Check out this article from Corporate Counsel, Women GCs Are Networking Their Way to the Top, emphasizing the importance of professional networking throughout your legal career. The article recaps a panel discussion presented by the New York City Bar Association that focused on the increasing number of women general counsel at Fortune 500 companies. According to the article, forming and maintaining professional relationships is a necessary element for success.
If you are looking for an interesting and challenging career outside of the traditional practice of law, consider the growing field of contract management. The knowledge and skills that you develop in law school are directly transferrable to the contract management industry. Skills required for contract management positions include analytical skills, problem-solving skills, and written and verbal communication skills. Additionally, contract management offers a variety of career path opportunities, and it is a growing field, particularly as businesses become increasingly global, demanding more efficient supplier and customer relationships. Typical job duties in a contract management position include creating proposals, negotiating contract terms, resolving legal disputes, and making presentations. Furthermore, the contract management team works closely with all areas and departments within an organization. For more information about contract management, visit the National Contract Management Association’s website at ncmahq.org. Also, visit the CSD library for additional resources on jobs in contract management.
The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) offers a significantly discounted membership for students ($25/year). Benefits of membership include valuable networking opportunities with industry leaders, live webinars covering hot topics in contract management, national educational seminars, access to the NCMA’s job bank, and a monthly subscription to Contract Management Magazine. Click here for complete details on how to join.
Corporate Counsel Women of Color has a scholarship opportunity available to 1Ls and 2Ls. To be considered for this scholarship, you must submit an essay of no more 350 words detailing how you plan to use your legal education to foster diversity in the legal profession. Click here for details and to download an application.
Don’t delay! Please note that all applications must be postmarked (first class mail only) by June 30th, and email submissions will not be accepted.
Click here to register for a live webinar hosted by John Corcoran, Esq. and Basil Plastiras, Esq. on Thursday, June 14th at 3pm Pacific Time (6pm Eastern Time). Topics include business opportunities for new law grads, networking secrets, and growing industries with opportunities for non-traditional careers.
Are you interested in pursuing an alternative legal career, but not sure where to start? Trying to navigate through all of the available resources can leave you more confused than you were when you started. There are a number of valuable resources available to assist lawyers and law students who are looking for an alternative to the traditional practice of law, but before you dive into the online abyss, consider starting with a self-assessment, which will provide you with a better understanding of your individual aptitudes and interests. Then schedule an appointment with a career services counselor who can assist you with creating a strategic job search plan based on the results of your self-assessment. Check out the Riley Guide for a listing of career self-assessment tools, and send me feedback on your experience using the various self-assessments offered online. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, the CSD is open all summer, and we look forward to working with you!
Click here to watch the Alternative Careers for Lawyers panel discussion presented by the New York State Bar Association highlighting the career paths of four lawyers in successful alternative careers. The panelists include a lawyer specializing in Business and Legal Affairs for MTV; the President of Nicholas & Lence Communications, a strategic communications, marketing, and government affairs firm; the Director of Sales Operations for Bloomberg Law; and the Chief Compliance Officer for Calypso Capital Management. The panelists discuss the paths that led them to their alternative careers and offer unique insight into opportunities within their respective industries. The panel is moderated by Hillary Mantis, Esq., author of Alternative Careers for Lawyers, which is available in the CSD Library.