The Office has four former practicing lawyers as career counselors who individually counsel students and alumni and facilitate their career development. Counselors are available to meet either in person or by telephone to discuss career choices, job search strategies, resume and cover letter preparation, and interviewing techniques. When students enter the law school, they are assigned to one of the four counselors, based on the student’s first year section. While students are not obligated to consult with their “section advisor”, this approach assures each student a consistent source of support, someone who will become familiar with the student’s background and interests.
UCLA School of Law students routinely obtain post-graduate judicial clerkships in a variety of federal and state courts nationwide. Moujan Kazerani is the Assistant Director who works specifically with students and alumni who wish to pursue judicial clerkships; she provides individual counseling, maintains clerkship-related resources and holds judicial clerkship programs with judicial clerks, faculty, and judges. As a service to students, the Office processes faculty letters of recommendation, includes the letters in the student application packets and sends out the complete packets to all judges.
Office of Public Interest Programs
and the Office of Career Services work closely in offering a variety of special programs and services for those students interested in pursuing public interest opportunities during law school and post-graduate employment. In addition to the Annual Southern California Public Interest Career Day, which attracts more than 100 public interest organizations and government agencies, other jointly sponsored programs focus more specifically on the fundamentals of pursuing public interest careers, and address such topics as public interest internships during the school year and summer, post-graduate public interest fellowships, and the array of public interest internships and employment opportunities.
The Office has a career advisor who focuses specifically on the needs of alumni. The advisor, who is a former practicing lawyer, is available to meet with alumni either in person or by telephone on an appointment basis. The advisor assists alumni by reviewing their resumes and cover letters as well as discussing individualized job search strategies.
Throughout the year, students can develop or refine their job interview skills through mock interviews with the four counselors. The counselors act as prospective employers, making the interview as realistic as possible by asking questions that are typical to the type of position the student is seeking. Because all of the counselors previously practiced as attorneys and recruited for their legal employers, they are intimately familiar with the interviewing process. In addition, the counselors keep in close contact with employers about current interviewing issues and market trends. In addition to these counseling sessions, the Office also coordinates an In Attorney Office Mock Interview Program with attorney volunteers acting as interviewers.
First Year Summer Information
The Office works closely with the first year students from November throughout the remainder of the year to identify and assess summer opportunities and help them apply for and attain those positions. The majority of students obtain legal positions in the summer after their first year with employers in a range of different settings. First year students work for law firms of all sizes, judges, government agencies, public interest organizations, professors, and in-house corporate counsel offices. Other first year students choose to spend their summer studying law abroad.