CAREER SERVICES FOR STUDENTS
Welcome to the Office of Career Services. We are dedicated to meeting your needs by providing personalized career advising and the resources you need to plan and pursue the career you want. We can help you market yourself confidently and professionally and assist you in developing life-long job search techniques.
Advisors are available to help you formulate your career plans, devise an effective job search strategy, and refine your application materials. Call 413-782-1416 to schedule an appointment.
Mock interviews with career advisors are a helpful way to prepare for the job search.
Career Services online recruiting system, Symplicity, contains jobs, fellowships, internships, externships, and clerkships. It contains names, practice areas, and contact information for many firms. Most recruiting, including the submission of application materials, will be done through this online resource.
For law students who attend schools that are, like Western New England University School of Law, members of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), the first few months of a full-time student’s first academic year are reserved for academic activities. NALP bylaws require career offices to wait until October 15th to begin actively working with full-time, first-year students. As a first-year student, you may apply to employers who are NALP members after December 1. You are free to pursue law-related employment with non-NALP members on your own during this initial period.
First-year students are strongly encouraged to actively participate in the First-Year Mentor Program, through which they are paired with an attorney. Applications are available in the fall.
CAREER RESOURCE ROOM AND WEBSITE
The Career Services Resource Room and website, www.law.wne.edu/careerservices, contains a variety of reference materials for job seekers, including information on law firms, state and federal government agencies, corporations, public interest employers, various types of law practice, federal and state judicial clerkships, nonlegal career opportunities, fellowships, study abroad, summer study, graduate law programs, and links to many sites of interest.
CAREER SEARCH GUIDES
Career Services produces handouts on many aspects of career development, including the job search, resume and letter writing, interviewing techniques, networking, clerkships, fellowships, and more. All of our handouts are available on our website.
EMPLOYER PANELS AND INFORMATION SESSIONS
During the academic year, professionals from a variety of legal fields offer panel presentations and individual information sessions. Topics include current hiring practices, industry trends, employment opportunities within presenters’ organizations, types of law, and more. Information about specific programs can be found in the “Weekly Publications and Events” section of the Career Services website.
The “Alumni Finder” is a resource for finding alumni for informational interviews. You may ask for advice and information on such subjects as choosing a career, the nature of practice in certain areas of the law, and the local legal community. The “Alumni Finder” is located at www.law.wne.edu/alumni on the Law School website.
Many local graduates participate in the annual Mentoring Network Reception that pairs students with a legal mentor from the community to welcome them into the community. Each spring, alumni support classroom learning by volunteering as moot court judges for mock trials. As participants in our Job Shadow Experience, alumni help students to bridge classroom doctrinal instruction and practice their legal skills.
Emailed to students regularly, the newsletter contains information on career events, postings for jobs (including internships, externships, and clerkships), and timely advice.
BULLETIN EXCHANGE & THE INTERCOLLEGIATE JOB BANK
Career Services is part of the Intercollegiate Job Bank, a cooperative site that features job bulletins from law schools all over the country. It can be found at https://www.law2.byu.edu/career_services/jobbank/ Contact Career Services or check the welcome message in Symplicity for the confidential username and password.
The Career Services fax machine may be used by students solely to send resumes, law transcripts, references, and other application materials to potential employers.
We provide students with student business cards for a small fee. Students can place new orders or reorders anytime throughout the calendar year. Online Order Form
Western New England University School of Law students and alumni may use Career Services at some other law schools. Requests for reciprocity can be made through Career Services here at the law school. Reciprocity is not usually extended from August 15 through November 15.