Overview of Services
Evening law students at John Marshall are used to extraordinary challenges. Most work full-time and balance multiple family, personal and community activities as well. The competing demands on evening students sometimes seem to require more than a 24-hour day. Yet preparing for a legal career requires that evening students also learn about the legal employment market, assess and define their career goals and acquire marketable legal experience. While graduation may seem a distant four years away, investing time in your career planning early in your academic career will pay substantial dividends later in helping you find a satisfying legal career.
The CSO recognizes that evening students face tight time constraints and have unique questions and concerns about their career plans. We provide services to assist evening students with their individual career questions and to accommodate their busy schedules. We offer a variety of programs, workshops and services specifically tailored to evening students.
- Counseling: There is an assigned Evening Student Counselor available to assist you in developing your career goals and drafting your resume and cover letters. Because each student’s background, skills, personal situation and goals are unique, we strongly urge you to schedule an appointment to meet with the counselor in person. In addition to helping you draft your resume (Resume Guide), counselors can help you develop a career strategy based on your individual goals and needs. The CSO Evening Counselor is Joe Kearney (email@example.com).
- Programming: The CSO organizes workshops, panel discussions and other programs aimed at presenting and discussing topics of interest to evening students. We keep these programs brief, relevant to evening students and conclude them in time to allow you to get to your 6pm class on time. When possible, we also repeat programs held for day division students during evening hours to allow evening students to attend. We also tape the majority of daytime programs and provide access to recordings of these videos under the Events tab in Symplicity.
- Interview Coaching: The CSO offers evening students the opportunity to sharpen their interview skills through interview coaching and mock interviews. Even if you already feel comfortable interviewing for jobs, we urge you to meet with a counselor before your first interview for a legal position so that you can be as well prepared as possible.
- The CSO Library: The CSO has a wealth of resources on a variety of topics relating to your career search, including general job search information, legal job search resources, specialty practice area information, employer recruiting materials, public sector resources and legal news publications. We also have materials devoted to personal interest and skills assessments and career changes. We encourage you to make full use of our resources early in your career.
- Office Equipment: Two computers and a stand-alone printer are available in the Career Services Office. Students may use these to research employers, locate John Marshall alumni and create and print resumes, cover letters and other job search correspondence. A fax machine, typewriter, copier, scanner and telephone are free to students and alumni using the office for job-related purposes.