Program Emphasizes Professional Development for First-Year Students

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Amy McCarthy (J.D. ’02) (from left), director, and Lyn Knapp, senior director, have put together a professional development program for first-year students through the Center for Professional Development & Career Strategies.

Georgia State University College of Law’s new Center for Professional Development & Career Strategies introduced an eight-week, mandatory professional development program for first-year students.

“The course includes interactive panel presentations exposing students to a wide variety of potential career paths, guidance in the creation of a strong personal narrative, effective networking and interview skills and an overview of the recruiting process,” said Lyn Rogers Knapp, senior director.

The program is designed to introduce and reinforce the importance of professional development in students’ careers while providing the tools to help cultivate the basic tenets of professional development.

“Our purpose is to provide first-years with a strong professional foundation for successful entry into the legal market,” Knapp said.

The first two sessions focused on professional identity formation and self-assessment and career exploration.

“One thing I liked that they’re doing is a panel of people with different careers,” said Julia Collins (J.D. ’20), a student in the course. “It’s really opened my eyes to how broad the options are for law students.”

Recent sessions were Job Search Strategies on Oct. 11 and 12, and training on the College of Law’s job search website, Symplicty on Oct. 18 and 19.

“I like what they’re doing and I understand why they’re doing it,” said Justin Showalter (J.D. ’20). “The instructors really know what they’re talking about – they have real professionals in there.”

Contact Lyn Knapp at or Amy McCarthy (J.D. ’02) at with questions.

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