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Dean Kristine Bridges and Lauren Donald present at NALP Annual Education Conference

BridgesDean Kristine Bridges, Director of Professional Development at TU College of Law, presents an advanced program, Regional Alternatives: Research, Counseling, and Outreach on JD-Advantage Positions Nationwide, on Thursday, April 24, with panelists from Berkely School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, and Cornell University.

Description: The legal market continues to evolve, and so too has the market for JD-advantage positions nationwide – so much so that these “alternative” roles may well become the new normal for many students and graduates. Now is the time to develop resources, counseling, and outreach skills geared toward the JD-advantage market. To help with this effort, we have taken a regional approach that will highlight key JD-advantage opportunities in various geographic areas and required competencies for each. We will explore regional markets for exciting roles in compliance, financial services, consulting, policy and lobbying, oil and energy, tech companies and startups, and healthcare. We will also provide a brief overview of emerging legal areas identified by Richard Susskind in the groundbreaking Tomorrow’s Lawyers. The program will cover research, employer outreach, and professional development issues surrounding the market shift to JD-advantage and emerging legal roles.

DonaldLauren Donald, Associate Director of Professional Development at TU College of Law, presents Putting the “PRO” in Professional Development – Tactics for Maximizing Outcomes in PD Curricula and Programming on Friday, April 25, with panelists from the University of Nebraska College of Law and Mercer University School of Law.

Description: You have obtained the green light from your Dean and faculty for a professional development curriculum or program. Now what? This panel will provide an open forum to discuss how to effectively navigate the vast sea of options when it comes to law student professional development. Be a part of this honest conversation on what is working with law students and what continues to present challenges. We will exchange ideas on how to effectively collaborate with faculty, employers, alumni and other resources to get the most leverage for your time and program and to maximize student buy-in.

Throughout this year and at the conference, Dean Bridges and Ms. Donald are serving NALP in leadership roles.  Dean Bridges is an elected Southeast Regional Representative serving the Regional Resource Council from 2014-16 and will be presenting in the training program for the incoming Regional Representatives at the conference.  Ms. Donald is currently serving as a vice-chair for the Solo & Small Office Section and will continue in that capacity for 2015-16.  She will be representing the Section on the NALP Emerging Legal Jobs Taskforce at the conference.

Read more about the 2015 NALP Annual Education Conference