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When conducting a job search, receiving a call from an experienced professional offering to help is a welcome break from staring at a computer screen all day. For law students and young lawyers, talking to someone who has been through the process might help them find the missing piece to jump-starting their career or moving ahead from their current job.
Sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, “CareerLine LIVE!” provides career guidance and résumé advice to law students and new lawyers through personal phone calls, one-on-one in-person sessions and via Twitter and Facebook communications.
“It was really nice talking to someone who I felt got me,” said Sylviane Kouemo, a second-year law student at the University of Maryland who received advice through the event.
During the first-ever “CareerLine LIVE!” at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas last year, volunteers connected with nearly 200 law students and young lawyers. “Last year’s inaugural ‘CareerLine LIVE!’ was a tremendous success,” said Mark Nichols, membership director for the Young Lawyers Division.
And for this year’s event, the demand is just as high, with more requests coming in each day, even though registration capacity has been reached.
Taking place at the 2014 ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago, the second annual “CareerLine LIVE!” event invites participants to ask questions about résumés, job applications, networking and more via phone or social media from 5 to 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 6.
“Participating in ‘CareerLine LIVE!’ was a fulfilling yet humbling experience that I would gladly repeat,” said David Morrow, who served as an advice-giver at the 2013 event. “I had the opportunity to assist fellow young attorneys in an array of subjects that spanned from interview preparation techniques to job search strategies."
Mario Sullivan, chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division, said his group holds “CareerLine LIVE!” to “ensure that we take an active role in the success of our members and the future of the profession.”
“As the home for young lawyers, the ABA YLD is committed to providing the resources needed to assist the next generation of young lawyers in their pursuit of a legal career,” he said.
The ABA Young Lawyers Division is the largest young lawyer organization in the world with 130,000 members and 300 affiliated groups. Individual membership is open to ABA members under 36 years old or admitted to practice for five years or fewer.