Sept. 30, 2014 –Nearly 200 University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) students interacted with over 40 legal practitioners and learned about career and professional development strategies at a special workshop hosted by the UHLC Career Development Office (CDO). The event, the Passport to Success Diversity & Inclusion Initiative: Getting the Job program, mandatory for 1Ls and transfer students, was held Saturday, September 27, 2014, at the University of Houston University Center Theater and Ballroom.
Getting the Job featured UHLC Dean Leonard M. Baynes, UHLC law professors and upperclassmen, and attorneys from 18 law firms, 7 companies, and 5 government agencies and public interest organizations. The program included a series of workshops focusing on resume and cover letter enhancement, interviewing and networking, as well as a Networking in Practice Lunch. During this “mocktail”-style lunch, in timed segments, small student groups rotated among stationed attorneys, practiced networking techniques, and received real-time feedback from attorneys on how to improve their networking skills and gain more confidence in these situations.
“Practicing and improving networking techniques allows students to get out of their comfort zone and learn how to build relationships in the legal community. The workshops and training help them learn how to develop their brand as professionals, which is vital to their career development,” said Tiffany J. Tucker, CDO Associate Director, who coordinated the event.
The professional development training session was provided by renowned attorney trainer, Werten F. W. Bellamy, Jr., President of Stakeholders, Inc. This training focused on the role individuals must play in driving their career outcomes and discussed the practical career strategies of top performers.
The food for the full day event was generously sponsored by Baker & McKenzie LLP. “Partnering with legal professionals, such as Celina Joachim (a partner with Baker & McKenzie LLP), who are passionate about diversity and inclusion as well as student development helps to make these programs possible,” Tucker said. “The funding is important since it allows us to continue to have a quality event.”