The Career and Professional Development Requirement seeks to provide students with the skills and perspectives employers indicate they are looking for in new attorneys. The Requirement has the following specific objectives:
- Engage students with the Office of Career Development and Student Services and begin long-lasting professional relationships.
- Provide students with the resources and tools necessary to identify and obtain appropriate employment.
- Prepare students for life as a successful legal professional through skills training and opportunities for self-assessment in those areas identified as being essential for new attorneys.
- Give students the tools needed for ongoing self-care and lifelong professional development.
- Three types of programs will be offered:
- Job Search Skills
- Career Exploration (such as Life of a Lawyer lunches, practice-area panels, employer site visits, etc.)
- Professional Development
- First-year students are required to attend the Boot Camp, one Career Exploration program, and two Professional Development programs. First-year students are also required to complete a self-assessment to help plan for the next three years.
- 2L and 3L students are required to complete four qualifying programs of choice (Job Search Skills, Career Exploration, or Professional Development) during each academic year, with a minimum of one credit obtained each semester
- Part-time and dual degree students must complete all requirements prior to graduation
- Solely for purposes of the certificate, attendance at a program approved for CLE credit, including law school symposia, counts toward fulfillment of requirements.
- Students will receive one credit for each CLE program attended, regardless of duration of program.
- Current 3Ls (Class of 2018) are required to attend only three additional programs to receive the certificate