Career Services

Milestone Minute: Developing Cross-Cultural Competency with Michalyn Steele

Cross-cultural competence is critical for lawyers to be able to listen, understand, and respond with empathy in communicating with our clients, our colleagues, and our communities. Cross-cultural competence means we are aware of our own cultural assumptions and are more sensitive to the cultural differences that may exist with others.  To be effective advocates, we […]

Milestone Minute: Rocking Your Summer Job with Rebecca van Uitert

Summer externships are important for law school students because they are essentially one large interview. Becoming a highly respected and sought-after employee often requires a little extra effort. Even those who have been working somewhere for years might find they can reinvigorate their work with a few simple changes. Keep the following five categories and […]

Milestone Minute: Professional Responsibility with Elysa Dishman

Before an attorney can practice law, they need to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) which tests future lawyers on their ethical professional obligations. An understanding of professional responsibility and ethics is critical for nascent as well as practicing lawyers. Professor Elysa Dishman, who focuses on ethics and professional responsibility, provides general tips for […]

BYU Law Welcomes Judge Nelson, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Judge Ryan D. Nelson (‘99) was recently confirmed as a Circuit Judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was invited to BYU Law to speak to students about his legal career. Dean Gordon Smith, who welcomed Judge Nelson, explained that this visit was organized “because we believe that it is important for students […]

Miles Ahead: Welcome to the Leadership-Inspired Milestones Program

As a component of BYU Law’s Inspiring Leadership initiative, the Milestones Program is designed to help students prepare for meaningful employment and leadership in the law. Over the course of two months, students delve into concepts found in the books StrengthsFinder 2.0 and Roadmap: The Law Student’s Guide to Meaningful Employment. These concepts, combined with […]

“Network, network, network!”

The Best Career Advice I Received in Law School and a Cautionary Tale -Laura Ashdown The most helpful career advice I received during law school was at a Women Lawyers of Utah retreat in Park City my 1L year. While I was there, I met an attorney (we’ll call her Sue) whose advice was so […]

Preparing for Recruiting Season

While you summer focus may be on getting the most out of your externship experience, don’t forget to also prepare for the upcoming fall recruiting season. Following is a list of activities you can do to make sure you are ready to put your best foot forward: Have your resume reviewed by a member of […]

Make This Spring & Summer a Success!

Spring is here, and classes are over! Most of you have an externship or clerkship during which you will learn some aspects of the practice of law. Many of you will be in your target geographic location, but even if you are not, using your summer experiences to learn the trade and expand your network […]

10 Keys to Summer Success

10 Keys to Summer Success The 2014 national survey of employers conducted by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) confirms what many of us have long known: employers increasingly seek summer associates, interns and new hires who demonstrate a strong ability to work with others—including peers and senior employees as well as clients and […]

Why It’s Important to Report Employment — Even After Graduation

Employment Statistics: Collecting and Maintaining Data March 15th is a date that marks law school’s 10-month post-graduation cutoff for tracking and reporting employment statistics for the previous class year.  In other words, the graduating Class of 2017 is tracked and employment data set by March 15, 2018. At BYU Law, the Career Services & Professional Development […]

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