Symplicity is the CPD’s on-line career center. Through Symplicity, you can search and apply for jobs (including externships), access password-protected resources in the Document Library, sign up for CPD programs and events, apply for on-campus interviews, and research career fairs. 1Ls are provided with access to Symplicity after the drop/add periord ends their first semester. For trouble accessing Symplicity, please see our help manual.
Pro Bono information can also be found on Symplicity. Pro Bono opportunities are currently housed on Symplicity. Pro Bono and volunteer hours can be completed and tracked throughout law school using Symplicity.
The CPD maintains current job postings for summer, academic-year, and post-graduate employment opportunities on Symplicity. Additionally, we share post-graduate employment opportunities with over 100 other law schools through the Intercollegiate Job Bank. You may access this site through Symplicity’s Document Library or by using the password found on your Yellow Bookmark, available in our office (Suite 180).
Individual Career Counseling
The CPD provides personal career counseling to prepare students and alumni for the job market and to help them develop a career focus. We strongly encourage you to make an individual appointment via Symplicity with one of our counselors to help you determine your career interests, map out job search strategies, practice interviewing techniques, and further develop the professional skills you need in the legal community.
On-Campus Interview (OCI) & Resume Collection Programs
We offer OCI year-round to accommodate the diverse hiring needs of the many different types of legal employers - from large firms and solo practitioners to public defenders’ offices and various branches of the JAG program. Employers across the nation are invited to come on campus and interview students. Employers participating in our OCI and Resume Collection programs will be posted on Symplicity.
Although all employers are invited to interview on-campus at any time of the year, smaller employers typically choose to post job openings on Symplicity and conduct the interviews in their own offices. Some employers ask the CPD to collect and forward resumes to them, while others prefer that students send their resumes directly.
Externships are an excellent opportunity for students to receive academic credit while working in organizations across the country. Under the supervision of an attorney, students work in approved public or government agencies, the judiciary, not-for-profit corporations or in-house legal departments. A classroom component accompanies each externship focusing in professionalism and the development of practice-ready skills.
Available externships can be found on Symplicity. Log in and click on the Externship hyperlink in the right column. If you have found your own externship, please fill out the the appropriate semester survey under the survey tab in Symplicity. At this time, students can not receive externship credit in private practice (law firms). If you have any questions about externship postings, please contact one of Externship Coordinators, Jennifer Turney or Kathleen Touhy.
Speaking with alumni offers students a fantastic opportunity to connect with graduates who practice in the geographic areas in which they are interested. Many graduates of Coastal Law are pleased to speak with current students about their career paths. After you have met with a CPD counselor, our Alumni Office will work directly with you to facilitate connections with the vast network of Coastal Law alumni located throughout the country.
Marketing & Business Development
The CPD markets the regional and national legal community to find potential jobs for our students/alumni by: