Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

Workshops, Seminars & Programs

Throughout the year, the Career Services Office (CSO) sponsors several workshops and seminars to help educate students on various issues dealing with career development issues. For a specific schedule of event, please check with the Career Services Office calendar.

CSO's career calendars may also be downloaded:

  • Calendar for First-Year Students (PDF Forthcoming)
  • Calendar for Continuing Students - Fall (PDF Forthcoming)
  • Calendar for Continuing Students - Spring (PDF Forthcoming)

Workshops

Marketing Materials 101: Resume, Cover Letter, and Writing Samples
(August and January)

This workshop discusses the importance of your "marketing package" and talks about how to put together a winning resume, cover letter, and writing sample. Step by step details are discussed including how to present your qualifications, overall content, legal format, and how to make non-legal experience attractive to a legal employer.

How to Participate in the On-Campus Interview Program
(April, June, July, and August)

Each year, Southwestern hosts a large number of employers seeking to employ students. The CSO holds a mandatory review of participation guidelines and demonstrates the use of our internet based recruiting system, Symplicity.com.

Mock Interview Program
(July - August)

Register with the CSO, and you will be paired with a practicing attorney to conduct an interview. Students are give the name and employer of the interviewer ahead of time, and they are to perform research and attend the interview as though it was real. Students have the option of having the interview videotaped. Afterwards, the interviewer will critique the student and provide helpful tips on how to improve interview skills. The Registration Form may be downloaded (PDF).

Interviewing Techniques
(August, September, January, and February)

A winning resume may get you the interview, but it is the interview that will get you the job! Step by step instruction is given including pre-interview research, responses to commonly asked questions, as well as appropriate dress and decorum. This workshop discusses ways to effectively market yourself in the interview setting, including how to respond to difficult or illegal questions. Also included, is a discussion on how to dress for the legal interview.

Career Services for the 1L Student
(October)

This is the first introduction to the CSO for 1Ls. CSO programming and events are discussed, as well as some general tips for how to get the most out of your law school experience from a career development perspective. 

Resume and Cover Letter Writing for the 1L Student
(November)

If you are coming to law school without much professional work experience, it is important to present what experience you do have in a way that will be attractive to legal employers. This workshop deals with issues unique to 1L students when trying to draft a legal resume.

OCIP is Only One Way to Find a Job
(November)

The On-Campus Interview Program will not be successful for the majority of participants, and it is only one way to obtain a job. This workshop talks about the "hidden job market" where most jobs are found. There is a detailed discussion of other methods and events for finding a job.

Public Interest Career Day Orientation
(January)

This is a mandatory workshop for any students participating in Public Interest Career Day in February. Hosted at UCLA and co-sponsored by Southwestern, this career day provides an opportunity for students to network and interview with over 100 public interest, government, and law firm employers. This Orientation session discusses participation guidelines, funding options, and hiring criteria.

Summer Options and Opportunities
(January)

This is a "must attend" event for every first year student! An in-depth program with faculty and administrator panelists, this seminar presents all of the options first year students have for their first summer. There are presentations on summer school, summer abroad programs, externships, public interest positions, working as a Research Assistant for a professor, volunteer opportunities, and law clerk positions.

Where the Jobs Are: Exploring the Small to Medium Sized Law Firm Market
(January)

The majority of jobs are at small to medium sized law firms. Come learn about this market and how to apply for these types of jobs. Topics discussed include: application timing, making yourself attractive to these types of employers, pay ranges, and salary negotiation.

ABC's of Being a Law Clerk
(March and April)

This workshop discusses tips and strategies for getting the most out of your summer clerking experience. Topics include: approaching research assignments, making the most out of a mentor relationship, how to "bill" your time in a defense firm, and how to obtain and process feedback regarding your work.

Public Interest and Post-Graduate Fellowships
(March)

If you are interested in pursuing a post-graduate fellowship after law school, this is the workshop for you. These one and two year fellowships are a great way to break into public interest or other areas, such as international law, public policy, and the like. 

Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkships
(August and April)

This workshop discusses the benefits of obtaining a post-graduate judicial clerkship.  The entire application and interview process are covered including new application deadlines and on-line application procedures.

Attorney-Student Mixer Events
(Spring Semester)

In the spring semester, the CSO hosts at least one Attorney-Student Mixer. This is a casual, fun way to network and mingle with practicing attorneys and discuss the practice of law and anything else that comes up! The events are held on the Westmoreland Promenade, and there is always food, beverages, music, and good conversation.

Seminars

Career Services Seminar
 

To provide students with an overview of law practice in specific fields, the Career Services Office sponsors a series of panel discussions featuring leading practitioners from the public and private sectors. Students have an opportunity to listen to and network with many prominent practitioners discussing their work in film financing, distribution and merchandising; television and cable industries; multimedia and on-line services; the music industry and life in an entertainment law firm. Some of the seminars offered during the year include:

Interviewing from the Employers' Perspective
(September)

A panel of hiring partners and senior attorneys talk with students about what they like to see and hear when they conduct interviews. This is a rare opportunity to get the "inside scoop" on what makes a successful interview.

How to Start Your Own Law Practice
(November)

Professor Ira Shafiroff, a Southwestern alumni, who started a successful practice immediately after graduating from law school, presents this seminar. Professor Shafiroff gives practical tips regarding starting, building, and maintaining a successful solo practice.

Alumni Practice Panels
(January and March; Spring Semester)

Panels of practicing lawyers visit campus to discuss practice areas with students. Panelists usually give prepared comments about what it is like to practice in their area of the law, and then there is a question and answer session at the end. Practice area topics vary from year to year. Each panel presentation is videotaped so students can view previous years' panels. These videotapes are available in the CSO.

Southwestern Bar Association Fair

Bar Fair
 
In conjunction with the Student Bar Association, the CSO sponsors a unique Bar Association Fair. The Fair brings representatives from more than 30 specialty, ethnic and area bar associations throughout Southern California to campus to meet informally with students. Recent programming has also included hosting the Hispanic National Bar Association Regional Conference, the annual Southern Regional Black Law Students Association Job Fair, and the Langston Bar Association Mentor Program; and the presentation of speaker panels and discussion groups during Southwestern's Public Interest Law Week.