J.D.

Current J.D. Students

The Career Planning Center welcomes you to the section of our website designed for current day and evening J.D. students. To facilitate your search, each of the links below leads to a different subsection. Under each subsection you will find documents and information intended to help you navigate the career development process during your time at Fordham Law School.

While the CPC strives to provide students with relevant materials and resources, there is no substitute for an individualized counseling session. You are encouraged to make an appointment with a counselor at least once a semester; please do so by calling the CPC's main number at 212-636-6926 or stopping by our office. We look forward to seeing you in the CPC soon.

We remind you that you are expected to adhere to the FLS Professionalism Standards [PDF] throughout your job search.

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CPC Services

CPC Hours

CPC Hours

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
CPC Office (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)
Resource Library (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Wednesdays
CPC Office (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)
Resource Library (10:00 am - 6:30 pm*)

*The CPC Resource Library is open until 6:30 pm on Wednesdays during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Evening Students

During the Fall and Spring semesters a counselor is available for appointments on Wednesdays until 6:30 pm. These appointments are reserved for Evening Division students.

Summer Hours: 2015

Fordham Law School and CPC are closed on the following dates: Thursday July 2, Friday July 3, Friday July 10, Friday July 17, Friday July 24, Friday July 31 and Friday August 7.

Meeting with Counselors: Drop-In Hours | Appointments

Counseling Appointments

To schedule an appointment with a CPC counselor, either call the CPC at 212-636-6926 or stop by the CPC Main Office and speak to one of the CPC receptionists.

Counseling appointments are generally one-hour long. During high demand periods, especially in July, November and December, counseling appointments may be limited to thirty minutes. Remember to bring a draft of your resume and/or cover letter(s) to your appointment for the counselor to review if you wish to discuss either or have them critiqued.

Counseling appointments may be conducted via telephone.

Drop-in Hours

Throughout the year, Monday through Thursday the CPC hosts Drop-In Hours from 12-1 pm, 1-2 pm, 2-3 pm, 3-4 pm and 5-6 pm.

Drop-In hours are designed to assist you by providing quick answers to brief career-related questions. One CPC counselor is available for drop-ins each hour. To speak with a counselor, you may either visit the CPC in person or call 212-636-6926.

Sign up is on a first-come basis and begins 15 minutes before the start of the particular drop-in hour. Students or alumni seeking a phone drop-in may call up to fifteen minutes before the start of the drop-in hour. If you call, the front desk staff will take your phone number and provide you with the time slot during the drop-in hour when a counselor will call you back. Students or alumni who come to the CPC must sign-in and remain in the CPC office or forfeit their drop-in slot. Counselors can meet with students/alumni for a maximum of fifteen minutes during each drop-in hour, thus allowing for up to four drop-in slots per hour.

Mock Interviews and Interview Preparation Sessions with CPC Counselors

Mock Interviews

All CPC counselors are former practicing attorneys or were recruiters in the legal area at their employers. The counselors conduct mock interviews year-round.

To schedule a mock interview simply call the CPC at 212-636-6926 or visit the CPC main office. Please complete the Mock Interview Form [PDF] and submit it at least one business day prior to your scheduled mock interview.

Interview Preparation Sessions

A CPC counselor can help you to prepare for an upcoming interview during a counseling session, which may be in person or by phone.

Topics that can be discussed may include proper interviewing etiquette, how to best highlight your strengths and minimize your weaknesses at an interview, information you should know about your prospective employer, and how to handle tough questions.

To schedule an interview preparation session simply call the CPC at 212-636-6926 or visit the CPC main office.

Resume Drop Off Service | Cover Letter Review

Resume Drop Off Service

To use the resume critique service, you may either (i) drop off your resume at the CPC main office with the CPC front desk staff for review by a counselor; OR (ii) email your resume to careers@law.fordham.edu., along with a completed resume critique form (attached below) for your appropriate class year. You will typically receive a phone call to pick up the reviewed resume within two business days.

