The counselors in the Law Career Services Office, all of whom are attorneys, advise students and alumni on all aspects of the job search process. The counselors proactively reach out to students to assist them with their searches including connecting them with alumni in various practice areas. The office and its advisors offer a wide range of resources both in terms of programming and hard copy and online resources to facilitate students’ career planning and search for employment. During the first semester of law school, students are offered a comprehensive orientation regarding the job search process. Each student is assigned to an individual advisor to ensure that students have a constant resource available to them.
The Law Career Services Office is committed to each student’s ethical and professional growth and development during law school and into his or her career. Each student is expected to adhere to rules and responsibilities that promote ethics and professionalism in the recruiting and job search process. These rules include reading all email announcements from the office and honoring all commitments. Professionalism Guidelines are posted in Vincent’s Resources Tab. By utilizing LCS services, students agree to abide by these guidelines.
Vincent (formerly Symplicity)
Students and alumni use Vincent (formerly Symplicity), the Law School’s Career Services site at www.law.depaul.edu/jobs. Vincent provides links to various resources, including information on drafting résumés and cover letters; a list of the Chicago law firms with four or more attorneys; employer recruiting programs; directories on a wide variety of employers and resources; career guides; and a wealth of additional information.
Students are expected to keep their current contact information updated on their profiles in Vincent as we use this information regularly to communicate job openings in their areas of interest, upcoming job fairs, career-related programs and other relevant information. Additionally, students are encouraged to regularly keep abreast of the information our office shares via our emailed newsletter, Twitter (@DePaulLawCareer), and our blog (depaul.law.typepad.com/depaul_law_career_service).
Online Job Posting
Notices of more than 3000 law clerk and attorney job opportunities are received by the Law Career Services Office each year. DePaul offers students and alumni access to these employment opportunities in electronic format. On-line, the job postings are made available in Vincent, a password-protected site, which can be accessed by logging onto www.law.depaul.edu/jobs. Students and alumni can obtain passwords by contacting or visiting the Law Career Services Office. On average, more than 200 active job opportunities are posted at any given time for both attorneys and law students.
Law Career Services offers a wide variety of programs, including mock interviews, skill-building seminars, and alumni panel discussions. Current information on these programs can be found in the event calendar on Vincent.
The On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) Program and Job Fairs
Every August, the Law Career Services Office invites employers to interview DePaul students for summer associate, law clerk, and postgraduate positions. While employers of all sizes are invited to participate, typically only the largest of employers in private practice, government and business participate in OCI. Students should bear in mind that the employers who participate in OCI comprise only a small percentage of the overall employer pool and that they should make OCI one of many strategies they use to find employment.
DePaul students participate in a number of job fairs. Public interest and government employers often hire through these fairs. In Chicago, an annual Public Interest and Government Employer Job Fair is held in the winter. All area law schools participate in coordinating this event. Job fair descriptions are posted on the Vincent event calendar.