The Career Services staff at New York Law School is committed to increasing career opportunities for students and graduates by an extensive outreach through well-established networks reaching into all segments of the legal community. The staff includes attorneys and counseling professionals who have held positions in large as well as boutique law ﬁrms, in government ofﬁces, academic institutions, and public interest organizations.
In career training programs, staff provide the information, skills, and tools necessary for conducting a successful job search and planning a rewarding and satisfying career. It is an incremental, sequential, and highly integrated approach to ﬁnding the ﬁrst job out of law school and becoming a successful professional. This personal attention equips each student with the skills to search for and ﬁnd an appropriate career path.
A comprehensive program of professional development starts on day one, enhancing career opportunities for students in all areas of legal practice. Career Services offers a full range of resources and services: career counseling, job listings, job-hunting-skills workshops, networking opportunities, and an extensive library of career resources.
The Ofﬁce of Career Services conducts an on-campus recruitment program. The Fall On-Campus Interview Program begins at the end of summer. The Ofﬁce hosts and makes arrangements for employers who wish to come on campus and use the school's facilities to interview students. The Spring On-Campus Recruitment Program is designed for those employers that traditionally make their hiring decisions later in the recruitment season (primarily legal ofﬁces in government agencies and small law ﬁrms). Making innovative use of the generous work-study funding available to New York Law School students, the program connects employers, who hire students for challenging and interesting summer employment, with New York Law School students. The spring recruitment program is especially helpful to ﬁrst-year law students eager for experience in the legal world.
The employment statistics of our graduates reﬂect the versatility of their career planning, as they ﬁnd satisfying positions even as legal employment opportunities shift in response to economic forces.
Plan Through sessions with career counselors, ﬁrst-year students explore all types of practice areas and settings, including alternatives to traditional legal careers. These sessions help students become skilled in building their professional portfolios, making the most of every aspect of their law school experience, in and out of the classroom. Through active and sustained participation in building their individual career plan portfolio, students learn that to secure a rewarding position upon graduation, they must gain practical experience, develop a broad range of skills, and cultivate professional relationships. These essential portfolio elements put each student in charge of her or his destiny.
More than 200 graduates participate as mentors, helping students reﬁne career goals, sharing information about their law practices, and referring students and fellow alumni to other professional contacts. The Alumni Association and the Ofﬁce of Career Services cosponsor the Alumni Mentor Program, with extensive support from graduates. Our "Mentor Match" Program teams second and third year students with alumni practitioners, giving the students another source of guidance as they enter the profession and helping them to learn more about the practice of law.