Career Services offers quite a few excellent suggestions
Third-year students ask themselves some very important questions, but maybe none more important than: What do I do after graduation?
Asha Wilbun, the Graduate Advisor in the California Western Career Services office, had answers to that question during two presentations she did for 3Ls the week of November 11—appropriately titled: “3Ls: What to Do After Graduation.”
Wilbun lists several important things 3Ls should do between now and graduation:
Researching post-graduate and post-bar employment opportunities
Let Career Services help you come up with a job search action plan
However, Wilbun adds, you should always have at least three backup plans when it comes to finding the right position for you.
While preparing for the bar exam, Wilbun says you should have a current resume and cover letter ready to go, stay in touch with your networking contacts as time permits, and STUDY, STUDY, STUDY, because “studying for the bar is a full-time job.”
After you take the bar and before you learn the results, Wilbun says there is plenty to keep you busy. She advises re-connecting with your contacts, attending as many legal functions as you can, applying for temporary law clerk positions and doing volunteer work. As with studying for the bar, she says, “treat your job search as a job.”
Once you pass the bar, Wilbun offers a number of options for finding a job and some of the finer points of salary negotiation, which can be an anxiety-filled experience.
Of course, Wilbun reminds everyone of the resources in the law school’s Career Services office.
“Anything we can do!” she says. “That’s what we’re here for!”
3L Tyler Talbot felt the presentation was timely. “It gives me an idea about what I need to start doing now,” he says.
“You just need to have a plan and if you don’t have a plan then you’re not going to have a job,” adds 3L Kris Reich.
“I liked getting the timeline for what we should be doing when and tips for salary negotiations, because that’s something that I’ve been apprehensive about doing,” says 3L Tamara Martin. ”Those parts were really, really good. And the list of job sites was also really helpful.”
If you missed the event, you can view the entire presentation on PANOPTO by clicking on this link. You can also make an appointment for individual counseling about what to do after graduation by calling 619-525-7087, or feel free to stop by the office in person.