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Making Sure No Child is Left Behind – Education Law Degree

Posted on July 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

While I do not have a law degree, working in education has allowed me to cross paths with education lawyers on numerous occasions. I found the issues they deal with on a daily basis to be both noble and challenging.

What is Education Law?

Education law deals with schools, school systems and school boards charged with educating children. It is a branch of civil law that encompasses the laws and regulations that govern federal and state education, administration and operation of educational institutions, school athletics and education programs, methods and materials.

What do Education Lawyers do?

Education lawyers work very closely with school faculty, staff, students and administration. They spend their time going over issues such as discipline, suspension, expulsion and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex and disability. Additionally, education lawyer’s deal with questions related to school attendance, authority, civil rights, dress codes, drugs, disability, home schooling, immigrant visas, medical requirements, sexual harassment, and special education rights. As you can see, the span of topics coming across the desk of an education lawyer is impressive.

Careers in Education Law

Given that the span of topic covered by this area of the law is quite broad, so are the career opportunities. With an education law degree you could represent post-secondary educational institutions and institutions of higher learning in a number of different matters. Your clients could include a number of colleges, universities as well as school districts.

While representing these education institutions you would work on issues involving discrimination, disability, financial aid, and accreditation and licensing issues facing schools, staff and teachers/professors. Additionally, you could represent individuals, parents or students as well as teachers, professor and school employees on similar issues.

Job Outlook

Education law, and the lawyers that practice it, will continue to be a part of the education system. They are a necessity tasked with ensuring that every student has a fair and equal access to education.

According to the Department of Labor Statistics, employment of lawyers is expected to grow 11% during 2006-2016, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The increased demands for legal services will result in increased job opportunities. However, due to a large number of students graduating from law school, competition for jobs is quite intense. Those with strong academic records will have the best job opportunities.

Want The Legal Job Of Your Choice? Make The Right Start

Posted on June 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

The legal job market, as labor data reveals, continues on its downward passage. The ever increasing number of law school grads further confounds the problem, making the jobs available to job-applicants ratio rather lopsided.

It is logical to assume that getting a decent law job is not going to be easy and the only grads who can be reasonably assured of a smooth passage are those who have relatives with established law firms, or those with enough money to start their own private practices.

How can then, lawyers go about their job search, to ensure that their legal education provides them with the job they deserve?

For new graduates, If you are starting to look for a job after graduating then you are already late. You should start looking for appropriate employment avenues when you are on the verge of graduating – the field is less crowded at that time and you can avoid the later rush.

Don’t start looking for your dream job right away. Check out all legal jobs that are currently open and get a decent starting position. It may not be the best and it will certainly not be the one that you have been dreaming about, but it will give you a platform from where you can build. Your first legal job will not be your last and it will teach you many things that your law school did not. Moreover, it will give you the requisite experience which will add a lot of weightage and worth to your resume in future job-hunts.

It is quite likely that you also have a student debt to repay. If we are to go by the national average, it should be anything between eight to ten thousand dollars a month. However, you have a six month grace period, before you start repaying that loan. Finding a job much before the expiry of this grace period, ensures that the loan does not become an insupportable burden.

There are three ways in which you should search for your job: 1) The location; 2) type and 3) salary requirements. There are umpteen job sites that will allow you to search for legal jobs, through these keywords.

Create a resume and post it online on relevant job sites. Study what the resumes of good lawyers look like and simply adhere to the format. Badly written resumes are likely to end up in the waste bin. It is quite possible that the roles could be reversed and instead of you finding the job, a job could find you.

Also put together a list of great references. Good references, from your law school professors, your local senators and others similarly placed, are better than more references – quality will always score over quantity.

Send your resume to as many legal job openings as possible. Even if there is an opening for a job, that you would love to have but feel that you probably don’t merit, still send your resume – you never know who or what they are looking for.

The main aim of a starting job is four fold. Firstly, it helps you put your foot into the door, it gets some desperately needed cash income flowing in; it enables you to gain vital experience and lastly it is better to have some job rather than have none at all.

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The Single Page Lawyer Resume

Posted on June 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

In this competitive legal market, employers are bombarded with resumes. In most cases, they do no have the time or manpower to give resumes more than a cursory two-minute glance to make an initial determination. What does this mean for your resume? The formatting on your lawyer resume should be impeccable to give the reader an immediate positive impression. You should also consider submitting a single page lawyer resume; shortening the length of your resume could give you a better chance of being read and considered.

