The Office of Career Services (OCS) offers assistance to New York University School of Law JD and LL.M. graduates undertaking job or career transitions. Specific services and resources available include:
Job Listings at the OCS Career Services Manager (CSM)
Employment opportunities received by the New York University School of Law Office of Career Services (OCS) are available at CSM (https://law-nyu-csm.symplicity.com/students/). We are pleased to offer this service to alumni/ae free of charge; you will need to register and/or create your profile at the above Web site. (Note: Only graduates from the J.D. Class of 2004 and earlier and the LL.M. Class of 2006 and earlier should register, as accounts have already been created for later classes. However, all users should be sure to update their profiles and search agents from time to time, as necessary.) Please read the detailed instructions located on the Web site. Jobs are searchable by geographic location, employer type, and practice area, etc. Users have the option of creating multiple search agents that will email job listings matching the criteria of their choice. Please note that the OCS posts job notices as a service to students, alumni/ae, and employers. We cannot guarantee the reputation or professional standing of all individual law firms, attorneys, corporations, or other employers posting job listings with us. Students and alumni/ae are advised and encouraged to research potential employers and employment opportunities as part of the job search process.
OCS Alumni Publications
1) Guide to Resources for the Legal Job Search A 150+ page guide designed to introduce individuals to the materials that will be of most value in a search for traditional legal employment in a law firm, corporation, public interest organization or government agency. View Table of Contents
2) Alternative Legal Careers Resource Guide A 185+ page guide for individuals who are interested in learning about career options available to law school graduates outside of traditional lawyering. View Table of Contents
3) Alternative Legal Careers Self-Assessment Workbook A 50-page guide designed to engage individuals in a self-evaluation process which will help them determine whether career satisfaction lies in a non-traditional legal job.
4) Top Tips for Making a Transition to a New Practice Area. This list has been compiled for alumni interested in changing practice areas. It includes general information on how to learn about the substance of various practice areas, as well as suggestions for how to go about making a transition.
5) Returning to the Workplace: How, When, Where? A Bibliography. A five-page list of programs, services, articles and books created to assist individuals seeking to return to the workplace after a period of time away.
6) Job Search Tips & Resources for Recent Graduates. General resources designed to assist alumni in developing a job search strategy.
7) The Job Search in a Challenging Economy: A Conversation with NYU Graduates, Classes 2004 to 2008. Transcript from a recent grad online alumni chat sponsored by the NYU School of Law Office of Career Services (OCS) and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations on February 2, 2009. Colleagues from the OCS, as well as a featured expert in the field, responded to alumni inquiries.
8) Job Search Tips & Resources for Experienced Graduates. General resources designed to assist experienced alumni in developing a job search strategy.
9) The Job Search in a Challenging Economy: A Conversation with NYU Graduates, Classes 2000 to 2003. Transcript from an online alumni chat sponsored by the NYU School of Law Office of Career Services (OCS) and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations on March 11, 2009. Colleagues from the OCS, as well as a featured expert in the field, responded to alumni inquiries.
To request any of the above items, please send an email message that includes your name (also indicate name at time of graduation, if different), year of graduation, degree received, and mailing address, to email@example.com (please include "Alumni Publications" in the subject heading of your message).
OCS Video Tape Library
Many of our career programs are videotaped; some are available online. Please call the OCS at (212) 998-6090 for information on how to view any tapes in which you are interested. A complete list is available here.
Lexis Nexis Career Library
LexisNexis provides graduates with access to their Career Library free-of-charge. To obtain the LexisNexis ID and password, please call the OCS at (212) 998-6090. (Please DO NOT attempt to change the ID or password for any reason.) The Lexis customer service phone number is (800) 45-LEXIS.
Westlaw Career Services
Westlaw's career related databases are available free-of-charge to NYU School of Law graduates for one year after graduation. Please use your student password to access these resources.
Reciprocity (Using Other Law School Career Services Offices)
If you are looking for a job outside the metropolitan New York City area, we can make a request on your behalf to obtain access to the career services office of another law school. Requests are limited to one school per geographic region. It is important to understand that, as each law school has its own reciprocity policy, there may be varying restrictions on the services and resources provided, and access to an office may be limited during certain times of the year. (Please note that New York University School of Law's reciprocity season extends from November 16 through June 30, therefore, requests on behalf of our students and graduates can be made only during that time period. In addition, as our policy anticipates in-person use of our office by students and graduates of other law schools, we are only able to request the same service in return.) The reciprocity policies of most law schools are posted on the Web site of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) at http://www.nalp.org/reciprocitypolicies. Please check this site when making a decision as to which law school you wish to utilize, then contact our office to obtain a Reciprocity Request form. It is strongly suggested that you allow 5-10 days notice for your request to be processed. Students and graduates of other law schools seeking to use the Office of Career Services at NYU School of Law can click here to see our reciprocity policy.
New York University School of Law Academic Careers Program (ACP)
The ACP is designed to help prepare members of the New York University School of Law community for careers in law teaching.
