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Message to Fordham Law School J.D. Students

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.

Resources for the Job Search: This page provides a variety of resources you can use in your job search.

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

Current J.D. Students

Here you will find career development resources to assist you in developing your application materials, exploring different career paths, honing your job search, and preparing to ace your interviews. Make an appointment with your point counselor, or any of the CPC’s counselors, by calling the CPC's main number at 212-636-6926 or stopping by our office (Suite LL-100).

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

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CPC Services

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.

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.

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 Review Form

Applying for Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkships? Contact the Center for Judicial Events and Clerkships (

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 who are seeking internships, fellowships and entry-level positions with public interest,government and nonprofit employers.

Public Service Career Support

CPC Recruitment Programs

Symplicity - including Related Resources & Tutorials

Fall OCI

  • Fall On-Campus Interview Program (Fall OCI) and Resume Collect Programs [password protected]
  • 2020 Fall OCI Program: Key Dates
  • The 2020 Fall OCI Program (Class of 2021)
  • 2020 Fall OCI Program Policies & Procedures Memorandum [password protected] (available December 2020)
    • Table of Contents
    • Section I: Introduction to Fall OCI (with FAQs)
    • Section II: Student Preparation for Fall OCI and Resume Collect Programs (with FAQs)
    • Section III: How to Apply to Employers During Fall OCI (with FAQs)
    • Section IV: Release of Interview Schedules (with FAQs)
    • Section V: Maximizing Your Fall OCI Experience
    • Section VI: Offers - Accepting, Rejecting or Undecided
    • Section VII: Statement of Policies (including Cancellation Policy, No-Show Policy, and Penalties for Breaches)
    • Appendix A: Important Dates 
    • Appendix B: Guide to Preferencing On-Campus Employers 
    • Appendix C: Fall 2019 Student Symplicity Instructions 
    • Appendix D: FLS Grade Sheet Template and Instructions 
    • Appendix E: Student Interview Complaint Form
    • Appendix F: Fordham Law Guidelines for the Timing of Offers & Decisions
    • Appendix G: Fordham Law Professionalism Standards
    • Appendix E: Student Interview Complaint Form 
  • 2020 Fall OCI Continuously Updated Employers List [password protected] (available December 2020) 
  • Interview Rooms for Fall Weeks [password protected]

Spring OCI

  • Spring On-Campus Interview Program (Spring OCI) and Resume Collect Programs [password protected]
  • 2021 Spring OCI Program & Resume Collect Program Policies & Procedures Memorandum (available Dec. 2020) [password protected]
  • 2021 Spring OCI Continuously Updated Employers List  [XLS]  (available Dec. 2020) [password protected]
  • Video Tutorial: Spring OCI Program & Resume Collect Program (available Dec. 2020) [password protected]
  • 2021 Spring OCI Program: Key Dates
  • Interview Rooms for Spring OCI [password protected]

OCI Resources

Professionalism Obligations

2020 Fordham Law Recruiting Guidelines

In December 2018, NALP eliminated its long-standing Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruitment Activities, replacing them with the new NALP Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process. Following that change, Fordham Law School adopted its own Recruiting Guidelines:

The overarching goal of the 2020 Fordham Law Recruiting Guidelines, including the 2020 Fordham Law Guidelines for the Timing of Offers and Decisions, is to foster and encourage communications between students and employers over the course of the recruiting process. In addition to following the specific provisions set forth below, students should keep employers informed, in a timely manner, about the status of their consideration of their offers, and employers should keep students informed, in a timely manner, as to the status of their candidacies.

2020 Fordham Law Recruiting Guidelines

  1. We expect employers to adhere to the 2020 Fordham Law Guidelines for the Time of Offers and Decisions, a copy of which may be downloaded here.

  2. Employers that recruit at Fordham are required to affirm their agreement with Fordham Law's Non-Discrimination Policy (below).

  3. In addition, Fordham Law School students are expected to abide by the Fordham Law Professionalism Standards.


CPC Programs

Calendar of Events

Each semester the CPC hosts an extensive roster of Career Development Programs designed for JD Students focusing on three key areas: Skills-Based, Career Exploration and Career Success/Professionalism.

