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Career & Professional Development Center

Students

We offer students ongoing professional development assistance from first year of law school to retirement.

In addition to the services and resources highlighted below, please follow the program links in the navigation menu to the right.

Career Counseling

We are available for individual career counseling, job search strategy, mock interviews, networking contacts, guiding assessment and researching career options. From traditional lawyer to alternative career we have advice. Make an appointment - 503.768.6608, or lscs@lclark.edu.

(CPDC) Center Services 

Materials Review

Students and alumni may hand deliver or email application materials to us for review. Materials are returned with notes, feedback, and recommendations. Typical turnaround is 24 hours, but during busy seasons (at the very beginning of each semester) it can take longer, so it is important to get materials in as early as possible. For resume and application material samples.

(CPDC) Library And Reference Materials

CPDC maintains an electronic library of valuable professional development resources including quick reference information, handbooks and manuals, webinars and podcasts. Additionally, we house a physical resource library in our office with a selection of resources and guides you can take with you.

Business Cards

Business cards are available for a small fee. Contact our office for current prices and an order form.

Videoconferencing, Computers and Telephone

We have telephones, computers (fax and printing also) and interview rooms available.  We have Skype capabilities for free video calls, and will work with employers to set up their video-conferencing if necessary. Additionally, resume paper, envelopes, and thank you cards are available in the CPDC office.

Programming

Career Panels

Throughout the year, we will pair with student groups to sponsor panels of practitioners from the legal community who discuss their work and how students can prepare for specific careers.

Practice Interviews

Twice each year, students have the chance to have a practice interview with a local attorney. Students experience what a real interview is like and get instant feedback on how to improve their interview skills.

Breakfast with Judges and Judicial Clerks

In the fall, students share breakfast with 25-35 state and federal judges and their clerks, learning about the courts and judicial clerkships.

Professional Development Workshops

We present students with information on the building blocks of being a competitive job candidate and an engaged law student. Opportunities for professional development occur through guided assessment programs, and presentations on topics from application materials to interviewing. We provide annual networking opportunities with the legal community through events and receptions such as the annual “Bar Prowl: Student Engagement with Bar Associations” event.

L&C Alumni Network

We connect students  to alumni across the United States and across practice areas. Whether changing cities or practices, the alumni network can connect students to others who have already made the journey. Contact the Alumni Relations Office.

Recruitment Programs and Career Fairs

L&C highlights and promotes career fairs occurring throughout the US to students, such as the Loyola Patent Interview Program, the NW Minority Job Fair and the Equal Justice Works Conference.

Northwest Public Service Career Fairs: In February, L&C organizes fairs in both Seattle and Portland for students and alumni to meet and interview with government agencies and public interest organizations.

Fall Recruitment: L&C hosts employers from private and public sectors on campus in the fall to interview for summer law clerks and fall attorney positions.

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