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.
Judicial Internships and Clerkships
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.
For more information on judicial opportunities, click here.
JAG Career Information
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.
Government and Public Interest
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 Bryan McDermott, 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.
CUA Law Advantage Mentor Program
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.
Visit the CUA Law Advantage Mentor Program page.
Fall Recruiting / OCI
Fall Recruiting/OCI is a recruiting program in partnership with law firms, government agencies, military, federal and state prosecutors’, judicial, and public defenders’ offices. Each fall OCPD invites employers to the law school’s campus (this year virtually) to interview 2D/3E and 3D/4E students for summer and post-graduate positions. Interviews take place in August and September. Students submit applications well in advance — beginning in July. It is important to recognize that Fall Recruiting/OCI is not the only way to get a job, but it is usually the only way to get Big Law and some government agency and prosecutor jobs.
For the Fall Recruiting/OCI instructions packet, click here.
For the list of participating employers, please log into your Symplicity account by clicking here.