Quezada (GGU JD 13) of the Law Offices of Murlene J. Randle.

What Activities Do You Recommend for Expanding My Network? 
(Part 1)

Bar associations. Join a bar association and make it a goal to regularly attend their events. Many groups offer law students complimentary membership and host a variety of social and educational events. Many attorneys find it refreshing to speak with students and enjoy offering helpful advice.

Student organizations. Join the Board of a student organization and plan speaker events with practicing attorneys from the community. In doing so, you will interact with a variety of practitioners while impressing them with your leadership skills.

Get to know your classmates. Networking does not just involve meeting outside attorneys. Spend time learning more about the people in your classes and student organizations. Expand your network beyond your class year—if you are a 2L, get to know the new members of GGU and your upper division counterparts.

Personal interest activities. Participate in non-academic activities that you find enjoyable. Like running? Join a local running club and meet new people while doing something fun. Job and client opportunities often arise from non-legal connections.

Utilize GGU’s resources. Consult the law school’s academic dean and Law Career Services for further advice about networking and job search contacts. We are all former practicing attorneys connected to the legal community and are here to help!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Meet the Bar Associations 2015

It's that time of the year! GGU's annual Meet the Bar Associations 2015 is coming up next week! Both law students and graduates are encouraged to attend! 

When: Thursday, April 2 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm

Where: GGU, 6th Floor GGU Center

What: Many great local and national bar associations will be coming to campus to provide information about their organizations, as well as talk to students and recent grads about membership fees and benefits. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover what types of membership discounts, networking events, mentoring programs, scholarships, and fellowships each organization offers. The event is also a valuable networking opportunity because you get the information from the organizations' representatives themselves!

Light food and refreshments will be served; attire is business casual.

“Meet the Bar Associations” will be organized similar to a job fair, so you are free to talk to whichever organizations interest you. The following is a list of all the amazing bar associations that are participating this year: