Students should become extremely familiar with the CSD’s Career Handbook, available on the Symplicity Document Library and in hard copy form in our office. This resource contains great resume and cover letter samples, interviewing and networking tips, information on salary expectations and much, much more.
Career Crossroads: The CSD Blog
The blog is updated regularly in the fall and spring semesters. Career Crossroads contains information about upcoming CSD programs, OCI and job application deadlines, and useful resources for your job search.
Specialized Career Blogs
The CSD also maintains the following blogs which are tailored to your specific interests:
Month-by-Month Job Search Checklists
Use our handy month-by-month job search checklists to guide you through each year of law school – and beyond. The 1L, 2L, 3L, and Recent Graduate checklists can be found in your Career Handbook and in the Symplicity Document Library.
The Famous Yellow Bookmark
Stop by the CSD to pick up the latest edition of our Yellow Bookmark which contains log-in information for our most important (and most popular!) password-protected resources.
The CSD's On-line Document Library
The CSD’s On-line Document Library is accessible on Symplicity (click on the "Documents" tab and then click on "Document Library") and provides access to a vast network of legally related internet resources and subscriptions such as:
- The Government Honors & Internship Handbook;
- The Guide to State Court Judicial Clerkship Procedures;
- The Intercollegiate Job Bank (attorney job postings from law schools around the country);
- 12 Months of Diversity Opportunities;
- PSLawNet (for public interest opportunities nationwide); and
- Videos of past CSD attorney panels, guest speakers, and workshops.
Career Resource Library
Our office’s Career Resource Library houses an ever-growing collection of print and video resources related to your job search and your overall career development. We also subscribe to several weekly and monthly publications that list legal job openings nationwide.
CSD Bulletin Board
The CSD maintains two bulletin boards, one just outside the front door of our office (Suite 180) and another outside the front door of the Pro Bono Office (Room 155) to provide fast information about CSD events, programming, and resources.
The Judicial Clerkship Listserv
If you are interested in obtaining a judicial clerkship following graduation, it is imperative that you understand the intricacies of the hiring process involved. Judicial clerkships must be applied for at the very beginning of your 3rd year of law school. Thus, the planning must begin in the spring of your 2L year.
The CSD has created a Judicial Clerkship Listserv to educate students about post-graduate judicial clerkships and their unique application process. If you would like to be added to the listserv, please email Jocelyn Donahue at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will then email you periodically to keep you on track when it comes to preparing your post-graduate judicial clerkship applications.
CSD Student Advisor Board (SAB)
The SAB meets monthly to discuss various topics related to career searches and calls upon the insight of the students through personal experiences, experiences of fellow students, questions, rumors, and analysis of real-life student job search scenarios. Last year the SAB discussed topics such as OCI, Symplicity, out of town job searches, communication between the CSD and the student body, and networking.
If you are interested in contributing your opinions to the CSD and representing the career interests of your fellow students then we would love to have you as a member of the 2012-2013 SAB! Simply send a completed application to Joy Behan at email@example.com or drop it off at in the Career Services office. If you want your voice to be heard but aren’t ready to commit to being on the Board, then be sure to discuss your questions, concerns, and ideas with any of the SAB members (or email them to Joy) so that they can share your input at meetings.