The OU College of Law’s Office of Career Development (CDO) is dedicated to assisting law students and OU Law alumni explore various legal, business, and alternative career options. The CDO provides comprehensive counseling, programming, and job search resources for current law students and alumni.
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The CDO is committed to offering students a variety of resources to assist them in their search for internships, permanent employment, and overall career development. Below is a brief overview of the main resources the CDO offers to students:
One-on-One Career Counseling
At any time, students can email the CDO at email@example.com to schedule a one-on-one career counseling meeting. Per NALP requirements, 1L students cannot meet with CDO counselors until October 15 of their 1L year.
On-Campus Recruitment Program
Every fall and spring semester, OU Law hosts an on-campus recruitment program (OCI) where employers from all over Oklahoma and the region come to OU Law to conduct interviews.
Government & Public Interest Career Fair
Every year in the beginning of the spring semester, the CDO hosts a Government & Public Interest Career Fair where local government and public interest employers come to OU Law to meet students. Some employers conduct interviews the day of the fair and some schedule interviews with students they meet at the fair. In past years, over 30 employers have attended.
“Lunch & Learn” Presentations and Speakers
Several times a month, the CDO hosts outside speakers to conduct “Lunch & Learn” presentations during the noon hour. Speakers are practicing attorneys, all specializing in various practice areas with unique backgrounds to provide students an opportunity to learn more about the myriad of options which exist within the practice of law.
Every fall and spring semester, prior to the beginning of OCI, the CDO hosts a mock interview program where practicing attorneys from the area come to OU Law to conduct mock interviews for students. These interviews mirror a true OCI interview, with attorneys providing constructive feedback at the end of each interview.
Resume, Cover Letter, and Application Materials Feedback
At any time, students can email the CDO at firstname.lastname@example.org for resume, cover letter, and application material review and feedback. The CDO can also provide templates for students seeking a starting point for particular documents.
- 1L Resume Templates
- 2L and 3L Resume Template
- Recent Graduate Resume Template (Bar Admission)
- CDO Reference Guide
- CDO Writing Sample Guide
- CDO Sample Cover Letters
In addition, the CDO hosts a “resume workshop” and a “cover letter workshop” each year for 1L students.
We encourage students to meet with a CDO counselor often. The better we know you, the better we can serve you. We are here to assist you throughout the process of searching, applying, interviewing, and accepting a position.
Each year, the CDO offers networking opportunities to students to assist them in meeting practicing attorneys and refining their networking skills. For example (i) every year local law firms host networking events which are scheduled through the CDO, (ii) the CDO works with OU Law’s Young Alumni Board to schedule networking opportunities with students, and (iii) the CDO organizes a networking opportunity specifically for students interested in government and public interest careers. In addition, every year the CDO organizes programming for 1Ls which includes networking components, such as Career Development Night and Professionalism Night.
Online Job Postings
Nearly every day, the CDO receives new job postings for students and posts such opportunities on our web-based recruiting system, Symplicity. Students are encouraged to check Symplicity often. Students can log in at https://law-ou-csm.symplicity.com/
CDO counselors are available for appointments throughout the year. To schedule an individual appointment with a career counselor, contact the CDO at email@example.com.
Office of Career Development
OU College of Law
Andrew M. Coats Hall
300 Timberdell Road
Norman, Oklahoma 73019
Phone: (405) 325-4717
Alicia Currin-Moore, Director