JOB SNAPSHOT The Law College Career Services Office is seeking a highly motivated, collaborative, creative, and outgoing career advisor to support students with career planning and professional development. Individual must be knowledgeable about legal career paths. The ideal candidate should be skilled in developing and delivering a variety of career related and job search workshops, panels and presentations.
JOB SUMMARY The Law College Assistant Director for Career Development provides comprehensive professional development, career planning, and career advising services, as well as oversees the design and implementation of career and professional development programming for students.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Advise and Coach
Advises students and graduates, including advising them about strategies for attaining their professional goals and informing them about resources and programming
Reviews and edits students’ and graduates’ resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, and other application materials
Conducts mock interviews and works with students and graduates to develop and enhance their networking skills
Assesses student progress toward attaining post-graduate employment and proactively provides assistance to address potential obstacles
Conducts one-on-one outreach to students and graduates to improve engagement with the CSO
Program Development and Delivery
Creates, edits, and distributes informational materials for students and graduates to be used in written handouts and group presentations
Designs and develops career development activities to deliver to students and graduates
Collaborates with members of the legal community to develop and publicize events relevant to students’ and graduates’ professional development
Helps develop and conduct professional-development programming for students and alumni
Effectively and consistently uses social media as a career- and professional-development tool
Employer Engagement and Data Capture
Assists with the collection of data, including about externships, internships, on-campus interviews, employment opportunities, and employment results
Collaborates with faculty, alumni, and colleagues to identify internship, externship, and other employment opportunities for students and recent graduates
Coordinates with other units of the College of Law to provide information relevant to specific student groups
Proactively maintains an expanding legal-industry network
Attend out of state career fairs and conferences to provide on-site student support
Outreach and engage with new and existing employersfor job development and maintenance
Monitors current legal-industry trends and developments
Participates in professional organizations and attends professional conferences, workshops, seminars, and conventions to stay current with best practices and the legal industry
Collaborates with the Assistant Dean to develop office-wide goals and strategic initiatives that could be met through career development programming for students
Supervisory Responsibilities: None.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited law school; and either Experience: 1 to 3 years’ experience in higher education career development or the legal field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
network and build relationships
develop rapport with students, alumni, faculty, staff, and employers
work with a diverse community
work independently and collaboratively in a team
handle multiple projects, balance priorities, and utilize time management skills
develop systems to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of services provided to students, alumni, faculty, and employers
strong technology, data-management, and analytical skills
excellent oral and written communication skills
previous employment experience in the public sector or with a local, state, or federal government agency
knowledge of legal-industry career options, recruiting practices, job market, employment trends, and professional development practices
involvement in professional legal organizations
the desire to assist individuals with professional development
Internal Number: 659507
About Michigan State University
About Michigan State University College of Law
This is an important moment in time for the College of Law as it reflects back on its unique 126 year history and at the same time, looks forward – with great optimism– to its promising future. The College of Law is a dynamic, student-centered academic community. The College of Law offers a legal education that challenges students’ intellect, broadens their experiences, and prepares them for successful and rewarding careers. The College is dedicated to providing a learning environment where students acquire the professional skills and ethical grounding needed to become excellent advocates, stalwart members of the bar, and leaders in their communities.
MSU College of Law is perfectly situated in the heart of a Big Ten university, just minutes from the state capitol and in close proximity to Detroit, Grand Rapids and Chicago.
The student body is made up of approximately 750 J.D. students and 80 students enrolled in various Master of Laws and Master of Jurisprudence programs. Approximately 50 percent of the students in the J.D. program are from Michigan, 45 percent are from states outside of Michigan, and 6 percent are internation...al students.
Additional information regarding MSU Law can be found at law.msu.edu.
Michigan State University College of Law is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The Law College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, genetic information, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, political persuasion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age or familial status.
The Law College actively encourages applications from underrepresented ethnic populations, women, veterans, person defined under the ADA and the LGBT community.