Thursday, July 2, 2015

FREE Summer Activities in the Bay Area

by Hampton Jackson, LCS Intern

Have you scheduled time for fun recently? While our job here at LCS is to provide networking opportunities for you, we also want you to have a fun, relaxing summer. Check out these fun activities that will give you an opportunity to meet new people, and develop your connection with the San Francisco community.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

LOAN FORGIVENESS OPTIONS: YOU CAN’T HAVE TOO MANY

by Hampton Jackson 
LCS Intern

Are you pursuing a legal career in public service or at a government agency? Did you know that you may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and/or GGU Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program?

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) helps provide quality legal representation for low-income clients across the country. Under the Program, a borrower’s remaining federal student loan balance is forgiven, after 120 qualifying payments. To qualify, a borrower must be employed full-time in a public service job for at least 10 years. Federal Direct Loans are automatically eligible for forgiveness, but Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Family Education Loans, and private student loans must be consolidated to qualify. Once repayment begins, an income-driven repayment plan is the best way to maximize the Program’s benefits by lowering monthly payments. For more information about the Program click here.

Friday, June 19, 2015

WRITING SAMPLE: It’s More Than a Copy of Your Research Assignment

by Michelle Queirolo 
Grad Fellow 
Law Career Services

Did you know there is a particular standard to follow when submitting your writing sample? Generally, it’s not enough to merely submit your writing sample as is. Follow these tips and you will have a professional writing sample ready to send to employers.

Friday, June 12, 2015

PSJD: Take Advantage Of This Invaluable Resource

by Michelle Queirolo 
Grad Fellow 
Law Career Services

Have you heard of the Public Service Job Directory (PSJD)? It’s an amazing resource that helps students, recent graduates, and attorneys with their public interest career needs. PSJD not only posts job listings across the United States, but it also provides valuable resources that address a number of career-related issues and topics. Best of all it’s free to GGU students and alumni!

Friday, June 5, 2015

JOB SEARCH: Tips For Success

by Michelle Queirolo 
Grad Fellow 
Law Career Services 
 
Are you currently searching for a job? In this legal market, it is important to stay current on hiring trends and etiquette. Kari Petrasek, of The Young Lawyer, has provided a number of tips that she recommends when searching for a job. As you will see, they are simple yet effective.

Friday, May 29, 2015

INTERNATIONAL LAW: A World Of Opportunity

by Michelle Queirolo 
Grad Fellow 
Law Career Services

When someone says they practice international law, it sounds so intriguing. But what is international law exactly? The term sounds as if it stands for one area of law. Yet it is actually a term that covers a number of legal fields governing actions between nations. Traditionally, international law has been divided into two main sectors: (1) Public International Law, and (2) Private International Law. Public International Law includes practice areas such as immigration law, criminal law, environmental law, health law, security law, human rights law, and diplomatic law. On the other hand, Private International Law includes transnational business law/litigation/arbitration, intellectual property law, economic law, and sales and contract law. These lists are not exhaustive either, since international law is so expansive.

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.