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Information for Alumni

School of Law alumni continue to have access to the following services and information through the Career Services Office after graduation:


Services

Career Counseling and Positioning

Career counseling is available for all law students and alumni through the Career Services Office located in the Dean’s Suite. Students can walk-in or make an appointment to see the Assistant Dean for Career Services to discuss career options including alternative and non legal careers, the job market, salary information for recent graduates, post-graduate fellowships, and judicial clerkships.

Students can also learn how to use the academic calendar to position themselves for their future career and/or to help them decide on a career track or sector of the legal market.

Students and alumni can make an appointment by contacting the Assistant Dean for Career Services and Special Projects at mikeruiz@siu.edu


Cover Letter and Resume Review

Cover Letter and Resume Review is available for all law students and alumni through the Career Services Office located in the Dean’s Suite. Students and alumni can make an appointment to see the Assistant Dean for Career Services to have their cover letter and/or resume reviewed for form or content.

Students and alumni can review the basic elements of resumes and cover letters and discuss how to promote specific elements like awards and honors, graduation, bar passage, gpa, and class rank.

Students and alumni can also learn how to use their cover letter and resume to market themselves for a particular career or to a particular employer.

Students and Alumni can make an appointment by contacting the Assistant Dean for Career Services and Special Projects at mikeruiz@siu.edu.


The Career Services Blog

The Career Services Blog is where School of Law students and alumni can find career services information, news, articles, research, tips, and advice that doesn’t fit in our other communications. It is maintained by the staff of the Career Services Office.

You can find it here: http://siulawcso.siu.edu/

The blog is password protected. Students can receive the password from the Career Services Office.

Blog posts are divided into one of three categories:

  • Searching for a job
  • Applying for a job
  • Interviewing for a job

Students and recent graduates are advised to check the blog often as new information and opportunities are posted regularly.


Reciprocity with other law school career services offices

Students and alumni can apply to use the services of career services offices at other ABA-accredited law schools across the country through reciprocity arrangements with the Career Services Office.

Please note that reciprocity can, but does not always include, access to the law school’s job postings. Some law schools may have other restrictions, including, but not limited to:

  • fees;
  • access only in-person (not over the Internet); and
  • limited or no availability during certain times of the year.

For a list of the reciprocity policies of other law schools, visit: http://www.nalp.org/reciprocitypolicies?s=reciprocity

Students who want to apply for reciprocity to use another law school’s career services office should complete the following form: http://law.siu.edu/career-services/siu_student_reciprocity_request.html

Alumni who want to apply for reciprocity to use another law school’s career services office should complete the following form: http://www.law.siu.edu/career-services/siu_grad_reciprocity_request.html


Candidate Search

Employers with open job positions often contact Career Services looking for candidates with specific skills or a desire to work in a certain practice area or geographic location.  Career Services finds these candidates using CORE. By uploading their resume and entering their preferences into the CORE system, students and alumni help Career Services refer them to employers who have jobs that fit their unique profile. 

Employers who need assistance getting registered in CORE can contact the Career Services Office at by phone at (618) 453-8763, by fax at (618) 453-8769, or by e-mail at mikeruiz@siu.edu.


Weekly Career Services Announcements

The Career Services Office sends a weekly email to all students and recent graduates about new job and judicial clerkship postings, new blog postings, OCI opportunities, market sector panels, career fairs, fellowship opportunities, and career track presentations.

Weekly emails are sent year-round even when classes are not in session.

Alumni can request to be added to the email list by contacting the Assistant Dean for Career Services and Special Projects at mikeruiz@siu.edu