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
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