Part-Time Career Counselor, Career Services Office

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Southwestern Law School’s Career Services Office (“CSO”) partners with students and alumni on all aspects of their career and professional development. Southwestern is seeking a Career Counselor who will join our team to provide individual and small group counseling to our law students on all aspects of career planning, including self-assessment, career exploration, job application materials, interview preparation, and professional skills development.


This position includes the following representative 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.
  • Collects, manages, and reports employment and related information, statistics, and data on an ongoing basis, for various annual reports.
  • Assists with the creation and updating of CSO handouts, guides, marketing materials, and other resources.
  • Coordinates and participates in marketing and promotion of CSO programs and services to students, alumni, and employers.
  • Assists with the programming, coordination, and delivery during all phases of networking fairs, job fairs, recruitment programs, and other career development programs.
  • Maintains positive relationships with employers, alumni, students, staff, and faculty.
  • As required, represents the CSO at national, regional, and local meetings of appropriate professional organizations and associations, and periodically interfaces with law career counselors at other law schools.
  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • JD degree required
  • Experience in legal practice, and/or counseling experience with law students
  • Knowledge and understanding of the legal employment market and the legal community, including career practices and opportunities within the local, national, and global legal community
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills, and knowledge of legal resume and cover letter format
  • Superior interpersonal, communication, counseling, and presentation skills
  • The ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Highest ethical and professional standards and proven ability to exercise exemplary judgment when dealing with sensitive information and difficult situations
  • Enthusiasm for working with law students, lawyers, and the legal community

For consideration, send cover letter and resume to jobs5@swlaw.edu.