Planning, research, and preparation are essential steps to securing any internship, externship, clerkship or job. Here is some infromation to help you get started.
• Search for a Job
Students can search for internships, externships, and full-time opportunities through Symplicity, an online database. Students can search for opportunities based on interest area or job ID number, and have alerts sent to you via email when new postings of interest are added to the system. All students have access to Symplicity, though First Year students receive their login information from a career counselor during a one-on-one meeting after October 15.
Working in a judicial setting provides students and new attorneys with an intense research and writing experience, as well as familiarizing them with the inner workings of the judicial system. Our office can help you determine which options are the best fit for your professional goals.
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• Career Resources
The Office of Career and Professional Development offers a variety of resources to students and alumni.
OCPD Library: The OCPD library consists of resources relating to career planning, career development, legal directories, publications, job listings, and alternative careers for lawyers. For more information about any of these topics, please contact OCPD or schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor.
Handouts: A variety of handouts are available in our office including, an Introduction to Resume Drafting, Effective Cover Letter Writing and Interviewing Skills. Most resources are available in the Document Library on the Symplicity system. All students and alumna are invited to use Symplicity.
To obtain a Symplicity username and password, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and class/graduation year.
How Do I Gain Experience? In addition to course selection and student leadership opportunities on campus, you can gain experience in public service law by participating in an externship or volunteering your time in pro bono legal service. Students interested in externship opportunities are encouraged to contact Professor Lisa Martin, Director of Experiential Curriculum at email@example.com. To learn more about pro bono opportunities with local service organizations, please contact OCPD at (202) 319-5132 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The law school offers summer stipend awards each year to first- and second-year law students with unpaid government and public interest legal internships. For summer 2016, 20 law students received funding. For more information visit the page for Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL).
The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America is proud to offer the CUA Law Advantage Mentor Program. The program connects CUA law students with graduates who will act as a source of assistance and counsel throughout their law school experience. Mentors share general or expert knowledge, provide real-world insight into the practice of law, guide students in defining and embracing their role as a future lawyer, and serve as role models in dealing with clients, colleagues, the courts, and the community.