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Office of Career Planning
701 S. State Street
1100 South Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
Phone: 734.764.0546
Fax: 734.764.5228
lawcareers@umich.edu


The Office of Career Planning provides a broad range of programs to help students and graduates as they explore career opportunities while also serving employers both nationally and internationally.

OCP encourages and helps guide students to look broadly at all the opportunities a Michigan Law education makes possible. We're here for our students even before they become our students: our emphasis on one-on-one counseling begins during the admissions process and continues long after our students become our alumni.

Students at Michigan Law have always enjoyed a wealth of opportunities, even in a difficult economy. Nonetheless, in response to the most recent economic downturn—from which we are now emerging—we concentrated enormous amounts of institutional attention on expanding the tremendous services we provide to our students. Our most dramatic step was to merge the Office of Public Service and Office of Career Services into a single entity, the Office of Career Planning (OCP), to facilitate students' exploration of opportunities in a variety of practice settings, and to allow us to build and develop all elements of our existing well-rounded programs. The coordinated approach that the reorganization allows reflects the reality of our students' careers, which are more often a melding of multiple opportunities than a strict division between private and public. Our new structure allows us to more effectively help students focus on both long- and short-term goals, and also facilitated the following improvements:

  • the hiring of additional counseling staff, with resulting expanded counseling hours and diversified expertise
  • increased career-planning and networking programming
  • development of post-graduate and summer-funding opportunities that allow individuals to enter into new markets
  • ever-increasing use of our powerful and broad alumni base
  • expanded outreach to new employers outside our traditional network

Throughout the academic year, the Office of Career Planning offers a speaker series covering a variety of topics and designed to help students explore their career options, translate individual legal interests into professional paths, and analyze the latest market trends.  Past programs are available on our Archived Programs page.

The reputation and global reach of Michigan Law means that, after you complete your education, there is virtually no limit on where you can go, and the fact that our students come from all over the country and abroad makes for a rich and eclectic educational climate. Click on the links below to see which states our students come from, to which states they go after graduation, and the kind of work our graduates do. Attending Michigan Law will allow you to go anywhere geographically, and the Office of Career Planning will help you explore and obtain jobs in a broad range of practice settings, whether in private practice, government, public interest, judicial clerkships, or legal academia.

The Michigan Law Difference

Employment Statistics

Employment data generated by NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals, and based on annual information that the Law School reports to NALP. More...

Fellowships

For over seven years, Michigan Law has offered Postgraduate Fellowships to help provide a bridge to full-time, permanent legal employment for our graduates. More...

List of Employers

What kinds of jobs do MLaw grads get upon completing law school? See a complete list of the initial employers for students graduating in the classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012. More...


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Our Counselor Walk-in Hours:
Walk-in counseling is for quick questions, 10 minutes or less in nature. 

 

Private Sector:

Carolyn Spencer, Attorney-Counselor:  10:30am-11:30am, Monday-Friday

Pyper Logan Alpern, Attorney-Counselor:  1:30pm-2:30pm, Monday-Friday

Kindra Baer, Attorney-Counselor:  2:30pm-3:30pm, Monday-Friday

Beth Chen, Attorney-Counselor:  3:30pm-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

Government:

Robin Kaplan, Attorney-Counselor and Government Advisor: 3:00pm-4:00pm, Monday-Thursday

Public Interest:

Alyson Robbins, Public Interest Director:  3:00pm-3:30pm, Monday-Friday

Judicial Clerkship:

Greta Trakul, Attorney-Counselor and Judicial Clerkship Advisor:  11:00am-12:00pm and 3:30pm-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.

 

 
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