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? 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:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Catching a Glimpse Into Law Practice: Two Outstanding Opportunities

by Michelle Queirolo
Grad Fellow
Friday, March 27 Join LCS for a private tour and conversation at the General Assistance Advocacy Project (GAAP) or the Office of the San Francisco City Attorney.

General Assistance Advocacy Project (GAAP) is a prestigious non-profit corporation based in San Francisco that helps homeless and marginally housed San Franciscans to obtain public benefits. GAAP also provides free legal assistance and counseling in areas regarding collection disputes, clearing old out-of-state warrants to enable the continued receipt of public benefits, and assistance with landlord-tenant issues. In addition, GAAP provides individuals with resources such as blankets, free clothing vouchers, etc. to support members of the community.

The Office of the San Francisco City Attorney provides legal services to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Unified School District and 94 other departments, board, commissions and offices of the City and County of San Francisco.

Tours will meet at LCS at 2:45 and travel to the respective offices via public transportation. Students must rsvp on LCSonline in the “Events” tab by March 25.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Legal Diversity Initiatives

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

A longstanding issue of great concern in the legal profession has been the lack of diversity with respect to women, persons with disabilities, the LGBT community, and racial and ethnic minorities.1

The result has been disproportionately lower representation for certain groups in the profession, particularly in leadership positions.

For example, according to a recent Law Review article analyzing this topic, “12.6% of the U.S. population was African American, 16.3% was Hispanic American, and 4.8% was Asian American” in 2010, yet these groups made up only “4.3%, 3.4%, and 3.4% respectively” of the legal profession that year.

As the ABA has noted, “Without a diverse bench and bar, the rule of law is weakened as the people see and come to distrust their exclusion from the mechanisms of justice. “ In addition, as some diverse attorneys have explained, this underrepresention can lead to a lack of adequate mentorship and the perceptions of hiring biases within the profession.

Friday, March 13, 2015

At a Loss for Words After You’ve Submitted Your Resume?

By Michelle Queirolo
LCS Grad Fellow

A follow-up phone call to an employer after submitting your application provides a multitude of benefits, from inquiring about the interview timeline to landing an interview itself. This helpful article not only describes these benefits, but also offers a script on exactly what to say when following up, which you can tailor to your own situation. Try writing your script out or creating an outline so you can refer to it during the phone call if need be, but remember not to sound robotic in your delivery. Although we do not recommend that you directly request to speak with a supervisor or request an interview right off the bat, this article still provides useful tools on how to obtain valuable information about the employer and the available position. So make yourself stand out from the rest and start planning your next follow-up phone call now!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Everybody’s Gotta Hustle: Can a Side Hustle Help You Reach Your Career Goals?

By Lee Burgess
(This article is reposted with permission from the blog site by Solo Practice University®) 

If you are waiting for bar results, job-hunting, or unhappy with your current employment, you should have a side hustle.

What is a side hustle?

A side hustle is a job or a hobby (which might some day become a job) that you do now in your spare time. A side hustle can serve a variety of purposes.

It can help you gain valuable new skills. Perhaps you have a dream job in mind, but you need to cultivate a new skill to be better qualified for it. Perhaps you are not likely to gain those skills at your current job. A side hustle can create an opportunity for growth. Working at night or on weekends (either for pay or as a volunteer) can get you the valuable experience you need to be more competitive in the marketplace and/or help you transition to a new career.