Meeting with a Career Counselor

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The better we know you, the more we can help.  

Helen Keller QuoteMeeting with a career counselor is not just about a resume review.  It’s a partnership.  The stronger the partnership the more effective it is.  If you take the time to meet with your counselor on a regular basis, your counselor will have a deeper understanding of your career goals, your strengths, and your areas for improvement.  We work with students to refine specific areas of interest, identify potential contacts, research potential employers, apply to positions, prepare for interviews, negotiate compensation, and more.

All of the career counselors in our office were practicing attorneys before joining our office, some at large law firms, some at medium-sized firms, some in government, and others in public interest.  We have staff who have served as recruiting managers and directors at major law firms.  We understand the legal market and the changing landscape of the profession.

If you develop your partnership with your career counselor throughout law school, you will be best positioned to find out about internships, job fairs, and post-graduate employment opportunities.

 

The initial appointment. 

In this structured small group appointment, you and your career advisor will discuss your interests, goals, values, and preferences to build a productive ongoing relationship and to inform your individual career plan.  You will also examine your reasons for pursuing a law degree, to keep you grounded and goal-directed as you continue to explore the wide variety of options available to you in the law.

Your advisor will review our 1L Action Plan* with you during this appointment to help set the pace for your semester.  We encourage you to complete the 1L Action Plan’s first task,Pre-Work for Initial Appointment & Self-Assessment” (portal log-in required), which will include statement of purpose, before your appointment.  These self-assessment materials will help you identify your strengths, preferences, and areas for growth. Click the button for instructions on how to make and appointment.

*Your personalized Action Plan can be found in your @law.gwu.edu google drive’s “Shared with Me” folder. The Action Plan found in your drive is private to you. Should you choose to share this document, simply refer to the included sharing instructions.

The initial appointment is a requirement of the Foundations of Practice program.

 

The job search strategy appointments.A goal without a plan is just a wish

Meet with your career counselor to identify potential professional contacts and develop your professional network.  Your professional network forms the base of your career, start building it right away, and continue to reinforce it throughout your career.

Meet with your career counselor to locate resources for researching practice areas or potential employers in your areas of interest.  There is more to job searching than job postings!  Let us show you.

 

More job search strategy appointments.

Meet with your career counselor to fine tune and tailor your application documents to ensure you are putting forth your strongest skills on paper for the positions you want to target.  Make sure you email your documents to your counselor 24 hours before your appointment so he or she can review your documents before your meeting.

Meet with your career counselor to locate resources for job postings and develop an outreach and application plan.

The mock interview.

Make a 60-minute appointment for a mock interview.  Get honest feedback and tips for improving your interview skills BEFORE you attend your interview.  It is imperative that you practice articulating your responses in real time, rather than simply thinking through what you will say. 

For mock interview appointments, we recommend that you meet with a counselor with whom you do not know to better simulate the interview.  In addition, please email the counselor your application materials and a copy of the job posting for which you are interviewing at least 24 hours before the appointment.

And beyond…

The most rewarding partnerships involve meetings and appointments above and beyond what’s stated here.  From simple check-in emails, to referrals, to setting back-up plans, to strategizing competitive markets, to drafting tricky correspondence, to negotiating offers, and more, our office is here to help you!

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