Overview of Services for Students
The Office of Career Services is dedicated to providing students with the foundation necessary for successful career development and advancement. Our aim is to help prepare Howard Law students in their pursuit of legal careers and in their roles as future leaders in America and the global community.
- The Office of Career Services provides a variety of panels, seminars and workshops designed to assist students in:
- assessing short and long-range career goals,
- identifying skills, abilities and interests,
- exploring career options in the legal profession,
- making satisfying career choices,
- searching for employment opportunities,
- developing application documents, and
- preparing for employment interviews.
Programs include the “Mock Interview Day,” “Job Search Strategies,” “Corporate Law Careers,” “An Introduction to Public Interest Law Careers,” “Strategies for Success for Minority Lawyers in Large Law Firms,” “How to Start and Build a Successful Solo Practice,” and “Alternative Careers Seminar.” Lawyers and jurists from cities throughout the U.S, many of them Howard Law graduates, participate in these panels.
- The Office of Career Services hosts several major on-campus recruitment programs for students throughout the academic year. The Fall On-Campus Recruitment Program features approximately 150 major law firms, corporations, public interest agencies, and federal government agencies each year. These employers recruit at Howard University School of Law to fill summer and permanent vacancies. Over 1,500 interviews were coordinated during last year’s Fall recruitment season. Additionally, approximately 75 non-visiting employers per year request the Office of Career Services to facilitate resume collection services. Students are also able to interview at various job fairs sponsored by bar associations and private entities throughout the nation, including the Cook County Minority Job Fair, DuPont Job Fair, Equal Justice Works Career Fair, BLSA Mid-East Job Fair, and the Patent Law Interview Program.
Each January, our students are invited to participate in the Washington, DC/Baltimore Public Service Career Fair. Seven (7) area law schools comprise the consortium that sponsors this recruiting event. As a member school, our students are able to engage in job interviews, résumé collection services, and table talk with approximately 100 public interest/public service employers.
- Individual career counseling and application document review is available. We are able to help students develop a sound job search strategy, assist them in exploring career options, and provide cover letter and resume review services by appointment only.
- The Office of Career Services receives and posts approximately 1,000 job vacancy announcements each year. The database is updated daily, and contains job postings for part-time, summer, and permanent employment opportunities.
- The Career Connection, our bi-weekly e-newsletter, contains special notices to students about upcoming recruitment programs, networking events, panels, workshops, hiring programs, and announcements concerning career and professional development opportunities. The e-newsletter is sent to students via HUSL email.
- Graduating students seeking employment outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area may request permission to review job listings at other ABA-approved law schools through reciprocity agreements.
We are committed to:
- Offer instructional programs and services that help students explore various legal and non-traditional careers and enhance the skills they need for successful job searches
- Maintain written and electronic career development and employment resources
- Provide on-campus interview opportunities for legal employers throughout the nation to recruit our students for part-time, summer, and permanent employment, and facilitate participation in off-campus job fairs
- Develop partnerships and cultivate relationships with employers in order to develop employment opportunities and increase the visibility of Howard University School of Law in the legal community
The Office of Career Services relies heavily on the Internet to communicate and interact with its students and graduates. A good portion of our Web services are delivered securely and confidentially via https://law-howard-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Through Symplicity, students can participate in on-campus recruiting programs, search job postings, research employers, and network with fellow students and alumni. The system also provides a personalized calendar of career programming events and serves as a personal student employment profile center. Students are provided training and usernames/ passwords in November of their first year.
- Video Interviewing
Video interview services are available for students unable to travel to out-of-town interviews. Some restrictions may apply, so interested students should contact us in advance to determine if this option is feasible.
- Print Library
We maintain a library of print resources on a variety of career-related topics, including job search techniques, interview skills, alternative careers, resume preparation, and employer directories.
- Online Subscriptions
We maintain subscriptions to career and job websites, e.g. Vault.com, Opportunities in Public Affairs, and Internships-USA.
- Computer Lab
A computer lab is located in Room 212, Notre Dame Hall. Use is restricted to career-related functions, e.g. conducting research for employment interviews and printing application documents.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
- Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. The WRP provides students with disabilities in all fields of study the opportunity to market their abilities to a wide variety of potential employers across the United States, sharpen their interviewing skills during a required one-on-one meeting with a WRP recruiter, and gain valuable skills, experience, and contacts on the job.
Applicants for the program must:
- Have a disability AND
- Be a U.S. citizen AND
- Be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education on a substantially full-time basis (unless the severity of the disability precludes the student from taking a substantially full-time load) to seek a degree OR
- Be enrolled in such an institution as a degree-seeking student taking less than a substantially full-time load in the enrollment period immediately prior to graduation OR
- Have graduated from such an institution within the past year.
The WRP is run on an annual basis and requires student applicants to have an interview with a WRP recruiter during an on-campus recruitment visit. The interviews take place during the fall semester of each year. The WRP is usually coordinated on college campuses by Disability Services or Career Services offices. Currently, nearly 200 colleges and universities participate in the program. Qualified students should contact our office to learn more about this program.
- IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities
Held each August in Washington, DC. Sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law. http://www.law.arizona.edu/impact/
- The National Association of Law Students with Disabilities
NALSWD is a coalition of law students dedicated to disability advocacy and the achievement of equal access, inclusion, diversity, and non-discrimination in legal education and in the legal profession. NALSWD aims to support the growing number of law students with disabilities by providing a safe and supportive community to connect with other students with disabilities from across the country, networking with lawyers with disabilities, information about career opportunities, and advice on succeeding in law school and the legal profession. The success of NALSWD as an organization depends on the active participation of law students with disabilities. http://www.nalswd.org/
- Career Expo for People with Disabilities
Sponsored by Careers & the disABLED Magazine, the Career Expo for People with Disabilities brings industry and government together with people with disabilities in all career disciplines. The Career Expos are held in Washington, DC each November and March. http://www.eop.com/
updated: March 7, 2014