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The Director of Career Services & Professional Development will assist the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Career Services with all aspects of the office’s counseling, programming, and outreach functions. Primary functions include: providing a wide range of career counseling and programming services for Juris Doctor and dual degree program students and alumni including both traditional (law firm) and non-traditional (public service, government and business) career development; increasing employment opportunities for La Verne Law students and alumni through outreach efforts including making visits to employers offsite; collection of employment information for the purpose of reporting placement activities to national agencies. Other duties will include: developing written career materials for students and alumni including career planning guidebooks, resume and cover letter guides, and interviewing tips; providing individualized counseling to students and alumni regarding career planning, goals, options and opportunities, as well as job search strategies; reviewing student’s job application materials; drafting articles for e-newsletters; planning events to include the local and regional legal community to help market students and graduates; working with all of the southern California law school career services offices to develop cooperative programs, job fairs, and other events for La Verne Law students to participate in; representing La Verne Law at local, regional and national meetings and conferences including the National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP), the Los Angeles Area Legal Recruiters Association, the Orange County Legal Recruiters Association and local bar association events. Additionally other responsibilities include: assisting when necessary with the law school’s efforts to recruit and enroll new students, including appearing at recruiting events such as law fairs, Open House events, and meeting with and counseling prospective law students.
• Develop employment opportunities for students and alumni in both the private and public sector by contacting prospective employers through mail, email, phone calls, and personal visits.
• Assist with the implementaton of La Verne law students involvement in Fall and Spring On Campus Interviewing, career fairs, and consortium events.
• Assist with the mentor program and a mock interview program between students and attorneys.
• Develop and present skills development presentations and programs to assist students with job search techniques.
• Develop and implement information programs and handouts designed to facilitate student self-assessment and to inform students and alumni about the wide range of traditional and non-traditional legal career.
• Develop and maintain working relationships and coordinate joint programs with student leaders, alumni, faculty, and local bar associations.
• Plan events to include the local and regional legal community to market students and alumni.
• Work with all southern California career services offices to develop cooperative programs, job fairs and events.
• Represent La Verne Law at local, regional and national meetings and conferences including the NALP Conference, the Los Angeles Area Legal Recruiters Association, the Orange County Legal Recruiters Association and local bar association events.
• Develop materials for prospective law students explaining the services available in the Career Services and Professional Development Office.
• Assist when necessary with the law school’s efforts to recruit and enroll new students, including apprearing at recruiting events such as law fairs, Open House events, meeting with prospective law students, contributing written materials about La Verne’s career services to Admission’s information packets.
• Counsel students in the Juris Doctor and the dual degree programs, JD/MPA and JD/MBA, as well as alumni about job searching strategies and career development in both traditional and non-traditional legal careers and externships.
• Continue to update a comprehensive Career Services reference library of publications regarding various types of employment and areas of practice, perodicals, journals and directories.
• Develop extensive written career materials for students and alumni, including outlines and articles on areas of practice, alternative careers, public interest careers, government careers, resume guides, cover letter guides, interviewing guides, and employer contact lists.
• Continue to develop and maintain career services databases for students and graduates.
• Update career services information on the La Verne Law website.
• Manage the judicial clerkship application process.
• Design, distribute, tabulate and evaluate various career surveys and initiate recommendations for enhancements to the career services program based on survey feedback and developments in the profession. Collect and report employment statistics to national agencies such as NALP, U.S. News, and the ABA.
The Director of Career Services & Professional Development should have excellent verbal and written communication skills. The person must have an understanding of career development issues affecting law students and the legal profession, and be able to identify and analyze trends in the legal profession. The position also requires strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and an understanding of career services databases including Symplicity and OSCAR as well as other online resources, and the willingness to respond to the needs of students and employers.
A Juris Doctor degree or Masters level counseling degree is strongly preferred. At least two years previous experience in legal practice, sales to the legal community, career counseling or administration is preferred as is familiarity with the legal job market.
The hiring range for this position is dependent upon qualifications and departmental equity. Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan.
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