Alumni Career Toolkit
In these unsettled—and unsettling—times, it's helpful to be part of a community that offers valuable expertise. So we'd like to remind you that, as a graduate and lifetime member of the Michigan Law School community, you have access to the many resources of our Office of Career Planning (OCP). OCP offers a variety of employment tools online, as well as career counseling with six dedicated attorney-counselors between the two offices.
SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING A TRANSITION
We have created a compendium of advice that was initially drafted for those new associates who have been deferred, but is useful for any lawyer making a transition.
We offer individual appointments, during which we review the employment landscape, give advice on resume and cover letter presentation, provide preparation for interviews, tell you about more resources for finding employment, and provide any other information that may be helpful to you as you consider your career options. If you are contemplating a change of employer, job market, or even career path, you may call OCP to schedule an appointment (in person or via telephone) with one of our attorney-counselors.
To make an appointment, call OCP at 734.764.0546.
Job Email Groups
For those of you interested in judicial clerkships, public interest or government employment, or legal academia, we have email groups that receive regular job postings and articles of interest. The Government Jobs and Public Interest Jobs email groups are for those interested in job postings and information on opportunities in government and public interest law, respectively. The lawclerks email group provides information on clerkship job postings, unexpectedly available clerkships, newly appointed judges in need of clerks, and articles of interest. To join, please e-mail the person indicated below and give your name and graduation date.
- Government Jobs for Graduates - Katie Ulivi, email@example.com
- Public Interest Jobs for Graduates - Katie Ulivi, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lawclerks - Tammy Sindlinger, email@example.com
- FutureLawProfs - FutureLawProfs@umich.edu
As part of the powerful Michigan alumni network, you have the opportunity to connect with other graduates if you know of an employment opportunity or are looking for one. By using the resources below, you can access listings for public interest, government, and private sector jobs, as well as fellowships. Or, you can post job openings for fellow alumni to view.
Alumni Job Bulletin
Our Job Bulletin has moved to Symplicity. Recent graduates can request a password reminder through Symplicity and it will be sent to your umich email account. Graduates before the Class of 2005 should contact the Office of Career Planning to request a username/password.
If you have a job you want to advertise to other alumni, you can submit it by faxing OCP at 734.764.5228 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. (These listings are provided because of their potential interest in the Michigan Law School community. Inclusion of a listing does not imply Law School endorsement of the particular program or opportunity described.)
Password-Protected Resources—Provides the usernames and passwords for password-protected outside resources, including the Univ. of Arizona Government Honors & Internship Handbook, the Univ. of Arizona Public Policy Handbook, and the BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank.
The Michigan Law alumni network is more than 20,000 people strong and in every major legal market in the U.S.
Michigan Law's AlumNetwork website contains a wealth of helpful information, including information gathered for the printed directory. Alumni can search for fellow Michigan Law graduates by name, graduation year, work affiliation, or legal practice area. The directory also groups graduates by class year, geographic area, and/or specialty.
More Resources to Launch a Job Search
To help you get started as you contemplate a job change, we have compiled a couple of sample resumes. We urge you to look in depth at the OCP's website, and explore the websites of state, local, and specialty bar associations.
Use LinkedIn to network with current students and alumni by joining the following groups:
Alumni interested in using the services of another law school's career planning/career services office can review reciprocity polices on the NALP web site to verify the types of services offered at each school. Requests are limited to one school per geographic region. Contact Tammy Sindlinger (email@example.com) for more information if you would like to request a letter of reciprocity.
Law graduates from other schools interested in using our services may contact Tammy Sindlinger at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our policy does not include on-line access to our job listings via Symplicity for students or graduates.