2012-13 CDO Educational and Informational Programming

Below is a brief overview of the programs and services available to Richmond Law students during the 2012-2013 academic year. The Career Development Office calendar is updated annually. In addition to the programs below, the CDO regularly co-sponsors career-related programming with student organizations. One-on-one advising appointments, job search correspondence review, interview strategy sessions and mock interviews can be scheduled throughout the academic year and summer on an as-needed basis.

1L Introduction to Career Development Sessions

CDO professionals provide an introduction to the programs and resources we have developed to support you and give you an overview of the employment opportunities available to Richmond Law students and graduates.

1L Skills Workshops

These small-group sessions cover the practice settings most likely to employ 1Ls; resources for pursuing summer employment organized by practice setting; resume and cover letter guidelines; tips for success – a collection of practices used by the most successful job-seeking students; and a career development timeline that will guide you step-by-step during your first year.

Ask an Alum - Janice Moore

Janice Moore, a distinguished University of Richmond School of Law alumna, member of the University Board of Trustees and special counsel at Pierce Atwood LLP, advises law students and young lawyers on a variety of career and professional development topics. Ms. Moore's experience includes transactional work in the derivatives and capital markets industry, and she has been in-house counsel to companies including Mobil and Enron.

Alumni Board Student Advising

Members of the Law School Association's Board of Directors brainstorm with you on a variety of career-related issues, including finding your path, jump-starting your summer employment search and developing connections. Participating alumni include: Patrice Altongy (L'95), Citigroup Global Markets Inc. - New York, NY; Ted Chandler (L'77), New Richmond Ventures LLC – Richmond, VA; H. Guy Collier (L'76), McDermott Will & Emery – Chicago, IL and Washington, DC; The Honorable Walter Felton (R'66, L'69), Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia – Richmond, VA; Michael Glasser (L'78), Glasser and Glasser, P.L.C. - Norfolk, VA; The Honorable Lawrence L. Koontz Jr., (L'65, H'98), Senior Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia – Richmond, VA; Greg Webb (L'95), MichieHamlett – Charlottesville, VA; Sara Redding Wilson (L'78), Director, Virginia Department of Human Resource Management.

Alumni Mock Interview Program

Experienced local attorneys and alumni conduct one-on-one mock interviews and then offer candid feedback and helpful advice.

Career Progressions: Learning the Rules of Engagement

During this interactive three-course dinner, hostess Mary Crane will take you through the basics of managing business-social interactions such as cocktail parties and business meals. Between courses, network with alumni representing 13 practice areas.

CDO Open House

Visit the CDO for coffee and doughnuts and informal conversations with the CDO Staff.

Federal Government Honors & Internship Programs Overview

Learn how federal agencies hire new attorneys and summer interns in preparation for late summer and early fall recruiting.

Interview Preparation Workshop

Learn tips, techniques and best practices for making a positive self-presentation during interviews.

Judicial Clerkships Mock Interview Program

Members of the faculty judicial clerkship committee conduct mock interviews with clerkship applicants in preparation for summer and fall interviews with judges.

Judges' Perspectives on Judicial Clerkships

Learn directly from judges about judicial clerkships and what makes applicants successful. Panelists include the Honorable Henry E. Hudson, U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia; the Honorable John A. Gibney, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; the Honorable Randolph A. Beales, Court of Appeals of Virginia; and the Honorable Beverly W. Snukals, Richmond Circuit Court.

Nuts & Bolts of Judicial Clerkship Applications

During this session, the faculty Judicial Clerkship Committee and the CDO tell you what you need to know to apply for judicial clerkships: how to adjust your resume, how to write a great cover letter, what makes a good writing sample, who to use as recommenders, how to ask and more.

Practice Pathways

Alumni lead small group discussions about the following practice areas: Civil Litigation, Corporate Transactions, Criminal Law, Family Law and Labor & Employment. The event closes with a reception during which you may continue the conversations started in your small group discussions and meet alumni facilitators from other practice areas.

Richmond Bar Associations Young Lawyers' Social

For those hoping to settle in Richmond after graduation, this event is a great way to introduce yourself to the local bar, and learn about specific practice areas. For those planning to settle elsewhere, practice your networking skills and meet alumni.

Small Law Firm Hiring Program

Managing and hiring partners from small law firms discuss their hiring process, including when small firms are most likely to hire; how they identify potential candidates; what employers are looking for; and key attributes of successful applicants.

Summer Success

Find out from recruiters and hiring attorneys how to put your best foot forward during your summer. Topics include working successfully supervisors and non-attorney professionals; managing your time and workload; and how to avoid the most common summer intern/associate pitfalls.

Targeted Job Search

Learn more about developing an effective summer employment search through relationship building, including the importance of targeting your search; developing a target employer list; identifying contacts; reaching out to School of Law alumni and others; conducting informational interviews; and tracking and maintaining relationships with contacts.

One-on-One Advising Sessions

Meet with your career advisor to discuss your goals and interests and develop strategies for gaining summer and post-graduate employment.

Mock Interview Program

Conduct a videotaped mock interview with a member of the CDO staff. The one-hour session will include a 20 minute interview and a feedback session during which you will review sections of your recorded interview.