Career Services & Events
As an SIU School of Law student, you have access to the following services and information through the Career Services Office:
- Career Counseling and Positioning
- Career Services CheckUps
- Cover Letter and Resume Review
- The Career Services Blog
- On-Campus Interviewing
- Reciprocity with other law school career services offices
- Candidate Search
- Resume Collections
- Weekly Career Services Announcements
- Writing Sample Selection
The Career Services Office also organizes the following events:
- Career Services Day
- Career Track Presentations & Market Sector Panels
- Diversity & Inclusion Week
- Bar Association & Networking
- Pro Bono Week
- The Access to Justice Project
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 email@example.com.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
Employers have the opportunity to interview law students on the campus of Southern Illinois University during On-Campus Interviewing sessions in the Spring, Summer, 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 CORE. Students learn about employers coming to OCI through CORE, the Career Services Announcements, and the Career Services Bulletin Board.
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:
- 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, click here
Students who want to apply for reciprocity to use another law school’s career services office should complete the following form: click here
Alumni who want to apply for reciprocity to use another law school’s career services office should complete the following form: click here
Students from other law schools who would like to apply to use the services of the SIU School of Law Career Services Office through a reciprocal arrangement with their law school should follow the instructions in this policy click here
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 email@example.com.
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 and the Career Services Bulletin Board.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 contacting the Assistant Dean for Career Services and Special Projects at email@example.com.