The mission of the Career Development Office is to help you succeed both as a law student and as a legal professional. We aim to provide you with guidance as you make career-related decisions, and to give you the tools you need to successfully navigate the job search process. It is our hope that you will not just find a job, but that you will find a professional opportunity that is right for you. We invite all Mizzou Law Students and Alumni to take advantage of the following services:
- Individual Career Counseling
We are here to assist each of you with questions and concerns about the job search process. We can help you target employers, connect you with mentors, review your cover letters and resumes, arrange a mock interview and provide you with feedback, give you advice on professional dress, and much more. We encourage you to visit our office regularly throughout your law school career. You can request an appointment with a career advisor on Symplicity.
- Professional Development Programming
We present career and professional development programs throughout the academic year. Topics include resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, job search techniques, career options and professionalism in the workplace, and other topics relating to your career development. Programming events will be posted on Symplicity, and on the information screens outside of Room 103 and in the Library. Please let us know if you have suggested topics or speakers.
- Networking Opportunities
Networking has become an essential part of the job search process. We organize numerous events throughout the year to give you the opportunity to meet and interact with Mizzou Law Alumni and other members of the Bar. We sponsor events on campus each year, such as the annual Small Firm and Public Interest Expo. We also seek out opportunities to take our students to events where lawyers are, such as local bar association meetings throughout the State and conferences sponsored by the Missouri Bar. For more information about upcoming networking events, please check Symplicity or contact the Career Development Office.
- Job Postings and Announcements
We maintain current job postings on Symplicity for summer and year-round clerkships, internships, judicial clerkships, and entry-level legal positions. We also post attorney positions at all levels of experience located in or near Missouri on Symplicity. Additionally, we maintain a subscription to CareerShift, which list thousands of legal, quasi-legal and non-legal jobs nationwide. Both Symplicity and CareerShift are available to Mizzou Law Students and Alumni.
- On Campus Interviews
We schedule interviews with legal employers throughout the school year, including law firms, businesses, government agencies and public interest groups. During the fall semester, 2Ls and 3Ls are eligible to participate in the on-campus interviewing process. First-year students are not allowed to interview with legal employers until after December 1. First-year students are eligible to participate in on campus interviewing during the spring semester. Only a small percentage of law students find employment through on-campus recruiting. Even if you participate in on-campus interviews, you should not limit your job search to this process. Although all types
of employers are invited and are welcome to interview on campus, many smaller and mid-sized employers may not have the resources to interview on campus, and should be contacted directly.
- Job Fairs
We register for several job fairs, allowing students to participate in interviews with firms located throughout the Midwest Region and nationwide.
- First-Year Introduction to Career Development
In order for the Career Development Office to get to know each of you, all 1Ls are required to meet with an assigned career development advisor prior to November 1. First-year law students are also welcome to participate in networking events and Career Development programming related to career choices and career planning throughout the year. However, 1Ls are not permitted to participate in job search programming, such as resume and cover letter writing and interviewing skills until after November 1. Special programs just for 1Ls will be held during the first week of November, and we look forward to working with you on specific job search strategies after that time.
Students and alumni who want to work in a state other than Missouri may be able to take advantage of services offered by other law schools by requesting a "Letter of Reciprocity" from the Career Development Office. If you are interested in an out-of-state job search, please talk with a career advisor for information on requesting reciprocity, and other information to assist you in a long-distance job search.