UCI Law, founded just ten years ago, is the newest public law school in California in nearly 50 years and is currently ranked 27th nationally by U.S. News & World Report. UCI Law seeks to train lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession and has created a community of law students from a broad spectrum of society. The UCI Law Career Development Office provides programming to educate students regarding legal employment opportunities and works closely with students to develop the professional skills necessary to enter the job market as competitive, practice-ready applicants. The Career Development Office also organizes both on and off campus interview programs. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Career Development, the Assistant Director of Career Development, Public Sector, is responsible for employment counseling and career education of law students and alumni. Monitors, develops, and coordinates employment opportunities for students and alumni in public interest organizations, foundations, and offices across the country. Develops and delivers educational programming for students on general job search strategies, job search resources, and application materials, as well as programming on post-graduate fellowship programs, and application processes for positions in the public sector, broadly (including criminal law and government positions). Builds relationships with the public sector legal employment community. Teaches, advises, and counsels law students in their career development and all phases of the job search process. Develops career planning and placement brochures and handouts. Reviews and provides feedback on student and alumni application materials, including resumes and cover letters. Contributes to overall office goals, maintains up to date records on student employment, and maintains steady communication with the Assistant Dean. Extends all facets of career services to assist recent alumni. Develops and publicizes job opportunities for students and alumni with a particular emphasis on public interest employment.
Juris Doctor Degree required with 2-4 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience working in a similar environment.
Familiarity with, and interest in, trends in legal education and legal hiring.
Ability to act independently within broad procedural guidelines, exercise sound judgment and take initiative.
Knowledgeable about hiring standards and practices throughout the legal community with a special emphasis on the non-profit sector.
Can research, analyze and implement solutions to unanticipated problems and situations.
Has proven experience working successfully in a collaborative environment with a team of peers.
Excellent organizational skills and the flexibility of temperament to adapt to changing priorities.
Understands and can communicate the traditional and non-traditional uses of the J.D. degree.
Ability to employ excellent marketing skills to promote law students and alumni with appropriate employers.
Ability to assist students and alumni in developing appropriate job search skills and strategies.
Skill in counseling students individually and in groups.
Skill in operating a personal computer and familiarity with the Internet.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish rapport and gain trust.
Ability to motivate and stimulate people to effective action.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
Skill in interacting with individuals and groups representing various social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.
Excellent oral and written skills to prepare and present professional workshops, panels, and presentations, and to develop handbooks, articles, and newsletters.
Ability to work efficiently during peak seasons of activity, frequent interruptions and distractions, and emotional tensions of law students and interviewers.
About University of CA, Irvine, School of Law
The Career Development Office (CDO) at the University of California, Irvine School of Law promotes and coordinates employment opportunities in public interest, government, private sector, and alternative careers. We provide professional career services and serve as a liaison between students and employers. Our mission is to provide students with the tools to make informed decisions about employment opportunities and career paths through individual counseling, panel presentations, job fairs, workshops, recruitment programs, job postings, and networking opportunities.