Bar Prep Notary Public – UPDATED

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image by flickr user Louise Python

Attention 3Ls!

The Georgia Office of Bar Admissions no longer requires your paperwork to be notarized — so rather than offer you free notaries as we’d originally planned, we’ll be offering free coffee instead. Stop by the Conference Room during the following times for a free jolt of caffeine.

Where: Library Conference Room (Room 101)

When:

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 10 am-2 pm

Monday, Nov. 17, 10 am-1 pm

Monday, Nov. 17, 5-6 pm

 

Pro Bono: Give Back before You Graduate

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Image by flickr user networkosaka

In honor of ABA’s Pro Bono week (Oct. 19-25), here is some information about the many opportunities in which you can gain hands-on experience helping your community while still in law school.

In order to help you gain real world experience prior to your swearing-in ceremony, GSU offers a number of clinics open to 2Ls and 3Ls. Many of these clinics will provide you an opportunity to work towards graduating with Highest Distinction through the Pro Bono Recognition Program.

Click on the links below for information about each clinic:

GSU Clinic and Experiential Opportunities Comparison Chart 2014

GSU Bankruptcy Assistance & Practice Program 2014

GSU Externship Program 2014

GSU Fundamentals of Law Practice 2014

GSU Health Legislation & Advocacy I & II 2014

GSU Health Law Partnership HeLP Clinic 2014

GSU Investor Advocacy Clinic 2014

GSU Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic 2014

GSU Capital Defender Clinic 2014

GSU Urban Fellows Program 2014

Links that may interest you:

 

 

Welcome! Things to know…

Image downloaded from Wikimedia Commons

Image downloaded from Wikimedia Commons

Welcome Law Students and Faculty!

What a special fall semester for all of us. This time next year those of us who haven’t graduated will be bustling around our new building, learning our way to the new classrooms, and trying to find the closest and best place to eat. Those of us in the library will most likely be in shock from all the natural light we’ll be exposed to in our glassy, penthouse digs…but that’s a year away. Let’s focus on the here and now and accomplish what’s at hand- the first week of classes!

Here are a couple things you may be interested in knowing:

Locker Rental (Law Students Only)  /  $35  /  Apply online here: https://insidelaw.gsu.edu/locker-rental/

Fridge (Law Students Only)  /  2nd floor  /  See 4th floor receptionist with your PantherCard to get the combination

Microwave  /  2nd & 6th floors

Software [Microsoft Suite, etc.]  (ALL GSU students, faculty, staff)  /  FREE  /  http://technology.gsu.edu/technology-services/it-services/email-and-file-storage/panthermail/microsoft-office-suite-students/

Printing from your laptop or phone (GSU Students Only)  /  Instructions available here: http://technology.gsu.edu/technology-services/it-services/labs-and-classrooms/computer-labs/pantherprint/

Textbooks  / On reserve at Law Library Circulation Desk  /  3 hrs at a time

Study Rooms (Law Students Only)   /  To reserve rooms visit:  https://insidelaw.gsu.edu/   Events tab > Study Room Reservations  /  Visit Law Library Circulation Desk to check out key

Study Aids to help you better understand your coursework  /  lower level Law Library, near the Reference Desk

We hope you have a great first week, and be forewarned, the rest of the school starts back on Monday!

Ace the Interview and Get a Job

Image by Flickr User Erin Webb, modified by Emily Williams

Image by Flickr user Erin Webb, modified by Emily Williams

With the big Career Fair coming up next week (Tuesday, July 29), I know many of you have interviews. Are you starting to get a little nervous but doing your best to ignore the jitters? Honestly, the best approach to the process is to not ignore the butterflies but control them. How do you do that? By tackling it head-on, taking the bull by the horns, showing those butterflies who’s boss…by preparing for the interview.

What can you do?

Several days before the interview, have your suit dry-cleaned, and start researching the firm. Find out who they are, what they do, and really dig deep to determine what it is they’ll expect of you in this position. Compile a list of questions to ask them.

Also, review questions that they may ask you during the interview. Think through your answers- every word you would use. Practice out loud. Practice again. Become so familiar with the questions AND your responses that your day-of-interview nerves won’t derail you.

Remember to pick up your suit from the dry cleaners.

The night before or day of the interview, be sure to have several copies of your resume printed out and ready to distribute at the meeting if necessary. Do what helps you relax and build your confidence- exercise, listen to music, play a video game. Remember to stay positive about yourself and your abilities. You made it / are making it through law school- you can do this!

Definitely, always, show up to the interview site early. Think 30 minutes early. Do NOT be late. Pad your schedule that day with time to travel to the site with plenty of room to spare to use the restroom, find the office, and read over your resume for that last reminder of your accomplishments.

Exude Confidence. If you’re prepared, this will be easier. The butterflies may still be there, but they are now somewhat under your control.

Here are some resources that will give you more detailed recommendations on questions to ask, how to answer their questions, and other related info.

Websites

Georgia State University, Law Career Services Website: https://insidelaw.gsu.edu/career-services/ (-GSU Law Students only).

Acing the Law Firm Interview: http://biginterview.com/blog/2012/02/law-firm-interview.html

How to Excel in Law Firm Interviews: http://www.infirmation.com/articles/one-article.tcl?article_id=2466

Books

Georgia State University, Law Career Services Interview Handbook (2010): https://insidelaw.gsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/CSO_InterviewHandbook.pdf

Nail your law job interview : the essential guide to firm, clerkship, government, in-house, and lateral interviews By Natalie Prescott (2009): http://gilfind.gsu.edu/vufind/Record/1979540

Sweaty Palms : the neglectful art of being interviewed By H. Anthony Medley (2005): http://gilfind.gsu.edu/vufind/Record/2179372

The legal job interview : winning the law-related job in today’s market By Clifford R. Ennico (2008): http://gilfind.gsu.edu/vufind/Record/1917449

The insider’s guide to getting a big firm job : what every law student should know about interviewing By Erika M. Finn & Jessica T. Olmon (2009): http://gilfind.gsu.edu/vufind/Record/2113501

 

Finals? Again?!: Study Aids for You

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LibraryVisitor_Imagebyflickruser_umjanedoan

Finals are just around the corner, and the Law Library has a few things that might help you with your studies. As you may remember, we have Law in the Flash Cards, Audio Lectures, and a number of books like Examples & Explanations (E&Es), Questions & Answers, Nutshells, and others. All are available for check-out. Stop by the circulation or reference desks for more info. Remember, these finals will put you one step closer to graduation!

Here’s a list of what we have to help you in the coming month:

Flash Cards (3 hours)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Real Property

AudioCDs / Lectures (3 days)

  • Con Law
  • Family Law
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sale and Lease of Goods
  • Secured Transactions

Study Aids / Book Form (new=3 hrs or old=1 week)

  • BioEthics / Call # KF3821
  • Con Law / Call # KF4546
  • Family Law / Call # KF501
  • Federal Income Taxation / Call # KF6351
  • Insurance Law / Call # KF1146
  • Professional Responsibility / Call # KF305
  • Real Estate Transactions / Call # KF665
  • Sales / Call # KF911
  • Secured Transactions / Call # KF388

 

 

Just Go.

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Image by flickr user Sandcastlematt

It’s summer. The days are long, and the nights are cool(er).

Take some time to enjoy yourself. Do something out of the ordinary. Try new food. Explore a new part of town. Drive all night and see the sun rise on the beach.

Again, it’s summer. It doesn’t have to be all about Con Law, externships, and bar prep.

Have Fun.

Need suggestions?