"Michigan's reputation definitely gives you an edge in the job market, and so does participating in U-M's extracurricular opportunities."

—Maggie Cheng, '11

Speaker Series

Throughout the academic year, the Office of Career Planning offers a speaker series covering a variety of topics and designed to help students explore their career options, translate individual legal interests into professional paths, and analyze the latest market trends.

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2016 1L JPMorgan Chase & Co. Legal Summer Associate Program
Date: 1/14/2016
Time: 11:45am-12:45pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

Informational Session to learn more about JPMorgan Chase & Co legal summer and full time associate programs. Please RSVP prior to the event: http://tinyurl.com/z4b7frj  Zingerman's will be served for lunch.



Fellowships 101
Date: 1/19/2016
Time: 11:55am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Postgraduate fellowships are a great way to begin a public interest career right out of law school. If you are committed to using your law degree as a tool for justice, you should consider pursuing one of these unique opportunities! This presentation can help 1Ls begin to understand and identify fellowship options and help 2Ls (or 3Ls who will be clerking) get started on great fellowship applications. Lunch will be provided.



Interview Tips for LL.M./S.J.D. Students
Date: 1/20/2016
Time: 11:55am-12:55pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

​OCP Attorney Counselor Pyper Alpern and Tammy Sindlinger provide interviewing advice and tips* (media file) in advance of the Overseas-Trained LL.M. Interview Program for LL.M./S.J.D. students.  View presentation slides.



2Ls and 3Ls and the Judicial Clerkship Search
Date: 1/20/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:
Hear* (media file) from the new Judicial Clerkship Committee members (Profs. Mortenson, Bagley, and Thomas) and Judicial Clerkship Advisor Greta Trakul on starting (or continuing) your search for a judicial clerkship. If you've been waiting for fall grades before moving forward - or perhaps you were exploring other post-grad options and are just considering clerking for the first time - now is the time to start the process. Stop by and make sure you're doing all you need to do to position yourself for success and learn about how we can help you! Plus, we'll feed you!


Strategies for Navigating the OCI Season
Date: 1/21/2016
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: 120 Hutchins Hall
Description:

​Sidley lawyers will have a panel discussion including the following topics:  Building Your Resume, Interview Preparation, and the OCI Process.  RSVP to diversity@sidley.com by January 18, 2016.



BLSA and LLSA Lunch with Sidley Austin LLP
Date: 1/21/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

​Please join Sidley lawyers for lunch and informal conversation.  A Zingerman's lunch will be provided.  RSVP to diversity@sidley.com by January 18, 2016.



Preparing for Meet the Employers
Date: 1/27/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

You'll learn the best practices for how to introduce yourself to employers, strike up a conversation with recruiters, and follow-up after the event so to build professional relationships.​



Conveying Confidence in Your Career Search
Date: 1/28/2016
Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm
Location: 138 Hutchins Hall
Description:

If you can't confidently convey your value proposition, how can a potential employer feel confident about hiring you?  If self-confidence isn't your strong suit, faking it is key in the career search.  Listen* (Media file) to this workshop to learn how to convey confidence in your written and verbal communications, as well as in body language and interviews.​



collapse : February
Hogan Lovells 1L Panel: Regulatory Practice - The Intersection of Government and Business
Date: 2/1/2016
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

Are you curious about how federal and state government agencies fundamentally shape how companies do business in the United States, and whether there are opportunities to practice regulatory law outside of Washington? Please join Hogan Lovells attorneys for a discussion of how our 17 highly regarded regulatory practice groups help clients survive and thrive in the face of high-stakes issues arising from myriad complex rules applicable to their products, services, manufacturing methods, and business practices. We also will discuss how regulatory practices may differ from and intersect with almost every other field of law—such as corporate, commercial, and litigation—to help you decide what may be right for you.  Watch presentation* (media file).



Meet the Employers
Date: 2/2/2016
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Location: Ballroom and Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
Description:

​The Office of Career Planning invites 1L students to "Meet the Employers" on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom and Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street. This event will be a wonderful opportunity to meet lawyers at firms and corporations you may be interested in, and to learn about the practice of law prior to your first summer job. The Reception also help you prepare for Early Interview Week in August. You do not need to attend for the full two hours. Stop by when you can and leave when you need to. Employers will understand your schedule may not allow you to attend for the full two hours. We encourage business professional dress (suits, preferably). Refreshments will be served. First-year students who plan to attend must RSVP no later than 5pm on Thursday, January 28, 2016. RSVP by clicking here and completing a short form: https://umich.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cNOPzxfNqsykrch We hope to see you there!



