Law school career services are just as valuable to alumni as to students, writes Irina Gomelskaya, New York Law School’s (NYLS’s) Senior Director of Employer and Alumni Relations, in the March 2017 NALP Bulletin.
NALP stands for the National Association for Law Placement—a professional organization of lawyers and law schools focused on hiring and employment.
Irina Gomelskaya works in NYLS’s Office of Academic Planning and Career Development, where she connects NYLS alumni and students to job opportunities and cultivates relationships with law firms and other legal services employers.
Her article emphasizes that alumni who communicate with their schools’ career services staff about professional goals may gain an edge when it comes to professional opportunities.
“Career services offices at law schools are valuable repositories of information on career opportunities, with a powerful capacity to connect candidates and employers,” she writes. “… When I field a call from a great company with a terrific job opportunity, my first step is to reach out to alumni I know and can recommend. Law school graduates who stay in touch with their career offices are likely to see similar benefits.”
She also points to one-on-one services, such as resume review and career counseling, which alumni can use well beyond graduation. “After leaving law practice, I spent years as a certified career coach, providing resume review, interview prep, and other services to my private clients,” she writes. “Now I make these services available to alumni at no cost.”
Read the full article, “Why Law School Career Services Don’t End at Graduation.”