Monday, December 9, 2013

Growing Practice Areas


Health Care Law
This field includes regulatory work for health systems and practitioners, policy work within government to advocacy work for patients or health care professions and different kinds of litigation.

Compliance Law
Compliance with state and federal regulations in the technology, corporations, financial services, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries are growing by leaps and bounds.

Administrative Law
Hearings and appeals on Social Security disability, Medicare and veterans' benefits are growing all the time.

Intellectual Property Law
Includes patents, trademarks and copyrights.

Family Law
Approximately 50% of married couples eventually divorce.  As more states approve gay marriage, more complex issues arise.

Immigration Law
In addition to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants face deportation every year, employers in certain industries seek to bring more foreign workers into the U.S.

Employment Law
In addition to issues involving employment rights, wage and hour lawsuits have been increasing.  Social media in the workplace is a hot topic.

For more information, see The National Jurist, Sept. 2013, Vol. 23, No. 1

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Super Hot Practice Area - Health Care Law

The government may be shut down while Congress argues over the debt ceiling and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but opportunities in health care law continue to increase.
As discussed in The National Jurist, the aging population, new diseases and new treatments are fueling the growth of health care law.   This broad field includes everything from regulatory and compliance issues, corporate transactions, patient advocacy work and litigation.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Daily Communications with Strangers Can Make a Big Difference in the Job Search

Do you find it more difficult to start conversations after communicating through email, text and social media?  Does the word "networking" strike fear in your heart?

The majority of law students and law school graduates DO NOT find their internships and post-graduate positions by responding to job postings.  Most people learn about job openings through word of mouth.   That's pretty tough when you aren't accustomed to talking to people.    Here's a simple, no risk assignment that will make networking easier for you.

For the next week, start a conversation with ten people.  Any ten people.  If you're on line at a store, start a conversation with the person in front of you.  Ask the person why he/she likes the product he/she is purchasing.  Say something nice about his/her haircut or outfit.    The more you speak to people, the easier it will become to make conversation.

During the following week, tell ten people that you're seeking a legal internship or your first post-graduate legal position.  Ask each person if he/she has ever had a reason to use a lawyer.   Ask each person for his/her lawyer's name and location.   Do a "Google" search for each lawyer to obtain contact information.  Call each lawyer and ask for a 15-minute informational interview.  During each informational interview, ask each lawyer if he/she can suggest at least one other lawyer to speak with.  Before you know it, you'll be speaking to dozens of people.   Each person you speak with increases your chance of finding one person who will offer you a job.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

George W. Bush was a “C” student and John Kerry got several “D”s  at Yale.  Yet, they each managed to secure employment and succeed in their careers.    The key is networking and you need to start now.   It can take years to cultivate relationships that will pay off.  The majority of people do not obtain post-graduate employment by participating in OCI or responding to job postings. Furthermore, few attorneys advertise jobs for new grads.  They hire through referrals from other attorneys.   Here’s an easy way to start networking.  Ask your neighbors, doctors, ministers, and rabbis for the contact information of lawyers they know.   Call their contacts and ask to meet with them for 15 minutes to learn about their careers and practice areas.   Stay in touch with them so they don’t forget you.   If you are shy:  Get. Over.  It.  Now.    

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hot Alternative Legal Careers for 2013

Hilary Mantis consults with law students and lawyers in career transition.  In an article in The National Jurist (April 8, 2013), Ms. Mantis discusses careers such as Development/Fundraising, Legal Recruiting and Finance.   Contact Ms. Mantis at

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Touro Law Center co-sponsors New York City Bar Boot Camp Basic Training for Lawyers

New York City Bar Boot Camp Basic Training for Lawyers - FREE for Touro Alumni and Students
Tues, October 1, 2013, 8:00 AM - 1:20 PM AND Thurs, October 3, 2013, 8:00 AM - 1:20 PM  See link for details and registration

The Army Judge Advocate Recruiting Office will host two events enabling participants to speak to JAG Interns, Army JAGs, and Army JAG recruiters about their experiences in the JAG Corps.  Both sessions will be in real-time via Youtube, and participants will be able to submit questions to the panels through our Twitter and Facebook sites. 

The September 5th event will focus on the JAG Corps' Summer Internship Program. The September 12th event will focus on serving as a JAG on active duty or in the Army Reserve.

