… between law school and summer employment.

March 28th – April 15th

Are you prepared for your upcoming employment? Whether you’re starting a summer clerkship after your first year of law school or graduating and moving on to full-time work as an attorney, Bridge the Gap sessions are aimed at getting you familiar with the many considerations that will go into your work: everything from how to perform efficient legal research and keeping up-to-date to clerking advice from Senior Virginia Supreme Court Justice, Elizabeth Lacy.

Attendance at one of these programs meets a Summer Public Service Fellowship requirement.

All sessions will take place from 12:00-12:50 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday from March 28th through April 15th. Lunch is provided for registered attendees. Sign ups are located at the library reference desk.

Sign up for any one or all of the following programs:

Judicial Clerkships with Virginia Supreme Court Senior Justice Elizabeth Lacy, Monday, March 28th: (L30) Join us for a Q&A session with S.J. Lacey about research, writing, and preparing for a judicial clerkship. Moderated by Ryan Speray.

Secondary Sources and Practice Materials with Profs. Janto and Klepfer, Wednesday, March 30th: (L30) Need to brush up on a specific area of law before your summer job? Want to know how to find the major treatises or practice manuals in your field? Profs. Janto and Klepfer will discuss finding treatises, practice guides, and other handy practice tools online, in print, and in commercial databases.

Introduction to Fastcase with Fastcase CEO Ed Walters, Friday, April 1st: (L30) Fastcase is a free legal research tool provided by the Virginia Bar Association to its members. Smaller firms and non-profits that do not have access to expensive commercial databases rely heavily on this free resource, as well as firms that want to keep costs down – come learn how it works!

Alerts and Current Awareness with Prof. Fetzer, Monday, April 4th: (L30) Getting—and staying—up-to-date on legal news and ongoing cases can seem like a daunting task. Prof. Fetzer will go over the tools available to law students to sign up for automatic news updates and to track cases or dockets that you’d like to follow.

New Technology in the Law with Assoc. Dean Skalbeck, Wednesday, April 6th: (L30) Technology is changing the way lawyers find cases and expand their research. New legal research tools, such as Ravel Law and Casetext, have been working on innovative—and free—ways to analyze and deliver legal documents. Join us for an overview on how to use these new research tools.

Cost Effective Legal Research in Westlaw with Westlaw Rep. Kyla Stone, Friday, April 8th: (Rm. 114) The cost of commercial databases varies by firm; come hear tips and tricks for searching in Westlaw that will keep your costs down and you in good graces with your employer.

Cost Effective Legal Research in Lexis with Lexis Rep. Shelley Duncan, Monday, April 11th: (L30) The cost of commercial databases varies by firm; come hear tips and tricks for searching in Lexis that will keep your costs down and you in good graces with your employer.

Transactional Tools with Prof. Zarin, Wednesday, April 13th: (L30) Students have access to a variety of tools to help with transactional law practice. Prof. Zarin will discuss databases and resources that support banking, tax, and corporate practice.

Student Experiences in Employment Panel with Shane Frick (MeyerGoergen), Anne Reid (3L), and J.P. Brown (3L), Friday, April 15th: (L30) Join us for a Q&A session with students who have gone through the summer associate process and made it out alive! Our panelists have had a wide variety of jobs: big law, judicial clerkships, small firms, and nonprofits. Prof. Janto will moderate the discussion and allow time for questions.

Bridge the Gap 2016

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