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“John Marshall’s externship program offers quality field placements that develop professional and practical skills while ensuring  successful and meaningful on-the-job performance.” Paul Nam, Graduate (’12)

FAQ for 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. Students who have any questions pertaining to the Career Development Office are welcome to speak with Dean Ivonne Betancourt directly at ibetancourt@johnmarshall.edu or print a downloadable copy of the Career Development Office Frequently Asked Questions.

When can I start accessing Career Services?
Per the guidelines of the National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP), first-year law students cannot speak to anyone in Career Services until after October15th of the first year.

How do I apply for On-Campus Interviews?
All job listings are available on the AJMLS Symplicity site. Students may access Symplicity online at: https://law-ajmls-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Your Username is your AJMLS email address: Username@johnmarshall.edu Password: Password. If you have forgotten your password, you may request to have it reset by clicking the “Forgot Password” link located on the Symplicity homepage.

What are Resume Forwards/Collects?
Resume Forwards are opportunities for students to submit their resumes online through Symplicity for employment opportunities that are posted on this website. The Career Development Office will collect resumes that are submitted for each posted employment opportunity and forward them to the employer. The employer will then reach out to the students directly to set up interviews off campus. The Career Development Office will post all employment opportunities on Symplicity and collect and forward resumes that are submitted to Symplicity. To participate in Resume Forwards, you must first check the Symplicity job posting website for Resume Forwarding/Collect opportunities, and submit your resume through the website.

How do I get my resume reviewed?
To get your resume reviewed, please email your resume to your Career Counselor. Career Counselors review resumes on a first come, first served basis. The turnaround time for a resume review depends on the time of year and what is going on in the Career Development Office, like a job fair or an impending on-campus interview deadline. We highly recommend that you not submit your resume for review at the last minute.

How do I set up an appointment to discuss career opportunities?
The Career Development Office is available weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to discuss career opportunities and tools to assist you in realizing your career goals. While walk-ins are welcome, it is preferred that you set up an appointment with your Career Counselor so that you will be afforded the time and uninterrupted attention you need to discuss your career goals. To set up an appointment, please call the Career Development Office at (404) 872-3593 ext. 113.

How do I find out who my Career Counselor is?
Students are assigned a Career Counselor alphabetically by class. The following is a list you can use to determine who your Career Counselor is:
Dean Betancourt             Milana Draughn                     Carolyn Roan
1L’s- A-F                            1L’s- G-O                                   1L’s- P-Z
2L’s- A-Godfrey                 2L’s- Goodman-Napier             2L’s- Nash-Z
3L’s- A-G                           3L’s H-Q                                     3L’s- R-Z

Where are On-Campus Interviews held?
On-Campus Interviews are held in the Blackburn Room, which is located in the Career Development Office’s Suite on the 2nd floor. AJMLS Job Fairs are held at the Blackburn Conference Center, located across from the law school at 1405 Spring St. Atlanta, GA 30309. Georgia Law School Consortium Co-Sponsored Job Fairs (five GA law schools) are usually held at Georgia State University’s law school in downtown Atlanta. Please check Symplicity for locations, dates, and times.

Do I need a cover letter?
Each job description will indicate what application materials the employer expects.

How do I stay updated on events & seminars being held by the Career Development Office?
To stay updated on events and seminars in the Career Development Office, you can do one of the following: Check the Symplicity Announcement Board, JMTV monitors, or “like” our Facebook page at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Career Development Office. You can also stop by the office anytime. We would love to see you!

What should I wear to an interview?
It is extremely important to make sure that you look your best for any interview. Make sure your clothes fit and are in good repair. Practice good hygiene, but do not wear perfume or cologne to an interview because many people are allergic to fragrances. For men, wear a dark suit, white dress shirt, a conservative tie and dress shoes that are in good repair. For women, wear a dark suit, a conservative blouse that is not too tight or revealing and close-toed dress shoes. Women should not wear platform shoes or shoes with a heel higher than two inches. Also, if women choose to wear skirt suits to interviews, they should wear pantyhose. If you have any questions with regard to dress, please contact the Career Development Office at extension 113.

What is the difference between an internship and an externship?Internships and externships are considered non-classroom activities. You must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 to register for non-classroom credit. Internships are temporary work experiences that are often paid, full-time positions. An externship is similar to an internship in that it offers the participant practical experience in a field of study. However, externships are often shorter in duration and unpaid, and are offered for academic credit hours. At AJMLS, externship opportunities are offered during the regular academic year and during the summer session. Students cannot receive more than 12 credit hours for externships. For further information on externship opportunities, please contact the Office of Pro Bono and Experiential Learning.