The Benefits of the Single Page Lawyer Resume

When limiting the length of your lawyer resume to one page, you are forced to provide a precise and concise document that focuses specifically on the skills and experience a potential employer is looking for. In other words, you have to make the document more targeted, get rid of old, irrelevant, or extraneous information that could be cluttering your resume. The result could mean a more impactful resume.

If you are a recent graduate, a law student, or a lawyer who has only worked for one employer, limiting your lawyer resume to one page may be an easy task. If on the other hand you are an experienced lawyer, or one that has made several transitions, limiting your lawyer resume to one page may be a tall order. In that case, you may need an additional page. However, you can still enjoy the benefits of the “single page” lawyer resume format if you capture the most relevant information on the first page of your resume.

In other words, you should aim to include your education and entire work history – or most relevant work history – onto the first page of your lawyer resume. To know what is “most relevant” to include on that first page of your resume, assume that a potential employer never sees the second page. This will allow you to determine whether the information included is sufficient to provide an employer with a good understanding of your skills and qualifications.

Constructing the Single Page Lawyer Resume

Your single page lawyer resume should be highly organized to include the following sections:

* Name and contact information. You should include you name, mailing address, at least one telephone number, and a private email address. If you have a good LinkedIn profile, you may want to include it there as well (See “Optimizing Contact Information On Your Legal Resume” for more information about using your contact information effectively).

* Education. You should list the schools of higher education you attended in reverse chronological order. One of the most common questions asked by lawyers who are writing their legal resumes is whether to include their legal education at the top or bottom of the resume. If you have been out of law school three years or less, you should consider placing your education at the top of your resume (See “Top 20 Legal Resume Writing Tips” for more information on this topic).

* Work History. Here you should list all of the jobs you’ve held, and try to limit them to law-related positions, unless you are a recent graduate of law student. Begin with the full legal name of the company, law firm or organization you have worked for, provide your full title, as well as your dates of employment, and the city and state where you practiced. Finally, provide a short description of the worked you performed, your responsibilities, and various accomplishments. Use active verbs to set off each sentence, keep them very brief and to the point, and list them with bullets if you have enough space (See “Using Active Verbs in Your Legal Resume”).

* Bar Admission. Your lawyer resume should always include a separate bar admission section. If you are short on space you can include professional associations in this section as well. Be sure to include the year of admission for each jurisdiction you were admitted to.

Information that you can easily omit on your resume is “references available upon request” citations, and personal hobbies (e.g. reading, knitting, gardening etc.). Because the modern resume is a marketing tool, it’s best to keep personal interests, hobbies, and other non-essential materials for the interview process. If you are keen on listing organizations, affiliations, volunteer work, or extracurricular activities on your legal resume, only list those that are relevant to your practice as a legal professional, or that are directly related to your targeted job. Again, if it’s not related to your practice or the position, do not include it.

Single Page Lawyer Resume Sample

Here is a single page lawyer resume sample that contains all of the features we’ve mentioned:

JOHN B. DOE
555 N. Westminster Road o New York, NY 20021 o (212) 555-555 o [email protected]

EXPERIENCE:

Latham & Watkins LLP, New York, NY
Litigation Associate, September 2003 – Present
Summer Associate, Summer 2002

* Represented clients on a wide variety of litigation matters including securities, breach of contract, unfair business practices, product liability, professional malpractice, and aviation.

* Handled arbitration matters involving claims of securities fraud, unsuitability, unauthorized trading, deceptive trade practices, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of contract on behalf major financial institutions and brokers.

* Assisted in government contract matters relating to municipal law, contract and procurement, transportation, and infrastructure development.

New York Supreme Court, Nassau County, NY
Intern for the Honorable Phillip B. Connor, January – March 2003

* Conducted legal research on a variety of substantive and procedural issues with an emphasis on commercial litigation matters, drafted memoranda, and attended oral arguments.

United States District Court, Northern District of New York, Albany, NY
Intern for the Honorable Geoffrey E. Peterson, June – August 2001

* Performed legal research, reviewed and evaluated pleadings and motions, and assisted Judge in drafting opinions and bench memoranda.

EDUCATION:

Cornell University School of Law, Ithaca, NY
Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, May 2003

* Notes and Comments Editor, Cornell Law Review

New York University, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in History, May 1999

* Vice-President, Asian-American Student Association

ADMISSION:

New York (2003)

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