Attorney Professional Development, Professional Legal Management
4 Year Degree
The Law School’s Career Development Office of The George Washington University advises and counsels students and alumni in professional development and assists them in developing career strategies. We are seeking a Sr. Law Career Counselor who will join our team to provide individual counseling to our law students regarding career planning and job searches through self-assessment, resume and cover letter review, interview preparation, professional skills development, career research and career options. This position will report to the Dean of the Career Development Office with the following duties and responsibilities:
• Assists students in determining career goals and objectives through self-evaluation; assesses articulated career interests and recommends avenues of exploration to meet goals. Advises and counsels students on matters related to career and professional development and the legal job search process. Refers students and recent alumni to mentors and other professional contacts. • Develops and conducts skills development workshops on all components of the job search process, i.e., resume and cover letter writing, developing professional contacts, special applications and interviewing skills, and job search resources. Develops written informational materials on basic career guidance issues such as resume and cover letter writing, networking and interviewing. • Organizes and implements seminar programs and panel discussions on a variety of legal and alternative career topics, both independently and in conjunction with alumni and student groups. • Coordinates and participates in marketing and promotion of Career Center programs and services to students, alumni, and employers, including through social media. Assists with the maintenance of the Career Center’s blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts, which are the primary platforms for communicating information to all students. • Drafts articles and materials for student newspapers, alumni publications, professional association newsletters, and law school briefings. • Maintains positive relationships with employers, alumni, students, staff and faculty and serves as a consultant to faculty on the career and professional development of students and alumni. Tracks and maintains employment data for current students and/or recent alumni. • As required, represents the Career Center at national, regional and local meetings of appropriate professional organizations and associations, and periodically interfaces with law career counselors at other law schools. Assists with the programming, coordination and delivery during all phases of networking fairs, job fairs, recruitment programs, and other career development programs, which may include travel • Performs other work related duties as assigned.
Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
JD degree strongly preferred. Counseling experience with law students. Strong career planning, guidance, and mentorship skills are required, as well as knowledge and understanding of career practices and opportunities within the legal community. Excellent communications skills for the development and delivery of presentations. Knowledge of local, regional, and global career practices and placement opportunities for law students/graduates and practicing professionals. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
About George Washington University
George Washington University is a top nationally recognized institution and is currently the largest employer of higher education in the District of Columbia with students and faculty from all 50 states and more than 120 countries. Our community is as diverse as the many backgrounds and occupations we represent. Enrichment, opportunities, and work/life balance are just some of the rewards of joining our learning community. The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.