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Career Development

The Career Development Office is committed to providing services and resources to help our students and alumni achieve their career goals. We believe that early career assessment and skills training are essential to a successful job search and career satisfaction. Whether you are looking for a part-time clerkship while still in school, that first post graduate position, a lateral move or a complete career change, we are here to support your efforts.

Services offered by Career Development

The programs and orientations developed by the Career Development Office help John Marshall students meet the challenge of the legal job search process. The programs below are offered to help our students capture the interest of prospective employers. We offer the following services:

Career Advising

Our directors provide individual counseling for students and alumni to discuss all aspects of their career search, including private law firms, public interest opportunities, government agencies, judicial clerkships, and alternative careers. Each student is assigned a counselor and is encouraged to meet with their counselors throughout their tenure at John Marshall. Students are asked to make an appointment by contacting Ms. Rachael Kirk at extension 113.

Career Resources Library

The Career Development Office has a library filled with useful job search information on various types of employment. If you would like to check out a particular book, please be sure to notify a staff member.

Employer Outreach:

Throughout the year, our directors conduct employer outreach. We visit with employers, attend networking events, and speak to attorneys about our students.

Exit Interviews:

Directors meet with each third year student prior to graduation in order to assess their job search status and strategy. Recent graduates will continue to receive assistance with their job search in an effort to promptly secure employment.

Job Fairs:

Our office participates in numerous job fairs with schools across the country, including specialty practice, minority, public interest and government job fairs.

  • AJMLS Job Fairs:
    • Prosecutor’s Job Fair
    • Corporate Counsel Job Fair
    • Multilingual Job Fair
  • Co-sponsored Job Fairs:
    • Public Sector Job Fair
    • Spring Southeast Legal Hiring Conference
    • Atlanta Minority Clerkship Program
    • Southeast Minority Job Fair (SEMJF)
    • Judicial Clerkship Job Fair
  • Job Fairs we participate in:
    • Loyola Patent Interview Program
    • Southern Intellectual Property Job Fair (SIPJF)
    • Tri-State Job Fair
    • National Black Prosecutor’s Association
    • Nashville Minority Job Fair
    • NLGBT Lavender Job Fair

Job Postings

Job listings are updated continuously (1000+ listings annually). We post positions relevant to our full time and part time students, as well as alumni. Positions are generally local but will also include locations where we have alumni and/or students seeking assistance, as needed.

Mock Interview Program

During the Fall, our office conducts a mock interview program with local practicing attorneys. These interviews will be videotaped, so that students can view themselves and be critiqued by the interviewer or Career Development Directors. It is an excellent opportunity for students to hone in on their interview skills.

On Campus Interviews and Resume Collections

During Spring and Fall, employers are invited to participate in our on campus interview program where students may apply and interview for summer clerk positions in the private and public sector. If employers are unable to come on campus, they are invited to participate in our resume collect program where resumes are collected by our office and sent to the employer.

Reciprocity

ABA accredited law schools frequently offer reciprocal use of their Career Development Office. Our office does offer reciprocity. In turn, we also seek reciprocity on behalf of our graduates who will be moving outside of Georgia.

Resume and Cover Letter Review

Our office will review students’ updated resumes and cover letters. You can submit your resume for review by contacting your individual career counselor and submitting a copy via email.

Seminars

Throughout the year, our office invites local attorneys to speak to our students on a variety of topics to assist their job search. These seminars provide invaluable advice and also provide worthwhile networking opportunities.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender identity, gender expression, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, or sexual orientation. The policy of the Association of American Law Schools, required of all AALS-accredited law schools, reinforces our long-standing practice. Accordingly, John Marshall Law School’s placement services are expressly limited to employers willing to have their request for placement services, including posting notices, considered as an assurance of the employer’s agreement to consider John Marshall’s students without discrimination on the stated bases. In addition, the Law School requests that employers using our placement services also not discriminate on the basis of any other factor unrelated to an individual’s capacity to perform lawyering tasks.