Job Search Preparation

The Office of Career and Professional Development's alumni website provides a first stop for USD School of Law alumni interested in exploring new job opportunities.

Career Resource Links

Find links to job listing sites, including private practice, government, public interest, courts, alternative careers, teaching and many others, in our Career Resource Links section.

Reciprocity with Other Law Schools' Career Services Offices

The Office of Career and Professional Development maintains reciprocity agreements with many other law schools throughout the U.S. Each school has limitations on its services. Reciprocity allows USD School of Law graduates to use career services offices at participating law schools according to the policies of those schools. If you are interested in requesting reciprocity, please contact Graylin Clavell in the Office of Career and Professional Development at (619) 260-4529 or visit our section on reciprocity.

Law Alumni Association

The Law Alumni Association is a great resource to network and keep in touch with fellow law alumni.

Alumni Job Postings

As with most law schools around the country, USD posts alumni job opportunities on a web-based job database called “Symplicity.” Symplicity allows alumni to access and view job opportunities at any time and from any location with Internet access! On Symplicity are listings for positions in San Diego, other areas of California, and across the U.S. and internationally. 

To view the job postings on USD's Symplicity database, you must be a graduate of USD School of Law's Juris Doctor or LLM programs. If you are, you may obtain access by emailing with your name as it appears on your degree, the year you graduated, and state “Symplicity Instructions” in the subject line of the email. Once we confirm your alumni status,we will respond with instructions on how to register for Symplicity. 

To assist you in your job search, the University of San Diego also provides the Torero Network, a comprehensive directory of alumni of the university. In addition, you may obtain a USD email address if you don’t already have one. To obtain a USD email address, simply click on the Alumni Relations link below and register for the "Torero Network." You may then sign up for a USD email address which may prove helpful when networking with fellow alumni. You may also sign up for an email forwarding service that will automatically forward messages sent to your USD email address to another email address of your choosing.

Alumni Resume Service

For alumni who would like assistance in writing or updating their resume and/or cover letter, the Office of Career and Professional Development offers resume and cover letter review service. If you wish to use this service, forward a copy of your resume and/or cover letter with a short note outlining your career goals to the Office of Career and Professional Development by mail, fax or email. Please allow 48 hours for review of your materials.

Lexis and Westlaw Access For Graduates

As a continuing service to law school graduates, Westlaw and Lexis have extended free access to their career libraries to assist graduates with their job search. The Westlaw and Lexis career libraries allow graduates to research law firms, government agencies, public interest organizations and corporations online to do a targeted mailing of resumes. To access these career libraries, you must use a password or ID provided by Westlaw or Lexis. Call or email the Office of Career and Professional Development to receive the necessary password or ID number. Note that the Westlaw and Lexis career libraries do not contain job postings. Please refer to the Alumni Job Postings section of this Web page for information on how to obtain job postings through USD’s Symplicity system.

Law School Job Newsletter Exchange

The Office of Career and Professional Development exchanges job newsletters with over 90 other law schools in California and across the United States. If you are thinking of relocating, consider consulting the relevant newsletters for openings in those areas. The newsletters can be viewed at the Intercollegiate Job Bank. For user name and password please email the Office of Career and Professional Development.

Career and Professional Development Guides

A series of career guides—including employer lists, sample resumes, cover letters and government hiring procedures, among others—are available for use. More information.


Career and Professional Development
Warren Hall, Room 113
Phone: (619) 260-4529
Fax: (619) 260-6828


Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Evening appointments available upon request.

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