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Navigating Your Job Search

OCP has extensive resources to assist you in your job search. Familiarizing yourself early on with these resources will enable you to conduct an efficient, productive job search during your legal career.

Job Postings

OCP provides students and alums with 24 hour web access to www.usflawlink.com. This site is a portal for job listings, recruiting information, and employer information. It also contains a document library which houses many of the handouts the OCP produces and program information. We encourage you to check the site often as job opportunities, program and event details, and employer information are updated on an on-going basis.

Counseling Appointments

Each OCP Director provides individualized career counseling. As experienced counselors, the Directors are prepared to provide guidance in career choices, resume and cover letter review, selection of references and writing samples, job search strategy, interviewing skills development, and networking/informational interviewing preparation. These law career professionals will also assist you during critical job search decisions such as helping you determine which offer to accept or decline, how to negotiate a higher salary or other benefits, and other issues which may arise during your search. We can also assist you with selecting courses and law school clinics, as well as civil, criminal, and judicial externships.

Current students can book an appointment at our front desk, online, or by calling (415) 422-6757.

Career Planning Job Search Handouts

The Office of Career Planning has created job search handouts for USF Law students and alumni. To access additional handouts, login to USFLawLink and search for the documents in the Resource Library.

Subscription Websites

Contact OCP for user name and passwords to the following subscription websites:

Resource Library

The following list is a sampling of the printed materials available for student use. Students are welcome to review these materials in the OCP:

  • Directories of Law Firms, Government Offices, and Public Interest Agencies
  • Publications on Practice Areas, Career Management, and Job Search Strategy
  • The Recorder, Daily Journal, and ther legal periodicals
  • NALP Guide to Starting Salaries: What New Law Graduates Earn
  • NALP Guide to Jobs and JD's: Employment and Salaries of New Law Graduates

OCP Equipment Use

OCP allows in-office computer access. Additionally, students and alumni may use OCP office equipment for job search-related printing, scanning, copying, and faxing.