Paul Weiss 1L Practice Panel: Life after Law School - Private Practice and Public Interest
Date: 2/3/2016
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

Practice Panel for 1Ls with lunch provided by Zingerman's. No RSVP is required. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison speakers include: Aidan Synnott '88, Dan Crane, Elana Beale '13, Peter Borock '14, and Erika Detjen.



Kirkland & Ellis Litigation Lunch and Learn
Date: 2/5/2016
Time: 11:55am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

Please join Kirkland & Ellis LLP Litigation attorneys, Andy Clubok & Sara Winik (both Michigan Law Alumni) for a presentation on “real life in a law firm” over Zingerman's lunch. RSVP to Julie.Greenbaum@kirkland.com. Kirkland’s New York office is seeking a 1L student interested in Litigation to join their 2016 Summer Associate Program. If you don’t get on the OCI schedule for February 4, please feel free to drop off your resume and transcript at this event. ***** Kirkland & Ellis LLP has more than 1,600 attorneys in 12 offices worldwide. Kirkland is a thriving and energetic place to work, and a firm that is unique in significant ways. We recruit talented individuals from diverse backgrounds whose ideas drive us forward. The key to our success is our ongoing commitment to hiring, training and mentoring our attorneys and fostering a professional and entrepreneurial culture. To learn more about Kirkland and our summer program, please visit www.kirkland.com.



Fireside Chat with OCP
Date: 2/5/2016
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm
Location: B60A Lower Commons
Description:

​1Ls can drop by to hear about best practices and potential pitfalls from 2Ls and 3Ls who have been there before, in addition to an OCP counselor.  This month's topic: "1L Summer Internships with later deadlines, or Why I should not freak out if I don't already have an internship."



Advanced Interviewing Workshop - How to Convert Your Interview into an Offer
Date: 2/10/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Building on last semester's programs, OCP Counselor Ramji Kaul will lead a discussion aimed at improving your interview skills and helping you convert your interviews into job offers.​



Careers Over Coffee: U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr., U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan
Date: 2/17/2016
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 1070 South Hall
Description:

Please join us for coffee and conversation with Patrick A Miles, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. Mr. Miles was nominated by President Obama on March 29, 2012 to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. He is the district's first African American U.S. Attorney. Read his biography here: http://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmi/meet-us-attorney. Mr. Miles will also be joined by other Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the office to talk about the career path to an AUSA, the work of their office and summer internship opportunities. Bring your questions! Please RSVP: https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/1VLoPzyersVLU0YPKP0KaTlqVs0KDRAVIP3mxasdx4zw/viewform



Conveying Confidence in Your Career Search
Date: 2/22/2016
Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm
Location: 138 Hutchins Hall
Description:

​If you can't confidently convey your value proposition, how can a potential employer feel confident about hiring you?  If self-confidence isn't your strong suit, faking it is key in the career search.  Come to this workshop to learn how to convey confidence in your written and verbal communications, as well as in body language and interviews. 



collapse : March
Navigating the Private Sector 2L Summer Job Search, Including Early Interview Week
Date: 3/9/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 100 Hutchins Hall
Description:

Assistant Dean Jeremy Bloom will highlight the resources available and the steps to be taking to find your 2L summer private sector job. We will spend the most time on the policies, procedures, and deadlines for Early Interview Week 2016, which will be held August 2-5, 2016. This meeting is required for those interested in participating in Early Interview Week. A pizza lunch will be provided by Lexis.



