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    Posted by Corey on 1/13/10

    Hello All,
    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

    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

    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
    Here's the CLCT website if you want to check us out: (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.
    -Corey Preston
    2L, William and Mary Law

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