The information below is intended for College of Law audiences only.
February 1, 2022
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Information for Students: Gain Practical Skills and Serve with Pro Bono Opportunities and Resources (COVID-19). In addition, please review this frequently asked questions document regarding the 2020-2021 OCI and Resume Collect Program.
To succeed in today’s legal market, law students need to be deeply engaged in their career planning and keenly aware of trends in the legal profession. The Office of Career Services provides counseling, networking, and programming opportunities to assist students in developing their job search skills and broadening their industry knowledge. We are here to assist you as you build your future as a legal professional!
Make an appointment to talk with us about your individual goals and to craft job search strategies that help get you where you want to go.
Job Search Resources
- Symplicity CSM is an excellent first step in your job search. Use it to access On-Campus Interview Program information, resume collection information, electronic job postings, externship opportunities, announcements of Career Services events, useful guides and documents in the Document Library, and so much more!
- **ATTENTION NEW STUDENTS: do not attempt to create a Symplicty account. We will create one for you and send you important login details during your first semester.**
- Martindale-Hubbell is a public database that allows you to locate and connect with attorneys, read their peer and client reviews, and find alumni from the College of Law.
- The NALP Directory: a database of legal employers.
- LinkedIn is an excellent tool for identifying alumni and other professionals who are already engaged in the type of work you're interested in exploring. We're happy to help you use Linkedin to its fullest advantage.
- Use Westlaw and Lexis—ask Career Services staff about these important resources.
Resumes & Other Materials
- You can upload your resume, cover letter and writing samples (no confidential or attorney-client privileged materials) directly on Symplicity.
- We strongly recommend that you review carefully all your application materials (including your cover letter or writing sample) to ensure there are no typos, inaccurate information, and errors with formatting before posting them on Symplicity and submitting them to an employer.
- We have provided access to several guides directly on Symplicity which include helpful resume and cover letter templates (go to Resources tab, Document Library on Symplicity).
Networking, Shadowing, & Informational Interviewing
Networking, shadowing, and participating in informational interviews are all ways to learn about the practice of law from those who are actively engaged in it. We offer multiple networking events throughout the year, many of which involve alumni; a structured shadowing program over Winter Break for first year students; and we are happy to help all students connect with potential informational interview hosts in your areas of interest.
You got the interview! Now what? Increase your chances of success by learning the questions you might be asked, what you should take with you to the interview, and how to make a great first impression. Consider scheduling a mock interview with one of our counselors and feel much more confident going into your interview!
Judicial Clerkship Program
The Office of Career Services partners with faculty to educate students about judicial clerkship opportunities, including discussing the many benefits of clerkships, the clerkship application process, how to prepare for a clerkship interview, and how to enjoy a successful clerkship experience once hired.
Graduate Employment Surveys
Complete the Class of 2021 Graduate Employment Survey [PDF] (for J.D. graduates from Dec. 2020, May 2021 and Aug. 2021)
Please email the completed survey or drop it off at the Office of Career Services, Suite 214.
Syracuse University College of Law does not discriminate and prohibits harassment or discrimination related to any protected category including creed, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, age, race, color, veteran status, military status, religion, sexual orientation, domestic violence status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender1.
1 Title IX prohibits harassment or discrimination based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. Titles VI and VII prohibit harassment or discrimination based on race, national origin, or color. Sections 503 and 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit discrimination or harassment because of disability. In addition, New York law prohibits discrimination or harassment based on these and other protected categories.
OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES
Dineen Hall, Suite 214
950 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-1030
P: (315) 443-1941
F: (315) 443-3086