Careers Over Coffee: Major Justin Strong, United States Air Force
Date: 3/9/2016
Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm
Location: 1050 South Hall
Description:

Please join us for coffee and conversation with Major Justin Strong, United States Air Force. RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/1HZ4-bb-czIN-1SYaj6MGxoYbkxHZ6WiOxOtBCn9tSLE/viewform



Market Series: Detroit and Southeast Michigan
Date: 3/10/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

Please join our Detroit market expert to learn more about area law firms and current trends in the market. The discussion may cover topics including which practice groups are thriving or receding in Southeast Michigan, firms or offices that are experiencing growth or decline, major lateral moves by partners and similar intelligence you should have if you are considering a career in Southeast Michigan. The discussion will be led by Nancy Newman, President and founder of Newman Hawkins Legal Search - a legal recruiting firm specializing in in-house and law firm attorney placements. Ms. Newman will also meet with interested students to discuss their individual job searches following her presentation. Students can bid for an individual meeting via Symplicity between 2/ 23 and 2/25/2016



Zeekbeek & Zingerman’s — At this lunch event we will show you how to join the State Bar of Michigan’s FREE online legal marketplace, powered by Zeekbeek
Date: 3/11/2016
Time: 11:55am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Did you know that the State Bar of Michigan's online legal marketplace lists every single lawyer in the state of Michigan? The Bar and its partner, Zeekbeek, have now built a new, FREE platform for law students on the site. Come to this lunch event catered by Zingerman’s to create your profile, and start building your professional presence even before you pass the bar exam. Learn how to use all the site features to connect with both lawyers and other law students, including how to post articles &videos, link to social media, and join and create groups. 1Ls and 2Ls, please RSVP no later than March 7: https://docs.google.com/a/zeekbeek.com/forms/d/13QaNminEXnEroqARyw5UPU0mOWtlO8_JQmqjRytFMZI/viewform Speaker: Yael Boloker, Zeekbeek Site Administrator & Senior Associate



Market Series: New York City
Date: 3/15/2016
Time: 11:55am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Please join our New York market expert to learn more about area law firms and current trends in the market. The discussion may cover topics including which practice groups are thriving or receding in New York City, firms or offices that are experiencing growth or decline, major lateral moves by partners and similar intelligence you should have if you are considering a career in New York City. The discussion will be led by Carol Kanarek (UMLS ’79), founder of Kanarek & Brady, LLC – a firm offering career transition, coaching services, and learning and development programs for attorneys. Ms. Kanarek will also meet with interested students to discuss their individual job searches following her presentation. Students can bid for an individual meeting via Symplicity between 2/ 23 and 2/25/2016.



Market Series: District of Columbia
Date: 3/18/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 0220 South Hall
Description:

Please join our District of Columbia market experts to learn more about the area law firms and current trends in the market. The discussion may cover topics including which practice groups are thriving or receding in D.C., firms or offices that are experiencing growth or decline, major lateral moves by partners and similar intelligence you should have if you are considering a career in the District of Columbia. The discussion will be led by Matt Schwartz and Justine Donahue, recruiters with Garrison & Sisson - a Washington, D.C. attorney search firm. Mr. Schwartz and Ms. Donahue will also meet with interested students to discuss their individual job searches. Students can bid for an individual meeting via Symplicity between 2/23 and 2/25/2016.



What Happens if I Don't Do OCI?
Date: 3/21/2016
Time: 11:55am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

1Ls, are you wondering . . . What Happens if I Don't Do OCI? What will my job search look like if I spend those summer days in August sleeping late and watching bad TV? Can I really pursue my passion and be a public interest lawyer right out of law school? If so, please join Alyson Robbins (Public Interest Director), Melanie Macey (Government & Public Interest Advisor), and OPIS (Organization of Public Interest Students) for this presentation designed to help 1Ls answer these questions. Lunch will be provided!



Advanced Interviewing Workshop - How to Convert Your Interview into an Offer
Date: 3/22/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 0220 South Hall
Description:

​Building on last semester's programs, OCP Counselor Ramji Kaul will lead a discussion aimed at improving your interview skills and helping you convert your interviews into job offers.



Market Series: Bay Area
Date: 3/23/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Please join our Northern California market expert to learn more about area law firms and current trends in the market. The discussion may cover topics including which practice groups are thriving or receding in Northern California, firms or offices that are experiencing growth or decline, major lateral moves by partners and similar intelligence you should have if you are considering a career in Northern California. The discussion will be led by Jon Escher, founding partner of Solutus Legal Search - a Northern California attorney search management and career consulting firm. Mr. Escher will also meet with interested students to discuss their individual job searches. Students can bid for an individual meeting via Symplicity between 2/23 and 2/25/2016.



