Early in a student’s first year in law school, they attend an orientation session with one of the Center for Professional Development (CPD) counselors. This session provides an overview of CPD services and specific guidance on working with the office to successfully secure a summer position and prepare for a career after law school.
Counselors also provide a quick review of first-year events, including diversity fellowships and the Northwest Public Service Career Fair, and discuss the importance of meeting one-on-one with a counselor to develop competitive application materials.
Beyond the first year and throughout law school, counseling sessions help students learn how to research employers, develop job search strategies, prepare for interviews, and understand different practice areas. Counselors also encourage students to participate in the mock interview program and emphasize the importance of participating in events that provide networking opportunities with employers and alumni.
CPD staff members are well-equipped to help. They have the insight to offer tailored career advice. They interact with alumni, members of key university leadership groups, and other friends of the law school to identify job opportunities, coordinate programs and informational interviews, and facilitate professional development advising.