Career Planning

From your first day on campus, to graduation day and beyond, our full-service Office of Career Planning supports you on your journey to a rewarding legal career.

Office of Career Planning (OCP) counselors are experienced JDs with diverse industry experiences to draw from as they work with you to identify your career interests and showcase your professional skillsets.

The most recent graduating class reported higher rates employment than previous years: 61 percent of the Class of 2017 are in full-time, long-term positions that require bar admission or prefer a JD. In all, 78 percent secured full-time, long-term legal or professional employment within 10 months of graduating. Read more

A Sampling of Class of 2017 First Jobs:

  • Andersen Tax
  • Arns Law Firm
  • Butler Viadro LLP
  • California Court of Appeal, Associate Justice Jon B. Streeter
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, San Francisco Immigration Court
  • DeWolf Realty Company
  • Discord, Inc.
  • Ernst & Young
  • Lifschitz Ezrin Darsky & Alioto
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeny
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Office of the Alameda County Public Defender
  • Solano County District Attorney’s Office
  • Trucker Huss, APC
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

OCP services and programs include:

  • Individual career counseling
  • Resume, cover letter, and social media review
  • Online jobs database
  • On-campus recruiting and job fairs
  • Career skills workshops
  • Extensive mock interview program

Connect with Lawyers

Throughout the year, OCP organizes a variety of opportunities for students to meet lawyers in their areas of interest, including:

  • Panels, presentations, and career fairs
  • The Alumni Mentor Program (ASP) (connecting alumni with current students)
  • The Lunch with Lawyers Program (small group lunches)
  • Minority and diversity recruitment opportunities
  • Public Interest/Public Sector Legal Careers Day
  • Tech sector networking events
  • LinkedIn

Whether it was preparing me for informational interviews, invitations to lunches, or my final interviews at Kilpatrick, my OCP counselor was always only a phone call away. She even helped me decide on a schedule so I could take full advantage of an amazing externship opportunity. When I came into her office to tell her about my Kilpatrick offer, she gave me a huge hug and then sat me down to answer all of my questions.

Calla Yee ’15, secured her position before graduation to become an associate in the intellectual property department at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton