Make a difference at Boalt by volunteering. There are a number of ways to get involved and help the law school. Of course, we also want to keep you informed about career development opportunities and other resources that you might find useful.
Listen to Director of Admissions Ed Tom's Insider Advice on Applying to Boalt Hall
On Thursday, August 2, Director of Admissions Ed Tom gave an information session on applying to Boalt Hall, exclusively for family and friends of Boalt alumni. If you missed his talk about the application process and best practices, you can listen online.
Help Emerging Democracies Reform Their Legal Systems
The Rule of Law Initiative is currently seeking experienced judges, attorneys, and law professors interested in both long- and short-term assignments overseas. Through its International Pro Bono Legal Specialist Program, and under the auspices of the American Bar Association, the initiative provides American and European legal expertise and technical assistance to emerging democracies around the globe as they modify and restructure their laws and legal systems. Learn more on the Rule of Law website, or subscribe to its newsletter by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Active with Other Alumni
From alumni socials to faculty lectures, panel discussions to welcome receptions with newly admitted students, summer parties with our 2Ls to lunches with the dean, Boalt Hall serves its alumni and friends with a dynamic program of activities. We welcome your ideas and involvement. Just contact us at email@example.com or 510-643-6673 to suggest events, topics, and speakers or to volunteer your leadership!
Become a Mentor or Hire a Student
Boalt students will be working in cities throughout the United States this summer. If you or someone you know has a job opening for a student (paid or unpaid, summer or permanent, United States or abroad) or if you're willing to be available to Boalt students working in your area this summer, please contact Sarah Cunniff at the Career Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-643-3161. You can also register your availability to connect with Boalt students and applicants through the Alumni Network database.
Volunteer Judges for Advocacy Classes
Boalt Hall's advocacy classes could not run without the help of alumni who volunteer an evening or a weekend afternoon to help "judge" our very talented students. In return, alumni receive a great meal, the thanks of our students, and the opportunity to be addressed as "Your Honor." If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact William Fernholz '93, director of Appellate Programs, at email@example.com or 510-643-4447.
Reunite with Your Classmates
Boalt Hall is happy to celebrate reunions for those classes ending in 0 and 5, as well as an all alumni weekend October 1 to 2, 2010. You can volunteer to help with class campaigns, program topics, or event plans by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsor an Internship for a Disadvantaged Youth
The Center for Youth Development Through Law provides classes at Boalt Hall and law-related internships to disadvantaged Bay Area teens who are interested in legal careers. It is seeking alumni willing to mentor participants and help them achieve their goals. For information, please contact Nancy Schiff at email@example.com or 510-642-4520.
Networking in the Public Interest
Did you start your legal career in the private sector and switch to public? If so, we'd like to hear from you. The Career Development Office will use your knowledge to help advise alumni and students thinking of making the transition. We also host an online information exchange for alumni working in public interest. It's an opportunity to share what you know about organizations or job opportunities and get answers to questions. Please email Linda Maranzana at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Resources and Workshop for Aspiring Law Teachers
Thinking about a career as a law teacher? Planning to search for a job this year or next? If you're a Boalt alum and you answered yes to one or both questions, you'll be interested to learn that Professors Christopher Kutz and Angela Harris offer help to graduates considering a law teaching career.
Kutz and Harris provide guidance on completing the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) application forms, and writing resumes and research statements. If you're planning to go to the AALS hiring conference this fall, they can help you reserve a space in the resume book, which is sent to all U.S. law schools.
If there's enough interest, the professors will offer a workshop in August to demystify the hiring process. This workshop would include information on post-J.D. fellowships to prepare for teaching careers, what to expect at the AALS conference, and interview strategies.
To learn more, email Angela Harris with the subject "Law Teaching" and include:
- Your year of graduation
- Your research and teaching interests
- The year you plan to apply for law school teaching jobs
- Your interest in attending a workshop in Berkeley this August (at your own expense)
If you plan to search for a teaching job this fall, also attach your resume and your AALS form.
Check the Career Development Office Web Page for More Resources
The Career Development Office (CDO) has many resources available for you, including a library of print materials, a staff of experienced attorney counselors and resources specialists, various online career systems, and our own publications on selected job search topics. Review CDO offerings.
Discover Your Local Alumni Chapter
Networking opportunities, fascinating lectures, warm collegiality—and more. Boalt Hall's alumni chapters offer graduates throughout the country an attractive opportunity for staying close to one another and the law school. Learn more.
Get Involved with Events, Lectures, and More
There are dozens of alumni events held at Boalt and across the nation every year. These include faculty speaker luncheons, lectures, symposiums, reunions, new admit receptions and more. Many of the luncheons in California also offer MCLE credit. Check the Alumni Events page and calendar.