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    Tel: 540.458.8535
    Email: lawcareer@wlu.edu
    Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm
    Office: Powell Suite, Sydney Lewis Hall

    Student Information

    The search for employment is an important venture, and we look forward to our partnership as you manage your transition from student to professional.  The Office of Career Planning is dedicated to assisting you as you: 

    • assess your interests, skills and goals;
    • investigate employment options;
    • network with graduates and practitioners;
    • target employers;
    • perfect job-search tools and techniques;
    • reassess strategies in light of personal and market changes; and
    • develop professional skills.

    GETTING STARTED

    If you are a first year law student, you can learn more about our office and the 1L summer job search through the 1L: Introduction to OCP webpage

    If you are a second year student, check out the 2L Job Search Timeline.

    If you have recently transferred to W&L, introductory materials can be found on the Transfer Student Page.

    As you engage in your job search, your conduct should reflect the highest standards of professionalism for an aspiring practitioner of law. You are expected to comply with both NALP Principles for Candidates and OCP's Recruitment Policies. In addition, you must abide by this Student Professionalism Statement.

    WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING TO DO?

    Find a Job

    Craft a search strategy using the various web and print resources found on the job search resources page

    Our office includes three career counselors who are available to discuss individualized career planning strategies with students. You are welcome to meet with an OCP counselor with whatever frequency you find helpful. Emergent questions can be addressed on a drop in basis - if an office door is open, we're happy to chat. We provide advice on an individual basis at appointments made through our online recruiting system, Symplicity. You may select from available times with each counselor; if there's no suitable time available, contact the counselor you wish to see.

    Create a Successful Application

    Find advice on creating resumes and cover letters; tips on interviewing; and guidelines for references and writing samples on the Creating a Successful Application page.

    Our office can review any application document before you submit it to an employer. Set up an appointment, or email a resume or cover letter to a counselor for review.

    Network with Practicing Attorneys

    Connecting with others in the profession is one of the most important skills you'll develop during law school. Professional contacts can help you understand law practice, refine your goals, pitch your qualifications, find unadvertised positions, and get the inside track for consideration. The earlier you start, the more value networking can bring. Review this tip sheet to get started; visit our Networking Resources page for more detailed guidance and sources of contacts.

    Obtain Funding or Academic Credit

    Financial support for students accepting unpaid summer positions is available, but very limited. Information about funding resources for summer and job search expenses, as well as academic credit for internships can be found on the Funding & Academic Credit Page.

    Obtain a Judicial Clerkship

    A clerkship, at any level, is a rewarding experience, and a wonderful way to begin your practice. To learn more about the application process, check out the Judicial Clerkship page.

    OCP PROGRAMMING

    OCP provides a wide variety of programs on everything from job search basics, interviewing and networking, to practice areas, practice settings, and professional development.

    To view the program "How to Pitch Your Potential" click below.