Monday, April 15, 2013
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
For the last few years I have tried to help current and former students navigate through the worst job market for law graduates in a generation. I have seen many exceptional students struggle to find good work. I have been able to help out some students but not enough.
Law schools continue to under-invest in career services for both current students and alums. At any US law school, compare the law school career services office to the business school career services office of the same university and you will instantly see what I mean. This under-investment by law schools is shortsighted for many reasons. Roughly 20% of the USNWR law ranking is based on employment at graduation and employment at 9 months. Moreover, helping out alums find work helps to promote the school brand and will (hopefully) mean alumni contributions in various ways back to the school.
To centralize information for my current and former students and to encourage networking opportunities, I have set up a LinkedIn site - Law Professor D. Daniel Sokol Student Alumni Group. If any readers know of potential job opportunities for current graduating students or for former students looking at lateral opportunities at firms, in-house or in government, please feel free to share these opportunities with me.
I set up the group up over the weekend. Already one former student, now an investment banker, alerted the group to an opening in his unit.