Friday, July 31, 2020

US Attorney General's Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program

The US Department of Justice Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management has announced that the Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) application opened today and will close on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 11:59 PM ET. Applications must be submitted via the online application. Opportunities are available throughout DOJ, including permanent and term-limited, entry-level attorney positions, and paid summer legal internships.

Detailed information about the HP and SLIP, including offices participating and the number of available positions, can be found at:

More information about all of DOJ’s legal hiring programs, including experienced attorney hiring and volunteer internships, can be found online at US DOJ Legal Careers.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Job Talk Tuesday: It Only Takes One

"I just need one job. It doesn’t matter what’s out there, it doesn’t matter how many people I’m competing with, it doesn’t matter that it’s a recession - just one job."

Shashi Vijay, SU Law Class of 2008

It's hard to believe we've come to the close of our summer series, Job Talk Tuesdays, but we're ending with adventure! Shashi Vijay, founder of VJ Law Firm and Chair-Elect of the Washington State Bar Association's Solo & Small Firm Section, discusses going out and boldly creating her own job as a solo practitioner.

Shashi has found great satisfaction as a solo practitioner, working primarily in the areas of business and real estate – for her it was the one right thing. Whether you aim to work for someone else, or have an entrepreneurial spirit that is calling you to create your own job as a solo, heed Shashi's advice that "persistence pays," and remember that all it takes is "just one job – you’ll find it."

If you're seriously considering solo practice, know that Shashi believes, "it is something you can do. You already have the skills, you do have the knowledge." And you don't have to go it alone. Look for mentors, solo practice associations, and others who can encourage you. The law school's incubator program is designed to help lawyers pursue their solo dreams surrounded by support and community, so look into that as well.

Thank you for tuning in each week for interviews with alumni with grit – it's been a privilege to feature their stories. Job Talk Tuesdays will return in May, so if you'd like to be in the lineup, contact Matt Etter or Erin Fullner.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Job Talk Tuesday: What's in a Dream?

"My first job wasn’t my dream job, it wasn’t what I dreamed about doing, but I knew that it was a step in the right direction and that it was a crucial step to get to the places that I ultimately wanted to go."

Matt Etter, SU Law Class of 2012

Dreams are not where we begin, they're what we make over time. One of the law school's own career advisors, Matt Etter, Associate Director of the Center for Professional Development, talks about what it means to move from possibility to passion. Matt discusses the self-awareness, patience, and even sacrifices that come with moving closer and closer to discovering what you want out of your career, and then achieving it.

You probably won't land your dream job right out of law school, but what a liberating thought! Once you realize that the first job you take won't determine the course of your entire career, you can start to see possibilities around every corner. We're so fortunate that Matt approached his career with this kind of insight, because he's exceptionally good at what he does, and if he hadn't made room for reflection, curiosity, and openness, he might have missed out on the joy he gets from helping others make their dreams come true, and his very lucky colleagues and students would have missed out too.

Follow Matt's lead: dream with purpose, and dream with patience.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Job Talk Tuesday: Mindset is Everything

"Mindset is everything."

Sarah Cho, Class of 2009

"You never know where that not dream job will lead you."

Rachel Luke, Class of 2009

"You've got to figure out what's a driver for you."

Kim Sandher, SU Law Class of 2009

Just because there's no baseball, doesn't mean we can't hit a triple! Sarah Cho, Owner and Founder of Peak Justice Criminal Defense, Rachel Luke, Associate Attorney at Friedman Rubin, and Kim Sandher, Attorney at Pivotal Law Group, provide three valuable perspectives on how to succeed in your job search, even when it feels like you're trailing by three runs in the bottom of the ninth.

These three attorneys took divergent routes and are in very different practice areas from one another, but they share, in addition to a long-lasting friendship, an outlook marked by drive, persistence, ownership, and versatility. That mindset, coupled with a vision of where each opportunity could lead, brought these alumni to the satisfying careers they're in today.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Job Talk Tuesday: Check Your Ego

"Always be willing to check your ego and say, 'maybe my approach isn’t the best way, please tell me how to do something.' It’s incredible what you’ll learn."

Eric Wolf, SU Law Class of 2012

Eric Wolf, Deputy Director of Washington’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, believes in the value of mentorship and the humility it takes to make the most of a mentor's advice.

It's not always easy for lawyers to ask for help, but in his years working in the state's capital, Eric has found that "mentors in the legal profession are very eager to cultivate a generation that follows them" and "have a vested interest in ensuring you are successful too." So don't be afraid to reach out to your network! And when you do, be real. Eric recommends being "vulnerable with them about your own misgivings or questions about entering the profession." Mentors have a wealth of guidance to share, but only if you're open to receiving it.

Sure, in a pandemic, we're not going anywhere, but we can still check baggage like fear, overconfidence, or inflexibility and open up a world of professional possibilities.

Wednesday Webinar Series - U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management

This week's Wednesday Webinar Series will come from a handful of offices participating in the Attorney General's Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program. Offices include:
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • National Security Division
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern
  • District of New York
Log In to the Webinars - Access Code: 10200

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Virtual Pre-OCI Mock Interview Program

Students will have the opportunity to practice interviewing skills with volunteer attorneys through the  Center for Professional Development's Virtual Pre-OCI Mock Interview Program. A mock interview is the best way to polish your interview style and refine your strategy for the upcoming on-campus interviews. Due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, mock interviews will be conducted virtually using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or another platform convenient to the attorney.

Practice interviews will last for 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of feedback. When possible, CPD will match you with a practitioner in your area of interest. Email Junsen Ohno for a list of volunteers and their availability. Once you've looked over the list, you'll share your top 4 choices with Ms. Ohno, along with a copy of your resume. Ms. Ohno will match you with an attorney who you'll reach out to directly to schedule a date and time to interview.

Time slots are first-come, first-served, and space is limited. Sign up soon, spots are going fast!

Job Talk Tuesday: You Know What to Do

"In many respects, you know how to get through this next step, you just haven’t done it yet."

James Johnson, SU Law Class of 2012

James Johnson, Associate Attorney at Emery Reddy, litigates workers’ compensation, personal injury, and third-party matters throughout Washington State. Litigators know how to be persistent, and James reminds us that there are times when “…it is going to be a grind." But you're ready for that!

In his Job Talk, James explains, "It was a grind to get to law school, to get through law school, and whatever came to you before that in life.  In many respects, you know how to get through this next step, you just haven’t done it yet.”

You have the tools and the ability to take on the challenges ahead, so when it all feels like a grind, please repeat the mantra that you know what to do.