Each year we welcome close to 150 alumni who participate in our programs allowing for students to interact directly with professionals in various areas of expertise. At all of our panel programs time is reserved at the end for a “Networking Meet and Greet”mingle.

CPC Programs (Calendar of Events)

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 recording in the links below.

CPC Job Search Guides and Materials

Professional Development Handbook

The Professional Development Handbook is your resource to help you put your best self forward in the job search. The Handbook has sections focused on self-assessment, job search strategies, recruiting opportunities, creating professional application materials, successful interviewing, and career success.

Judicial Internships

Interested in learning the practice of law from behind the bench? We encourage you to consider pursuing a judicial internship/externship while in law school!

Judicial Internships/Externships: Many federal and state court judges seek law students to serve as judicial interns their chambers in the summer and, depending on the judge, during academic terms. Come explore the vast resources we have to assist you in identifying and securing a judicial internship.


Interested in pursuing a Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkship? 

In the Fall 2019, the Law School Launched the Center for Judicial Engagement & 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 CJEC.

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

Evening Students

As an Evening Division Student, we recognize that your time is limited as you are managing a delicate balance of important commitments, ranging from work to law school to family. Therefore, the CPC has developed focused resources and specific guidance to meet the distinctive needs of our Evening Division students. Come explore these resources!

Selected Specialty Career Development Guides

With a dynamic student body, we recognize that there are a range of paths you may want to explore. To meet that need, the CPC has created specialty guides focused on specific career pathways and the job search strategies to pursue them.

From careers in government to pursuing international opportunities, to alternative careers and more, this section houses a wealth of useful information on specialized topics.

Quick Tip Sheets and Mini Guides

Looking for a snapshot?

The CPC has created a variety of quick tip sheets and mini-guides on topics including networking, job search strategies for specific employer types, and more!

External Career Development Guides

The CPC has gathered a variety of external career development guides to help students who are interested in particular legal specialties. These dedicated guides are meant to enhance and supplement the CPC’s own Professional Development Handbook and Specialty Career Development Guides.

Instructions on Performing Mail Merges

Instructions for performing mail merges

What is a Mail Merge? A mail merge is a process for creating multiple personalized letters and pre-addressed envelopes or mailing labels when creating cover letters to be sent to multiple recipients using word processing (Word) and spreadsheet(Excel) software.

Why is a Mail Merge Useful to Students in the Job Search? There are certain times in the job search (e.g., when applying for positions in small or midsize law firms) when conducting a targeted mail campaign is a valuable job search method; mail merging is the most efficient method of generating the multiple cover letters (one for each of the targeted employers) needed for a targeted mail campaign.

Can I use Mail Merge When Applying to Judicial Internships? Absolutely! In fact, in order to facilitate the process of applying for judicial internships, we have instructions on how to create a list of judges using Symplicity, together with their mailing addresses, that can be used in a mail merge to apply to internships with those judges.

Grade Sheet Template

The FLS Grade Sheet Template is a document that the CPC created for use solely during the bidding process for the On-Campus Interview Programs in lieu of an unofficial transcript. Students should refer to Section II (B) (2) (b) in either the Fall OCI Memorandum or the Spring OCI Memorandum (available under the Fall OCI or Spring OCI headings,above) for detailed information about exactly how to use the FLS Grade Sheet Template when bidding on employers in the Fall and Spring OCI Programs.

Resources on Professionalism and Career Success

We want you to shine as a professional in all your interactions with employers from the job search process through your day to day work in internships and after graduation. The below resources are designed to ensure that you are aware of employer expectations and can develop the best professional persona possible!

CPC Online Job Search Resources

Online Resources

The CPC has compiled a series of selected online resources to assist you in your job searching and professional development. Some of the resources are proprietary to Fordham (e.g., our Summer Job Evaluation Database), some are licensed for Fordham students’ use (e.g. Government Honors and Internships Handbook) and some are publicly available.

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