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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.

New Blog from C|M|Law Career Services

C|M|Law’s Career Services Office has a blog: CareerNotes. The blog provides news, announcements and advice to students as they develop into Cleveland-Marshall professionals. CareerNotes’ goal is to  increase students’ knowledge of career options and the legal market, offer assistance with job search and networking efforts, and recommend resources to help students build and protect their professional brand.

Building Connections and Finding Mentors

Image of dictionary entry for mentoring on a tablet With the summer winding down and fall semester looming just around the corner, now is a good time for law students to pause and reflect on their summer work experience. What did you learn about your chosen profession? What skills did you acquire?

Another important aspect of summer work is building connections. Socializing with judges, lawyers, law firm staff, and other interns via your summer job will help you grow your professional network and open future opportunities. It can also help you find mentors.

A mentor, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a trusted counselor or guide.” There are many benefits to having a mentor. Your mentor can offer practical insight into the real world of legal practice that you won’t get in doctrinal classes. Mentors may also help you determine which areas of legal practice are right for you and offer suggestions on tailoring your course selections and work experiences to achieve your goals. Mentors can also serve as personal cheerleaders, pushing you to take on new challenges that will help you grow professionally. While you should not expect your mentor to automatically offer you a job, your mentor can help open doors to other employment opportunities.

You can also look for mentors outside of work, such as one of your professors, who can offer guidance and expertise in a particular subject, and potentially letters of recommendation.

C|M|Law Alumni Association offers a Mentor Program that matches first-year students with C|M|Law graduates in a formal mentoring relationship, providing opportunities for school and career advice, job shadowing, and networking.