INDUSTRY TIPS FROM BESLS E-BOARD
BESLS Presents: Breaking into the Sports & Entertainment Industry
By: Jacqueline Steinberg
(1L Media Delegate)
On Thursday, February 7th, BESLS presented their take on the first year advice panel. This luncheon was aimed at assisting BLS students who want to break into the entertainment and sports industry. In addition, the panel provided students with advice on the most burning 1L questions, including topics such as internship opportunities, interview advice, classes to take, moot court, ADR, journal, and more.
The panelists included students Lucas Wherry, BESLS President, Montene Speight, BESLS Secretary, and Katherine Wilcox, BESLS Alumni Chair. These students spoke on their various legal and networking experiences, providing their best advice and tips.
Networking for the Job:
Take advantage of opportunities provided by the school. You never know what or where those networking connections can lead.
It's not what you know, but who you know. Seek out attorneys and students who have worked in your field of interest. They are an invaluable resource. Informational interviews can lead to new opportunities.
Make sure to look for resources beyond the career center and Symplicity.
Be creative with your networking.
Nailing the Interview:
Be friendly to everyone you encounter. You never know whose opinion matters in the hiring process.
Do your research and know who you are interviewing with.
Be prepared. Have smart, thoughtful questions.
Make the interview work for you. Try to work the conversation towards topics that are to your benefit.
Remember your interviewers name and follow up with a thank you note. Best when done within twenty-four hours of the interview. Don't forget to proofread.
Moot Court, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Journal Basics:
There are two divisions, Trial and Appellate.
Appellate involves an oral argument based on appellate brief
The tryout involves arguing your brief against a fellow first year student in the class.
More information will be distributed later in the semester.
Alternative Dispute Resolution:
This honor society involves negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.
There are a wide range of competition areas that take BLS students all around the country.
ADR members will be speaking to first year writing classes in the coming weeks about the tryout process and commitment involved.
After the completion of finals, you can opt to pick up a journal packet at an assigned time and location. You have 48 hours to complete the assigned task
Work smart, do not stay up for 48 hours straight working on this assignment.
You will be asked to rank the journals by your interest in each. Try to find students on each of the journals to learn more about the different journal topics and commitment involved.
Formal information to come later in the semester.
Overall, BLS provides students with a plethora of opportunities, but there are even more right at your fingertips. Don't be afraid to reach out to interesting people. Get creative and get networking. You never know when or where an opportunity will present itself. Stay tuned for more information on Moot Court, ADR, and Journals.