Upper Division J.D. & J.D. Alumni Resume Critique Form

First-Year J.D. Student Resume Critique Form

*** You may email the completed form to the CPC via the "Submit by Email" button on the form (including your resume as an attachment to the automatically-generated email), or print the competed form via the "Print Form" button and drop it off at the CPC together with your resume.

Cover Letter Review

Because of the personal nature of cover letters, the CPC does not provide a critique service as we do for resumes. Instead, the CPC recommends that you schedule an appointment or come in to a counselor's drop-in hours with your cover letter. If you have not drafted your cover letter, schedule an appointment or come in to a counselor's drop-in hours with your resume. Discuss your job search goals with the counselor, then draft a cover letter and bring the draft to the counselor for review.

Remember that scheduled appointments and the use drop-in hours, including for cover letter review, may be also be done by phone.

CPC Resource Library and Resources Available

The Career Planning Center maintains a resource library staffed by our Resource Associate, who is available to assist students and alumni with their job search related research questions. The CPC Resource Library also houses:

  • Job search related books, directories and publications
  • Career development books and publications
  • Two computers with internet access for student/alumni use related to job search efforts
  • Copier
  • Fax Machine
  • Printer

Additionally, the CPC has made arrangements with the main Law Library to make available the CPC's most popular hardcopy resources so that students and alumni may have access to these resources during the hours when the CPC Resource Library is closed.

For a partial listing of CPC hard copy resources, visit the Law Library website at http://lawpac.lawnet.fordham.edu/search/X, choose the Location: CPC Resource Library and enter an asterisk (*) in the search field.

Reciprocity - Using Another School's Career Resources

For the benefit of students and graduates searching for a job outside the New York metropolitan area, the CPC has reciprocity agreements with law school career planning offices across the country. This service allows a student/graduate to access certain services at the career services office of a participating school in the desired geographic area.

Step 1: Identify at which law school to request reciprocity

Each law school has its own policies pertaining to available resources for reciprocity students; therefore to help you decide which school to request reciprocity from, you should call that school's career planning office to find out exactly to which services/resources you are allowed access (i.e. online job board, counseling services).

As a good starting point to research other schools, students/graduates should visit the NALP website at http://www.nalp.org/ for a list of reciprocity policies at law schools around the country.

Questions to Ask When Choosing a School for Reciprocity:

  • Which services will you have access to (counseling, job lists, etc.)?
  • When are the blackout dates?
  • How many times may you visit during the time period set?

General Policies:

1. Students/Graduates cannot obtain reciprocity to law schools that are within a 90 mile radius of Fordham Law School.

2. Students/Graduates are limited to one reciprocity request per semester per city (i.e. one for Washington D.C. area and one for the Boston area). 

3. Reciprocity services are generally suspended at most law schools during their Fall OCI period - generally July 1-November 1; therefore you should inquire with the particular school as to its blackout dates. 

Step 2: Request Reciprocity Services

Once you decide from which law school you wish to receive reciprocity services, the CPC must make the request for services on your behalf.  Therefore, please email your request to careers@law.fordham.edu.

The email request to careers@law.fordham.edu  should include the following information:

  • the name, title and email address of the Reciprocity Coordinator at the selected school
  • the school's address
  • your graduation year
  • the date/time frame you plan on visiting the school

You will be copied on the email request that we make to that school. Once the request is granted, the other school will email you directly with the reciprocity letter and policy. Please make sure to read the policy thoroughly and follow the necessary guidelines. The policy will include information such as: (i) the length of time you may use the services and (ii) the number of times you may visit. Please note that it may take a few weeks to arrange the service, so plan ahead.

Professional Development Handbook

Resources for the Judiciary

Evening Students

Specialty Career Development Guides

Quick Tip Sheets and Mini Guides

Other Career Development Guides

Instructions on Performing Mail Merges

Grade Sheet Template

CPC Resources on Professionalism and Career Success