Office of Career Planning
for the Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors
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Law students have become increasingly sophisticated in deciding whether and where to attend law school. They want to know "Is law school worth my money?" and "Can I trust this particular law school to get me where I want to go?" We welcome this thoughtful approach to making a crucial decision—and for those considering Michigan Law, we can assure you that the answer to both questions is a resounding "yes." Michigan Law's new Office of Career Planning provides specific support services and informational programs for students exploring careers in private practice, a government role, national or international public-interest positions, judicial clerkships, or legal academia.
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
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.
Office of Career Planning
701 S. State Street
1100 South Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091