The Office of Career Planning & Placement at Akron Law School is dedicated to meeting the career planning needs of our students and alumni and the recruiting and hiring needs of employers across the country. We achieve this through individualized self assessment, identifying appropriate legal career options, providing training in job search skills and offering many sources of employment opportunities for our students and graduates. We also help employers nationwide, ranging from large law firms to public interest organizations and government agencies, hire Akron Law students and alumni who best fit their needs. The Office of Career Planning & Placement is staffed by professionals with many years of career planning experience. We have one common goal: to help our students and alumni fulfill their career objectives and to assist employers in meeting all their hiring needs. We achieve this goal through a comprehensive menu of services. The services we offer to our graduates include:
Career Planning Guide - one of the best of its kind - contains comprehensive information about career options, resume and cover letter drafting, and interview techniques. Each student receives a copy of the guide during First-Year Orientation.
One-on-One Career Counseling - Ms. Benedict O'Brien, the Director of Career Planning & Placement, is available for individual appointments to discuss your job search strategy as well as other aspects of your job search , including, but not limited to, resume and cover letter preparation, job application procedures, market and employer information, practice area and career options exploration, interview preparation, and personal professional development. Appointments are available in person, via telephone, and via email.
Comprehensive Career Planning Library of Resources - the Career Planning & Placement Office maintains a comprehensive library of books on various job search topics, and other hard copy reference materials, including directories, informational handouts, binders of fellowship and clerkship opportunities, legal periodicals, salary and practice-area reports and statistics. Students may borrow any materials from the Career Planning library by listing their name and contact information in the sign out binder.
Job Postings - the Career Planning & Placement Office posts numerous full time job opportunities for our students and alumni. In the 2008-2009 academic year, the Career Planning & Placement Office posted hundreds of job opportunities for our students and alumni. Our job postings are updated each weekday, so be sure to check Symplicity on a regular basis. We encourage all Akron Law graduates actively looking for work to check Symplicity at least three times per week, and to apply to available opportunities without unnecessary delay.
The Alumni Career Connection - our monthly alumni e-mail job newsletter. The Alumni Career Connection contains up-to-date information about job opportunities, notices about career workshops, and articles on important job search skills. The Alumni Career Connection is published and e-mailed to all "subscribing" alumni on the 15th of every month or the following business day, if the 15th falls on a weekend. For your free subscription to the Alumni Career Connection, please contact the Career Planning Office at 330-972-5321 or email@example.com.
Workshops, Panel Discussions, and Presentations - throughout the school year, the Career Planning & Placement Office offers a wide variety of programs covering topics ranging from different practice areas, professional development, interview skills, obtaining a judicial clerkship, to non-traditional/alternative careers, resume and cover letter preparation, how to network and how to launch a successful job search campaign. All Akron Law alumni are invited and encouraged to attend these. For notice about these different programs, please check the Calendar of Upcoming Career Planning Events.
Mock Interviews - Akron Law alumni can participate in practice interviews with members of the Career Planning staff. These mock interviews are a great way to hone your interviewing skills before going on a "real" job interview.
Reciprocity - Reciprocity allows Akron Law students and alumni to receive access to some or all of the career planning resources of another law school. This can be a useful tool for students seeking employment outside Northeast Ohio. Many law schools, including Akron, have strict guidelines as to when they will grant reciprocity and for how long they will grant it. Please be sure you carefully read and understand the reciprocity policy of the school you are requesting access to and that you make your request at the time you are able to take the fullest advantage of the privileges extended to you. To request reciprocity, call 330-972-5321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy of Akron Law's reciprocity policy is available here.
Alumni Networking - the Office of Career Planning & Placement provides many opportunities for Akron Law alumni to meet and network with other Akron Law School alumni. For a list of Akron Law School Alumni events planned around the country, please click here.