S.J. Quinney College of Law

Celebrating 100 Years of
Legal Education (1913-2013)

PDO Job Search Plan

The decision to go to law school is in many ways the easiest decision you will make regarding your legal career. Now you must decide why you will go to work every day. Use your time as a student to learn all you can about the law, while also continually evaluating yourself and your career goals. What are the core principles that guide your life? What does your ideal career look like? What are the developmental positions that are required to get you there?

A failure to prioritize career planning while in law school will diminish your educational investment. Do not compound your student debt by becoming unemployed for a year after graduation or working at a dead-end job. Don’t let inaction make decisions for your life! 

Now is the time to develop a career plan.  Developing a plan will allow you to focus on what you want to do and how to get there.  Career plans can help you determine what you need to do to prepare for both short and long-term career success—such as whether you need additional training—and help you determine what kind of experience you will need to be successful in your career choice.

To help you navigate the career planning process, PDO has developed a detailed guide called the Job Search Plan.  It is separated by class year, allowing you to articulate your individual interests and define what type of lawyer (or non-lawyer) you aspire to be.  It will help you keep track of those with whom you have networked, and evaluate your work and volunteer opportunities to see if and how they have affected your career goals.  It will help you keep track of your meetings with PDO Career Counselors, and will force you to regularly review and edit your resume and cover letter with our office, in order to prepare you to become a competitive candidate in application pools.

If you follow the job search plan, you will be well prepared to meet the challenges of finding meaningful employment both during law school and after you pass the bar.  To begin, please schedule a meeting with a Career Counselor in the Professional Development Office.  We are here to help you, and are eager to assist you as you progress through law school.