USD School of Law's Career and Professional Development offers students the following services.
- 2015 Graduate Survey
- Career and Professional Development Official Communications
- Law Clerk Job Listings
- Career Advising
- Resume and Cover Letter Review
- Video Mock Interviews
- Recruiting Programs
- Student Business Cards
- Judicial Clerkships
- Career and Professional Development Guides
- Career Development Programs
- Co-Sponsored Job Fairs
- Alumni Services
- Career Resources Library
This website and Career and Professional Development emails are the primary means of announcing Career and Professional Development programs, interview schedules, special resume collections and other legal career information. Students are responsible for regularly reviewing the website and emails for information.
Our Symplicity job search system requires students to use their USD email accounts. Therefore, it is essential that students check their USD email accounts and make sure there is enough room on that account to receive career-related emails.
Job listings are often received daily and posted online (Symplicity). Positions include local, regional and nationwide listings with government agencies, courts, law firms and public interest employers.
All students can speak with an advisor about all aspects of their career search, including private law firms, public interest opportunities, government agencies, judicial clerkships and alternative careers. Appointments are encouraged, and walk-ins are assisted as soon as possible. Early morning or early evening appointments are available upon request. For students unable to travel to campus, telephone appointments may be scheduled at any time, including over the lunch hour. To schedule an appointment, email the Office of Career and Professional Development or call (619) 260-4529.
The Career and Professional Development staff reviews and edits students' resumes and cover letters. You can submit your resume for review by making an appointment with one of our staff or by delivering it to our office via mail, hand delivery or email. Resumes can be picked up from our office after an average turnaround time of 48 hours.
Students can pre-register for videotaped mock interviews. After the interview, the videotape is immediately played back and reviewed by the student and Career and Professional Development staff.
Each year, employers interview students either on- or off-campus. These employers represent law firms, government agencies and public interest employers nationwide. More Information.
Graduate students in the School of Law may order USD degree candidate business cards for networking and recruiting purposes. The cards are available to current students in each of the graduate degree programs. More Information.
Students may use our computers to compose resumes and cover letters.
A series of career guides—including employer lists, sample resumes, cover letters and government hiring procedures, among others—are available for use. More Information.
A variety of workshops and employer presentations are offered throughout the year. Watch for announcements posted on the Career and Professional Development calendar.
Career and Professional Development participates in specialty practice, minority, public interest and government job fairs nationwide.
Alumni may continue to use Career and Professional Development following graduation and throughout their careers. View more information about alumni services.
Resources are available on a broad range of legal careers and types of employment.
Many ABA accredited law schools offer nationwide reciprocal use of career services. Restrictions apply. More Information.