Designing Individual Career Paths
At the UConn School of Law, the Center for Career Development team knows that legal careers are not one size fits all. Counselors work closely with students to create personalized career plans. All students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the one-on-one counseling services, the multitude of networking opportunities and the various professional programs offered by the center.
The Center for Career Development offers a variety of services to help students develop their individual career plans. Students are encouraged to arrange individual career counseling appointments throughout their law school careers, and to participate in drop-in sessions and job application document reviews.
The Center for Career Development offers mock interviews and works with student organizations, alumni and local bar associations to present panel discussions on practice areas and types of legal jobs, workshops focused on job search and career development strategies, and networking events to connect students with practicing attorneys.
Throughout the academic year, the Center for Career Development organizes and participates in recruiting events with law firms, businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations. In addition to on-campus interviews, the center hosts interview programs with Boston and New York City employers.
Services for Evening Division Students
Evening Division students face unique challenges in preparing for a legal career, often while holding down a full-time job and caring for their families. The Center for Career Development helps them develop strategies to build legal experience into their resumes while they fulfill the responsibilities of their busy lives.
bar exam passage within two years
employers are participating in formal recruiting in 2021-2022
of 2021 graduates entered clerkships
Diversity Programming and Resources
The Center for Career Development team is committed to providing programming and support to ensure that all students are enabled to successfully pursue and launch legal careers. In addition, with awareness of the unique challenges faced by groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession, the staff is committed to and aligned with the larger goals of the law school regarding diversity, equity, and belonging. This commitment informs multiple programs and activities, including:
- The Cultural Diversity Initiative: This longstanding interview program connects first-year students who identify as members of groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession with employers seeking summer interns. Students receive support for application materials and training for interviews, including mock interviews with alumni.
- Support for student participation in diversity-focused judicial internship programs. These include the Sotomayor Internship Program, the American Bar Association Judicial Internship Opportunity, the American Bar Association Business Law Diversity Clerkship Summer Program, and the Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project, which is offered by the Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization, as well as the American Bar Association Judicial Clerkship Program.
- Participating organization in the Latino Justice Corporate/Law Firm Alliance Summer Program.
- A regularly published newsletter to inform students of diversity fellowships, scholarships, and professional-development opportunities.
- Partnering with student organizations that serve historically underrepresented populations to support their goals, promote opportunities to their members, and provide focused career development programming.
“Attending UConn Law positioned me to be the lawyer I am today. I was taught by professors who fostered an environment of challenging and stimulating legal discourse. I was also lucky to learn from and develop relationships with classmates who understood the value of diverse perspectives. The law school values its students and invests in their success, and I am proud to be one of its alumni.”
- Latonia Williams ’09 Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLP
“I chose UConn Law for its strong track record of graduating not just lawyers but practitioners prepared for today’s global, rapidly changing economy. The school taught me practical, problem-solving skills that can be used in any career path. And, it was the right fit — from its small class sizes to its central location in New England and strong alumni network — it was an environment that provided me the opportunity to succeed.”
- Drew Barber ’10, Associate General Counsel, United Technologies
“UConn Law blends rigorous academic studies with a practice-based approach, which prepares young lawyers to be successful straight out of law school. I was particularly grateful for the opportunity to learn from accomplished practitioners and to draw on their collective experience to further develop as a lawyer.”
- Jim Anderson ’15, Associate, Proskauer Rose LLP
Contact the Center for Career Development
39 Elizabeth Street, 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06105