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.

REGISTRATION: Register here

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: Business and professional development

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)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 415-442-6625 or

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.

Friday, April 4, 2014

RECAP: Meet the Bar Associations 2014

by Victoria Capinpin
LCS Grad Fellow

Meet the Bar Associations 2014 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 missed it, you can view the handout that has membership information of all the organizations that participated.

Thank you to all of the bar associations and organizations! 
Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA)
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
American Society of Legal Scholars (ASLS)
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA)
Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (AACTLA)
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV)
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)
Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)
California Women Lawyers (CWL)
California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA)
Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA)
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA)
Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California (CTLA-NC)
Federal Bar Association (FBA)
Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC)
Hellenic Lawyers Association of New York (HLA)
International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association (IATSBA)
Italian American Bar Association of Northern California (IABANC)
Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABANC)
Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC)
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA)
National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter (NLG)
Palo Alto Area Bar Association (PAABA)
Queen’s Bench Bar Association
Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA)
South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC)
St. Thomas More Society (STMS)
Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC).

Thank you to all of our co-sponsoring student organizations!
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA)
Intellectual Property Law Association (IPLA)
International Law Society (ILS)
Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA)
La Raza Law Student Association
Pilipino/a American Law Society (PALS)
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)
Veterans' Law Student Association (VLSA)
Women's Law Association (WLA).

Thank you to all of our student volunteers!
Chrerri Alcantara, Stephany Arzaga, Joanne Badua, Arthur Barrios, Katie Capielo, Leo Cristobal, Erik Faussner, Lindsay Frank, Nalui Garcia, Camilla Glover, Meryl Haggege, Celina Holmes-Murphy, Mo Iranmanesh, Rosalyn Jamili, Joe Lounsbury, Nina Meller, Sunita Popal, Chriselle Raguro, Cathy Rucker, Rena Sera, Byron Suarez