When she began her service as the director of career development at Mizzou Law, Kate Busch, ’07, knew she had a great, yet not impossible, challenge.
As a former criminal prosecutor, she knew that moving into career development was a significant transition. Her new position required her to think about working with those in the public sector of the law to developing relationships with private, smaller firms across the United States.
To help address the scope of the task at hand, Busch and the rest of the Career Development team created a site-visit program called “Exploring the Profession.” This program allows students to take day trips to areas where students have significant interest in working either during or after law school. Some of these areas include the major metropolitan areas of Kansas City and St. Louis. The Career Development team is also constantly in contact with local bar association programs and works closely with alumni and law firms to continuously facilitate communications between students and potential future employers.
While Busch concedes that the program is not the only one of its kind, she does believe it is gaining significant popularity with both Mizzou Law students and employers and has resulted in satisfactory experiences and employment.
Busch chronicled her experience in the “Newcomer’s Corner” section of the April 2014 issue of the NALP Bulletin. NALP is the National Association for Law Placement, Inc.