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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 careers@fordham.edu, 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.

Alumni

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.

Password-protected sections require a login. ** Alumni may obtain a username and password to access this site by claiming their AccessIT ID.**

CPC Hours

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CPC IS OPERATING REMOTELY DUE TO COVID 19.

If you would like to speak with a counselor, please email careers@fordham.edu.

CPC Hours

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

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

The CPC is closed during holidays in accordance with the University schedule.  Please see the Law School Calendar for more information.

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: 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

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CPC IS OPERATING REMOTELY DUE TO COVID 19.

Counseling Appointments

Current students may make an appointment by using the Counseling tab in Symplicity. Counseling appointments may be conducted via Zoom or telephone.

Link to Symplicity [password protected]

Alumni (classes of 2019 and before) may make an appointment by calling 212-636-6926 or by emailing careers@fordham.edu

Counseling appointments are generally one-hour long. You may have your resume and cover letter reviewed during a counseling appointment. 

** If you have submitted your resume for review through the Resume Critique Service, please only make your appointment with the counselor who is reviewing your resume.  You may email careers@fordham.edu to find out which counselor is reviewing your resume.

Drop-in Hours

Due to COVID 19, Drop-in Hours have been suspendedIf you have a question, please email careers@fordham.edu.

Mock Interviews and Interview Preparation Sessions with CPC Counselors

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CPC IS OPERATING REMOTELY DUE TO COVID 19. All mock interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

You may still make a mock interview or interview prep session by following the instructions below.

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.

Alumni may make an appointment for a Mock Interview by calling 212-636-6926 or emailing careers@fordham.edu.

Please complete the Mock Interview Form and submit it at least one business day prior to your scheduled mock interview.

Mock Interview Prep Form

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, the information you should know about your prospective employer, and how to handle tough questions.

Alumni may make an appointment for an Interview Prep Session by calling 212-636-6926 or emailing careers@fordham.edu

Resume Critique Service | Cover Letter Review

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CPC IS OPERATING REMOTELY DUE TO COVID 19.

Resume Critique Service

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

Alumni may make an appointment for a resume review by calling 212-636-6926 or emailing careers@law.fordham.edu

** If you submit your resume for review through the Resume Critique Service, please only make your appointment with the counselor who is reviewing your resume.  You may email careers@law fordham.edu to find out which counselor is reviewing your resume. 

Resume Review Form

Applying for Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkships? Contact the Center for Judicial Events and Clerkships (law.fordham.edu/CJEC).

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 make an appointment with a counselor. 

Current students may schedule through the Counseling Appointments tab in Symplicity.  Link to Symplicity [password protected]. 

Alumni may call 212-636-6926 or email careers@law.fordham.edu.

 

You can email your cover letter and resume to your counselor before your meeting.

CPC Resource Library and Resources Available

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CPC IS  OPERATING REMOTELY DUE TO COVID 19, AND THE RESOURCE LIBRARY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.

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.

 

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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 busy OCI periods. Therefore you should inquire with the particular school as to its blackout dates.

Please Note: Fordham Law School's Reciprocity is suspended from December 1, 2020, to February 1, 2021.

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.

PIRC Services

Public Service Career Support

PIRC provides Career Support focused on supporting students and alumni seeking positions with public interest, government, and nonprofit employers.

CPC Programs

Alumni CPC Programs

Throughout the year, the CPC hosts a number of Career Development Programs for students and alumni, including interviewing and networking panels and specialty programs in areas of interest.

For further information regarding programs being held, and to register to attend a program, go to Symplicity and select the "Events" section via the side navigation bar, then select "Workshop" and click on the "CPC Programs" tab to register. If you missed a CPC program you are encouraged to visit the CPC Past Programs link to listen to the streaming audio or watch the streaming video.

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.

Events at Fordham

Alumni should also explore the many events that happen within the Fordham Law Community. 

Centers and Institutes

Once on that page select the Center or Institute of Interest to see upcoming events and how to RSVP

Alumni Events

CPC Job Search Guides and Career Development Materials

The Recent Graduate Handbook

This Handbook is designed to assist recent graduates in important aspects of their job search from researching potential employers, to preparing application materials, to networking and interviewing skills.

Recent Graduates Job Search Handbook [password protected]

Career Development and Specialty Guides

We recognize that there is a range of paths you may want to explore. This section houses specialty guides focused on specific career pathways and the job search strategies to pursue them.

Contract Employment and Headhunters

While searching for a full-time job or during times of transition, you may want to explore temporary or contract legal employment which may help you to gain practical, legal experience while allowing you to continue your full-time job search. Below are some resources to get you started.

Professionalism and Career Success

Professionalism is a cornerstone of success in the legal profession.  Below are some resources to help you put your best foot forward.

Networking Tip Sheets

Don’t forget to check out the Office of Alumni Relations for upcoming events that promote networking with other FLS alums!

Salary Negotiations, Relocations, and New Beginnings

Whether you are negotiating your salary, moving to a new area, or transitioning back into legal practice, the CPC has tailored resources to help navigate these special situations.

Applications and Job Search Tools

Online Resources

This section contains quick links to online job search resources, including the CPC Job Bank (Symplicity), PSJD, and Searching Law Firms and Alumni through Martindale.com and more!

Bar Associations

Judicial Clerkships

Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkships

Interested in pursuing a Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkship? 

In the Fall of 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

 

 

 

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