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Career Planning Resources at C|M|Law

Bulletin board with colorful post-it notes and message "make things happen."The Office of Career Planning (OCP) maintains C|M|Law:CareerNotes, which provides news, announcements, and advice for students’ professional development. Check out OCP’s blog for information on career options, the legal market, job searching and networking, and other resources to build a professional brand.

The Law Library’s Law Career Resources Guide lists some of the books and materials in our collection dealing with legal careers, the job search process, and work-life balance. The Law Library’s Researching Employers Guide features resources to help you learn about potential employers, salary data, and other information useful for deciding if a job offer is right for you. The Law Library also has a few boards on Pinterest dedicated to career planning with helpful tips on resumes, cover letters, interview techniques, and what to wear.

The Importance of Grit

According to the Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, grit (in terms of behavior) is defined as “firmness of mind or spirit: unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.”

Today in our weekly Monday Message from Dean Lee Fisher, he quoted a C|M|Law alumnus on the concept of grit. At last week’s Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association (CMLAA) Annual Meeting, outgoing President Tim Collins ’85 passed the gavel to new President Judge Michelle Paris ’84.   In her first speech as President, Judge Paris stated: “My journey has been a combination of grit…and gratitude. I am very grateful for the night program that allowed me to work and go to school. In the night program I was surrounded by people with grit – working, studying, trying to cross the finish line.”

Most people probably know they have to fight through adversity to reach goals. But the question sometimes is: how can I display grit? The American Bar Association has a Grit Project Program Toolkit that may be of use to students and practicing lawyers alike. The toolkit contains reading resources, tests, and quizzes on grit, as well as video scenarios to assist in developing a grit mindset.

Getting Ready to Clerk Seminar on Thursday, 4/5

The Law Library’s Getting Ready to Clerk Seminar is tomorrow, Thursday, April 5th, 4:50pm-5:50pm, in Law Library Room A059.  Join the discussion with legal practitioners about the firm/work environment – how projects are assigned, typical projects, expected work product, networking, and more.  Speakers will be James Besenyei, Assistant Public Defender, James Moss, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, and Holly Marie Wilson, Reminger Co., L.P.A.  As an added benefit, light refreshments (pizza) will be provided.

This Seminar is worth 25 points, and 100 points will earn you a Law Library Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, as well as a Digital Badge that you can post to your LinkedIn page.  See you tomorrow?!  Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

For Information about Solo Practice: myShingle.com

Are you interested in finding more information about opening your own practice or being a solo practitioner? If so, check out myShingle.com. The blog/website is run by Carolyn Elefant out of Washington D.C. and has been in existence for 15 years. Users will find a vast array of information on issues related to solo and small-practice lawyering. In a short visit to the site, I found a free 2-hour course on starting your own practice, a YouTube video on the myths of solo practice, and of course numerous blog posts by Elefant.

Check Out Our Pinterest Boards

Are you looking for tips for interviewing and writing your resume? Or maybe you are wondering what to wear to the office for your new internship. Check out the Law Library’s Pinterest boards.

We also have boards highlighting new books and movies available in our collection, and a board about things to do and see around Cleveland.

Stressed out? Try some of the exercises, breathing techniques, and healthy recipes on our Work-Life Balance board.