lgleye wrote:LRGhost wrote:They could certainly do more. You could hire people who work to foster relationships with partners and students and then try to go to bat for them. Obviously you wouldn't take a marginal student and try to place them at an absolute top firm, but they could do more than say 'apply broadly' or whatever. It'd be more work than revising resumes, but there was that whole ATL article about different ways to adjust Career Services at schools. It'd be an overhaul, not a tweak. There are some things that I don't know would be good ideas but may be novel like maybe trying to adjust people's notion of success being outside of $160,000 and a couple dozen firms in a three or four markets. Also providing actual career advice for how to succeed five and ten years after graduation and not just during OCI would be pretty good.
The gust of it is……. Although we can’t realistically expect Career Services to hand us the job offers, they certainly can do much more than simple resume review or interview coaching. I think one of the main problems is that we’ve got an OCS staff that’s working in a 2006 mode, rather than adjusting to the new legal economy. At NU and other schools, they’ve had it easy during the boom years, when going to even a T30 almost guaranteed multiple offers. That mode doesn’t work these days, and students get frustrated and angry when they feel that OCS seems dismissive or doesn’t have a clue.
NU makes a ton of money collecting fees from firms that come to OCI. That money should not be a simple revenue generator, but allocated directly toward making a more proactive OCS (better staff, more market research, hosting networking functions between firms and students, efforts to get feedback from students and their needs, etc.). Law school is subject to a market economy and the OCS gets paid to enhance our employability, and can’t simply hide behind a bd economy, but needs to take responsibility and change to meet the demands of its students.
http://abovethelaw.com/2013/03/revampin ... proposals/
The last suggestion isn't a perfect solution but I agree with the idea that it would encourage Career Services to do significantly more. At the very least, it demonstrates that there is more that they can do with minimal effort.