Career Services

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    Job Searches, Law Schools

    Dean of Students Gets Networking Advice All Wrong

    A couple of days ago, Elie offered some networking advice to the functional alcoholics in the audience. Sure, his thoughts were a little bit outside the box, but they were better than the kind of standard networking tripe most law students get from their overmatched career services administrators. Case in point, take a look as some networking advice sent around by the Dean of Students at a New York-area law school just last week. The advice was perfect if the dean was trying to ensure that the students made no impression, and left all employers wondering why they bothered to show up for a silly networking event in the first place….

    45 Comments / / Feb 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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    Career Alternatives, Job Searches, Law Schools

    Is Your Career Services Office This Lazy?

    The lack of effort put in by career services professionals at the nation’s law schools really seems to be out of hand. When you can’t even trust your CSO to effectively cull Symplicity to remove stupid and insulting job prospects like the ones below, it’s time to change the entire approach to law school career services….

    79 Comments / / Feb 3, 2012 at 6:01 PM
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    Pls Hndle Thx: Career Disservices

    A law student wrote in seeking advice about some questionable career tips he received from his school. As if law students didn’t have enough strikes against them — sh*tty economy, no jobs, worthless degree — a new and insidious threat also conspires to keep them broke and unemployed: Career Services. What did Marin advise?

    92 Comments / / Dec 16, 2011 at 11:53 AM
  • Food, Job Searches, Law Schools

    Law School Claims Potato Chip Tester/Taster Job Was Fictitious

    On Friday, we brought you what could be classified as one of the worst law jobs of all time: a job as an unpaid potato chip tester/taster. And much like the side effects of eating an Olestrafied potato chip, the law school in question has announced that the notorious job was full of crap….

    44 Comments / / Dec 12, 2011 at 2:21 PM
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    Food, Job Searches, Law Schools

    Once You Pop, You Can’t Stop: New Law School Job Post Borders on Absurd

    Here at Above the Law, we write all the time about crappy law job postings. We recently received word about a law school career services job posting that was so horrendous, so ridiculous, that we could not help ourselves but to write about it. After all, writing about crappy law jobs is like opening a can of Pringles: once you pop, you can’t stop. And this job — well, let’s just say that it takes the cake, or the potato chip, as the case may be….

    87 Comments / / Dec 9, 2011 at 5:45 PM
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    Breasts, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Law Schools, Shoes, Women's Issues

    A Message from Career Services: Ladies, Please Learn How to Dress Yourselves

    We thought that we had gotten the point across on this in October: ladies, if you dress like hookers, the only jobs you’ll get will be underneath a partner’s desk. But apparently that message fell on deaf ears, because one law school’s Career & Professional Development Office had to co-sponsor an event with the school’s Women Law Students Association on how to properly dress for an interview….

    69 Comments / / Nov 21, 2011 at 1:21 PM
  • Job Searches, Law Schools

    Career Services to Alumni: ‘For the Love of God, Please Hire Our Graduates’

    We’ve been talking lately about career services officers who don’t seem to know, or just plain deny, that it’s their job to find jobs for law students. Apparently one career services official has taken our words of wisdom to heart. At least this guy is trying to find jobs for graduates….

    65 Comments / / Oct 27, 2011 at 3:30 PM
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    General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Job Searches, Law Schools, Money, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners

    A Recent Law Grad’s Attempt at Revenge on His Law School

    The administrators at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles didn’t think they were walking into a smackdown when they sent out an email to alumni asking them to update their employment statuses. But smacked they were, down on their heads, as one former solo practitioner’s epic, slightly rambling response to the innocent request just tore up the school for its behavior towards recent graduates….

    220 Comments / / Oct 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM
  • Job Searches, Law Schools

    Career Services Official Admits Finding Jobs For Students Is Not Her Job

    When Elie saw an email from a career services officer at a law school where she stated that finding students jobs was not her job, he had to nod his head and say, “Balls.” That’s how many of them think, right? They “advise” or “counsel” or “leave early to go the gym,” but it’s somebody else’s job to actually make sure these students are employed. Right? At least this particular CSO employee had the guts to tell the student body the truth….

    130 Comments / / Oct 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM
  • Career Alternatives, Law Schools, Politics

    Career Alternatives for Attorneys: Dictator?

    With the legal economy in the toilet, the morale in career services offices has reached an all-time low. They all know that law school graduates are getting sick and tired of putting the “bar” in barista. They all know that law school graduates living the legal grind are busy serving lattes. Well aware of these facts, the career services brigade at one highly-ranked law school decided that it was time to put their heads together and come up with a way to make career alternatives look exciting and new….

    29 Comments / / Sep 23, 2011 at 2:05 PM
  • Job Searches, Law Schools

    You’re Saying the Cat Got a Job Because of His Hat?

    Alright, we’ve got a little bit of a bone to pick with career services offices. Aren’t the people who work there supposed to help law students find jobs? Or at least give law students some clues about how they can find jobs themselves? In lieu of jobs or career advice, career services offices are now offering children’s poetry to their students….

    41 Comments / / Sep 16, 2011 at 4:07 PM
  • Job Searches, Law Schools, Unemployment

    Michigan Law Tells Its 3Ls They’re Screwed; Offers Counseling

    While there are students enjoying the good life as summer associates, many rising 3Ls are staring into the abyss of entering 3L recruiting without a post-graduate job lined up. At the University of Michigan Law School, the office of career services is preparing students for just how abysmal the abyss is going to be: As […]

    119 Comments / / Jul 7, 2010 at 2:41 PM