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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.

 

For Those About to Graduate

For those students who will graduate this semester—congratulations!  Even after you have completed your studies at Cleveland-Marshall, there are many ways in which you can continue to benefit from the law school and library.

Most importantly, you can continue to use the library’s resources if you apply for an alumni borrower’s card. The application can be found here.

Bloomberg, Westlaw and Lexis Access:

  • Graduates will also be able to access Bloomberg Law automatically for 6 months unlimited after graduation.
  • You also have access to Westlaw for 60-hours of usage per-month for 6 months to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. However, you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client. In addition, you get access to job searching databases on Westlaw for 18-months after graduation for 1-hour a month. Extend access by logging into lawschool.westlaw.com.
  • Continue to access Lexis Advance and the law school homepage until December 31, 2017. Your view will change to a Graduate homepage to reflect your new status in July. Find helpful information for your job search, workplace etiquette and professional development. Graduates going into non-profit work may apply for an ASPIRE ID which lasts 12 months beyond graduation. You will need a letter on the non-profit’s letterhead confirming employment. Find out about both of these free programs at com/grad-access
  • If you have any questions on this, please direct them to Brian E. Cassidy, Student Services Librarian at b.e.cassidy@csuohio.edu or 216-523-7364.

You will also still be able to access important databases, such as HeinOnline, and others from the public computers in the library.

In addition, when you do come back to visit the law library you will be able to access our wireless network using the free unsecured CSUGUEST network.

You will still be able to ask library staff for help with any reference questions you may have in person, by email (research.services@law.csuohio.edu), or by phone (216 687-6877).

Finally, we will do all that we can to help you prepare for the bar exam. CALI lessons will be available to you for up to six months after graduation to help you perfect your legal knowledge. While studying for the bar, you are also welcome to use the student lounge, any of our study rooms, or the learning commons.

Best of luck in the future and stop in and say hi when you can!  As always, let us know if you require assistance.

 

“Getting Ready to Clerk” Seminar Tomorrow

image of superhero womanThe Getting Ready to Clerk Law Library Legal Research Seminar is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 4th, 4:50pm-5:50pm, in Law Library Room A059.  Pizza and beverages will be provided.

If you plan to be working this summer, this is a must see Seminar!  Legal practitioners will discuss research projects done by clerks and new associates – how projects are assigned, typical projects, and type of feedback to expect.

Speakers will be Margaret Kane, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Major Trial Unit, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Officer,  and  Holly Marie Wilson, Reminger Co., L.P.A., certified as an “Appellate law Specialist” by the Ohio State Bar Association.

This Seminar is worth 25 points toward a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition.

The Getting Ready to Clerk Seminar is the last “live” Law Library Legal Research Seminar of the Spring 2017 semester.  However, there are two TWEN-based Law Library Legal Research Seminars, available through Friday, April 25th, that you can “attend” at your convenience:

    • TWEN – Scholarly Writing (21:51 minutes; 25 points)
    • TWEN – Research Management with Zotero (9:35 minutes; 8.5 points)

Here are key points about the Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • We recently changed the name of our Seminars –  from “Research Certificate Seminar” to Legal Research Seminar.  No worries!  All of your past points carry over to our new Seminar series!
  • Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including MLS/LLM students.
  • To access the TWEN-based Seminars, log onto Westlaw, then connect to TWEN, then click the “Add Course” button to display the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars course in your “My Courses” list.
  • You do not need to register to take a live Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each live Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a live 30-minute Seminar, and 25 points for attending a live 60-minute Seminar.  You earn points for “attending” a TWEN-based Seminar by correctly answering at least 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.
  • If you earn a Letter of Recognition within the 2016-2017 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

4/4 “Getting Ready to Clerk” Seminar

image of superhero womanThe Getting Ready to Clerk Law Library Legal Research Seminar is Tuesday, April 4th, 4:50pm-5:50pm, in Law Library Room A059.  Pizza and beverages will be provided.

If you plan to be working this summer, this is a must see Seminar!  Legal practitioners will discuss research projects done by clerks and new associates – how projects are assigned, typical projects, and type of feedback to expect.

Speakers will be Margaret Kane, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Major Trial Unit, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Officer,  and  Holly Marie Wilson, Reminger Co., L.P.A., certified as an “Appellate law Specialist” by the Ohio State Bar Association.

This Seminar is worth 25 points toward a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition.

The Getting Ready to Clerk Seminar is the last “live” Law Library Legal Research Seminar of the Spring 2017 semester.  However, there are two TWEN-based Law Library Legal Research Seminars, available through Friday, April 25th, that you can “attend” at your convenience:

    • TWEN – Scholarly Writing (21:51 minutes; 25 points)
    • TWEN – Research Management with Zotero (9:35 minutes; 8.5 points)

Here are key points about the Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • We recently changed the name of our Seminars –  from “Research Certificate Seminar” to Legal Research Seminar.  No worries!  All of your past points carry over to our new Seminar series!
  • Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including MLS/LLM students.
  • To access the TWEN-based Seminars, log onto Westlaw, then connect to TWEN, then click the “Add Course” button to display the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars course in your “My Courses” list.
  • You do not need to register to take a live Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each live Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a live 30-minute Seminar, and 25 points for attending a live 60-minute Seminar.  You earn points for “attending” a TWEN-based Seminar by correctly answering at least 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.
  • If you earn a Letter of Recognition within the 2016-2017 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.