Find Your Path
There are countless ways you can employ your JD to forge a satisfying career path. Career counselors at USF are eager to discuss all aspects of your job search, from brainstorming potential career directions and reviewing application materials to creating career connections. At USF, you are welcome to meet with a career counselor as often as you wish.
Career and personal assessments can be a useful way to learn about your values, the types of environments where you thrive, and how you define satisfaction and success. Even if you know how you will use your degree, assessments can guide you in approaching and developing your job search in a way that works for you, and how to anticipate and address potential challenges during your career. OCP offers two assessments administered and evaluated by our expert counselors — the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory as well as many other self-assessment tools.
Talk to Lawyers
One of the best ways to find your path is to talk to professionals already working in your areas of interest. Learn more about how OCP helps you meet professionals.
Resources & Tools
USFLaw Link: USF School of Law’s online career planning platform is your main source for internship and job postings, signing up for career development events, and registering for major programs, like On-Campus Recruitment and Mock Interviews. It also houses many career guides and other resources.
Career Corner: Dedicated section of Zief Law Library with a wide range of career-related books and guides.
OCP Weekly Newsletter: Weekly newsletter identifying upcoming networking events and career development programs and offering key career tips and advice.
Diversity Opportunities Newsletter: Bi-monthly OCP newsletter listing upcoming networking, job and fellowship opportunities for diverse students.
Government Opportunities Newsletter: Weekly OCP newsletter listing upcoming deadlines for Government Opportunities Program positions and other state, local and federal government hiring opportunities.
Mock Interview Program: Several times a year, students have the chance to do a practice interview with a local attorney. OCP counselors can also conduct mock interviews and interview preparation with students at any time.
Job Search Handouts and Guides: OCP maintains a huge resource library of handouts created to address students’ specific job search needs. You’ll find useful guides on everything from legal resumes and cover letters to specialty bar associations, available in hardcopy and online.
Online Resources and Subscriptions: USF law students have access to Government Honors Programs, PSJD, Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, and Glassdoor for Students.
Conferences & Career Fairs
A great way to learn about what career path is best for you and to start building expertise is to attend a legal conference or seminar outside the law school. You can meet attorneys, learn about cutting edge legal issues, and educate other students afterwards. USF has an unusual and generous approach to conferences, supporting student attendance through offering limited funding to cover registration fees and travel expenses.
Job fairs provide opportunities to meet attorneys and find summer or long term employment. USF hosts or co-sponsors two career fairs in the Bay Area:
Love Your Career Week: Unique to USF, Love Your Career Week in February is full of programming designed to help students find a job and develop career connections. In 2017, the week featured panels, workshops, and speed mentoring. Love Your Career Week 2018 will be just as dynamic!
Public Interest/Public Sector Legal Careers Day (PI/PS Day): Hosted each winter by OneJustice and Northern California Law Schools, PI/PS Day provides law students an opportunity to meet and interview with public interest and public sector legal organizations and offers a wide range of summer opportunities. In 2017, over 125 employers participated.
Legalpalooza!: Unique to USF, this is a career options day 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.
There are many other career fairs you could consider that OCP helps students successfully participate in, including:
- BALIF Career Fair
- Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
- Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair
- National LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair
- Loyola Patent Law Interview Program
- Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair
- San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association Job Fair