Feb. 17, 2015 – A panel of Houston attorneys Monday offered University of Houston Law Center students advice on how to determine whether a large or smaller firm is right for them, and how to go about getting a job with one of them.
During a lunch hour discussion titled “How Do I Know if Small is for Me?” hosted by the Career Development Office, Ty Doyle, Corey Devine, and UH Law Center alumnus Ryan Dove gave students a list of Dos and Don’ts, including: Make yourself known to potential employers; attend CLE programs to meet local practitioners; don’t make your resume or interview a recital of events, tell a story that sells your accomplishments and personal qualities; and learn all you can about the organization you hope to join.
“Firms have personalities because of what they do and how they do it, which is why you need to tune into their personalities and find out how you can benefit them,” said Devine from Muskat, Martinez & Mahoney LLP, a small firm that primarily represents employers.
Dove from the Dove Law Firm PLLC, a boutique firm that represents both businesses and individuals, suggested that the students attend events like those hosted by the Law Center to gain more insight from practitioners in the field.
Doyle from Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP, a litigation boutique, emphasized the importance of understanding the structure of the firm for which you want to work.
The panel discussion kicked off the Career Development Office’s Career Week which includes sessions today on “How do I get in?” and Wednesday’s panel on “How do I stand out and Seal the Deal?” The week with an open house available to 2L and 3L students that will be held in the new Student Center in the Houston Room, suite 220 from 11:00-2:00 p.m