Career Development Office

 

"We design our programs and services to teach students the information and skills they will need, not only to make informed career choices, but also to build a strong resume, find employment, and make a meaningful contribution to their employers beginning on their first day of work."
Jeffrey B. Price, J.D.
Director, The Career Development Office

Career Development Office homepage.
 

The Career Development Office (CDO) teaches students about the practical aspects of law practice, provides training on conducting efficient and thorough job searches, and helps students match their skills, interests, and experiences to the needs of the legal market. For students who get involved early, the CDO can help narrow career choices and tailor preparation accordingly. Career Development begins working with students before classes even begin. During the summer before law school, the CDO staff surveys and meets every incoming student to get acquainted, gather information on students’ career plans and goals, and provide advice on preparing to succeed in law school. 

Career Development designs its programs and services to teach students the information and skills they will need to make informed career choices, build a strong resume, find employment, and make a meaningful contribution to their employers beginning on the first day of work.  These resources include:
 

  1. Personalized career counseling.
  2. A mentoring program in which small groups of first-year students are matched to upper-level students specifically chosen to provide guidance on law school and career-related issues.
  3. Practice-related seminars that teach skills critical to working as a lawyer, covering topics such as firm structures and business models, attorney timekeeping and billing, discovery devices, and settlement strategies and mechanics.
  4. Mock interviews, in which Birmingham-area attorneys critique first-year students to help them sharpen their interview skills.
  5. Informal lunches with lawyers who discuss their work and career paths.
  6. Judicial clerkship seminars that offer tips on obtaining positions.
  7. On-campus interview programs in the fall and spring with representatives of numerous law firms, corporations, public interest organizations and government agencies.
  8. Opportunities to participate in out-of-state job fairs.
  9. Online access to job openings posted at the law school and many other American law schools.
  10. A resource library of publications, informational files on firms and other prospective employers, job-hunting tips, and graduate/study abroad programs for law student.
  11. Informative educational handouts on various career-related issues.

Career Development also spends a great deal of time marketing the law school and its students to employers. In the last few years, staff members have met with legal employers in more than 30 cities. These visits have yielded many job postings for summer clerkships and permanent positions.



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