The Office of Career Services shares some tips to get students off on the right foot for the school year – and the beginning of their career.
Welcome to the start of the new school year! Whether you are just starting law school or graduating this year, use the tips below to ensure you are on the right path to achieving your career goals.
- Professionalism and reputation begin and continue while in law school. Remember that your classmates will be your future colleagues in the profession. Be courteous and professional to your fellow law students, the faculty and the administration.
- Study! A solid academic record can make a difference in your career development opportunities.
- If you have not already done so, change your voicemail to a professional message.
- If you use an email address other than your SLU address, make sure it is professional.
- Remember that employers will research you. If you have content on sites such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Vine that you would not want a potential employer to see, take it down immediately.
- Network! Attend events that will allow you to meet attorneys. These include local and state bar association meeting and events, programs sponsored by SLU LAW and student organizations, and events within the St. Louis community. Follow up with the people you meet and begin establishing professional relationships.
- Make sure everyone who knows you (not just family and friends) knows you are in law school. Hair stylists, bartenders and landlords all know a lot of lawyers! They can introduce you to practicing attorneys and can alert you to job opportunities. Employment is often obtained through word of mouth so use every resource possible in your career search.
- Attend job fairs that interest you.
- Read your emails from Career Services. These emails contain information about networking events, career development programs and job postings.
The Office of Career Services provides career counseling and development assistance to students and alumni to examine their individual interests and skills in order to help find the best career fit. Individual consultations are available to assist in all aspects of the career development process. We also offer programs throughout the school year to explore traditional and nontraditional career paths. Our assistance is available to all students and alumni, regardless of practice area interest, academic performance or geographic preference.
We encourage you to contact the Office of Career Services: make an appointment or stop by at your convenience!
Note: if you are a 1L, we would love to meet you, but we cannot engage in substantive career counseling until after Oct. 15.