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Emory Law's Center for Professional Development & Career Strategy offers a fresh approach to helping students transition to practice. We provide the structure, oversight, guidance, and resources that enable students to explore their unique professional journeys effectively while leveraging professional development and job search resources to their maximum advantage. We integrate faculty, students, alumni and other practitioners to focus on the students' professional development needs and generate ideas and suggestions to help them get the most out of their law school experience.

Appointments may be made for career planning and job search advice, resume and cover letter preparation, videotaped mock interviews, tips on salary negotiation, and more.

To facilitate entry into practice for our recent graduates, Emory Law offers stipends to its 2015 juris doctor graduates who continue to seek permanent employment.  Participants receive $1,500 per month from Emory Law to work at least 140 hours per month with a qualified legal employer. The Fellowship Program for the Class of 2015 begins on September 1, 2015.

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On-Campus Interviews (OCI)

Emory Law hosts On-Campus Interview (OCI) programs during the late summer and early fall for second- and third-year students. An additional OCI program during the spring semester is open for all students, but it is primarily focused on first-year students. Legal employers and recruiting organizations from across the country participate, including large, medium, and small law firms; corporations; and public interest and government agencies. In addition, Emory Law participates in several regional interview programs held in cities throughout the country. Instead of interviewing on campus, many employers choose to post job listings for part-time positions during the academic year as well as summer and post-graduate employment opportunities.

Additional Interview Programs

Since many legal employers are unable to hire until a position becomes available, employers recruiting at these programs tend to be larger law firms, government agencies, or corporations who can hire months in advance.

  • Atlanta Bar Association Minority & Diversity Clerkship Program, Atlanta, GA
  • Boston Lawyers Group Minority Job Fair, Boston, MA
  • Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program, Charlotte, NC
  • Cook County Minority Job Fair, Chicago, IL
  • Delaware Minority Job Fair, Wilmington, DE
  • DuPont Legal Minority Job Fair, Wilmington, DE; Houston, TX; and Los Angeles, CA
  • Emory in New York Interview Program, New York, NY
  • Equal Justice Works Public Interest Law Career Fair, Washington, DC
  • Georgia Law School Consortium Judicial Clerk Job Fair, Athens, GA
  • Georgia Law School Consortium Public Sector Career Fair, Atlanta, GA
  • Heartland Diversity Job Fair, Kansas City, MO
  • IMPACT Career Fair, Arlington, VA
  • Lavender Law Conference, various locations
  • Loyola Patent Law Interview Program, Chicago, IL
  • MidWest/Cali Consortium Programs in Washington, DC, Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA
  • Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference, Minneapolis, MN
  • Mobile Bar Association Minority Job Fair, Mobile, AL
  • National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair, Philadelphia, PA
  • New England Interview Program, Boston, MA
  • Northwest Minority Job Fair, Seattle, WA
  • Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair, Denver, CO
  • Southeast Legal Hiring Conference, Atlanta, GA
  • Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair, Atlanta, GA
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair, Atlanta, GA
  • Southern California Interview Program, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tennessee Bar Association Diversity Job Fair, Nashville, TN

Judicial clerkships are highly valued by employers. Most law firms give former clerks credit for one or two years of practice, depending on the length of the clerkship; some firms give former clerks a bonus when they join the firm; and a few firms even require new associates to have clerked.

Federal and state court judges employ law graduates to work as their law clerks, typically for a one or two-year appointment. Law clerks may analyze cases, discuss them with the judge, and draft and edit judicial opinions. Clerks for trial judges are involved in building the factual record, and their work can involve motions, orders, status conferences, jury instructions, and trials as well as the more familiar briefs and opinions. Clerks for appellate court judges are presented with the record from the trial court and are asked to resolve legal issues, which typically are presented in the form of briefs, discussed in the form of bench memoranda, and resolved in the form of opinions.

For complete information about Emory Law's judicial clerkshop opportunities, contact the Career Center or visit Symplicity for program documents, academic requirements, and the application process.

Every year, we sponsor a large number of career skills and legal career information programs and invite attorneys from the private and public sectors, as well as nationally known speakers, to provide career and job search advice to students.

Publications and printed materials located in our Resource Center include the following:

  • A variety of handouts on topics such as resume preparation, networking and interviewing skills, the judicial clerkship application and interview process, and public interest/government employment.
  • Periodicals (such as the Fulton County Daily Report, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Wall Street Journal) which list job openings nationwide and provide information about the current legal job market.
  • Books and publications from a variety of sources which discuss career planning, job search techniques, and particular legal practice areas.