Career Tip: Consider Out of State Employment

Sometimes it’s important to think outside the box – and maybe outside a certain geographic zone – when making your plans for after law school.  Several outside of state employers who came for on campus interviews this year gave PDO feedback that they would have liked more applications.  For example, SJQ alumnus Jared LeFevre (’01), one of the interviewers for Crowley Fleck LLP in Montana, projects that his firm may be hiring as many as five new associates by the end of next spring.  Good to know!

If you are willing to leave Utah, your job prospects may be better out of state.  The reputation of the SJ Quinney College of Law has steadily grown, and Utah students are especially in demand in states with less prestigious law schools.  In other states, Utah graduates have developed reputations that make employers want to hire more of our students.  As our out of state alumni network grows, along with their influence, there will be even more opportunities for Utah graduates.

How do you get started on a out of state job search?  Begin by reading the PDO handout”Basic Tips for Landing a Job Out of State”.  Note in particular tip #5 “Regularly monitor law school job boards and job search sites.”  In the last several weeks, several students have told PDO that they found their jobs through the job board sites from other schools!  PDO regularly includes job board sites from other schools in the right hand column of the Career Brief.  You may want to request access to the job board of a law school in an area you are targeting, which involves the process of reciprocity between our law school and theirs.  Read the handout above to learn more about reciprocity.  To request reciprocity from another school, complete a reciprocity request form and send it to Jaclyn at for processing.