“Lawcountability® links lawyers and law students enabling seasoned attorneys to share their experience and provide mentorship in networking and client development; the ‘things they didn't teach me in law school’ can now be taught to law students."
(PRWEB) March 09, 2016
Lawcountability®, a cloud-based platform that helps lawyers and law students with networking and business development, is launching a new program called “Meet a Lawcountability® Lawyer,” to help law students meet practicing lawyers as they plan their careers.
The initiative will pair law students, and unemployed recent alumni, who make regular use over several weeks of the software’s student version, Lawcountability, J.D., with practicing attorneys who subscribe to Lawcountability®. The participants will have an opportunity to speak with, and possibly meet, lawyers to seek advice as well as garner potential referrals to other practitioners.
“The venture is designed to put networking into action and empower students,” says Lawcountability® founder Ari Kaplan, a nationally recognized author and speaker on legal marketing, networking, and business development. “Law student subscribers will find this initiative especially useful in their search for summer and permanent employment,” Kaplan adds. With current students and new graduates facing an increasingly competitive environment, the consistency that Lawcountability, J.D. provides in connecting them to practitioners, alumni, and members of their network is essential.
Since 2014, Lawcountability® has been used by subscribers nationwide to grow their practices and Lawcountability, J.D. has been used by students at schools across the country to enhance their networking and career development. Accessible online and through an iPhone app, the software provides proven ideas for engagement, marketing, and follow-up via original live webinars and on-demand videos produced by Kaplan, author of The Opportunity Maker (Thomson-West) and Reinventing Professional Services (Wiley, 2011). While attorneys and students often seek to raise their profiles, they struggle with execution due to an absence of accountability. Lawcountability® is the solution for many.
"Half of all new law school graduates secure their first post-graduate job through networking and referrals,” says Heather Day DiFranco, Director of Career Planning at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, a Lawcountability, J.D. subscriber. “Lawcountability, J.D. provides accessible and simple techniques for making professional networking a daily habit because the system makes it an approachable activity, helping students build those relationships that lead to referrals and personal introductions,” she adds.
As part of the new initiative, lawyers with firms that subscribe to Lawcountability® agree to accept introductions to students at the twelve law schools that offer the content and technology. Kaplan will then make personal introductions to help facilitate a meeting and give students an opportunity to take advantage of the techniques they have learned through Lawcountability, J.D.
"As professionals, the greatest investment we make is in the next generation,” says Lewis Wiener, a partner and executive committee member at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in Washington, D.C. The firm has been a Lawcountability® subscriber for the past two years. “Lawcountability® links lawyers and law students enabling seasoned attorneys to share their experience and provide mentorship in networking and client development; the ‘things they didn't teach me in law school’ can now be taught to law students," Wiener adds.
Eligible students include those enrolled at:
1. American University Washington College of Law
2. Chapman University Fowler School of Law
3. Cleveland Marshall College of Law
4. Duquesne University School of Law
5. Georgia State University College of Law
6. Santa Clara University School of Law
7. Texas A&M University School of Law;
8. University of California Hastings College of the Law
9. University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
10. University of Richmond School of Law
11. University of Texas School of Law
12. Washington & Lee University School of Law
“This is a no-brainer for law students who are given this opportunity. Having the common connection to Lawcountability® makes an otherwise cold call a very warm call, and this will lead to jobs that would not have been found otherwise," says Dan Binstock, a Lawcountability® subscriber and partner with Washington, D.C.-based attorney recruiting/search firm Garrison & Sisson, Inc.
Lawcountability® was a 2015 finalist for the International Legal Technology Association’s Innovative Solution Provider of the Year award for its innovation, ease of use, and gamification. The software platform and iPhone app innovates how lawyers engage, follow-up, and grow their practices by combining actionable programming, universal accessibility, mobility, visualization, gamification, metrics, and, of course, accountability. Learn more at http://www.Lawcountability.com.
Contact: Ari Kaplan