Syracuse Law Student Resources
- Proactive. To succeed in today’s legal market, law students need to be proactive and deeply engaged in their career planning strategies.
- Impactful. The Syracuse University College of Law Office of Career Services provides actionable tools and opportunities for students to learn and master career strategies through virtual and in-person programs and targeted counseling.
- Successful. Our team helps students enhance their job search strategies, broaden their industry and legal practice knowledge, and develop key career skills that will help them thrive and continue to be successful throughout their legal career.
Steps for Success
- Job Connections Platform. 12twenty CSM is Syracuse Law’s online platform connecting you and employers.
- Career Development. Login to access On Campus Interview (OCI) and Resume Collect programs for summer and post-graduation recruitment, externships, and fellowships, new and constantly updated job postings, announcements, career development programming, useful guides, and much more.
- 12Twenty Student Toolkit. This toolkit will help navigate you through 12Twenty, and provide step by step instructions on important features. With this new system, you will experience an increase in ease of use, functionality, communication, and ultimately, satisfaction.
- New Students. We will create a 12twenty account for you. We will send you important login details during your first semester at the law school – do not create your own account.
- Great Resume and Cover Letter. Producing a good resume and a well written cover letter is a basic requirement for a successful job search. These documents play a critical role in helping employers understand who you are, what motivates you, and what you have to offer as a potential employee.
- Helpful Guides and Easy to Use Resources. You should proactively use Syracuse Law OCS guides posted on 12Twenty: Plug & Play Resume Building Template, Resume Guide and Cover Letter & Other Application Materials to help prepare your job search application documents. We also recommend that you use an AI driven resume building platform that you can access as a Syracuse Law student:
- Purepost is a resume building software platform that helps you communicate the value of your experience into terms that are easily understood by employers. Purepost Demo Video
GoinGlobal is a first-of-its-kind resource designed to provide in-depth, country-specific career information ranging from job resources to work permit regulations. GoinGlobal features worldwide job and internship resources for more than 120 locations, including location-specific career guides, key corporate profiles, and 16 million-plus job and internship postings. To access GoinGlobal, you will need to sign into your Syracuse University Handshake Account.
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the internet. You can use LinkedIn to find the right job or internship, connect and strengthen professional relationships, and learn the skills you need to succeed in your career. This is a useful tool to find alumni from Syracuse University College of Law who are in the same practice area, organization, firm, or geographic location you are interest in. Connect with us on LinkedIn!
Get Started with LinkedIn (Video)
LexisNexis is the premier research database used by many law firms, agencies, and other legal institutions for comprehensive and accurate legal research. A special set of videos and resources are available for students showing how to utilize their AI based legal analytics tools. These will prepare you for interviews, learn about career opportunities, research attorneys, law firms, judges, companies and more! Clickhereto see the valuable resources available in LexisNexis. LexisNexis Video Demo
You want a career that’s rewarding, both personally and financially. FIRSTHAND will help break down the barriers to taking the next career step – with insider insights, sample cover letters and resumes, and answers to those tough interview questions that will prepare you for interactions with potential employers. FIRSTHAND Video Demo
Martindale-Hubbell is a public database that allows you to locate and connect with attorneys, read their peer and client reviews, and find alumni from Syracuse University College of Law.
NYSBA Career Center is the leading online career center, the career hub for legal professions, serving more than 74,000 legal professional members. It is where legal professionals go to find the right legal jobs and where employers go to find highly-qualified legal talent.
Practice, Practice, Practice. You got the interview! Now what? Increase your chances of success by learning more about your prospective employer, the questions you might be asked, what you should take with you to the interview, and how to make a great first impression by using the virtual interviewing practice and learning platforms below
Big Interview is a free virtual platform that combines training and practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence. Big Interview has captured over 90% of all possible interview questions, including easy, medium, and most difficult to answer questions. Most importantly, you will learn the WHY of the specific question. You will learn the STAR method of how to respond to each question. You can practice your response and replay videos. Interviewing is a skill that you can keep practicing and become an expert! Big Interview can also help you with resume writing, to negotiate, and how to navigate the first 90 days of a new job. We highly recommend you use this AI driven platform.
Big Interview Video Demo
InterviewStream helps students and alumni improve their interviewing skills. This easy-to-use online program uses on-screen, videotaped interview scenarios developed by employment professionals.
Summer and Post-Grad Opportunities
- Your 1L and 2L summer is a crucial time to gain real-world legal experience. Summer jobs during law school provide you with an important opportunity to learn about an area or areas of the law you might want to pursue.
- Apply Now! We will be frequently adding opportunities.
Deadlines are FAST approaching.
- 1L Diversity Fellowship
- 2L Diversity Fellowship
This Program allows employers to engage with you through resume collections/virtual interviews or visit campus to interview you for summer and/or academic year positions or externships, and post-graduate positions.
- Students may begin applying on Friday, December 16, 2022.
- Positions are added on a rolling basis to 12twenty.
- On-campus interviews are set to begin Monday, January 30, 2023 – Friday, March 31, 2023.
- Please refer to our Spring 2023 OCI FAQ page for additional information.
Employers can register on 12twenty to participate.
Please let us know if you have secured a Summer 2023 position by completing your 12Twenty Jobs & Job Offers details. We are excited to learn about your opportunities and are here to help you find a position.
- We strongly encourage our students to consider the benefits of judicial externships and internships during the academic year and during summers, in addition to post-graduate judicial clerkships.
- We partner with faculty to educate students about judicial clerkship opportunities, including discussing the many benefits of clerkships, the clerkship application process, how to prepare for a clerkship interview, and how to enjoy a successful clerkship experience once hired. Click here to access our Judicial Clerkship Guide to learn more about these great positions.
- We also recommend to students interested in federal clerkships to create an account with OSCAR to learn more about becoming a federal law clerk or staff attorney.
- Make an appointment to talk with us about your individual goals and to refine your job search strategies. Please be sure to include your latest resume, transcript, job search requirements (geography, types of practice and types of employers) and other factors important to you so we can better serve you when we meet.
- Non-Discrimination Policy. Syracuse University College of Law does not discriminate and prohibits harassment or discrimination related to any protected category including creed, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, age, race, color, veteran status, military status, religion, sexual orientation, domestic violence status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. Title IX prohibits harassment or discrimination based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. Titles VI and VII prohibit harassment or discrimination based on race, national origin, or color. Sections 503 and 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit discrimination or harassment because of disability. In addition, New York law prohibits discrimination or harassment based on these and other protected categories.
- NALP Recruitment Principles. We also adhere to the NALP Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process. Students are encouraged to promptly report any misrepresentation, discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, or other inappropriate conduct by employers in the recruitment process to the Office of Career Services and/or the appropriate authority.
|OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES|
Dineen Hall, Suite 214
950 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-1030
P: (315) 443-1941
F: (315) 443-3086