Students and graduates can choose careers and fulfill goals with the assistance of the Center for Professional Development & Career Strategies. The center helps them connect to jobs at large law firms, corporations, private practices, academia, government service, judicial clerkships, military and public interest organizations, but also assists them in contacting employers for non-traditional jobs in alternative legal careers.
Seeking legal employment may be different than any other type of job search you’ve conducted.
- Speed Networking
- Mock Interview
- Informational Interviews
- On-Campus Interviews
- Job Fairs
- 1L Professional Development Course
- Individual career counseling
- Career guides, templates and resources
- Resume and cover letter reviews
- Career workshops & panel presentations
We combine innovation, a broad network and deep counseling experience to deliver a customized career service experience. Our goal is to assist our students and graduates find the jobs that are right for them, including firms of all sizes, judicial clerkships, public interest organizations, government service and in-house.
This proactive approach begins in the law school student’s first semester as they participate in our Professional Development class. This early program establishes an essential foundation for career success. The course includes creation of a unique narrative and effective materials that clearly define a personal brand, introduction to an array of career options, interview preparation and skill as well as networking guidance. The class culminates with a one-on-one counseling session with an experienced member of our career development team where we have the opportunity to continue to build an authentic relationship and essential insight into the specific employment goals of each student. Counseling session highlights include mock interviews and detailed discussion of the extensive externship and clinical offerings available through the law school. The result is a student who is prepared and confident for their first foray into campus interviews, numerous job fairs, internships and summer employment.
Our efforts do not stop once you have succeeded in landing your first post graduate job but is available throughout your career. The Center for Professional Development & Career Strategies has deep lateral recruiting experience and is well prepared and happy to actively assist and support our alumni with any career transition. As long term members of the broad legal community with vast knowledge and connections, making the right introduction is right in the center of our wheel house.
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The Georgia State Law Center for Professional Development & Career Strategies continually looks for job-search and career-development events focusing on various areas of law that will benefit students and alumni. The center collaborates with faculty and administration on opportunities to organize or sponsor events where gaps exist. The college participates each year in more than 20 national, regional and local job fairs and recruitment programs, including:
- Atlanta Bar Association Minority & Diversity Clerkship Program
- Boston Legal Group Boston Job Fair
- Department of Justice Attorney General Honors Program
- Department of Justice Attorney General Summer Law Intern Program
- Equal Justice Career Fair & Conference
- Georgia Judicial Clerkship Job Fair
- Heartland Diversity Job Fair
- Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair & Conference
- Lavender Law® LGBT Career Fair
Legal careers begin for students the day they step onto campus, so it’s never too early for students to begin thinking about where they want to be upon graduation. The Center for Professional Development & Career Strategies is here to assist. Our dedicated staff can help students develop the skills they need to apply to their education and launch a satisfying career.
When should students start looking for a job?
Students should spend the beginning of their first semester focusing on their classes. After Nov. 1, first-year students may contact the center 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.
Can the center help students secure a job outside Atlanta or Georgia?
The center 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. The center also participates in several national job fairs. In addition, we continuously market the quality and caliber of students to employers throughout the country.
What types of summer employment can students expect during law school?
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.
Why is it important to get legal experience before students graduate?
What else can students do with a J.D.?
We strongly encourage students and alumni who are interested in alternative careers to work with one of our career advisors to help identify potential career paths matching interest and skills.
Where are Georgia State Law graduates working?
How can students find alumni who work in a particular area of law?
What are the benefits of pursuing a clerkship after graduation?
Even students or recent graduates who don’t intend to pursue litigation as a career path find the experience valuable because they conduct intensive research and write 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.
Should students pursue a dual degree (i.e., J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.P.A.)?
A dual degree doesn’t always translate into improved marketability; nor will it necessarily help students command a higher salary at graduation.
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.
What if students don't have a job lined up by the time they graduate?
For the eight months after the bar exam (August through March), Center for Professional Development & Career Strategies professionals are available to work intensively with recent graduates still seeking employment. By the end of that period, most of these job seekers find employment.
How do employers view evening students?
How do students who work full time obtain legal work experience?
Some evening students save vacation time for short internships, take special leave from their employers, or find 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 advisers 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.
Will evening students who work full-time jobs have to take a salary cut as entry level attorneys?
Some evening students explore legal opportunities or other advancement with current employers. Others choose nontraditional careers that combine the use of the J.D. with other expertise. Large law firms pay the highest salaries for entry-level associates. Those firms prefer to hire out of their summer programs.
How should older students approach the hiring process?
- 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 their services. Students or graduates will only be granted reciprocity to one law school in Georgia at a time. A student or graduate will be granted reciprocity once in an academic year.
- Requests for reciprocity must be made in writing by a Career Services official and must include contact information for the student/graduate, including their address. The student/graduate should wait for our written response before contacting this office. No walk-ins or phone requests will be considered.
- Reciprocity services provides online access to our job postings for a nominal fee of $25. Reciprocity is granted for a period of three months (90 days) and will start on the day that payment is received and expire on the date listed in the letter granting reciprocity.
- Fees for online job posting access or job bulletin subscriptions must be paid by check, made payable to Georgia State University College of Law, Center for Professional Development & Career Strategies, P.O. Box 4037, Atlanta, GA 30302-4037.
- Reciprocity will not be granted during Fall On-Campus Recruitment Aug. 1 – Nov. 1.
- Services do not include participation in on-campus interviews, job fairs, employer mailings, resume referral or counseling.
- Applicants granted reciprocity must state in cover letters to employers that the job listings were provided by Georgia State University College of Law Center for Professional Development & Career Strategies 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 Center for Professional Development & Career Strategies at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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