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Lawyers & Students Use Marketing Tactics They Can Deploy from Their Desks

Raise your hand if you have great ideas (or skills) to promote, but just haven’t found the time to get them off the ground. Learn more about Lawcountability from this article in the Jan. 1, 2015 issue of the ABA JOURNAL.

Identify & Manage Your Personal Brand

Mary Crane (www.marycrane.com) who conducts our 1L Etiquette Dinners, recently posted these useful tips. From her January 2015 enewsletter:

Whether you’re an established professional, a new entrant to the workforce or a student still looking to land your first job, you must establish a personal brand. An effective personal brand accomplishes three goals: 1) it defines who you are; 2) it identifies whom you wish to serve; and 3) it clarifies how you are unique.

I’m a firm believer that you must either define yourself or risk being defined by others. The following five strategies will help you identify and manage your personal brand.

1. Define your strengths

Everyone has strengths, but not everyone can clearly articulate what those strengths are. The first step to building an effective brand involves defining your unique abilities.

You can start the process of identifying your strengths by focusing on a series of questions. Consider these: Of all the projects I’ve undertaken, which one was most successful and why? When I’ve encountered obstacles, what skills or strategies have I used to overcome them? What strengths do others point out when they speak of me?

If these questions don’t stimulate sufficient thought, consider taking the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment tool (www.strengthsfinder.com). Created by the folks at Gallup, this fast, easy to complete, online assessment produces a report that identifies your top five strengths. I suspect you will not be surprised by the results. However, the language the report provides will be helpful as you begin to articulate your personal brand.

Throughout this process, assess yourself honestly. Unless you’re the exception to the rule, you’re not perfect. You have weaknesses, too. Knowing those weaknesses allows you steer clear from those activities that won’t speak to your strengths and help you build your brand.

2.  Define your values

When you need to make an important decision—Should I go out after a particular job opportunity? Do I wish to pursue the next step in this particular career path?—your values will help guide you. They’ll help clarify how you should spend your time in activities that have the greatest meaning for you.

Search online for a listing of personal values. Most lists include 50 to 100 different values, from achievement and affection to wealth and winning. Review your list. Cross off any values that don’t immediately resonate with you. Place a checkmark next to those values that speak to your core beliefs. Now, looking at all of the values that you’ve identified as important, select your top five values. If you’d like, go ahead and further narrow your list to your three most important values. Clarify in your own mind what each of these values means to you.

As you continue building your brand, make sure that any work you do is consistent with your values. Commit to “walking your own walk.”

(Click here for a values checklist based on Peter Senge’s work.)

3. Define your purpose

“Why am I here?” It’s a question that’s as old as mankind and one that each of us will struggle to answer throughout our lives. Those who live and work with purpose achieve greater satisfaction, and they often accomplish great things. Consider the examples of Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs.

Entire books have been written on this subject. As far as I’m concerned, one of the best is Start with Why, by Simon Sinek. (Click here to listen to Sinek’s TED Talk on the same subject.) Simon writes that virtually everyone can articulate WHAT they do, but very few can articulate WHY. “By WHY,” he writes, “I mean what is your purpose, cause or belief? . . . . WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care?”

I’ve worked through Sinek’s process of discovering my personal WHY and know it’s not an easy one. I write with absolute certainty that you will not discover your purpose during a 30-minute study break or in the course of a single evening’s contemplation. But it’s worth the effort. Once you’ve identified your WHY, you will approach every key decision with this question in mind: does this get me any closer to my WHY?

If you wish to discover your WHY, here’s a starting point: think back over your life however long or short it has been. Identify a handful of peak experiences—those events that, when they occurred, you knew what you had just done truly epitomized your purpose in life. Maybe you crafted a beautiful piece of prose, or you sang your heart out and an audience responded in kind, or you crafted a solution that helped someone who was desperately in need. Focus on those experiences, and they will give you insight into your personal WHY.

4. Create your unique story

Once you know what drives you—your inherent skills, values and purpose—set aside some time to create your own story. Fundamentally, you need to identify what makes you special, and then you must convey that information in a way that captures the attention of anyone you might meet.

Don’t downplay the importance of how you tell your story. Called a strategic tool with “irresistible power” by none other than the Harvard Business Review, effective storytelling is now viewed as a critical skill for businesspeople, from job applicants to CEOs. A well-told story has the ability to bolster trust and increase empathy in a way that the recitation of facts and figures never will.

You’ll want to emphasize different parts of your story according to you audiences’ interests and needs. However, all of your stories should include a beginning, a middle, and an end. And they must be populated with concrete details and personal experience.

5. Pay attention to feedback loops & update your brand

Please, do not create your personal brand in a vacuum. Ask others for their feedback regarding your strengths and weaknesses. Listen to how others respond to your stories. Be prepared to make adjustments to how you think and what you say.

