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Career 411: HELP… I’m graduating without a JOB

We find ourselves in the middle of March, and for those 3Ls who have yet to secure permanent employment after graduation… DO NOT DISPAIR!!!  Unfortunately, the majority of employers that hire 3Ls or recent grads will wait to post positions or consider you until after you have passed the bar exam, but that does not mean there is nothing for you to do until next September.  Here are some helpful tips of things you should be doing NOW to secure employment for after graduation.

1. Tell everyone that you are looking.  The more people that know you are looking means the more people who have eyes and ears out for you.  Be sure to utilize everyone including your family, friends, professors, CDO staff, and other students as they can all be wonderful resources for potential employment.

2. Update your resume!  This is a great time to really get your resume polished up and ready for all of the recent grad postings that will come your way.  Make sure you have included all of your experiences and activities as many of you might not have updated your resume since you were a 2L.  Take your resume to your career advisor to make sure there are no typos and to make sure your resume stands out.

3. Check Symplicity at least twice a week.  Even though most of the positions open to graduating 3Ls won’t be posted until this summer… we are regularly posting jobs that you can apply for right now… DON’T MISS OUT!

4. Network.  Now is the time to be going to BAMSL or KCMBA young lawyer events and getting your name out in the legal markets you want to practice in.  Be sure and introduce yourself to practitioners and follow up with them to get advice on any leads they may have.   Make sure to send thank you letters and connect on LinkedIn.

5.Contact previous employers.  While the legal employers you worked for during law school may not be in a position to hire you after law school, they may know of other opportunities that exist or can at least refer you to colleagues who may be able to help.  Don’t be shy and reach out… It’s also not a bad idea to ask for letters of recommendations to be included in job applications.

 

What's going on?: March 16-20

While there are no “formal” Career Development Programs going on this week, we want to make sure that you are aware of some upcoming programs that you should keep on your radar. — MANDATORY Pre-Summer Externship Session, April 1st at 1:00 p.m. in Room 6.  For more information and to RSVP, please visit Symplicity. —  Continue Reading »

Resource Review: PSJD

If you are interested in a Public Interest Career after law school, you should check out www.psjd.org, which allows you to search posted jobs and employers and has many other resources available as well. In order to search for jobs, you will want to click on the “Search Jobs & Employers” tab from the home  Continue Reading »

Mizzou Law Career Expo: What to do AFTER the Expo…

The 2015 Mizzou Law Career Expo is over and you had the opportunity to talk with many different employers from state and federal agencies, not-for-profit organizations, small firms, corporations and accounting firms.  How can you leverage the contacts you made?  Here is a checklist to assist you: Organize your information:  You will have business cards and possibly brochures  Continue Reading »

What's going on?: March 9-13

Welcome back everyone… spring is in the air and we have some wonderful events this week at Hulston. If you are planning to sit for the Missouri Bar Exam you should attend Applying Early for Character & Fitness featuring Joe Figo, the Executive Director of The Missouri Board of Law Examiners (MBLE), which will be  Continue Reading »

What's going on?: March 2-6

I hope you are enjoying what is hopefully the last snow of the winter and are excited for some great events in the upcoming weeks here at Hulston Hall.  For more information, please see the postings on Symplicity. — Dean’s Distinguished Lecture: Mark Bronson, ’73, Monday, March 9th at 1:00 p.m. in the Courtroom. Food  Continue Reading »

Mizzou Law Career Expo: How to Prep for Mizzou Law’s Career Expo

Mizzou Law’s 2015 Career Expo is just around the corner (next Tuesday, February 24th).  A variety of employers ranging from small firms, to public interest employers, to government entities, to corporations and accounting firms will be represented and ready to speak with you.  How can you prepare for this event?  Here are some tips that  Continue Reading »