The Office of Career Planning works with students to actively develop their professional networks. Career Planning offers forums, panels, receptions, and lectures each semester to help students find their career path or fortify the path they are already following by speaking with lawyers in areas of interest. Our office partners routinely with other campus offices and student organizations in providing these opportunities.
- Ask-an-Attorney: Students have access to a database of attorneys who have offered to speak with them to discuss such topics as the attorney’s career path, résumés, cover letters, and practice area options.
- Practice Area Forums: Twice a semester, dozens of attorneys from the same or similar practice areas are invited to campus to speak with students about that practice area in a table-talk setting. Students come away with a heightened understanding of that practice area as well as a deeper sense of the different settings—law firm, in-house, government agency, public interest organization—where attorneys can practice that area of law.
- Lunch with a Lawyer: Each week during the fall and spring semesters, attorneys in different practice areas host a lunch for eight to 10 students. These small lunch meetings offer students the opportunity to learn about a practice area and meet a potential advisor in a more intimate setting.
- Mentor Match Program: This program matches hand-picked alumni with participating students based on the student’s career interests, providing another source of guidance as students enter the profession and learn more about the legal practice.