United Nations

Interested in working with the UN or other international organizations (IOs), but wondering how to strengthen your application? Competition is stiff with applicants from across the globe competing for some very attractive positions. So what can you do to get your application into the hands of a hiring manager and ace that interview? Just last month we had the opportunity to meet with HR officials from several UN agencies who shared their insight into the hiring process along with the following application tips.

Marie Iskander

When I was in (what I had thought was) my penultimate year of law school a couple of years ago, I fell victim to the hype and pressure surrounding corporate clerkships. Without rehashing all my experiences, which I have detailed elsewhere, I had succumbed to the idea that a corporate career would affirm my value as a law student and may also be a good segue into a career in government and eventually the Bar. After extensive research and consultations with corporate lawyers, the only personal motivation I could find for pursuing a corporate clerkship was the ability to engage in pro bono work and gain litigation experience – skills and opportunities I could easily gain in a small firm or the public sector. So why is it that the discourse around careers in law school are driven by this idea that a clerkship is the most traditional and ideal path to pursue after law school? Why hadn’t my law student society (‘LSS’) informed us of other opportunities? Why had they only hosted “non-corporate careers” presentations after the clerkship hype had quietened down? Indeed, why is the discourse even framed in such a dichotomous way? (i.e. corporate v non-corporate and corporate v alternative careers). 

It’s a question that we often hear not only in Universities but also in legal practice too.  Why should someone spend many years of their life pursing what is often a very narrow body of work?

The answer to for many is twofold and both will change your life for the better. 

Firstly ‘passion’.  A PhD gives a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore an area of the legal world that has always fascinated you.  Want to explore the effects of Commonwealth Law on State activities during Federation?  Why not.  Any while you’re at it, why not share your PhD journey with some of the best academics that the country can offer.  This is the beauty of a PhD – you have almost unrivalled access to some of the brightest minds in our country.

The first edition of the NLU Delhi - HSF International Negotiation Competition will be held at NLU, Delhi from 12-14 September 2014. 

The Competition aims at providing an opportunity to law students of top universities to practice and improve their negotiation skills. It provides a platform to the meritorious students to compete in a truly diverse and an international environment, making negotiations more complex than usual. The competition is carefully structured to simulate legal negotiations particularly for those students who aspire to be international lawyers. 

The pay gap among law graduates continues to exist, despite more women enrolling in law according to new research. In the latest Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) study, major findings suggest overall males’ starting  salaries were 9.4 per cent higher than those for females. However, when the graduates’ chosen fields of education were factored in, the gap narrowed to 4.4 per cent.

When legal job hunting, your resume has a way of highlighting little career imperfections in black and white. Maybe you’ve job-hopped, had a long gap between gigs or earned a degree that requires explaining (hello, art history majors!). Is there a way to smooth over these resume imperfections without being dishonest? You betcha.

You just have to get creative, be upfront and do a little rebranding. We spoke with job coaches, recruiters and candidates who have been in your shoes to find out how best to fix six of the most common resume flaws.

What is the difference between productive and highly effective? Change a few small habits in your working day and you won’t only just get more done, but also it might actually change your life.

Visualise Success

Recognise your greatest goals and the successes that you want to achieve in work and life. See them, feel them, and imagine how wonderful it will be when you reach them. Visualise how you will get there, and make a plan to do so. Effective people know that you have to keep your goals top of mind in order to achieve them.

Back in February, we gathered a collection of TED talks that examined issues of law, politics, and life, and offer big things for law students to think about in the legal world and life beyond law school.

Today, we give you 5 excellent TED talks that offer exquisite insight into life as a graduate.

TED Talks is all about powerful speakers sharing great ideas and observations that are relevant to many people. This is especially true for law students. Within TED’s 900+ talks, you’ll find intriguing legal ideas, lessons in living a better life, and even inspiration for becoming a better law student.

What is the difference between a good graduate application and an outstanding one? What should you focus on in your cover letter to make you really stand out from the rest of the crowd? Here are the most outstanding aspects of a graduate application from the employer's point of view that will help you shape your next application.