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Career Services & Events

As an SIU School of Law student, you have access to the following services and information through the Career Services Office:

The Career Services Office also organizes the following events:


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


Career Services CheckUps

Each Spring semester, the Career Services Office provides all students with a form do to their own self-evaluation or “CheckUp”. No appointment is necessary and it only takes a few minutes to complete.

The purpose of the Career Services CheckUp is to make sure that students are progressing with their career search and that they have not missed or forgotten to do something that could aid their search for a career.

Students who realize that they did miss something can walk-in to the Career Services Office, make an appointment to see the Assistant Dean, or stop by the information table in the Formal Lounge during Career Services Check-Up table sessions. 


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.


Exit Interviews

All third year law students are required to complete an exit interview in their final semester before graduation.

As part of the interview, students complete a survey about employment, bar preparation, graduation, and their experience at the School of Law. Surveys are used by the faculty and staff to make necessary changes to the curriculum and services that are provided. As such, the exit interview provides an opportunity for students to give feedback to faculty and staff about their life as a law student.

The exit interview also gives all law students one last opportunity to talk with an Assistant Dean about the services and resources available to them before graduation and bar preparation.


The Career Services Blog

The Career Services Blog is where School of Law students and recent graduates 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 four categories:

  • Jobs
  • Data, Articles, & How-Tos
  • OCI & Resume Collections
  • Panels, Fairs, & Events

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


On-Campus Interviews (OCI)

Employers have the opportunity to interview law students on the campus of Southern Illinois University during On-Campus Interviewing sessions in the Spring and Fall semesters.

The Career Services Office assists employers with:

  • selecting the best interview dates and times
  • creating an interviewing schedule
  • advertising opportunities to law students
  • collecting student resumes, cover letters, writing samples, and other required information
  • other logistics including room reservation and parking

Students apply for interview slots through Symplicity CSM. Students learn about employers coming to OCI through Symplicity CSM, the Career Services Announcements, the Career Services Bulletin Board, and the Career Services Blog.


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 Symplicity CSM website. 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


Resume Books

Resume Books are collections of resumes that have been uploaded into Symplicity CSM by law students, recent graduates, and alumni who have chosen to release their resume for employers to view. Resume Books increase student and alumni exposure to employers because instead of waiting for the student or alum to do something (like register for an OCI or submit a resume for a position) the employer can simply log in to CSM and view the student or alumi’s resume.

The Career Services Office makes this process even easier by organizing Resume Books into groups like “Students interested in real estate law” or “Alumni interested in bankruptcy law”.

Employers registered in the Career Services Office Symplicity CSM system have access to all Resume Books.

Employers who need assistance getting registered in Symplicity CSM 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.


Resume Collections

The Career Services Office offers a resume collection service to employers who have an open intern, summer, or full-time position. These employers may have not yet decided to interview or may be conducting interviews in-house instead of on-campus (OCI).

The resume collection service is not limited to resumes and can include cover letters, unofficial transcripts, and writing samples.

The Career Services Office will also assist employers with selecting the best resume collection dates and advertising the resume collection to law students. Employers are free to contact students selected through the resume collection process directly.

Students submit the employer required information to the Career Services Office via email. Students learn about resume collection opportunities through the Career Services Announcements, the Career Services Bulletin Board, and the Career Services Blog.


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 in the Midwest, 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


Writing Sample Selection

Assistance with selecting a writing sample is available for all law students through the Career Services Office located in the Dean’s Suite. Students can stop by or make an appointment to see the Assistant Dean for Career Services for assistance in preparing a writing sample as part of a job application.

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