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How the Career Center Can Help

Published in the September 4, 2012, Advisor

First-Year Students

As you know, national guidelines prohibit us from working individually with you on a job search until November 1. That’s because, while some of you may be eager to get your search underway, you need to focus on adjusting to law school first.

Some exceptions to this rule do exist. If an employer requires that 1Ls apply before November 1, we will work with you as you prepare your resume and cover letter.

Also, we can educate you generally about the legal profession and about the general process of career planning, self-assessment, and networking. These are issues you should be thinking about even at the outset of law school. Therefore, we encourage you to attend our programs and events before November 1. In addition, as the semester progresses, look for 1L-specific information and programs, like our 1L Career Planning Seminar on Friday, November 2, 1-4 p.m. 

Second-Year and Third-Year Students

We hope that you had a terrific summer, and we are eager to hear about your experiences. Stop by soon to tell us about your summer. 

You still have time to submit your applications for Session 2 of our OCR Program. But remember, most employers do not conduct on-campus interviews, so you need to develop a comprehensive job search strategy. We look forward to helping you do that.

A comprehensive job search requires you to engage in these activities:

  • Attend Career Center programs
  • Brainstorm and self-assess (strengths and preferences)
  • Network through conferences and bar events
  • Reach out to Oregon Law alumni, professors, and other professional contacts
  • Frequently revise written materials
  • Apply for many, many jobs (OCR, resume collections, job postings, and independent searches)

Transfer and Visiting Students

Please sign up for an appointment with one of us so that we can introduce you to our services. An active relationship with the Career Center can ease your transition to Oregon Law. You should have received an email about registering with Symplicity, our Oregon Law Job database; please register as soon as possible, and let us know if you have questions. Also, we are happy to review your resume, cover letter, and career plans or to assist you in exploring potential career paths. Please read the information under “Second-Year and Third-Year Students” above.  We hope to see you soon.

LL.M. Students

We help all students – including LL.M. students – with their job search efforts, so please use our expertise and resources to develop a plan to achieve your goals. You should also register for Symplicity; you have already received an email from us with information about that. Look for additional information from us about programs, interviewing, guest speakers, and more. In the meantime, feel free to stop by or contact us by email or phone. We hope to see you soon.


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