Author and speaker Tom Peters may have originated the concept of personal branding way back in the 1990s. As well as anyone, he understood the importance of individual employees knowing whether or not what he or she did on a day-to-day basis was consistent with building his or her brand. Peters urged workers to regularly undertake a personal brand equity evaluation comprised of the following elements:

1. I am known for [2-4 things]. By this time next year, I plan to be known for [1-2 more things].

2. My current project is challenging me in the following [1-3] ways

3. New stuff I’ve learned in the last 90 days includes [1-3] things.

4. Important new additions to my Rolodex in the last 90 days include [2-4 names].

5. My public—local/regional/national/global—“visibility program” consists of [1-2 things].

6. My principal “résumé enhancement activity” for the next 90 days is [1 ietm].

7. My résumé/CV is discernibly different from last year’s on this date in the following [1-2 ways].

(From T. Peters, The Brand You). And yes, the book was published in 1999, when businesspeople still used Rolodexes rather than CRM tools.

Make 2015 the year you become the person you were always meant to be!

Bidding for Public Service Career Fair ends on Friday, January 2, 2015

Public Service Career Fair | January 29-30, 2015
The University of Texas School of Law

Registration and bidding ends at noon on Friday, January 2, 2015 on the Texas Consortium Symplicity. Check the Public Service Career Fair website for complete bidding and scheduling information.

Hosted annually by the Texas Law Career Services Office, Public Service Career Fair is the largest public service job fair for law students in Texas. During both days of PSCF, public interest and government employers will conduct on-campus interviews for paid and unpaid summer and permanent positions in the Career Services Interview Suite. Students – including 1Ls – must first register to use the Texas Consortium Symplicity Module before bidding.

On Friday, January 30, Heather Jarvis will be speaking about Public Service Loan Forgiveness for Public Sector Practitioners during lunch from noon-1:15 p.m. A former capital defense attorney with law school debt, Heather Jarvis now dedicates her expertise to helping student loan borrowers make better decisions so that higher education can be a reality for all – not just those who can afford it.  Specializing in training for high-debt borrowers and the people who love them, Heather has provided guidance and information to thousands of students and recent graduates. RSVP on Eventbrite by Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Students are encouraged to register to attend the Texas Law Professional Development Institute Public Service Track, which will take place Friday, February 20, 2015. Students who attend the Institute will be allowed to include it on their resume.

Reception with State Trial Judges in Dallas on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Summer Judicial Internships in Dallas at State Trial Courts
Tuesday, December 30, in Dallas, TX

Judge Martin Hoffman of the 68th District Court will be hosting an informational session about summer judicial internships with state district courts in Dallas County in his courtroom on December 30, 2014. Although only internships with state appellate courts qualify for academic credit, an internship with any court is a valuable and rewarding experience. Any student who is interested in a summer judicial internship in Dallas is strongly encouraged to attend this program. Please bring your resume and dress in business attire.

Attending Civil Court Judges include: Judge Martin Hoffman, Judge Tonya Parker, Judge-elect Bonnie Goldstein, and Judge-elect Staci Williams; Criminal Court: Judge Dominique Collins, Judge Doug Skemp, Judge-elect Amber Givens, Judge-elect Tammy Kemp, Judge-elect Shequitta Kelly, Judge-elect Lisa Green; Family Court: Judge-elect Mary Brown and Judge-elect Kim Cooks; and Juvenile Court: Judge-elect Andrea Martin.

The program will be held in Judge Hoffman’s courtroom, which is located at the George Allen Courthouse, 600 Commerce Street, 5th Floor, in Dallas at 5:00 p.m. RSVP to Judge Hoffman at mhoffman@dallascourts.org.

Corporate Summer and Postgraduate Opportunities (December 5, 2014)

Below is a list of corporate summer 2015 clerkship opportunities that are not featured on the CSO Job Bank.

Nonpracticing Opportunities for 1Ls & 2Ls

Nonpracticing Opportunities for Recent Grads

Additional job opportunities may also be found directly via employer websites and job aggregation sites, such as LawStudentJobs.net, LinkedIn, and Indeed. Read individual job postings and websites carefully and only submit materials requested.

Austin Bar Association’s Diversity Fellowship Program for 1Ls – Apply by February 1, 2015

Austin Bar Association’s Diversity Fellowship Program for 1Ls
Apply by February 1, 2015

The Diversity Committee of the Austin Bar Association is pleased to announce its Diversity Fellowship Program.  In the Program’s sixth year, each fellow will be awarded a split-summer internship of at least 10 weeks.  The first half of the summer will be spent with a public sector employer (e.g., State District or County Court -at-Law Judge, County or District Attorney’s Office) selected by the Committee and the second half of the split-summer internship will be spent with a medium to large-sized firm, also selected by the Committee.  Each fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend to fund his or her split-summer internship.  All participating employers will be located in the Austin area.

