Call for Applications: Zelle Hofmann 2014 Diversity Scholarship ($30,000)

On behalf of the national law firm Zelle Hofmann, we are pleased to announce a call for applications for our 2014 Diversity in Law Scholarship.  The keystone of the firm’s Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship. Continue reading
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Pursuit of the LL.M. On the Rise: Southern Region Shows Strides

By Tiffany Fountaine Boykin, National Vice Chair

As the legal job market tightens, law firms are targeting increased recruitment efforts on graduates with specialized training.  Graduates have responded and the pursuit of the LL.M., a graduate degree that was once exclusive to tax lawyers and a few select others, is on the rise.  Law schools across the nation are also responding with more specialized offerings.

Just a few years ago, masters of laws degrees were already gaining popularity among foreign and domestic law students.  In fact, the number of LL.M. degrees conferred by American Bar Association-approved law schools grew by 65 percent between 1999 and 2009.  That trend has remained steady; today, LLM program enrollments nationwide have been consistently growing with foci on general studies, intellectual property law, programs for foreign lawyers, business and transactional law, and of course, taxation.

However, the long-term value of advanced law degrees remains unknown.  Continue reading

Three Tips for Every Law Student Interested in Sports and Entertainment Law

By: Jaia A. Thomas, Esq., The Law Office of Jaia Thomas (www.jathomaslaw.com)

Network: The Power of Social Media- Currently Twitter has 218.3 million active users. Many of these users are not only athletes and entertainers but also the agents, attorneys, managers and publicists who work with and represent them. Twitter is a great networking tool to connect with industry professionals. I was first introduced to many of my close colleagues through tweets and direct messages. Utilize the social media platform to your utmost advantage. Follow key industry professionals and introduce yourself. Twitter is also a great tool for identifying sports and entertainment-related jobs and internships. On average, 58 million tweets are sent out every day. Many of these tweets often contain job and internship announcements. Do your research and find those key individuals or organizations frequently posting job and internship opportunities. Also, keep in mind that there are countless Twitter chats that provide guidance and advice on breaking into the industry, such as @SportsLawChat and @SportsJobChat.

Learn the Industry: In and Out the Classroom – Students frequently ask me, what are some of the best courses to take in preparation for a career practicing entertainment law? Continue reading