Resources and FAQs
Your legal career begins the day you step onto campus, so it’s never too early to begin thinking about where you want to be upon graduation. The Career Services Office wants to help you pursue your dreams and goals. We want to help you develop the skills you need to apply your education and launch a satisfying future career.
We encourage students to spend the beginning of their first semester focusing on their classes. After Nov. 1, first-year students may contact the Career Services Office to begin planning for a summer position.
For second-year full-time and third-year part-time students:
Depending on the area of law, some second-year full-time and third-year part-time students may need to start looking for summer employment as early as the July prior to the start of fall semester. Students should stay informed by reading the fall recruitment packet, emailed to students each summer.
For third-year full-time and fourth-year part-time students:
Students are encouraged to meet with a career advisor in the spring prior to the start of their final year or during the fall of their final year to discuss their particular career options and job search timeline.
Career Services helps students looking to begin their careers in other cities and states by networking with alumni in those locations to identify potential summer clerkships and post-graduation opportunities. We also participate in several national job fairs. In addition, we continuously market the quality of our student body to employers throughout the country.
More than 50 employers participate in our fall early and traditional on-campus interviewing program for second- and third-year students. Many other employers participate in our spring on-campus interviewing program and job fairs for first-, second- and third-year students, which can lead to summer employment.
We strongly encourage students and alumni who are interested in alternative careers to work with one of our career advisors. Doing so will help you identify potential career paths that match your interests and skills.
For students who are interested in the courts, clerkships give the opportunity to watch trials and appellate actions from the judge’s side of the bench and to become familiar with a variety of practice areas. This vantage point is otherwise uncommon for legal counsel, unless they are fortunate enough to become elected or appointed to the bench.
Even students or recent graduates who don’t intend to pursue litigation as a career path find the experience valuable because it provides the opportunity to do intensive research and writing under the supervision of an experienced jurist. The research, writing and critical-thinking skills developed during a clerkship are much sought after by all types of employers.
Be certain, however, that you can readily afford the cost of a dual degree in terms of time and money. A dual degree doesn’t always translate into improved marketability; nor will it necessarily help you command a higher salary at graduation.
Perhaps the least effective reason to pursue a dual degree is to “keep my options open.” Students should do the hard work of career exploration and self-assessment early before spending an additional year (and thousands of dollars) to defer an inevitable decision.
For the seven months after the Bar exam (August through February), Career Services Office professionals are available to work intensively with those members of the most recent graduating class who are still seeking employment. By the end of that seven-month period, the great majority of these job seekers also find employment.
Part-Time and Evening Students
Some evening students have saved up vacation time for short internships, taken special leave from their employers, or found internship positions with scheduling flexibility. For example, many legal research jobs don’t require students to work on site every day.
We encourage evening students who work full time to schedule an in-person or phone counseling appointment with one of our career advisors or full-time professionals. Our office is open until 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters for evening students.
Some evening students explore possible opportunities for legal work or other advancement with their current employers. Others choose non-traditional careers that combine the use of the J.D. with some pre-existing expertise. Keep in mind that the largest salaries for entry-level associates are paid by large law firms, which prefer to hire out of their summer programs.
Career Services can assist by talking with students about how to handle the issue of age in an interview or other situation and by educating employers about the value that older students bring to the workplace.
Resources and Guides
- Reciprocal services are available on a one-to-one basis to students and graduates of other ABA-accredited/NALP member law schools who permit Georgia State University students and graduates use of their services. Students or graduates will only be granted reciprocity to one law school in Georgia at a time.
- Requests for reciprocity must be made in writing by a Career Services official. Requests must include contact information for the student/graduate, including their address, and if requesting in office or online job posting access. The student/graduate should wait for our written response before contacting this office. No walk-ins or phone requests will be considered.
- Reciprocity will not be granted during Fall On-Campus Recruitment Aug. 1 – Nov. 1.
- Reciprocity is granted for a period of three months (90 days) and will expire on the date listed in the letter granting reciprocity. If a student is requesting online access his or her reciprocity will start the day the payment is received. A student or graduate will be granted reciprocity once in an academic year.
- Reciprocity services include in office access to job postings and review of materials in the Career Services Resource Center or the option to access our job postings online for a nominal fee of $25. The job postings are identical whether accessed in office or online. Services do not include participation in on-campus interviews, job fairs, employer mailings, resume referral or counseling. All students/graduates using in office job posting access must sign in at the reception desk in the career services office.
- Subscription to the monthly E-Graduate Job Bulletin is available to graduates of other law schools at any time. The cost is $30 for a six-month subscription.
- Fees for online job posting access or job bulletin subscriptions must be paid by check, made payable to Georgia State University College of Law, Career Services Office, P.O. Box 4037, Atlanta, GA 30302-4037.
- Applicants granted reciprocity must state in cover letters to employers that the job listings were provided by Georgia State University College of Law Career Services Office through a reciprocal agreement with their school. Failure to comply will result in revocation of reciprocity privileges.
- Submit reciprocity request to the Georgia State Law Career Services Office at email@example.com.