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Senior Seminar for Law Students

Dear Third-Year Law Students, Welcome back to your third and final year at law school. The past two years of study have dramatically changed the way you analyze problems and provided you with knowledge of substantive and procedural law while enhancing your communication, negotiation and writing skills. You are all anxious to complete your training and enter the real world of the practice of law. At the same time, you are scared: the job market is highly competitive and you need to make decisions about the types of legal positions you will seek, the legal environment in which you want to practice, and the area of the country in which you want to live. This is all pretty heady stuff as the decisions you make in starting your legal career will impact many areas of your life.

Here’s where the Career Development Office comes in. Yes, this is the same office that has been offering your presentations and workshops as well as one-on-one counseling on your resumes, cover letters and writing samples since you were first-year students. Now, however, it really counts. Each of you would like to either have a job or a serious short list of possibilities upon graduation.

The CDO would like nothing more than to see all of you employed at graduation or shortly thereafter. To help you formulate a concrete job-hunting strategy, Dean Tammy King and Professor Nancy Dickhute will be hosting a series of senior seminars designed to help YOU make finding a job a regular part of your third year schedule.

These seminars will be held primarily on Thursday afternoons from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. and again on Friday mornings, from 8:00 until 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. All sessions except the last one will be in the Fitzgerald Conference Center adjacent to the administrative suites on the second floor of the law school. Each third year law student, except those with a job after graduation, must attend one of these sessions. If you have secured a job after graduation, please complete the attached survey that includes stating your post-graduation employment. You can complete this and forward it to Karen Dixon (karendixon@creighton.edu).

All 3L’s must sign-up for a seminar or complete and submit the post-graduate survey by Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Before you groan about a required session, consider what this session will offer:

  • Marketing yourself effectively: You need to stand out from the crowd. How can you do so even if you are not in the top 10 percent? We’ll discuss that.
  •  Creating a dynamite resume which focuses on your skills & experience: Your resume is your first and often most important writing sample. What content grabs an employer’s attention?
  • Cover letters designed to get you an interview. Cover letters don’t get you a job; they get you an interview. Learn what separates a great one from those that end up in the circular file.
  • Resources for making contacts. Approximately 70% of today’s legal jobs come from networking. To network, you need contacts. Learn how to make them.
  • Informational interviews and meetings: What do you say to another attorney to gain help in finding a legal job? Come listen to tips for making the most of a 30 minute meeting.
  • Job-hunting-strategies: How do you go about creating a game plan for making contact without spreading yourself too thin?
  •  Thank-you notes and follow-up: One meeting is rarely enough. Learn to leave the door open when contacting potential employers. The session will last about one hour and is designed to be interactive. Each session is limited to 10 people to allow for questions and maximum interaction.

Everyone should bring to the session: 1) a current resume, 2) an idea of the type of law and legal environment(s) in which he or she wants to practice, and 3) a list of locations where he or she is interested in living. If you have a spouse or significant other who will be part of the decision-making process be sure to talk to him or her before coming to your session about locations and positions.

Each student is encouraged to make an appointment with either Dean King or Professor Dickhute following the session for a personalized discussion of his or her career goals and present job-hunting strategy.

So now you each need to log on to Symplicity and sign-up for a session under the “Events/Workshop” tab. If you’ve forgotten your Symplicity log in information, use the forgot password feature. Your username is the NetID version of your Creighton email address (example: ABC122345@creighton.edu).

The dates of the sessions are: 

  • Thursdays, September 6, 13, 27 and October 4, & 11 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Fitzgerald Conference Room)
  •  Fridays, September 7, 21, 28 and October 5 & 12 from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m. (Fitzgerald Conference Room)
  • Wednesday, October 24 from 11:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. (Room 120) As in the past, the Career Development Office is here to help you make the most of your legal career by giving you the tools you need to find your first legal job. See you soon.

Tammy King
Assistant Dean for Career Development
Creighton University School of Law
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
402-280-3096
tammyking@creighton.edu

Nancy Lawler Dickhute 
Director of Professional Relations
Creighton University School of Law 
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
402-280-5522 
dickhute@creighton.edu