Career Services: Debunking Five Popular Myths About the Center for Career Services

Published: November 20th, 2006

Category: Students

Myth Number One

Finding a job won’t be a problem because Career Services will place me.

While this is a popular belief, it is inaccurate. Statistics demonstrate that your first job after graduation will not be your last job. We teach you how to search and find a satisfying position.  Finding a job that is right for you takes a significant amount of time, energy and diligence on the part of each individual law student.

Counselors at CCS can help you. The first step is asking yourself the right questions and developing an understanding of what you are looking for and then focusing on how to get there. “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; if you teach him how to fish you feed him for a lifetime.” — Lau Tsu

Myth Number Two

I can’t go see a CCS Counselor because I don’t know what type of law I want to practice, so how do I know what questions to ask.

This is exactly why you should come in to speak with one of our professional counselors. All of our counselors have graduated from law school. We have all been in your shoes and understand how difficult it can be to have a goal and not know how to de- fine it once you are in law school. We can guide you through the process and help you concentrate on determining which path or paths to pursue.

Myth Number Three

My GPA is 2.79 and CCS only assists people at the top of the class…like OCI and judicial clerkships.

Both OCI and judicial clerkships are high profile programs. It’s easy to get the impression that this is all CCS does. Don’t be fooled. While these are options for some students, the majority of law students will not gain employment through these programs. There are lots  of other options available. Many employers are much more interested in your pro bono, co-cirricular, or summer and part-time legal experiences. All students should build their resume with legal experiences while in law school. Think about pro bono , externships, internships or clincs as options to pursue while you are in law school. 

Myth Number Four

There’s plenty of time. I’ll drop by CCS be- fore I graduate and they’ll get me a job then.

Time is a relative thing. Three years may seem like a long time but it goes by in a flash. While you are in law school you will have many goals. It is in your best interest to build your legal credentials as soon as possible and to continue to expand them as you finish your JD. The experience you obtain while in law school can lead to op- portunities upon graduation and beyond. One legal experience tends to lead to the next either directly or indirectly. It is very challenging for students to begin to build momentum in their fifth and sixth semesters. The earlier one begins the better.

Myth Number Five

CCS keeps talking about networking this and networking that…why do I need to network to land a post-grad position?

Networking has become a tricky concept for some law students. It is, however, the backbone of obtaining legal positions. Many of the positions available in the legal market will never show up in a publication or on a job bank. They are generally offeredby word of mouth. This means that there are times in the legal field when it truly is who you know or being in the right place at the right time. Students who make the most of their contacts and then network off those contacts will be leaps and bounds ahead of a recent graduate who has no legal experience or is an unknown in the legal community. If you want to learn more about informational interviews or networking, call for an appointment with a CCS counselor.

The Center for Career Services is a resource available to all students after their first few months in law school. Like any resource, it serves you only as much as you utilize it. Our mission is to teach, guide and facilitate your self-directed career search. This process includes not only serving as a resource, but also directing you as you explore different options both within and beyond the legal profession. Optimally, students should come in early during their law school career and continue with regular visits to expand and modify their individual approach to obtaining satisfying employment after graduation.