hifromtheotherside wrote:Rising 3L. Hit me w/ any questions you have!
How is the career services program? Basically wondering if the school (like OCIs, networking events, etc.) gets most people their summer and full time jobs or if it's individual connections.
I think they're great, and they put on a lot of events, lunches, and seminars that are extremely helpful, but there are definitely things that they could do better.
Our placement numbers are out there- about 30-35% of each class gets big law and those jobs are usually scored through OCI and networking events that the school puts on. As a part of OCI, CSO hosts a "Meet the Firms Night" a few weeks before OCI where recruiters, current associates, and partners, come to meet the rising 2Ls that are about to go through recruiting and that's a great way to make contacts. They will also go out of their way to connect you w/ alum at offices you're interested, etc.
Outside of OCI, as a 1L, you have the opportunity to go to the Alumni Mentor Lunch. Gould alum from basically every practice of law out there come back to campus to talk to the 1Ls about their practice. This is a great opportunity to make some contacts. Personally, I was offered a 1L summer job at this event, but I had already accepted something else at the time. There's also a small to mid size firm reception for you to network at, A LOT of brown bag lunches that cover anything from interview tips to different practices in the law.
I think what the school could improve on is adding more structure to the programs they put on for students who don't want biglaw, and are instead pursuing government, public interest, or small/mid-size firms. CSO is always happy to help when these students approach them w/ questions, but they don't provide nearly the same amount of resources as they do to the students who want big law.
Having said that, there is only so much they can do. If you just sit back and coast and wait for them to find you a job, chances are it won't end well. For example, if you go to the Alumni Lunch and don't talk to anyone? Wasted opportunity. As a future lawyer, you should be putting in an effort to make these individual connections b/c they'll prove invaluable for you. I think this is a good way of putting it- CSO will put gas in your car for you most times, but it's up to you to drive it.
Hope this helps!
Let me know if you want me to elaborate on anything.