Career Services

Career Education and Exploration

Future lawyers can only make intelligent decisions about their careers if they are armed with information. The array of legal specialties, practice settings and employment opportunities is staggering, and the profession and the marketplace are changing at a dizzying pace. More and more law graduates also choose to explore non-traditional alternatives.

We endeavor to educate you about your options, the future of the legal profession, and how to navigate a successful, satisfying and diverse life in the law. Career education is made available to you in a variety of formats, from panel discussions, to informal brown bag lunches, to our Career Fair, where lawyers from over two dozen legal specialty areas speak one-on-one with students and a myriad of written materials on these areas are available for collection. At each event, students have the opportunity to interact directly with New York University School of Law alumni and other practitioners, making valuable contacts and sharing the wealth of their experiences.

Dozens of panel events and brown bag lunches are conducted each year to introduce students to specific areas of practice, to discuss the unique career issues of special populations, to understand and prepare for different phases of the job search and career development process, and to engage in a spirited debate on the changing face of the legal profession.

We have explored the extraordinary growth of "branch" offices and the nationalization of private sector practice, examined balancing a successful life in the law and a family, and held intimate discussions with alumni on the job search and professional development challenges of students of color; gay, lesbian and bisexual students; women; second-career students; and observant Jewish students.

Additionally, a number of special events are held each year to introduce students to alternative career opportunities and to learn to effectively position themselves for a transition into finance and investment banking, publishing, law teaching and academic administration, politics and other non-traditional areas.

Our Career Resource Library is continuously being expanded to reflect the wide range of interests of our students and the ever-changing conditions of the legal marketplace.