This will be the thirteenth year that we have presented the Workshop to assist first year law students in preparing for on campus interviews. As you know, the program is a key part of our diversity "pipeline" program that started after a conversation with a first year in which she expressed some intimidation over applying for a job - as she was the first from her family to graduate from college, much less law school, she was unfamiliar with the types of jobs, what to expect in an interview, or how to prepare. In response we started the workshop, focused on students affiliated with minority law school organizations. We have found in our recruitment efforts that while students may have outstanding academic qualifications/experience, articulating and explaining those qualifications and achieving a level of comfort with the interview process can be a challenge for some. The Workshop includes a seminar covering: preparation for a job search, selecting job opportunities to pursue, preparing for an interview, what to expect in the interview, and preparation of written materials (resume, cover letters, etc.). After the seminar each student has at least two practice interviews with practicing attorneys. As in past years, we are extending invitations to minority law student organizations at Golden Gate University, UC Berkeley, UC Hastings, USF, and Stanford for this year's workshop. Last year close to 100 students from diverse backgrounds participated in the Workshop and we anticipate participation this year will be pretty close to that number.
We are continuing our effort to enlist the support of in-house attorneys and attorneys practicing in government to assist with the practice interviews. We found this to add a valuable perspective to the Workshop as many law students are interested in jobs outside of law firms (and many of the opportunities for first years are outside of law firms), so we are hoping that you will be able to participate. It is a rewarding experience to assist these law students on the first steps of their legal careers and they are very appreciative of the support that they receive from all of you and your commitment.
Just to have a sense of what this is all about, I wanted to share a nice note I received from one of the past workshop participants:
I just wanted to thank you both personally, and Hanson Bridgett generally, again for the 1L interview workshop you put on last year. I recently accepted a summer position at Skadden, Arps in Los Angeles for this upcoming summer, and I believe that your program last year had a substantial role in helping me get such an awesome opportunity. Not only was I prepared for the endless interviewing process, but also your program introduced me to an incredible mentor, Ms. Rhonda Bethea, who was instrumental throughout my 2L job-seeking experience and even volunteered to personally recommend me at Skadden (where she had worked previously)--and it all started at Hanson Bridget's 1L interview workshop. I cannot speak highly enough of all of the support and guidance you and your firm have given to students of color at Berkeley Law. I personally want to thank you for all it has done for me.
This year's Workshop will be Saturday, November 7, 2015 at our offices in San Francisco. The seminar, which you do not have to attend, begins about 8:00 and the practice interviews will be 10:30-12:00. After the practice interviews we host an informal networking lunch (the best part of the program) that you are welcome to enjoy.
Please mark this date on your calendar and let me know (by October 29) if you are available to participate. Please feel free to forward this message to any in-house or government colleagues that you think might be interested. Of course, feel free to give me a call if you have any questions.
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