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Hofstra Law Hosts 5th Annual Professional Development Boot Camp

On Jan. 9, 2015, first-year Hofstra Law students will learn to develop their unique skills, abilities and leadership styles through the fifth annual Professional Development Boot Camp, presented by the Offices of Career Services and Student Affairs.

Instructors from Exec|Comm, a consulting firm that works with many of the top law firms in the country, will offer students insights on interviewing and writing more effectively as well as understanding and developing a communication style.

“The goal of the Boot Camp is to improve the students’ oral advocacy skills and writing skills — two things every lawyer needs to be able to do well,” says Chris Caruso ’00, associate dean for career services. “Employers are demanding graduates who excel in these skills, and this program will help our students better stand out in the legal market.”

The one-day intensive program is composed of three sessions. In the lecture-style morning session students learn how to refine their professional presence, develop and tell their story, and effectively answer interview questions.

In the afternoon students break down into smaller working groups to practice interviewing, using all of the skills they learned from the morning session. Students receive feedback from their instructors and colleagues. In separate small groups, students review writing skills, such as using the active voice and drafting email.

The Professional Development Boot Camp is the signature event of the Office of Career Services’ innovative Professional Success and Leadership Development Program. The program aims to teach students how to develop their unique skills as well as how to communicate these distinct characteristics to compete and convey their relevance in an increasingly competitive, entrepreneurial and technologically sophisticated global legal market.