Job Search Skills & Resources

 

 

Resources

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REFERENCE
Tips for the Job Search Process Click on these links to access: Interviewing, Tips for Using Email in the Job Search
GENERAL JOB SEARCH / NETWORKING RESOURCES
CareerLink OCPD's Comprehensive Online Jobs Database, Events/Programming Tool, & Legal Recruiting System. Search for positions under the "Jobs & Resume Collection" tab, find job fairs, scholarships, & receptions (including local and national job fair information along with registration and student drop deadlines) in the "Events" tab, and locate On-Campus Interviewing information in the "OCI" tab. For specific diversity listings, please go to: Diversity Opportunities. (When you click on the "Diversity Opportunities" link you will be prompted to enter a Login Name and Password that are listed on the CareerLink homepage.)
WCL Faculty WCL Professors are a great resource for exploring different practice areas and expanding your network. You can find professors according to practice areas of expertise at this page. Reach out, make an appointment, and expand your options!
Internships.com Internships.com contains internships from companies large and small, local and international. (Approximately 9,000 listings with 7,200 organizations/companies.) You can access Internships.com by logging onto CareerLink and utilizing the "Internships.com" link. Create your own account using your student emaill address.
Internships-USA
Internships-USA.com features more than 3,000 organizations offering internships for college and law students. You can access the "Internships for Law Students" link on Internships-USA.com by logging onto CareerLink and utilizing the "Internships-USA" link, username, and password in the "Important Online Resources" area of the homepage.
DC-Area Legal Temporary Agencies Contains a partial listing of some of the many national and local legal temporary agencies. When you click on this link you will be prompted to enter a Login Name and Password that are listed on the CareerLink homepage.
Professional/Bar Associations and Organizations A list of bar/professional organizations that can be used to help build a network of professional contacts and relationships for the purpose professional development, personal growth, and obtaining a job.
The National Law Journal The National Law Journal provides timely legal information of national importance to attorneys including: Federal Circuit Court Decisions, Verdicts, Practitioners Columns, Coverage of legislative issues, and Legal news from the business and private sectors. From The National Law Journal you can also access Legal Times, a weekly legal newspaper covering law and lobbying in the nation’s capital. You can navigate to Legal Times by clicking on the “Washington News Section” button located on the left side of The National Law Journal homepage. While in the WCL building this link will allow you to proceed directly to this resource. If you are outside of WCL the Pence Law Library Proxy Server will ask you to enter your Novell login information before directing you to the resource.
General Job Search Links For useful links on general job search links, click here.
Reciprocity Reciprocity allows third year students and alumni to use resources from other law schools' Career Services Offices/ Offices of Career & Professional Development. This page includes information for WCL students interested in reciprocity with other schools and for students from other schools seeking reciprocity with WCL.
DIRECTORIES
NALP Directory of Legal Employers The NALP Directory of Legal Employers provides comprehensive information on more than 1,800 legal employers. The Directory is fully searchable and free to all users.
Leadership Directories (Yellow Books) After entering the Leadership Directories site, the individual directories are accessible by selecting the "Browse" category at the top of the page. Alternatively, students can search all of the directories or individual directories by using the "Search" category at the top of the page. Hard copies of the directories are also available in OCPD and the Pence Law Libraries. While in the WCL building this link will allow you to proceed directly to this resource. If you are outside of WCL the Pence Law Library Proxy Server will ask you to enter your Novell login information before directing you to the resource.
Vault Career Insider Vault Career Insider, an Online Career Library for the sole use of American University Washington College of Law current students, faculty and staff, provides a wide variety of information, such as 14 law industry and career guides, including the Top 100 law firms, government and non-profit employers, law firms in various legal markets (such as Boston, New York and Chicago), and practice area guides including litigation, corporate and employment. The online subscription also highlights 10 Alternative Industry and Career Guides, employer profiles, industry research and career advice articles. New additions to the online career library include: profiles of today's hottest industries and companies; up-to-the minute news from Dow Jones; thestreet.com and AP; "My Vault,"customizable career management portal; and insider intelligence on salaries, interview and hiring practices, advancement opportunities and company cultures-for more than 6,000 companies, 200 industries and 400 professions. You can access the database by logging onto CareerLink and utilizing the "Vault Career Insider" link in the "Important Online Resources" area of the homepage.
OCPD's List of DC Area Small & Mid-Size Firms A list of over 800 small and mid-size firms in the DC metro area, broken down by practice area. This list is not exhaustive, but includes many of the small and mid-size law firms in the DC area.
ALUMNI NETWORKING RESOURCES
Martindale Lawyer Search The Martindale Directoy provides searchable database allowing readers the ability to locate firms and lawyers based on specific practice areas and geographical location.

Mentor Database

The WCL Mentor Database enables students and alumni to contact practicing alumni for the purposes of networking, general career advice, and informational interviews. When students click on this link they will be prompted to enter their WCL Novell login username and password.
Judicial Clerkship Alumni Survey Search Interested in learning more about judicial clerkships? Researching specific judges and courts? Preparing for a judicial clerkship interview? Use this database to locate and review feedback from alumni who clerked with federal judges, state judges/justices, and administrative law judges around the country. The alumni surveys include information about: clerkship experience (role in chambers, main duties, and judge's demeanor), the interview process (format, length, and even specific questions asked), application advice specific to the judge or court, and alumni contact information so you can call or e-mail with further questions. You can access this resource by logging onto CareerLink and utilizing the "Judicial Clerkship Database" link, username, and password in the "Important Online Resources" area of the homepage.



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