Category Archives: Stuff you can use

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Glad to have you back at 1525 Senate Street and hoping that one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to build up your resume through pro bono engagement! It is the easiest way to talk about yourself in an interview, makes you feel good and let’s you gain experience and exercise your skills.

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December news or stuff to ponder for 2018!

As you relax over the Winter Break think about things you could do to add to your resume, make your feel better about your career choice, get a volunteer-high from helping others or a myriad of other reasons!  Here are few ideas but always check the full list at:


Home for Thanksgiving?

Between family visits, football and turkey why not take a few moments to tell someone about your first, middle or last semester in law school?  What were your favorite classes?  What advice would you give some thinking of going to law school? What do you want to accomplish before graduation?  Other lawyers in your family? Compare and contrast experiences!  And a myriad of other thoughts.

One way to record your story is with the StoryCorps app    StoryCorps app

It is easy and your story will be become part of the Great Thanksgiving Listen and if you agree it can become part of the Library of Congress Folklife Collection!

How cool is that? Story on !!!!

Stuff you can use-Communication

Need a refresher in communication skills?  This article was great!

The Millennial’s Guide To Law School Communication

Do you know T.H.I.N.K before you speak?  T.H.I.N.K. is a tool to use before your speak. Ask yourself these questions before uttering something really stupid or offensive.

Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind?  Each no is more reason not to say it, email it, text it!

Stuff you can use: Asking for a letter of recommendation!

Yikes!  For some of you the mere thought of asking someone for a letter of recommendation gives you the shakes but it shouldn’t. As someone who writes lots of letters, we appreciate the opportunity to brag about you! but that all depends on a few things.

This advice was posted on a law professor blog and I thought it might be a useful staring point.

(1) When reaching out, please include resume, transcript, and talking points.

(2) Talking points should tell me what you want me to cover substantively and bonus points if in a format I could cut and paste into letter.

(3) Talking points are even better if they situate my letter within the context of any other letters, personal statement, etc.

(4) Talking points should include as much detail of our substantive interactions as possible, as that detail really makes the letter.

(5) Don’t assume I’ll remember the highlights of our interactions. Remind me. Even when I do remember, your framing is often much better.

(6) Make very clear the deadline, and don’t hesitate to remind me as the date approaches.

(7) Also, if possible, give me the email and phone number of the Judge/partner/etc., so that it makes it easier for me to put in a good word.

(8) Once app submitted, keep your whole team posted on any developments.

(9) If you get an interview or make it to next round, email me again and include email/phone of employer to make it easy to reach out.

(10) Send thank you note once application is submitted.  It means a lot for us old fashioned folks, esp hard copy under door makes my day.

(11) Finally, add your references to your holiday card list and let them know of any big life events or achievements over the years.

Hope this helps!