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Resource Review: Website Review: Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

If you’re interested in working in the St. Louis area after graduation, then you’ll want to check out the website of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) ( The website is divided into seven main sections, but some features are available only to BAMSL members.

The first section focuses on general information about BAMSL, including its history and a general overview of what the bar association does. This section also contains BAMSL’s contact information, its mission statement and bylaws, and a link to the St. Louis Bar Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the bar association.

The next section lists ways in which individuals can become involved with BAMSL. First, there is the option to become a member, and law students can join for free. This section also offers a calendar of upcoming events – both social and professional – that can serve as great networking opportunities. It’s also possible in this section to register for community service and pro bono opportunities specific to the St. Louis region. In addition to these opportunities, the third section offers a calendar of CLE events, including those conducted via webcast.

The fourth section of the website is devoted specifically to membership matters. The benefits of membership – both general and tangible – are described, but some, such as access to the publication archives, can be accessed only by current members. This part of the website also describes the committees and sections that members can join, such as the Women in the Legal Profession Section, the Young Lawyers Division, and Community Service Committees.

The next section pertains largely to the public, offering resources such as a senior citizen handbook, a checklist for home loan borrowers, and the Lawyer Referral and Information Service. Law students perusing the website, however, may be more interested in the Legal Placement Services section, in which employers post available jobs.

Finally, the last two sections are geared more toward the public in general and offer information about law-related education programs (which include more community service opportunities for BAMSL members) as well as BAMSL’s publications, The St. Louis Lawyer and the St. Louis Bar Journal.

Overall, BAMSL’s website offers a great starting place for students who are seeking to break into or stay involved with the legal scene in St. Louis. The site provides several opportunities to volunteer or network, and the publications can help students stay abreast of current topics of regional interest.

Career 411: CLE’s: One Way to Add Experience to your Resume

Are you looking to add relevant knowledge and experience to your resume?  Then you should consider attending Continuing Legal Education Seminars (CLE’s). Every lawyer who is licensed to practice law must attend a certain number of CLE’s each year to remain in good standing of their respective bar associations (15 hours in Missouri) and due to  Continue Reading »

What's going on?: Sept. 29 – Oct. 3

This week marks some amazing events at Hulston Hall… and if you haven’t already RSVP’d… you should now. Mizzou Law will be presenting the Pro Bono Month Kick Off on Wednesday, October 1st at 1:00 p.m. in the Courtroom, where Amy Lorenz-Moser, ’00, partner at Armstrong Teasdale, will speak about the importance of pro bono work and  Continue Reading »

Spotlight on the Profession: Guardian ad Litem

By: Jennifer Riedy If you have taken a family law class or were involved in the family violence clinic, you probably have some familiarity with the role of a guardian ad litem (GAL).  A GAL is primarily used in family court and can be appointed in numerous types of cases, including, but not limited to:  Continue Reading »

Resource Review: How to Get a Legal Job: A Guide for New Attorneys and Law Students

For students seeking practical advice and tips for applying for legal jobs, How to Get a Legal Job: A Guide for New Attorneys and Law School Students, by Shauna C. Bryce, provides a helpful starting point. A copy of this book is available in the Career Development Office. The first chapter of the book lays  Continue Reading »

Career 411: What is Behavioral Interviewing?

Behavioral interviews are a style of interview that focuses on your past behavior in a previous employment or scholastic setting.  The questions are asking how you behaved in the past, not how will you behave in the future.  The employers are hoping that past behavior will predict future action. Traditional interview questions tend to be more general  Continue Reading »

UncategorizedWhat's going on?: September 22-26

I hope you have all had a rejuvenating weekend and are ready to get busy.  This week at Hulston Hall, we have a plethora of exciting programs you will want to attend. On Monday, September 22nd, Carly  Duval, ’09, a Managing Associate Attorney at Denton’s in Kansas City will be here for Life of a  Continue Reading »