Skadden Fellowship Presentation
Date: 3/24/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Susan Butler Plum, founder and director of Skadden Fellowship Foundation, will be here to discuss this prestigious postgraduate fellowship. 2Ls and soon-to-be-clerking 3Ls, join us to get tips/advice as you look for sponsoring organizations and begin thinking about potential projects. 1Ls, it's not too early to start learning about postgraduate fellowships! Come at 11:50am for lunch (provided by OCP) and the presentation will start promptly at 12:00pm. Please RSVP via google form: https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/1R-GA8OLsAl5gbjF8NcwHGBXVSFzqq7gFKXr92106iZM/viewform?usp=send_form And come with questions for Ms. Plum!!



Market Series: Southern California
Date: 3/25/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

Please join our Southern California market expert to learn more about the area law firms and current trends in the market. The discussion may cover topics including which practice groups are thriving or receding in Southern California, firms or offices that are experiencing growth or decline, major lateral moves by partners and similar intelligence you should have if you are considering a career in Southern California. The discussion will be led by Eve Jaffee, President of Garb Jaffee & Associates – a legal placement firm. Ms. Jaffe will also meet with interested students to discuss their individual job searches. Students can bid for an individual meeting via Symplicity between 2/23 and 2/25/2016.



Market Series: Boston
Date: 3/29/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

Please join our Boston market expert to learn more about the area law firms and current trends in the market. The discussion may cover topics including which practice groups are thriving or receding in Boston, firms or offices that are experiencing growth or decline, major lateral moves by partners and similar intelligence you should have if you are considering a career in Boston. The discussion will be led by Robert DeLena, founder of Legal Staffing Solutions - a legal placement firm. Mr. DeLena will also meet with interested students to discuss their individual job searches. Students can bid for an individual meeting via Symplicity between 2/23 and 2/25/2016.



Market Series: Chicago
Date: 3/30/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Please join our Chicago market expert to learn more about the area law firms and current trends in the market. The discussion may cover topics including which practice groups are thriving or receding in Chicago, firms or offices that are experiencing growth or decline, major lateral moves by partners and similar intelligence you should have if you are considering a career in Chicago. The discussion will be led by Gay Schreiber and Amy Leafe McCormack, Founders and Co-Presidents with McCormack Schreiber - a legal search and contract/temporary attorney placement firm. Ms. Schreiber and Ms. McCormack will also meet with interested students to discuss their individual job searches. Students can bid for an individual meeting via Symplicity between 2/23 and 2/25/2016.



How to Find your 2L Firm Job your 1L Summer
Date: 3/31/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

Are you hoping to work at a law firm your 2L summer (and beyond)?  From networking to sharpening your skills at your summer internship, come to this workshop to learn the steps you can take this summer to position yourself to secure a great 2L summer position.​



collapse : April
Fireside Chat with OCP
Date: 4/1/2016
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm
Location: B60A Media Room, Lower Commons
Description:

1Ls can drop by to hear about best practices and potential pitfalls from 2Ls and 3Ls who have been there before, in addition to an OCP counselor.  This month's topic: "What to do this summer to land your 2L firm job?"​



Law Firms: Finding the Differences
Date: 4/5/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

​What makes law firms different from each other?  They all look the same.  What does "culture" mean in the context of BigLaw?  OCP Counselor Ramji Kaul will lead a discussion aimed at providing you the decision making tool as you begin thinking about the EIW process to decide what's are the best fit for you.



Keys to a Successful Summer: How to Excel in a Professional Legal Environment
Date: 4/6/2016
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

​OCP Counselors Carolyn Spencer and Ramji Kaul will cover an array of topics on professional etiquette and practice pointers you should be armed with going into your summer.  Don't irritate your Judge or make a bad impression on the attorneys you are working with because of something that could be easily avoided.



2016 Public Service Banquet
Date: 4/20/2016
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Location: Michigan League Ballroom
Description:

Please join the MLaw Public Interest Community for . . . . The 2016 Public Service Banquet When: Wednesday, April 20th 12:00-1:30pm The program will start at 12:20pm. What: A celebration of students who completed the Pro Bono Pledge, 1Ls and 2Ls who will be working in public service this summer, and 3Ls who are planning to work in public service after graduation. A buffet lunch will be served. RSVP is required.



 
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