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Self-assessment is the process through which students identify their interests, skills, motivators, and values. Very simply, if you cannot articulate your professional interests you will find it exceedingly difficult to structure an effective job search, write a meaningful cover letter, or conduct a successful interview—let alone to land a job that gives you some sense of satisfaction. At Oregon Law, we encourage students to develop professional self-awareness by asking — and seeking answers to — a few key questions, including: What do I want to do? Where do I want to do this work? Whom do I want to serve? Two terrific resources available in the Career Center library are:

  • The New What Can You Do with a Law Degree? A Lawyer’s Guide to Career Satisfaction Inside, Outside & Around the Law, by Dr. Larry Richard and Tanya Hanson; and
  • What Color is Your Parachute: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, 2013 edition, by Richard Bolles.

A helpful Career Center self-assessment resource is available online through Symplicity. Log onto Symplicity, then follow this link: https://law-oregon-csm.symplicity.com/utils/view.php?id=461c88b463e82cee90c17381349436bc