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About Valparaiso Law Career Planning

 

CONSULTATIONS

Career Counselors are available to meet individually with enrolled students and graduates to assist with all aspects of career development and the job-search process.  Individual consultations include, but are not limited to, developing strategies and techniques, targeting career plans and interests, conducting career assessments, and reviewing cover letters and resumes.

EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

Career Planning sponsors a variety of formal and informal networking events throughout the year, each designed to connect students with alumni and potential employers and to sharpen networking and interviewing skills.  In addition, Career Planning sponsors speakers who visit the campus to share advice and help students navigate their career development and search for jobs. Students may also participate in career events and programs through the Chicago Area Law School Consortium (CALSC) and events sponsored by Indiana Law Schools.

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION

Externships

Externship positions provide students with an opportunity to perform legal research and writing and to work closely with attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders, government agencies, legal services organizations, and state and federal judges. Many externship positions are available to second and third year students and open positions are posted in Symplicity each semester. Students are welcome to contact Associate Dean of Experiential Learning with any questions.

Internships

Students are encouraged to meet with their Career Counselor early on in their law school careers to plan their career strategies and prepare their legal resumes. Employers seek students for clerkships and internships during the school year and over the summer break. These opportunities are posted in Career Planning’s database and include local, regional, national, and international opportunities.

Pro Bono

Valparaiso Law students must complete a pro bono graduation requirement of 60 hours which involves performing legal or law related work for low income or under-represented clients under the supervision of a licensed attorney or law professor. Full-time students may participate after completion of the 1L year and part-time students upon completion of 30 credit hours. Students are not permitted to earn income or academic credit when completing pro bono legal service hours.

SYMPLICITY CAREER SERVICES MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Career Planning’s online recruiting and networking portal, Symplicity, is the information clearinghouse for upcoming events, seminars, programs, on-campus interviews and employment listings.  Students also can upload resumes, cover letters, transcripts, and writing samples to Symplicity for review by potential employers. Symplicity usernames and passwords are distributed after the first week of classes; and students may access Symplicity at https://law-valpo-csm.symplicity.com/students.

CONNECTING WITH CAREER PLANNING

The Career Planning staff looks forward to making your acquaintance! To schedule a consultation, please visit the Career Planning Suite, located in Room 131, or call 219-465-7814.