The Career Services Office maintains a multimedia library of books, dvds, 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 dvds 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; and researching legal employers. (The links above are restricted the Southwestern students. Students will be prompted to enter their username and password.)
Job listings for Southwestern students and alumni
are 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 found in the CSO library. However, these items may not be removed from the Office.