Our mission is to equip and empower current students and alums through comprehensive programming, personalized guidance, and meaningful connections.
Whether you’re exploring legal practice areas, seeking internships, or planning your long-term career, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
OU Law utilizes 12Twenty as its career services platform, allowing employers, students, and alums to post and explore job opportunities, participate in CDO-hosted events, and access exclusive career development resources made specifically for OU Law students and graduates. 
Current Student Access: https://law-ou.12twenty.com/Login
Alumni Access: Please email placement@law.ou.edu for instructions on setting up your account.

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Career Paths

OU Law is committed to assisting students learn about all practice areas and facets of the law. It is essential during law school that students gain as much legal experience as possible – any kind of legal experience. One of the many benefits of interning with various legal employers and being involved in experiential learning opportunities is that students begin to learn about what areas of the law they are drawn to, what areas of the law they are not interested in, and how their particular passions can translate into a legal career. Check out our career paths page for more information

Career Fairs

Every year, there are numerous legal career fairs across the country. These career fairs provide an outstanding opportunity for students to meet with from across the country.  We encourage students to consider attending a variety of career fairs, particularly if they are looking for positions outside of the state or in a highly specialized field.  Job fair event and registration dates are subject to change. Bidding and registration are generally a month or more prior to the fair. For more information, contact Career Development at placement@law.ou.edu or visit our career fairs page.

Employment Statistics

For complete employment information pertaining to the University of Oklahoma College of Law, please view the ABA and NALP report links below.

CDO Commitment

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:

Throughout a law student’s schooling, they face many questions related to employment. From selecting an area of practice to negotiating a salary, the CDO Team can guide you through. At any time, students can schedule a meeting with CDO at placement@law.ou.edu

The 1L Career Launch Program gives first-year law students tools to help them pursue a legal career that is personally meaningful. The Career Development Office provides weekly classes with pre-work and homework to help them systematically begin their career. The goal of the Program is to break down the different aspects of starting a legal career into manageable pieces so that by the end of their first semester they will be able to successfully start searching for summer employment without last-minute panic. The Program is structured to not only help in the first year of law school but it also provides the tools to be successful throughout their entire law school journey and after graduation.

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.

Every year at 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.

Our goal is for the Career Fair to be a time for organizations to meet our students in a less formal setting and for you to showcase the organization to our students. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to learn about Government, Non-Profit and Public Interest career paths and for our students and to network! This is also a great time for our students to explore possible pro bono, internship and externship opportunities. While we will still encourage our students to drop off resumes with the organizations they have an interest in, we want the focus to be on learning and networking.  

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.

Some of our presentations include, “Day in the Life of a DA”, “Going In-House”, “Judicial Clerkships,” “Opening up a Solo Practice,” and more.  If you are interested in speaking with our students, contact us at placement@law.ou.edu.

We strongly encourage that all students take advantage of the mock-interview program. Mock interviews are a great opportunity to meet with practicing attorneys, expand your network, and improve your interviewing skills. 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. In addition, CDO is available to conduct mock interviews, virtual or otherwise, throughout the year. These interviews mirror a true OCI interview, with attorneys providing constructive feedback at the end of each interview.

Having a perfect application packet is critical to gaining the right internship or post-graduation position.  Our CDO team provides guidance regarding resumes, writing samples, cover letters and more to ensure our students are successful. 

  • 10 Resume Tips
    • Resumes should be one page
    • Traditional font- same font throughout the document
    • Limit the number of font sizes
    • Proofread it! Give it to 5 friends and CDO to review
    • Clean, succinct job descriptions
    • If you have a permanent address in the state in which you are seeking employment, list both your current address as well as your permanent address
    • List a professional email- use your OU email
    • Include unique interests- marathon runner, travel blogger, etc.
    • Include languages spoken- be honest in your proficiency level
  • CDO Writing Sample Guide 
  • CDO Cover Letter Tips 

For individual counseling regarding these materials contact placement@law.ou.edu for an appointment.


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. Many positions will be posted through 12Twenty.

Our career counselors can help you navigate your job search and offer guidance in balancing the demands of finding a job while in law school. Each one of our career counselors has a J.D. and specializes in counseling students interested in working in the corporate, government, judicial, law firm or public interest sector, as well as those interested in pursuing alternative careers.

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.

In addition, the CDO encourages and fosters informal networking opportunities through the Lunch & Learns, Virtual Meet & Greets, Individual Introductions, etc.


Nearly every day, the CDO receives new job postings for students and posts such opportunities on our web-based recruiting system, 12Twenty. Students are encouraged to check 12Twenty often. Students can log in at https://law-ou.12twenty.com/Login/ 

If you are interested in advertising your open positions with our OU Law students and/or OU Law Graduates, please contact us at placement@law.ou.edu.


CDO counselors are available for appointments throughout the year. To schedule an individual appointment with a career counselor, contact the CDO at placement@law.ou.edu

Office of Career Development
OU College of Law
Andrew M. Coats Hall
300 Timberdell Road
Norman, Oklahoma 73019

Phone: (405) 325-4717
Email: placement@law.ou.edu

Katie Spencer, Director
Email: kspencer@ou.edu