The Career Services Office maintains a multimedia library of books, audio/video tapes, handouts, and directories and journals relating to the job search process, various fields of law, and legal employers. While directories and journals must be reviewed in the Career Services Office, students may check out the workshop dvd's and many of the books.
The Office staff prepares and gathers articles on a number of topics, including the job search process; career development; preparation of resumes and cover letters; informational and employment interviewing techniques; practice specialties - such as public interest, corporate, and international law; researching legal employers; and foreign study programs. (The links above are restricted the Southwestern students. Students will be prompted to enter their username and password.)
CSO Library Binders
In addition to traditional legal positions listed on Southwestern's Symplicity Page, the Office maintains binders with advertisements for non-traditional full- or part-time positions. The binders include the following categories:
- Legally Related Positions: Employment opportunities for law students in the legal field but not requiring performance of tasks such as those a law clerk would perform.
- Non-Legal Positions: Other employment opportunities in non-legal categories.
Additional binders are dedicated specifically to a particular field of law, such as Teaching, Public Interest, Government, and Judicial Clerkships. The Fellowships binder lists prestigious post-graduate opportunities in teaching, public interest, and the government and private sectors. Applications for Fellowships and Judicial Clerkships must be submitted 12 to 18 months prior to commencement of the opportunity.
Job listings for Southwestern students and alumni
are also listed online at Symplicity.
The Office has subscriptions to major legal journals and periodicals which students and graduates may review in the Office, including the Los Angeles Daily Journal, The American Lawyer, and National Law Journal, among many others. (The latter two journals are notable for their coverage of trends within the legal profession.) The Daily Journal is an invaluable source of local legal news, including changes in the law, employment trends, and a large classified section advertising positions available for admitted attorneys, paralegals, and other non-attorney legal staff.
Employment/Career Information Files
A file cabinet for student use is located in the student work area. Two drawers are dedicated entirely to profiles of private law firms in California and elsewhere. The remaining drawers contain information on (1) corporations, tax and accounting firms, and investment banking; (2) governmental agencies, divided into federal, state, and local; (3) judiciary, fellowships, public interest, and professional associations; (4) brochures for various LL.M. and other graduate programs; and (5) brochures for summer school (including study abroad programs).
Students and graduates are welcome to review or make photocopies of all resource materials in the Job Listing Binders, Publications, and Student Files. However, these items may not be removed from the Office.