Individual Career Counseling
Phone or in-person appointments are available during most times of the year to discuss a variety of job and career transition issues. (Please note: Alumni undertaking a search primarily in the public interest or government sector should contact the Public Interest Law Center for assistance.) In order to make the most effective use of counseling time, alumni are strongly encouraged to utilize the relevant sections of the comprehensive OCS publications and resources before scheduling a counseling session. Please allow a minimum of one week's notice when planning an appointment. During certain times of the year, the availability of one-on-one counseling may be limited due to major OCS, Law School or University events, as well as professional staff schedules. Please e-mail a summary of your current situation (including the type of transition you are contemplating, your geographic parameters, any steps you may have already undertaken, and the specific topics you would like to discuss) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a copy of your most up-to-date résumé (in a format other than pdf). A counselor will assess the information you have provided and either schedule an appointment, or direct you to appropriate resources to be used in preparation for an appointment. Please note that registration at both the OCS Career Services Manager (CSM) and the NYU School of Law online alumni directory is generally required before a counseling session is scheduled.
CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: The Office of Career Services (OCS) and the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) maintain alumni/ae records that include, but are not limited to, counseling notes, email and other written correspondence, official and unofficial transcripts, resumes, cover letters, as well as Symplicity and PSLawNet profiles. These documents, as well as conversations between an alumnus/a and a counselor, are presumptively confidential to the following extent: All information may be shared within and between the OCS and PILC and, when warranted, with the Office of Student Financial Services, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, the Offices of the Vice Dean or Dean, the Office of the NYU General Counsel, and any other appropriate Law School or University offices.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RESOURCES AND SERVICES OF THE OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES (OCS) ARE OFFERED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE OCS ADMINISTRATION AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Additional NYU School of Law Career-Related Services
New York University School of Law has a very successful judicial clerkship program. Each year more than 130 NYU School of Law graduates work as judicial clerks. Students or alumni/ae interested in clerkships should contact the Judicial Clerkship Office (JCO) via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, please register on CSM/Symplicity under the "Clerkships" tab and review the Judicial Clerkship Handbook and Appendices. You must complete the registration form before you can access the materials. If you do not have a CSM account, you can register for an account on the student/alum login page at https://law-nyu-csm.symplicity.com/students/). Contact: Judicial Clerkship Office at: (212) 998-6090.
NYU Public Interest Law Center (PILC)
The Center administers most of the Law School's public interest programs. In addition to its extensive educational programming, PILC provides career counseling, including advice on fellowship and job search strategies for students and alumni. The PILC Web site features, among other things, news of recent graduate placement; information on the annual Public Interest Legal Career Fair; and links to public interest organizations, government agencies and organizations offering fellowships.
PSJD (formerly PSLawNet) is an online clearinghouse through which law students and lawyers can connect with public interest and government job listings, and a large selection of employer organization profiles. A Resource Center offers information on: career paths in public service, postgraduate fellowships, international public interest opportunities, government jobs, financing a public interest career, and public service in Canada. NYU School of Law alumni can register to use PSJD free of cost by logging on to http://www.psjd.org/.
Office of Development & Alumni Relations
The Office of Development & Alumni Relations offers graduates a forum in which to re-engage, connect and maintain ties long after graduation. Connect to the site for more information on alumni activities and programs. Alumni are also encouraged to register and update their information on the "online alumni directory" in order to gain access to the vast network of their fellow alumni. This can also be a useful tool when conducting a job search.
Additional University Career-Related Services
NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development
The University's general career development center is committed to assisting NYU alumni with all of their career planning needs. Whether beginning to change careers, advance in a chosen field, or find a career direction, alumni can benefit from a wide range of services, including access to online job listings, a career development listserv, career counseling, a resource center (with a Graduate and Alumni Suite), special programs, and career fairs.
NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies
The NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies Center for Career, Education and Life Planning offers a wide variety of classes to help individuals explore options, formulate career plans, determine realistic goals, and get practical input from experienced career development professionals. Courses are offered during business hours, in the evening, and on weekends. (Not all classes are offered each semester.) For more information, please call (212) 998-7060 or visit http://www.scps.nyu.edu/areas-of-study/office-career-management/. To receive a catalog, call (212) 998-7200. (Note: Individuals outside of metropolitan New York City might investigate whether universities in their area also offer similar adult continuing education classes.
NYU Alumni Relations
The NYU Office of University Alumni Relations will help reconnect graduates who wish to find old friends, attend social and professional events, exchange ideas, and access career networking information. Features like online class notes, links to school alumni associations, and an alumni directory make it simple to stay in touch. (Note: Consider looking at class notes and faculty notes, as well as alumni sites outside of the Law School for networking purposes, particularly if you are interested in a transition outside of law.)
Other Law Schools' Career Resources
Law School Career Services Offices
This Web site provides links to other law schools' career services offices nationwide. These online sites may be particularly useful if you are relocating to a new area. Although most schools' job listings are password-protected, often other useful resources are available online. (Also see "Reciprocity" above.)