Global Legal Skills Series
The Global Legal Skills Series aims to provide LL.M. students with "soft" skills that will help them succeed in the workplace and advance their professional development. There are a total of 5 installments ranging in topics such as networking, effective communication, generating business and cultural competence. Each installment is lead by a different presenter; these may include professors, administrators, practicing lawyers and consultants. Most of the installments take place in the spring - when students are getting ready to enter or re-enter the workplace.
If students attend 4 out of the 5 installments, they will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Networking - American Style
Monday, October 22
Presenter: Lourdes M. Marshall (LL.M. '06), Graduate Affairs Associate Director
Networking is a powerful tool for attorneys no matter where they practice. Networking can help you find a job, extend your business relationships, and generate new clients. However, networking strategies in the United States may differ from those employed in other countries. In this installment, students will learn how to network American style.
Monday, February 4
Presenter: Thomas Sirinides, OISS Associate Director
Cultural competence is an essential skill in today's workplace. Come to this interactive, informative session. Explore ways in which people are shaped by their cultural backgrounds, and learn about basic resources and skills to help you succeed in culturally diverse settings.
Communication Skills for Lawyers
Monday, February 11
Presenter: Jeffrey Bannon
Well-developed communication skills are essential to a successful legal practice. In this installment, students will identify their own personal communication style, and learn of their style strengths and blind spots in professional settings. They will also learn how to quickly identify the style of others, and discover how to adjust to that style in important meetings.
Beyond Mentoring: Career Advancement Strategies
Tuesday, February 26
Presenter: Brande Stellings
Mentors continue to impact careers over time; mentors offer career advice and guidance. However, professionals should also develop "sponsors"— someone who holds a powerful position within the organization and who will advocate on your behalf. In this installment, Brande Stellings will share the findings from one of her company's report, Mentoring: Necessary But Insufficient for Advancement.
Taking your LL.M. on the Road – Tales of Leadership
Monday, March 4
Panelists: Markus Pallek (LL.M. '98), Alexandro Padres (LL.M. '02), Lucila Werthein (LL.M. '05)
Hear from NYU LL.M. alums and their tales of success. They will share their personal stories on how they obtained their current positions and how they used some of the soft skills you have learned during the GLS series to advance their careers. The alums we have invited have impressive careers, and we are delighted to welcome them back to their alma mater!
(Certificates will be given out to students at this installment)