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Message to Fordham Law School J.D. Students and Alumni

The Career Planning Center remains open remotely, and all CPC staff are available via email and phone during regular business hours to answer all of your questions about your job search needs, including resume and cover letter reviews, interview prep, and general questions. 

You may email your counselor directly, send an email to, or call 212-636-6926 and a counselor will get back to you as soon as possible.

We in the CPC remain committed to working with and being responsive to our J.D. students and alumni.

We hope you remain safe and healthy and look forward to hearing from you.


Welcome Alumni! As a member of the Fordham Law School Alumni Community, the Career Planning Center (CPC) remains a lifetime resource for you through every stage of your career.

In addition to the below resources, the CPC has counselors who are available for individual counseling sessions in person or over the phone. To schedule an appointment, please call the CPC main number at 212-636-6926. Further, both the CPC Resource Library, located at the Law School, and the Law School Library house both print and electronic resources to assist you with your career related needs.

The CPC regularly posts announcements about services and programs in the Fordham Law Insider, the monthly e-newsletter from Alumni Relations. Please note that these resources are only for alumni of Fordham Law School. Sections with an asterisk sign (*) require a login.

** Alumni may obtain a username and password to access this site by claiming their AccessIT ID.**

CPC Hours

CPC Hours

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
CPC Office (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Resource Library (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

CPC Office (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Resource Library (10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.*)

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

Winter Recess Fordham Law School, the CPC and Resource Library will be closed from Monday, December 23, 2019, through Friday, January 3, 2020.

Evening Students

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

Summer Hours

Fordham Law School and CPC are closed on the following dates: Monday, May 25 ( Memorial Day), Thursday, July 2 (Independence Day observed), Friday, July 3, Friday, July 10, Friday 17, Friday 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

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.

Due to COVID 19, Drop-in Hours have been suspendedIf you have a question, please email

When the Law School is open and operating in person,  drop-in hours are as follows:

  • Monday - Thursday: 12 - 1 p.m., 2 - 3 p.m., and 5 - 6 p.m. and Fridays: 12 - 1 p.m. and 2 - 3p.m.

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 an interview preparation session email or the CPC at 212-636-6926.. Please complete the Mock Interview Form 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 email or the CPC at 212-636-6926.

Resume Critique Service | Cover Letter Review

Resume Critique Service

To use the Resume Critique service, you may  email your resume to, along with a completed Resume Critique form (see links below) for your appropriate class year. You will typically receive an email with comments to the resume within two business days.

Resume Critque Forms

Upper Division JD and JD Alumni Resume Critique Form
Applying for Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkships? Contact the Center for Judicial Events and Clerkships (

*** 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 completed 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 into a counselor's drop-in hours with your cover letter. If you have not drafted your cover letter, schedule an appointment or come into 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 drop-in hours, including for cover letter review, may 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, 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 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 from 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

The email request to 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.

PIRC Services

Public Service Career Support

PIRC provides Career Support that is complementary to that provided by the CPC, focused on supporting students and alumni who are seeking positions with public interest, government and non profit employers.

PIRC Calendar of Events

Each semester, PIRC puts forth complementary Career Development programming to that of the CPC, with an exclusive focus on Public Service- Fellowships, Government Service and Public Interest Pathways.

CPC Programs

Alumni CPC Programs

Each year the CPC hosts several Career Development Programs that are designed to assist alumni, as well as student focused programs that alumni are welcome to attend. This section houses information about these upcoming programs, as well as other events in and around Fordham that may be of interest to alumni.

Alumni CPC Past Programs

Attending live programs provides wonderful networking opportunities with attorneys. However, the CPC recognizes that from time to time other commitments will prevent you from attending a Career Development program of interest. As such, we record all of our presentations and panels. We invite you to explore the streaming audio or video recordings in this section.

CPC Job Search Guides and Career Development Materials

Alumni Resources

The CPC has created a wealth of resources to assist our J.D. alumni in all of their job search and career development endeavors. This section also contains quick links to on-line job search resources, including the CPC Job Bank (Symplicity),PSJD, Idealist, and Searching Law Firms and Alumni through LexisNexis.

Specific Resources for Most Recent Graduating Class

In addition to the alumni resources highlighted above this section contains materials specifically tailored to the most recent graduating class.

Judicial Clerkships

Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkships

Interested in pursuing a Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkship? 

In the Fall 2019, the Law School Launched the Center for Judicial Events & Clerkships (CJEC), which is a separate office from the Career Planning Center. 

Students and alumni interested in pursuing Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkships should reach out to the Fordham CJEC. 

Visit the Fordham CJEC

To access proprietary resources, log into Fordham's LawNet, choose the Careers Tab, then under the Center for Judicial Events & Clerkships choose the tile "Post Graduate Judicial Clerkships"



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