Services to Students
Communication and information sharing are important elements of the law school experience. Without the full picture- which we strive to present through programming and resources- it is almost impossible to make well-informed career decisions. Assumptions, which are often brought into law school, must be checked out, application dates and timetables confirmed and efforts made to understand and appreciate the full range of opportunities made possible by a legal education. Information about the legal profession is an important part of making appropriate career decisions. It is also important that students assume responsibility for utilizing the programs and resources sponsored by the Career Resource Center.
The realities of the legal market require that career decisions be an on-going and developmental process. The process begins during the first semester of law school and continues through graduation. To better acquaint students with the transitional nature of the process, the Career Resource Center offers the following resources and services.
We encourage students to make an appointment to discuss career related questions with a counselor. We are also willing to see students on a drop-in basis if a counselor is available.
Topics Covered During Counseling Sessions Include:
- Getting Started- overview of services
- Career Exploration- discuss strategies and resources
- Resume- creating or refining a resume
- Cover Letter- creating or refining a cover letter
- Interviewing- for jobs and information gathering
- Internships- strategies, resources, and tools
- Job Search- strategies, resources, and tools
- Researching Organizations
- Networking- identifying and accessing professional contacts for information and insight
- Job Search Timeline
- Career Redirection- exploring options
- And much more
Resume/Cover Letter Review
Students may send their resume or cover letter to the Career Resource Center to be reviewed and critiqued. It will be returned within an agreed upon time frame.
Panels, Programs and Workshops
The Career Resource Center invites alumni and other practitioners from a wide variety of practice settings to speak with students about their practice and their careers. These programs are important educational vehicles for students to learn about the practice of law and to meet practitioners in their areas of interest.
We also conduct skills workshops designed to help prepare students for the job search process. The topics of these sessions are continually evolving but have included presentations on: Resumes and Cover Letters, Interviewing Skills, and Networking.
An individual mock interview is an effective means of improving interview skills. The mock interview program is held each semester and spots are filled on a first come first served basis. Mock interviews can also be scheduled through a Career Resource Center counselor upon request with advance notice.
Recruitment & Interview Programs
Recruiting programs are managed through a web-based program by Symplicity at: https://law-stcl-csm.symplicity.com/students. This program allows students the ability to:
- Search employers participating in on-campus, off-campus and resume collection programs. Also, search all employers submitting job postings;
- Post a resume to Symplicity in a downloadable PDF format and submit it to be sent electronically to employers;
- Receive notification of interview selections by e-mail; and
- Sign-up for interviews through Symplicity.
The Career Resource Center receives job postings from employers throughout the year. These notices are for summer positions, permanent positions, and positions which are part-time during the academic year. They are located on Symplicity at: https://law-stcl-csm.symplicity.com/students.
Some employers request that the Career Resource Center collect the resumes of interested students and forward the resumes on to them. Students will be notified of these opportunities though Symplicity.
During the spring of each year of law school, and the fall of the second and third year of law school, employers have the opportunity to interview students through the On-Campus Recruitment program. If students choose to participate, instructions, requirements, guidelines and a list of participating employers can be reviewed at: https://law-stcl-csm.symplicity.com/students.
Telephone, Fax, Copier, Scanner, and Computer
Students may make job-related telephone calls in the Career Resource Center. Students may also use the fax machine, copier, scanner, and computers in the Career Resource Center for job search purposes.