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Ep. 4: Race Against Time: The Law Student Summer Experience – Part One: The Career Development Perspective
Law School is so much more than what you learn inside the classroom and experiencing the legal industry from the inside can mean everything to your career. In Part One of our multi-part series, we’ll explore the timelines and best practices for pursuing summer internships and associateships. This episode kicks off the examination through interviews with two veterans of the Career Development/Services field from USC Gould School of Law and Loyola Law School.
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Produced by Lynz Floren and Melissa Algaze, with assistance from Shawn Talley, Aaron Estrada, and Vanessa Villagomez.
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Guests (in order of appearance):
Rachel Kronick Rothbart, Director of Career Services, USC Gould School of Law
Rachel Kronick Rothbart joined the Career Services Office at the end of 2009. She is responsible for counseling students, administers the office's rich array of educational programming, and is the USC Gould's public sector careers specialist. Admitted to the state bars of Florida and California, she practiced family law at the Legal Aid Society in Miami and the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law in Los Angeles. While at the Harriett Buhai Center, she served as an attorney and director of Legal Services, supervised volunteers and staff, revised the center's handbook on domestic violence, gave presentations and conducted trainings, worked with public interest groups, and participated in the planning of local and statewide legal trainings. She served on the executive committee for the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Although a military brat during the early part of her life, she calls Charleston, South Carolina, her hometown because of her family's strong roots to the community. She earned a BA in politics and history from Brandeis University and her JD from University of Miami School of Law.
Katrina Denny, Esq., Assistant Director, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Career Development Office
||Katrina Denny joined the Career Development Office in April 2018.She is responsible for reviewing and revising student application materials, conducting mock interviews, developing individualized career plans, and organizing career-related programming. Prior to coming to Loyola, Katrina was the Director of Career Services at Southwestern Law School where she spent over a decade advising students and graduates regarding career planning, job search strategies, interview preparation, and judicial clerkship applications. She received her J.D. from California Western School of Law in 2003 and earned her B.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University in 2000. Loyola Law School, Los Angeles students participate in a wide range of summer jobs with the help of the school’s Career Development Office.
Additional information on topics mentioned in this episode:
The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country. More than 175 public interest employers conduct interviews for internships and full-time jobs and meet with students in informal “table talk” discussions of public interest legal opportunities. Over 1,400 students from over 150 law schools attend for interviews, workshops on public interest careers, networking, resume review, mock interviews, and more.
UCLA School of Law hosts the Southern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day each February. Career Day is one of the largest career fairs of its kind in the country, bringing more than 130 nonprofit organizations, private public interest firms, and government agencies to the campus to conduct on-site interviews, staff information tables, participate in informal lunchtime discussions, and speak on a criminal law panel. While annually hosted by UCLA Law, Career Day is cosponsored by 12 other Southern California law schools – California Western, Chapman, La Verne, Loyola, Pepperdine, Southwestern, Thomas Jefferson, UCI, University of San Diego, USC, Western State, and Whittier.
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