The staff in our Career Development Office relishes the opportunity to assist you in your legal studies and in aiding you in your future career as an attorney. We support you with interviews for internships and employment in your chosen field of practice from the large law firms to non-traditional J.D. Advantage positions.
Our students possess a competitive edge in the legal marketplace since they all enter our law school either with a wide variety of work experiences or come from undergraduate studies with scholastic records of giving extra effort that sets them apart from other law students at other law schools. This trait provides them each with the ability to study hard while in law school and to pass the bar examination in their chosen states. It also ultimately adds to their marketability for receiving internships and enhances their chance for success in their chosen field of practice.
Career Development Resources
The CDO is available throughout the year for one-on-one counseling by appointment and on a walk-in basis. During scheduled appointments, the CDO can review resumes, cover letters, career plans and job search strategies. and counsel students on career-related or law school-related resources.
Skills workshops focus on teaching skills such as resume drafting, interviewing skills, application to federal clerkships, networking and job searching. Each skills workshop is designed to teach law students valuable professional skills.
The CDO conducts a series of educational programs every fall and spring semester. Speakers from a variety of legal (and non-legal) practice areas and backgrounds speak to the students about their relevant experience and knowledge. Previous seminars have included Federal Magistrate Judges, Circuit Judges, civil attorneys and criminal defense attorneys. We have also hosted attorneys in J.D. Advantage positions for panel discussions.
Each year a variety of networking events are held to connect students with alumni and other practicing attorneys. Students are also able to participate in local bar meetings and gatherings from legal groups and associations.
The 1L Mentoring Program pairs practicing attorneys both in the Montgomery County area and with attorneys in the students’ hometowns for an opportunity to observe a practicing attorney to learn first-hand what an attorney does on a typical day. The program is sponsored by the Montgomery County Bar Association and the program encourages all 1L students to become active in the Montgomery County as well as the Alabama State Bar as Young Lawyers.
Online Job Postings
During the spring and fall semester, the Career Development Office sponsors on-campus interviews. Additionally, the CDO will provide employer resume forwarding, job posting services and participate in select job fairs. These services are designed to provide students with a broad range of summer, part-time, full-time and permanent job opportunities.
The Career Development Office maintains a resource center for student and alumni use. You may use the resource center whenever the office is open. These materials do not circulate. Additional career services materials are housed in the law library, which is accessible during normal library hours.
The CDO helps to inform students of job fairs taking place locally, regionally and nationally. The law school regularly participates in such large job fairs as the Southeastern Minority Job Fair and the Southeastern Intellectual Property Fair.