The Center for Career Strategy and Advancement offers a variety of services designed to assist you in your search for a personally fulfilling and rewarding career. Our services include individual counseling, recruitment programs, mock interview and resume review programs, and career-related programming.
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The Career Strategy Center staff comprises six career managers, including a public interest advisor, an LLM career manager, and a career manager for judicial clerkships and nontraditional careers, available to meet with you on a one-on-one basis to discuss your career goals and assist you in developing a personalized employment search process, review resumes and cover letters, and provide general career development guidance.
The Fall On-Campus Interview Program (OCI), our largest recruitment program, is an excellent opportunity for students to obtain summer and/or permanent employment. Fall OCI is open to all second- and third-year law students; however, most participating employers are seeking second-year students for summer employment.
Early in the second semester, the Career Strategy Center sponsors a smaller recruitment program, attended primarily by employers seeking first-year law students for summer employment. While many students have obtained employment through Winter OCI, it is just one of many strategies that first-year students use to obtain summer employment.
The Career Strategy Center also works with students interested in participating in Off-Campus Recruitment Programs sponsored by The Law Consortium, of which Northwestern is a member. These programs are held each fall in Atlanta, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
Students seeking public interest employment will have the opportunity to attend and participate in the Public Service Reception, held in the fall at one of the Chicago-area law schools; the Midwest Public Interest Career Conference, held at Northwestern Law in February; and the Equal Justice Works conference and job fair in the fall in Washington, D.C.
This annual event sponsored by the Career Strategy Center offers a great opportunity for first-year law students to learn about employers who recruit on-campus prior to students bidding for on-campus interviews in the fall.
Throughout the year, the Career Strategy Center hosts a myriad of programs designed to help students identify specific career paths; improve job search, interviewing and networking skills; and navigate the legal recruiting marketplace. Our programs have included Law 101 Panels, which introduce students to some of the common legal practice areas; judicial clerkship discussions; and other programs such as Researching Employers and Networking; and Overcoming Market Challenges and Managing Your Career.
The Career Strategy Center offers mock interview programs to help students hone their interviewing skills. The Alumni Coaching Program pairs current law students with Northwestern Law alumni who have agreed to conduct one-on-one mock interviews and feedback sessions with students in the summer and early fall. In the winter, there is a separate Mock Interview Program to assist first-year students in preparing for Winter OCI and self-directed employment searches.
Through the Resume Review Program held each summer, students may submit their resumes to their career manager for review and individual feedback.
Through the Summer Business Intern Program, first- and second-year law students can gain practical experience within an active corporate legal environment. The host company provides participants with a much better understanding of the client, helping to make them more effective legal advisors.
Each year, Northwestern Law provides the opportunity for several first- and second-year JD students to work abroad with one of our LLM or JD alumni. As a global intern, you get first-hand global legal experience in private law firms or legal departments of businesses in other countries.
In cooperation with the Chicago Area Law School Consortium, the Career Strategy Center presents Practice Tracks each Winter, during which about 60-70 attorneys in various practice areas are available for table talk information sessions with students.
Some of these programs sponsored by non-profit and for-profit organizations may have fees associated with attendance. If they do, you should contact the sponsoring organization to see if there are student discounts available.
Northwestern Law is firmly committed to the principle of equal opportunity and has drafted the following procedures to protect Northwestern Law students during the interviewing and summer/school-year employment process. Even if conduct does not rise to the level of discrimination or harassment, Northwestern Law would like to be made aware of such, as we have an interest in providing a forum for exploring and discussing insensitivity.
Please review our Statement of Equal Opportunity and Enforcement Procedures (pdf). If you wish to file a formal complaint, please complete and submit the Statement of Equal Opportunity Complaint Form (pdf).