Specific instructions on how to participate and the actual links will be published on the JAG Corps website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Apply NOW for SEC's Summer Student Honors Program

The SEC’s Summer Student Honors Program is a ten-week opportunity for law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities market. Participants work with SEC staff members on projects that are exemplary of the Commission’s mission, such as conducting investigations of industry and issuer practices, assisting in the litigation of enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules. YOU MUST APPLY ASAP!!! Speak to your CSO counselor for details.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Department of Justice Honors Program Information Session - Friday, August 30th - Noon - 1:30 pm at Nassau County Bar Association

The highly competitive US Department of Justice Honors Program is the only way that the Department hires entry-level attorneys. Jamila Frone, Deputy Director, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management for the DOJ will speak about the benefits of working for the DOJ, and will provide information on summer internship and post-graduate opportunities, and how to successfully apply for both the Honors Program and the 2014 Summer Law Internship Program (SLIP).
Ms. Frone has worked as a federal government attorney for almost 15 years. She joined the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management (OARM) at the Department of Justice (DOJ) as Deputy Director in 2010. As Deputy Director, she provides general oversight of the Department's legal recruitment programs and hiring retention initiatives. She works with Department leadership and organizations to enhance the Department's overall outreach and recruitment efforts, with the goal of a more diverse workforce.
Prior to serving as the Deputy Director of OARM, Jamila worked at DOJ as an Assistant General Counsel for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, General Counsel's Office, where she provided legal advice and counsel to management in the 94 United States Attorney's Offices on sensitive issues such as discrimination, hiring, professional responsibility, and ethics. She represented DOJ in administrative litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Any questions please contact Tom Maligno at


Date Friday Aug. 30 Noon-1:30PM Nassau County Bar Association -15th & West Streets Mineola NY.




Sunday, August 18, 2013

Join CSO at the Nassau County Bar Association to learn about the highly competitive US Department of Justice Honors Program where you will receive information on summer internship and post-graduate opportunities, and how to successfully apply for both the Honors Program and the 2014 Summer Law Internship Program (SLIP) -  Friday, August 30 noon-1:30 p.m. at the Nassau County Bar.

Friday, August 16, 2013

International Justice Center for Post-Graduate Development Seeks Recent Admitted Alumni

Touro Law Center's incubator is seeking recent alumni who are admitted to the New York State bar.  On June 24th, Touro Law Center announced the creation of the International Justice Center for Post-Graduate Development, to be headed by renowned access to justice leader Fred Rooney.   View announcement can at:

Mr. Rooney will also oversee the launch of Touro Law’s incubator, providing affordable office space as well as support and supervision for recent graduates interested in entering solo practice. Generally, incubation is a business support process that accelerates the development of start-up companies by providing entrepreneurs with an array of targeted resources and services.  Our incubator’s main goal is to produce successful, public service oriented practitioners who will leave the program after 18 months with a financially viable and freestanding practice.  Part of the route to this success will be through doing well by doing good.  The lawyers in the incubator will provide pro bono and low bono services to substantially increase access to civil legal services for those in need, while the lawyers gain valuable experience and network to develop their practices.

Touro Law Center's Career Services Office is assisting Mr. Rooney in starting a focus group of recent alumni with a passion for public interest and solo practice.   This focus group will meet with him late in the day on several occasions.  Information from the focus group will be used to launch the incubator.

If you are interested in participating in the incubator focus group, please email your resume to Margarett Williams, Assistant Dean for Career Services, at  as soon as possible.   In the text of your email, please explain why you are interested in participating in this endeavor.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Use Social Media to Learn About Practice Areas and Leaders in the Field

Social media is also a great method for learning about different practice areas and eventually building a reputation in the field.  Twitter and Google+ are great resources for finding and sharing articles, news, information, and more. For example, if you are interested in elder law, search Twitter for elder law, elder care, seniors, senior citizen, etc. and you will find information that may be of interest to you.  If you follow attorneys in your practice area of interest, and start re-sharing and using hashtags, other people will start to follow you and share your posts too. You’ll begin building a network of people who share your interests and respect what you post. Social media can provide you with an amazing opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and earn respect in your field. Don’t miss out on this chance!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The National LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair

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Register here.

The Federal Claims Bar Association's Law Student Writing Competition

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Monday, May 20, 2013

"Career Expectations Help Guide You to a Successful Student Loan Strategy"

The Law Student Division of the American Bar Association publishes The Student Lawyer, a great magazine with very useful information for law students.  The May 2013 issue of the journal includes an article entitled Career Expectations Help Guide You to a Successful Student Loan Strategy, written by Heather Jarvis, the nationally known expert on law school student loan issues.  This article is actually part four of a four-part series on student loan debt.  Parts one through three are availble online in the November (Getting a Grip on Your Student Debt), January (Taxes, Student Loans, and the Bottom Line), and March (Student Loan Timeline for Graduating Students) issues of the journal. 

To read these and other helpful articles in The Student Lawyer (including a great article entitled Salary Negotations 101), go here.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

2013 Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair

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For more information, go here.

Monday, April 15, 2013

American Bar Association Division for Public Services Summer Clerkship

The American Bar Association Division for Public Services is offering a unique opportunity to spend the summer focusing on a substantive legal topic.  Their Summer 2013 ABA Public Services Clerkship is open to incoming 2Ls and 3Ls at ABA-accredited law schools.  The successful candidate must be a member of the ABA Law Student Division by the time the internship begins.  

The Public Services law clerk spends the summer researching and writing a publishable monograph on a substantive public interest law topic of concern to the Division and its committees.  If of suitable quality, we will release the monograph as a downloadable document from our web site. The APPLICATION DEADLINE for Summer 2013 is MAY 31, 2013.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and a complete application is required in order to be considered. For details, go here.  

Monday, April 8, 2013

Summer Job Opportunity for "Cold Case" Fans

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Touro Law Center Student Awarded Monroe County Bar Association's Rochester Diversity Clerkship

Congratulations to Touro Law Center student Christopher Dor, who was awarded the Rochester Legal Diversity Clerkship through the Monroe County Bar Association.  This summer, Christopher will be working at Underberg & Kessler.  Congratulations, Christopher! 

Touro Law Center's Institute for Business, Law & Technology Offers Students Training in Hot Practice Areas

The Institute for Business, Law and Technology (IBLT) at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center is dedicated to advancing the state of understanding about the intersection of technology, business, and the law both within and beyond the law school. Its mission is to improve the understanding of the legal issues of basic and developing technologies integral to the technology-driven business communities of manufacturing, electronic commerce, and high technology. 

IBLT is well situated to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to participate in today's hot practice areas in business law and technology.

The Association of Corporate Counsel surveyed over 1,100 of the corporate Chief Legal Officers in the country about what the most important legal issues facing them today and likely to face them tomorrow, and the results are interesting  Almost uniformly, the CLOs identified the same three issues:  ethics and compliance, regulatory or government changes, and information privacy. "Data breaches and protection, however, moved up in importance for the coming year. While 68 percent said it was important over the last 12 months, 72 percent said it will be important to them over the next 12 months."

"Legal departments are still 'stretched thin' for resources, says [ACC CEO and president Veta] Richardson, but the survey did demonstrate 'some improvement in terms of the inside staffing measure.'   According to the results, 'nearly half of respondents’ law departments hired new staff over the past 12 months.' And among that group, 83 percent of departments hired in-house lawyers when they hired new staff. Another 64 percent of GCs said their law departments created new positions in the last year."

For more information about the survey, go here.

NYC Bar's Diversity Fellowship Program Awards Summer Jobs to Touro Law Center Students

Congratulations to Touro Law Center students Jeanine Joseph and Aliza Anwar for being awarded summer jobs through the New York City Bar Association's Diversity Fellowship Program.  Jeanine was placed with Perkins Coie and Aliza was placed with the New York City Law Department.  Great jobs!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

ABA Law Student Division: 2013 Spring Meeting

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Central Park Five: A Film and Panel Discussion

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

National LGBT Bar Association Prudential Summer Fellowship Program

The National LGBT Bar Association is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity to a highly-motivated first-year law student.  Through this partnership, the National LGBT Bar Association will select a student to join the 2013 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential’s offices, for a stipend of approximately $10,000.  Internship positions will be located in the New Jersey tri-state area. A position may also be available in Dallas, TX. 

The application deadline is March 13, 2013.

For more information, go here.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The 6th Annual Touro Law Public Interest / Government Career Fair

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The New 2013 Public Policy Handbook Now Online

Touro Law Center subscribes to the University of Arizona College of Law's Public Policy Handbook, a valuable resource for those interested in careers in the field of public policy. The Handbook is still growing, and currently contains information about hundreds of employers who are offering internships and post-graduate fellowships. In addition to opportunities in the DC area and New York City (where a majority of public policy organizations are headquartered), the Handbook has expanded into 25 other states.

To access the Handbook, go here.

We are prohibited from placing the ID and password for access to the Handbook online. Go to the homepage of Jacob, Touro Law Center's Symplicity website, for this information.

Five Impediments (to overcome) When Working a Room

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Equal Justice Works Summer Corps is a Great Opportunity

The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program provides law students with the chance to spend their summer working on a legal project at a qualifying nonprofit public interest organization of their choosing. Summer Corps members expand the delivery of critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country for veterans, homeowners facing foreclosure, disaster victims, and those facing other legal issues. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide law students with the opportunity to earn a Legal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. A Summer Corps applicant must be a current student at an Equal Justice Works member law school, such as Touro. Summer Corps Members may serve at a variety of organizations. to learn more about the Summer Corps and how to apply, go here.