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Job Preparation and Practice Tools
This library guide provides tools for researching employers to help job seekers tailor resumes, cover letters, and interview preparations. For assistance with writing your resume and cover letters, preparing for interviews, and other strategies for landing a legal job, please make an appointment with the College of Law's Office of Career and Employment Services.
Careers in Criminal Law (Ellen Brotman, ed., 2010)
Testimonials from practitioners and experts provide background on prosecution, defense, and other opportunities such as becoming a judge or related advocacy work in a variety of contexts. The authors delve into the emotional elements, the challenges, and the triumphs they have experienced in criminal law.
Careers in International Law (Marcelo Bombau, ed., 2019)
Chapters include testimonials, comparisons of legal work in different cities and countries, strategies for networking and landing jobs, and information about particular fields such as immigration, international environmental law, and labor law.
From Finals to the Firm: The Top Ten Things New Associates Should Know (Calvin H. Gladney & Raymond Millien, 2018) (West Academic login required)
A concise guide to developing yourself professionally coming out of law school, including finding a strong mentor, creating your own opportunities, bringing new perspectives to the team, and building the consummate professional persona.
The Happy Lawyer (Nancy Levit & Douglas O. Linder, 2010)
This book can help you set yourself up for a joyful legal career during law school and help you maintain and regain your happiness during trying times. Taking charge, building relationships, and recognizing your success can help.
Law Jobs: The Complete Guide (Andrew J. McClung et. al, 2019) (West Academic login required)
Find answers to big questions facing legal professionals: transactional work or litigation? Big-law or not? Public interest or private law? Attorney work or JD Advantage jobs? Criminal or civil? Stay in academe? This resources gives you a look at the pros and cons to consider.
A Short & Happy Guide to Being a Lawyer (Kenney F. Hegland & Paul D. Bennett, 2012)
A primer on essential skills for employment such as client interviewing, counseling, negotiating, and legal writing, as well as courtroom skills such as preparing witnesses, cross-examination, and making objections. Also available on West Academic (login required).
Thriving in the Legal Profession: Three Pillars of Success (Pamela Bucy Pierson et. al,, 2018) (West Academic login required)
A short primer on keeping yourself happy and successful as an attorney, from handling your emotions, finances, and professional skills in a changing legal market.
Bloomberg News (Bloomberg login required)
The latest updates along with commentary from practitioners on particular areas of law, featuring video reports and podcasts to help you brush up on the particular field you are pursuing.
Law 360 (Available on campus or through ASURITE)
Legal news from around the nation along with emphasis on the legal industry, high-profile practice areas and policy issues such as access to justice to keep conversations flowing during interviews or networking events.
Summaries of activity at the high court along with previews of forthcoming cases and sessions, along with commentary on the court and its impact on various legal regimes. Decisions that impact your particular career focus can be a conversation starter during an interview.
State Bar of Arizona
Find headlines pertaining particularly to Arizona along with links to blogs and news releases concerning the local legal community.
Westlaw News (Westlaw login required)
Legal updates from around the world along with highlights pertaining to certain practice areas in the Practitioner Insights Analysis section. You can browse blogs, news services, and topics to make sure you’re up to date on interview day.
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