Overview of Services
Over the course of your career, you are likely to change jobs six to eight times. It is essential to know your strengths and to possess the skills to market, network and interview your way to new and better opportunities. We intend to prepare you in three critical areas: Job Search Skills, Career Education/Mentoring and Recruiting/Networking Opportunities.
- Job Search Skills: The legal profession comprises many areas of practice, each requiring its own set of abilities, insights and knowledge. The skills necessary to be a successful prosecutor, for example, are different from those required to be a public interest impact litigator, a lobbyist, or a patent attorney.
Throughout the academic year, we conduct career-related panel discussions, brown-bag lunches and workshops covering a broad range of topics including job-search nuts and bolts, substantive practice overviews and self-assessment.
- Career Education and Mentoring: Each first-year student will be assigned at least one mentor, who will be a practicing attorney.
These mentors practice in a range of legal fields, and will expose students to varied career opportunities and to the realities of legal practice. As part of their hands-on education in the practice of law, students will shadow their mentors in court or in the office for a minimum of 25 hours over the course of the academic year.
- Recruiting and Networking Opportunities: The Career Development Office organizes on-campus interview programs in the spring for first-year students, and in the fall for second- and third-year students.
Students are encouraged to make an appointment to meet individually with Career Development staff to discuss career choices, job search strategies, resume and cover letter preparation, and interviewing techniques.