Career Toolkit: Resources for Life
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 five 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 E-mail Groups
For those of you interested in judicial clerkships, or careers in public service or academia, we have an e-mail group for you! The Public Service email group is for those working in or interested in careers with the government or non-profits. The lawclerks email group provides information on clerkship job postings, unexpectedly available clerkships, newly appointed judges in need of clerks, and articles of interest. The FutureLawProfs email group provides information for those graduates who are interested in pursing careers in legal academia. To join, please email the person indicated below and give your name and graduation date.
- PIMichLawAlums - Katie Ulivi, email@example.com
- Lawclerks - Tammy Sindlinger, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 e-mailing email@example.com. (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: