Zief’s New Career Services Collection
What is the Career Services Collection?
This summer, in collaboration with the Office of Career Services, Zief Research Librarians curated a collection of materials and resources to best help you prepare for your legal careers. From landing a job interview to navigating your first workplace conflict, the Career Services Collection can be a source of advice for your future legal professional journey.
Where is it located?
The print materials are currently available on the first floor of Zief Law Library, near the research librarians’ offices.
Here are some of the newest titles added to the Career Services Collection:
- Roadmap: the law student’s guide to meaningful employment by Neil W. Hamilton
- The introverted lawyer: a seven-step journey toward authentically empowered advocacy by Heidi K. Brown
- The all-inclusive guide to judicial clerking by Abigail L. Perdue
- Big law confidential: the comprehensive guide to the large law firm work experience in the U.S. by D.W. Randolph
Office of Career Services
For individual career counseling, speak to the Office of Career Services, located in Kendrick 335 and 336.
For help finding resources on a specific area of legal practice, talk to your Zief Research Librarians.
Time Management for Law Students
Mastering time management in law school is essential for accomplishing your goals and lowering stress levels. There are people and tools that can help you organize your academic schedule in effective and rewarding ways. Try this strategy here to maximize your time and success in law school!
- Write down your required commitments for this semester.
- This includes: your class schedule, club meetings, and work. This will work as a skeleton for your calendar.
- Write down goals you want to achieve this semester.
- Be uncomfortably specific. Do you want to get to the library earlier? Do you want to learn a new skill? Balance working out and school? Read more for pleasure?
- Don’t make any changes just yet. Write down your goal on a slip of paper and keep it at your desk.
- For one week, perform a time management audit and write down what you did.
- At the end of each day, ignore the to-do list you made and look at how you actually spent your time. Instead of “getting ready took 2 hours” look at what you did in those two hours. Did you brush your teeth, brush your hair, and eat? Did you scroll through Instagram for 30 minutes and then get out of bed? Without judgment, write down how you spend your time for one week.
- Find your system.
- Test out if you prefer digital or print planners. Don’t be afraid to try something new! If you’re looking for a new system, you might discover something you didn’t know existed or find your needs now are different from before.
- Physical planners that offer student discounts:
- Happy Planner
- More options on Student Beans
- Digital Calendars (Beyond Apple and Google)
- Apple and Android phones come with apps for notes, reminders, and calendars. Carve out 15 minutes in your day to play around with the tools you might already have at your fingertips! You might learn a function you didn’t know about.
- If you’re looking for something more tailored to classes and assignments, there are apps designed for saving resources, creating mind maps, and more!
- Screen time limits on your cell phone:
- Look at your most-used apps on your phone. Are these helping you achieve your academic or career goals? If not, use your Settings app to limit the amount of time you spend on distracting apps.
- Priority Lists vs. To-Do Lists
- Each day, write down tasks you need to do.
- Review your to-do list and select a maximum of three tasks you absolutely have to accomplish day. This is your priority list.
- The rest of the list consists of things you need to do but that do not necessarily have to get done that day. These can carry over to the next day. This is your to-do list.
- If there is a big project or task, plan ahead and break it down into smaller parts that can be completed each day.
- Personal Due Dates
- By planning ahead, you can schedule personal due dates to achieve your goals and allow a grace period before the actual deadline. Life happens. External or internal pressures throw plans off. Give yourself time to adapt.
- Organize your workspace.
- Make your workspace at home or in the library something you look forward to occupying. Whether it’s fun stationary, a favorite coffee mug, or simply organizing the space, studying in a space you actually enjoy will help you stay on track with your goals.
- For one week, write down what you did again. Compare to how you spent your time before (refer to Taking Stock).
- Did anything change? Where are you spending the most time? Are there other ways to accomplish these goals?
- For example, maybe writing your briefs takes longer than you expected. Try meeting with a research librarian to find different approaches or tools. Research librarians have a J.D.; they are well-equipped to help you!
Keep it Sustainable
- Find the patterns that stick.
- Don’t force yourself to commit to any system that does not work for you! It’s okay if it doesn’t work out the way you expect it to the first time. Don’t give up and try again! Ask around, especially someone either farther along in law school or a research librarian, what works for them. It could inspire something for you!
- One thing at a time.
- If you are feeling overwhelmed, try making one small change and slowly build up from there. You don’t have to make the perfect system overnight. Be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day!
- Don’t forget about your health!
- Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and sleep hygiene affect how well you are able to focus and perform in class! If you find yourself lost on how to manage self-care, explore USF CAPS resources for students. They offer therapy, recommend mental health apps, and direct you to free/affordable resources to maintain your mental and physical health.
Write a Letter to Your Future 3L Self!
Congratulations on starting your law school journey! These next few years will be full of incredible professors, supportive classmates, challenging internships and jobs, and self-growth. When you graduate, you’ll likely find you’ve grown more professionally and personally than you could have imagined. Zief Law Library welcomes you to reflect on your current goals and write a letter to yourself to read when you graduate law school. The library staff will keep your letter sealed and return the letter to you when you graduate.
- Pick up the letterhead and envelope by the Daily Chuckle in Zief Law Library.
- Located on the first floor of the library across from the Circulation desk.
- Or, email your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Steffi Ando, the Access Services Lead, will print it on letterhead. All letters will be kept confidential.
- Write a letter to your 3L self. Suggested prompts are located at the bottom of this page.
- Write your name on the envelope.
- If you are not a 1L but want to participate, write your graduating year on the envelope. We organize the letters by graduating years and do not want to misplace yours!
- Zief Law Library staff will stamp the envelope with the date you submit the letter on. We will stamp the envelope with the date you pick it up on too!
You may follow these prompts or come up with your own:
Why did you choose to apply to law school? Why did you choose the University of San Francisco School of Law? What are you most excited about? What are you most nervous about? Where do you hope to be in 3 years? Who do you want to be in 3 years? What do you want to ask your future self?
“Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.”
Happy National Library Week! This year’s American Library Association theme is “There’s More to the Story” celebrating libraries’ expansive materials, services, and resources beyond print books. This week, learn how to use your library card to its fullest potential and celebrate with Zief Law Library!
Events at Zief
All Week Activities
- Pick up a Zief-themed word search by the Brain Break table on the first floor!
- Vote on your favorite library, law school, or poetry themed haiku written by USF law students by April 27th, 3:00 p.m.! The winner receives a Green Apple Books gift card!
- Share your favorite books from childhood with the Communal Children’s Book Library! Located on the first floor near the Circulation Desk.
- Guess how many books are in Zief Law Library and win a prize!
- Pick up freebies from Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, and more!
San Francisco Public Library
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This week, ZiefBrief takes a look at how to take advantage of your student status and save on professional tools, supplies, and clothing.
Student Discount Services
As you are gearing up for your summer internships and post-bar employment, take advantage of your student status to build your professional wardrobe and toolkit. Before purchasing professional attire, check if Student Beans or UniDays offers a student discount. Brands like Coach, Footlocker, Marc Jacobs, and Charles Tywhitt are available on Student Beans and UniDays. Be sure to check for discounts on stationary or tools, like Muji Stationary, The Happy Planner, or Logitech. This post will focus on professional attire and tools, but continue to explore these sites for other products and services that may help in your overall success, such as health, travel, and more.
Tips on Student Beans and UniDays
- Student Beans
- Choose a category on the menu, such as “Fashion” or “Home and Tech.”
- Choose which discounts you want to search for on the side bar, such as “Student” or “Freebie” to filter out general sales from student discounts.
- If you are about to graduate, check out Grad Beans for discounts!
- Use the top menu bar for drop-down menus on each category.
- You’ll find a sample of their offerings and can continue searching by clicking “View All” usually located on the right side of the page.
If you have not found what you need through Student Beans and UniDays, these shops offer discounts directly through their websites and stores.
- J. Crew offers 15% off with a valid college ID.
- Madewell offers 15% off online and in-store purchases.
Stay on top of your goals with proper organization and tools.
- Papier: 10% off for planners, notebooks, and other stationary.
- Moleskine: Up to 15% off sitewide
Recreation and Mental Health Services
Adjust to your internship, job, or bar study with mindfulness. Remember you are a person first and give yourself time to breathe.
- Headspace uses science-backed mindfulness and meditation tools and has been proven to lower stress levels by 14% in 10 days. As a student, you can access Headspace for $9.99/year (85% off!).
- If you have an interview and do not want to rely on the SF Muni or rideshare services, ZipCar’s student plan can save you up to $55/year.
- Find new ways to explore the city with the San Francisco Public Library’s Discover and Go! Register for free passes to museums, movies, the zoo, and more!
As a law student, you’re likely to make a tech purchase. Remember to check student discount service websites first and check the following companies for their direct discounts.
- Adobe: Over 60% off Creative Cloud All Apps plan for students and teachers.
- HP: Up to 40% off everyday savings.
- Samsung: Up to 30% off select items with the Education Offers Program.
- Razer: 20% off Razer gear, PC parts and accessories, 10% off gaming chairs and 5% off laptops.
- Microsoft: Up to 10% off select tech for students and parents.
- Apple: College students can get a discount on select tech starting at $50 off, 20% off AppleCare+, credit with Apple Trade In and more.
As you embark on your legal career journey, it may be helpful to familiarize yourself with any expectations that you, or potential employers, have about the legal profession. Many brilliant and thoughtful professionals came before you, and have meaningful advice to share through podcasts, blog posts, and professional development courses. This week, we introduce you to some resources on career advice, giving and receiving constructive feedback, and managing mental health in the legal profession, so that you can set yourself up for professional success!
- ABA Law Student Podcast delivers coverage on current court cases, how to use your degree, and interviews with working professionals on the realities of a career in law. Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, and Stitcher.
- The XL Legal Podcast, accredited by the Law Society of Ontario for Professionalism Hours, offers professional development tips ranging from what to expect in your early years as an attorney to taking care of your mental health. Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, and Stitcher.
- Before your first day at your summer internship or post-bar employment, read the ABA’s Top 10 Tips for Civility and Professionalism in New Lawyers to learn more about how to navigate your new work environment.
- Visit USF Law’s Office of Career Services for career counseling, connections to lawyers in your field of interest, and resources and tools to explore.
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Final Exam Season is right around the corner, and with that comes plenty of preparation, stress, and excitement. The Zief Law Library is here to help and support you through it all. This week, we take a look at some resources geared towards law students and designed to help you manage exam stress and prepare for your exams. Good Luck!
Self-Care and Managing Exam Stress
Law school demands lots of unique dedication and discipline when it comes to studying and exam-taking. If you’re experiencing stress around exam time, you might check out these resources targeted to law school students.
Blogs and Reading Material
- New England School of Law’s How to Deal with Law School Stress in Healthy Ways is a quick overview of healthy habits to incorporate into your busy schedule to relieve stress and anxiety over time.
- Meditate! Professor Rhonda MaGee explores in her article, “Educating Lawyers to Meditate?” the role of contemplative practices in legal education and finds evidence in her students at USF Law.
- Get outside! The Yale School of the Environment discusses time in nature’s therapeutic effects on https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1689769the brain and body, resulting in lower blood pressure, reduced nervous system arousal, and overall improves your physical and mental health.
Audio and Video
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Being exposed to so much information, in school, work, and life, can feel overwhelming and chaotic, so managing and organizing the information we gather is critical for our own sake; but, it will also be expected from clients and supervisors. Whether it’s collecting information on a favorite hobby in your free time, gathering sources for an upcoming seminar paper, or capturing your experience and documents after successfully representing a client, knowledge management (“KM”) systems, tools, and practices help us stay organized and produce great outcomes. Continue reading “Tech Tip: Digital Knowledge Management Tools to Organize Your Life, Studies, and Law Practice”