Build Your Network

Building a network of professional contacts while you're in law school will bolster your career development, and at USF you’ll have countless opportunities to connect with lawyers and leaders in all practice areas.

Supportive Alumni

USF Law has an accomplished alumni community that is deeply committed to helping students launch successful careers. Our dedicated alumni are eager to help students build their networks of career advisers and career connections.

Welcoming, supportive alumni regularly host and attend networking receptions, connect with students on LinkedIn, and help students secure employment.

Opportunities for students to connect with alumni include:

USF Law LinkedIn Group and Mentorship Subgroup: This USF resource connects USF law students with alumni and faculty. The subgroup connects students to alumni who provide advice and support throughout the law school experience. Close to 3,000 alumni belong to the USF School of Law LinkedIn group.

Lunch with Lawyers: Have lunch with a local lawyer at his/her office with a small group of other students.

Legalpalooza!: Unique to USF, this is a career options fair unlike any job fair you have ever been to! It is designed for you to learn about ways to use your JD by meeting and hearing from a range of lawyers using their degree in fascinating ways.

Board of Governors and Board of Counselors: These groups of highly dedicated alumni hosts programs and events for students to meet attorneys and learn job search fundamentals, including networking and interviewing skills.

 

When I made the decision to move to Chicago, one of my former professors introduced me to a USF alum who’s a prominent criminal defense attorney there. My experience with that attorney was instrumental in securing my current position.

Elisa Cervantes Hamilton ’10, assistant attorney general at the Illinois Attorney General's Office

Networking & Social Events with Lawyers

Building a network of career allies is key to developing your legal career. But how do you meet all these attorneys who can help you? The USF Law Office of Career Planning offers a wide range of opportunities to get to know attorneys, including:

Networking Receptions and Alumni Events: Our supportive alumni regularly host and attend networking receptions in the Bay Area. The law school also hosts receptions for alumni in regions around the country, offering students the chance to create professional relationships with attorneys wherever they would like to practice.

Conferences: Attending a conference helps students develop their careers while furthering their leadership skills. You can meet attorneys, learn about cutting edge legal issues, and educate other students afterwards. We support student attendance at legal conferences by offering limited funding to cover registration fees and travel expenses and by maintaining a list of prominent conferences you might consider.

Student Groups: With more than 30 active law student groups on campus, you’ll easily find students who share your interests—or you can start your own group. Student groups host networking events regularly, including speed mentoring, speaker panels, and receptions.

Off-Campus Events: Through social media and a weekly newsletter, we connect students with external local, regional, and national events regularly to give you even more opportunities to meet and socialize with attorneys.

Mentor Programs

Mentor relationships can provide you with key support and advice from legal professionals. The law school fosters those connections in many ways.

Alumni-Mentor Program (AMP): Annual program connecting students with alumni to develop mentoring relationships.

LinkedIn Mentorship Group: online resource connecting USF law students with alumni and faculty who provide advice and support throughout the law school experience and legal career.

WLA-WLC Mentorship Group: The Women Lawyers Committee, an established group of practicing attorneys, offers mentorship to members of the USF Women’s Law Association student group. A dedicated LinkedIn group supports these connections.

Student Bar Association Mentorship Program: First-year law students are matched with third-year students, who help guide them through law school and their career development.

Other Mentorship Programs: Several student groups have created mentorship groups, including the Women Lawyers Association and several others, have created mentorship groups designed to match newer students with more experienced ones or with practicing attorneys in their members’ area of interest.

Beyond the Bay Area

No matter where you decide to practice, the Office of Career Planning will help you launch your career. With a widespread alumni base and contacts all over the country and abroad, USF offers several ways for you to connect with attorneys outside the San Francisco Bay Area.

Externships Around the Country and Abroad: Students may earn academic credit for civil, criminal and judicial experience they gain outside the Bay Area, including abroad.

Geographic Search Teams: Work with OCP and connect with other students to learn about job opportunities and alumni outside of the Bay Area; in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Hawaii, Portland, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Regional Receptions: USF hosts receptions for alumni in regions around the country, offering students the chance to meet attorneys wherever they would like to practice.