I’m a 2L from William and Mary Law School, passing along a great summer opportunity for those of you (us) who may be struggling with this job market.
Simply put, the Center for Legal and Courtroom Technology at WM (FULL DISCLOSURE: I work for CLCT as part of my fellowship) is offering a legal technology summer school program.
I know we’re all hoping for the perfect job, and I know there’s a lot of great summer programs out there, but I wanted to pass this along because it’s the sort of thing that looks great on a resume and can be uniquely attractive to employers.
A few things (in outline form, because I’m in full exam-prep-mode) about the program it’s good to know:
1.) Technology is getting HUGE in the legal community, so this sort of experience is helpful on a number of employment fronts:
a.) EMPLOYERS LOVE IT: I've been on a bunch of interviews this fall and EVERYONE I've talked to has asked about my work with CLCT, and expressed that their firm is lagging behind in one technology area or another.
b.) STANDS OUT ON RESUME: We’ve all been told that the key to 1L summer is getting “something legal” on your resume; this is the sort of thing that no one else has, and the sort of things employers WANT.
c.) EASY to TALK ABOUT IN INTERVIEWS: since most attorneys lag behind on technology, some expertise can be very impressive. And if you happen to interview with someone who knows technology, they’ll be even more impressed because CLCT is the top dog in terms of legal technology nationwide.
2.) Academically it’s pretty solid too:
a.) UNIQUE COURSES: This is the rare experience that isn’t being shared by 100,000 law students across the country- we all take the exact same 6 courses the first year (and 2/3 of my classes my first 2L semester are also pretty standard)—this is a chance to get some academic credit in areas that no one else has any background in.
b.) SMALL CLASSES/GREAT PROFS: CLCT does some really cutting-edge stuff involving international law and advanced courtroom technology. The courses touch on some of that, but more importantly, you’ll be working closely with professors who are tapped into some major legal communities (translation: great outside-the-box networking opportunity)
c.) RELEVANCE: the courses are relevant- much more so than, dare I say, Torts or Crim Pro- I took an online course re: metadata (identifying data hidden in electronic information) and am already seeing all sorts of applications where, in today's job market, I can really stand out.
3.) Williamsburg (home of WM) isn't the most exciting town, but it's great in the summer, close to some fantastic beaches, and really the cradle of legal education in this country. I had a guy who did summer school last year tell me that the historic reputation at WM alone was worth doing the program in terms of job searches.
4.) the program is short, 4 weeks long, so you can do a part-summer job and still come down (or up if you're further south) to Billsburg and get some great experience (a lot of folks did this last summer)
Anyway, it's a lot of information, and like I said above, I know there are lots of good programs out there and I wish everyone the best finding the right opportunity for next summer.
If anyone has any interest in learning more, feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's the CLCT website if you want to check us out:www.legaltechcenter.net
(add /summer to go straight to the summer program page)
Thanks for reading if you've stuck around, and I hope to hear from you.
2L, William and Mary Law