To apply for the Diversity Fellowship Program, please provide the application form, a copy of your resume, writing sample, and short essay as indicated on the application.  Please submit your completed application to Nicole Simmons in the CSO at recruit@law.utexas.edu by 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2015.

Questions regarding the Fellowship Program and application process should be directed to Tony Nelson at tony.nelson@traviscountytx.gov, Rudy Metayer at rudolphmetayer@gmail.com, or Leslie Dippel at leslie.dippel@traviscountytx.gov.

Texas Law Internship Program with the UN/International Labour Organisation – Apply by December 16, 2014

2Ls: Texas Law Internship Program with the UN/International Labour Organisation
New Deadline! Apply is noon on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The University of Texas School of Law is partnering with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Standards Department in Geneva, Switzerland to create a Summer 2015 Internship, which will provide an opportunity for a Texas Law second-year student to:

  • Increase the understanding of relevant international legal issues through direct participation in the work of the International Labour Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;
  • Carry out legal research and draft legal comments examining the application of international labour standards in the national legislation and policies of other countries; and
  • Gain practical work experience with a UN agency.

The intern will assist in the work of the International Labour Office, the legal Secretariat of the ILO.  In so doing, the intern will examine the implementation of ratified Conventions in various national legislations and will draft and apply international labor standards.

Intern projects involve legal research and writing concerning the application of international law (in particular, international organization law) and general principles of law across the various subject matters above, including labor, contracts and administrative law.  Interns will also participate in staff meetings and other regular activities of the Office, and will be requested to present research findings for internal Office discussion.

The internship will be for a minimum of three months and includes an $8,000 stipend. Must be proficient in either Spanish or French. Applicants will be expected to exhibit their language ability during a telephone interview.

How to Apply for the UN/International Labour Organisation Internship
Qualified 2Ls should submit the following via email to Nicole Simmons, Director of Public Service Programs, at cso@law.utexas.edu by noon on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.

  • Cover letter describing your interest in the program and addressing your language skills. Please address your cover letter to:Ms. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry
    Officer-in-Charge of the Standards and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Sector
    International Labour Office
    Route des Morillons 4
    CH-1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland
  • Resume/CV indicating language ability. Please tailor your resume to an international job (rather than a domestic  internship).
  • Unofficial law school transcript.
  • List of three references with at least one being a Texas Law faculty member.

Please only apply if you are willing to accept and participate in the internship. Agreeing to serve as an intern is a serious commitment to the ILO and to the Law School. We expect students who are nominated to participate and fulfill all of the requirements of the internship.

Selection Process
A review committee comprised of Texas Law faculty and staff will evaluate the applications and select two to three finalists for nomination to the ILO. Selected finalists will then complete the formal application process as needed by the ILO. The ILO will identify and notify the selected student in early 2015.

 

Corporate Summer 2015 Opportunities (November 19, 2014)

Below is a list of corporate summer 2015 clerkship opportunities that are not featured on the CSO Job Bank.

Additional job opportunities may also be found directly via employer websites and job aggregation sites, such as LawStudentJobs.net, LinkedIn, and Indeed. Read individual job postings and websites carefully and only submit materials requested.

2015 Professional Development Institute – Registration Opens at 9 p.m. on November 18, 2014

Enrollment is limited and will be awarded on a first-come basis!

Texas Law Professional Development Institute
Registration Opens Tuesday, November 18, at 9 p.m. via Eventbrite

Law Firm Track Registration | Public Service Track Registration

Attended each year by 200 Texas Law students, the Texas Law Professional Development Institute: Prepared For Practice (PDI) will be taught by industry experts and practicing attorneys, covering facets of new attorney professionalism most sought after by legal employers.

Whether you’re a 1L preparing for your first summer clerkship or the fall recruiting season, a 2L working to turn your summer clerkship or fellowship into an offer, or a graduating 3L getting a head start on your legal career, the Professional Development Institute will help you be a more competitive candidate and a better lawyer.

The Law Firm Track will be held on six consecutive Thursdays, January 22-February 26, from noon-1:00 p.m. in the Francis Auditorium, and the Public Service Track will be held from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015 in the Susman Academic Center.

Lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend. Students may choose to attend one or both tracks.

Workers’ Rights Summer and Postgraduate Paid Fellowships – Conference Call on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Workers’ Rights Summer and Postgraduate Paid Fellowships
Wednesday, November 12, from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dial-in Number: 1-626-677-3000
Participant Access Code: 3221991

All Texas Law students are invited to learn about the following paid summer and postgraduate fellowships in workers’ rights!

Hosted by the National Lawyers Guild Labor and Employment Committee and featuring Mary Anne Moffa, Executive Director, Peggy Browning Fund; Matt Ginsburg, Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO; and LaRell Purdie, Assistant General Counsel, SEIU.

Note: Due to the large number of participants, we ask that all students mute themselves when joining the call. To make the call interactive, students are encouraged to email or g-chat questions in advance and during the call to lecjobpostings@gmail.com, including your name, school, and class year.

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