Services Available to Students
Career Planning and Job Search Strategies
As each student brings individual experiences, accomplishments, skills, interests, goals and qualifications, the Career Planning Center recognizes that one-on-one meetings provide the best forum for assessing goals and options, developing and implementing job search strategies and preparing students for the legal market. The Office offers ample opportunity to meet with students individually and encourages students to utilize such services. Through such meetings, Career Planning provides advice on career opportunities, job search strategies, resume and cover letter drafting, interviewing skills, graduate resources and career research tools.
The CPC sponsors panel discussions, workshops, brown-bag lunches and programs throughout the year to educate students about the fundamentals of the job search process, career opportunities, practice specialties, judicial clerkships, employer types, government work and fellowships, public interest careers and other topics related to professional development. The Office regularly invites attorneys representing a broad range of employment settings and practice areas to participate in the programs and panel discussions. These "experts" provide students with first-hand information about many of the different opportunities available to attorneys and a chance to network and establish contacts with practitioners in an informal setting.
In recent years, the CPC has either sponsored or conducted programs/panels covering, among other topics, résumé writing, interviewing, judicial clerkships, public interest careers, government honors programs, fellowship opportunities, computer-assisted job research, international law practice, insurance law practice, environmental law practice, intellectual property law practice and health law practice. The Office makes efforts to conduct panels together with student organizations as well.
The CPC makes available to students and graduates a wide variety of publications and resources for conducting effective job searches and researching employment opportunities. Resources published by the Office on job search fundamentals cover tips on résumé writing, drafting cover letters and other job search correspondence, interviewing, networking, computer-assisted research, judicial clerkship and public interest opportunities, and other topics of interest. The Office also publishes handbooks covering information on pursuing opportunities in the public sector, private sector, government, corporations and other professional settings, as well as career development information specifically geared to evening students and first-year students.
The CPC maintains an extensive library of resource materials, newspapers and books relevant to job search efforts, practice areas and professional development. Among other resources, the Career Services library contains a number of directories and employer brochures listing contact names, alumni, attorneys, firms, corporate counsel, judges, government agencies, public interest organizations, fellowships and other similar information. While the Office continues to maintain this information and ensure it is as timely as is available, more and more of this information is accessible on-line through internet sites and is available to students from any location.
In addition to resource materials, faculty members, staff and graduates of the law school are excellent resources for students. Faculty regularly advise students about judicial clerkships and substantive areas of practice. Numerous staff members also have practiced as attorneys for varying periods of time, in varying practice areas and in varying geographic regions. Faculty and staff are able to provide advice and assistance to students. In addition to members of the law school community, graduates are an invaluable resource for both information and job search assistance.
The CPC receives postings from employers of all types for full-time, part-time, summer, school-year, paid and volunteer positions. The CPC encourages students and graduates to view these postings on-line through Symplicity
Public Service Legal Careers (PSJD)
The CPC participates with other law schools in a public service program which provides on-line information on public interest opportunities to benefit students interested in work or a career in the public sector. Information and job postings can be viewed at www.psjd.org.
Formal Recruitment Programs
Every Fall and Spring, the CPC sponsors and participates in a number of on and off-campus recruitment programs and job fairs with employers. These programs are by no means the primary avenue by which students secure employment, but they do connect students with hundreds of employers and provide substantial opportunities for summer and permanent positions.
These programs include the following:
- Fall On-Campus Interview Program (early September through October)
- Fall Off-Campus Interview Programs in Boston and New York City (late August)
- Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference in Washington, D.C. (late October)
- Spring On-Campus Interview Program and Career Reception (February/March)
- Public Interest-Public Service Legal Career Fair hosted by New York University School of Law in New York City (mid-February).
- Patent Law Interview Program, held in Chicago, Illinois, hosted by Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (early August)
To supplement formal recruiting events, the Law School participates in a résumé collection program with those employers unable to attend on-campus interviews due to geography, firm recruitment practices and other factors. Many such employers are genuinely interested in receiving resumes from Law School students and may invite selected students to interviews at their offices. In order to facilitate this connection, the CPC holds resume collection days during which students submit their resumes and other requested materials through Symplicity for forwarding as a single package to employers interested in receiving resumes in this manner. Alternatively, some employers specifically request that students send resumes and cover letters directly to their offices.
In certain circumstances, students may utilize job posting information and resources of other law schools. Students should consult the CPC at least ten days in advance to obtain a letter of reciprocity to the other school's career services office. Generally reciprocity is not available during the period between June and November. Students/graduates of the Law School who wish to request reciprocity from another law school are limited to one reciprocity request to one school per season. (Review the reciprocity policies of other institutions.)