The Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) offers individualized counseling for JD and LLM students, both day and evening, throughout their time at WCL and for one year beyond graduation. The OCPD hosts and co-sponsors on- and offline professional development and recruitment programming that features experts and employers from a variety of practice settings. These include mock interviews, resume writing, and career and networking fairs.
JD graduates in need of career counseling more than one year after graduation receive assistance through our Office of Alumni Relations. Matthew Pascocello, Director of Alumni Career & Professional Development, provides experienced alumni with resources, networks, programs, and individual counseling to assist them in their lifelong pursuit of career and professional development. Please visit the Alumni Career Services and Resources page for more information.
Each WCL student is assigned a Career Counselor during their first year. The OCPD’s counselors provide expert guidance for students and recent graduates in search of internships, externships, clerkships, and careers in law, and help them create personalized career plans based on their experiences and interests.
Through individualized sessions, counselors may assist students with:
- Career Path Exploration
- Job Search Strategies
- Networking and Other Interpersonal Skills
- Application Materials
- Exploring Job Search Resources
- Interview Preparation and Follow-up
- Identifying Clerkships, Internships, and Fellowships
- Offer Selection and Negotiation
After the initial meeting with an assigned career counselor, students are invited to continue working with their career counselor throughout their law school career. They may also meet with other career counselors whose area(s) of specialization most closely align with their goals. Find each counselor’s areas of specialization on the Staff page.
The Office of Career & Professional Developments uses CareerLink, hosted by Symplicity, to house information on career development events, recruiting opportunities, employers who hire WCL, and more. Students and alumni may use CareerLink to RSVP for events, apply for jobs, and schedule mock interviews and other targeted career counseling appointments. CareerLink is the OCPD’s go-to platform for career development resources.
Log into CareerLink to:
- Schedule an Appointment with a Career Counselor
- Search for Employment Opportunities
- Register for Recruitment Events
- View Professional Development and Career Resources on topics ranging from procuring clerkships to writing resumes and cover letters
Recent graduates and experienced alumni who prefer to use something other than their AU email address to log into CareerLink can do so by converting to an alumni email account or using their personal email. The OCPD’s Data and Communications Manager is available to provide assistance should any issues arise when accessing CareerLink.
The OCPD partners with student and industry organizations to host professional development and recruitment programming. Contact us at 202-274-4090 to find out how to arrange a partnership with the OCPD.