When “OCI” Stands for “Oh, Crap, Interviews?!?”: Applying to BigLaw

This is the third in a four-part series on BigLaw jobs. Find the first installment describing BigLaw here and the second installment here on parsing through BigLaw firms to generate an application list. Okay, so now you know which firms interest you, how do you make them interested in you? What does the application process look like for BigLaw? And what’s the deal with this … Continue reading When “OCI” Stands for “Oh, Crap, Interviews?!?”: Applying to BigLaw

Finding Your BigLaw 2L Summer Associateship

This is the second in a four-part series on BigLaw jobs. Find the first installment describing BigLaw here. The hardest part of the BigLaw application process is getting started. It may seem trite, but it’s true. There are thousands of firms out there, and trying to narrow down the list to a reasonable number to apply to can be overwhelming. Luckily, those of us who … Continue reading Finding Your BigLaw 2L Summer Associateship

So You Want to Be a BigLaw Attorney…

BigLaw is often touted as the way law students Make It™. But, the BigLaw search was also one of the times I was most palpably conscious of my First Gen-ness because the entire process is so foreign to anyone outside the legal profession. I had never even heard of “BigLaw” before law school, so I didn’t have a single clue what pompous gibberish people were speaking when they … Continue reading So You Want to Be a BigLaw Attorney…

Writing Professional Emails 101

Picture this: you are asked to email your application for your dream summer job. You have your resume, cover letter, and references at the ready. You are ready to apply… but are you? Are you sure your materials are in the correct format? Do you know what to put in the email body? Is your signature correct? Do you have a signature? Is your email … Continue reading Writing Professional Emails 101

Erin Scherzer, Executive Director of Career Services, Seton Hall University School of Law

Erin Scherzer is the Executive Director of Career Services at Seton Hall University School of Law.  In this role, she manages student counseling, works on event and planning for the office, meets with employers, and advises students on career planning.  Prior to joining Seton Hall Law, Erin worked as a Business Law Associate in the New York office of Goodwin Procter LLP.  There, Erin represented … Continue reading Erin Scherzer, Executive Director of Career Services, Seton Hall University School of Law

Networking: Yes, You Have to Do It, But Yes, You Can Do It.

“Soft skills” are essential for young lawyers and law students to succeed. Soft skills are personal attributes that enable someone to interact harmoniously with others, such as communication, presentation skill, time management, and networking. Each of those skills add value to your career and distinguish you as a candidate. This article focuses on a particularly tricky but essential one: networking.  “It’s not what you know, … Continue reading Networking: Yes, You Have to Do It, But Yes, You Can Do It.

What Does a Lawyer Look Like? Reflections on Representation in the Law

I raise my hand a lot in class. The unwritten rule of law school is to avoid being called on at all costs— and here I am voluntarily subjecting myself to scrutiny— so it earns me a lot of strange looks. But it’s actually immensely important to me because it’s important to me to take up space— not physical space, but metaphorical space. I will … Continue reading What Does a Lawyer Look Like? Reflections on Representation in the Law