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Student Services

The Office of Career Opportunities and Professional Development provides individualized guidance to current law students by developing career goals, building employment skills and developing a plan of action to meet the individual's goals.

Services offered include assistance in preparing resumes, career counseling, mock interviewing, networking opportunities  and finding placement opportunities. Our weekly Career Corner newsletter notifies students of current job offerings.

 Job Search Preparation

  • Personalized guidance on resume development
  • Resource library of resume preparation guidebooks
  • Collection of sample resumes from alumni
  • Periodic mock interview sessions where students can practice interview skills before meeting with potential employers. This enables students to quickly improve and gain confidence in interviewing skills.

Networking Opportunities

  • The strong sense of camaradarie at the College of Law provides plentiful opportunities for networking.
  • Panels and programs offered throughout the year feature practitioners and alumni discussing their experiences in both traditional and non-traditional career paths.
  • Social receptions and speaking engagements coordinated with the Alumni Association and other organizations offer our students the opportunities to network with alumni, other practitioners and leaders in the legal community.
  • Our 1L Mentoring Program provides both professional and personal assistance to incoming students during their first year of studies. 

Public Interest/Pro Bono Opportunities

  • The College of Law's Pro Bono Initiative pairs students and mentoring attorneys who engage in legal work on behalf of persons of limited means, underserved populations, various charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations and individuals or groups working to secure or protect civil rights.
  • Various scholarships, assistantships, grants or stipends may be available to students performing pro bono service.
  • Students who successfully complete 60 hours of approved pro bono service will receive a notation on their diploma and transcript.

Career Fairs

  • Regularly scheduled on-campus Career Fairs give potential employers and students a forum to interact, network and explore opportunities.

On-Campus Interviews

  • Career Opportunities and Professional Development arranges periodic on-campus interviews with prospective employers.
  • Students seeking to participate in an interview with an employer must submit a resume to the Office of Career Opportunities and Professional Development.
  • Resumes will be sent to the employer as a group and the employer determines who they would like to interview.

 

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Office of Career Opportunities and Professional Development
Greg Anderson, Director
Swen Parson 280
(815) 753-0589

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