The Student Affairs & Career Services Office at La Verne Law is proud to announce the following programs that will be offered to La Verne Law students during Fall 2013 – Spring 2014:

Symplicity – Beginning in January 2009, La Verne Law launched our web based program, Symplicity.  This program streamlines and simplifies the job searching process for law students, alumni, and employers. Each La Verne Law student receives a user name and password.  With Symplicity, students can create their own online profile and attach their resume, writing samples, and transcripts for employers to view.  Employers have the opportunity to post job opportunities at no cost for our students and alumni to view and apply for.  To log on to Symplicity, please visit the website at https://law-ulv-csm.symplicity.com.  For more information regarding Symplicity or to receive your username and password, please contact Heather Startsman at hstartsman@laverne.edu.

OSCAR – For those students interested in applying for post graduate judicial clerkships, La Verne Law subscribes to OSCAR, a web based application system.  The Judicial Clerkship Committee assists students with their application and interviews and guides them through the application process.  Please contact August Farnsworth in the Student Affairs & Career Services  Office for more details.

PSJD – La Verne Law subscribes to the PSJD Worldwide, which serves over 200 law schools and over 13,000 public service organizations. It is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive online resource for law students and attorneys to find public interest opportunities.  PSJD adopts broad definitions of “public interest/service” to include government agencies, public sector or non profit organizations, the judiciary, and law firms with public interest practices. PSJD  lists post graduate as well as summer positions.  If you are looking for an externship, fellowship, or paid attorney position, feel free to log on to www.psjd.org.

Resume, Cover Letter, and Writing Sample Review – Students and alumni are welcome to either email or drop off their resumes, cover letters, and writing samples to the Student Affairs & Career Services Office for review and suggestions.  Simply place your documents in our “Resume In Box” in one of the envelopes provided and within one to two business days student’s resumes and cover letters will have been reviewed and placed in the “Resume Out Box” for the student to pick up. Writing samples have a five day turnaround time. Students and alumni may submit their materials as often as necessary for review.

On Campus Interviewing Program (OCI) – The On Campus Interviewing Program is offered both in the Fall and the Spring at La Verne Law.  In the Fall, employers are invited to come on campus to interview 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls for Spring and Summer externships and paid positions as well as post graduate paid positions.  In the Spring, employers will visit campus to interview 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls for Summer and Fall externships and paid positions as well as post graduate paid positions.  The program brings a wide variety of employers to campus to seek out La Verne Law students to fill their open positions.  Employers give us their hiring criteria which will be viewable to students via the OCI tab on Symplicity, and on a preset date visit the campus to interview the law students they have preselected.

Job Postings – Employers can post their open positions free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week directly into Symplicity or by filling out a La Verne Law Job Posting Form.  Students and alumni can log onto Symplicity, view and then apply for those positions they are interested in.

Student Affairs & Career Services Student Advisory Board – Formed in Spring 2009, the Career Services Student Advisory Board meets once a month during the academic year to exchange ideas and to improve the career services offered to the students. Student are encouraged to apply to be a member of the Student Affairs & Career Services Student Advisory Board.

Reciprocity –In partnership with other ABA law schools located outside of the Southern California area, La Verne students and alumni can access job postings available from other geographic areas through the Reciprocity Program.

La Verne Law Mentor Program – The La Verne Law Mentor Program launched in Spring 2010 and allows experienced attorneys to offer their guidance to La Verne Law students who are interested in the Mentor attorney’s practice area.  Mentors and students meet with each other for an hour or two, once or twice a month from January 2014 thru April 2014.  Suggested activities include lunch or coffee, attending a bar association event together, or shadowing the attorney on the job.  The La Verne Law Mentor Program kicks off with a Mentor Reception at La Verne Law in January.

La Verne Law E-Mentor Program – Beginning Spring 2010, the Career Services Office invited practicing attorneys to join the La Verne Law E-Mentor Program.  By joining the E-Mentor Program, the attorneys grant permission to La Verne Law students to contact them via email with short career related questions about that attorney’s practice area.

Resume Books – Several times throughout the academic year the Student Affairs & Career Services Office collects student’s and recent graduate’s resumes, binds them into books, and submits them to employers.   The La Verne Law Resume Books are also distributed at the Career Fair in April.

La Verne Law Student Business Cards – All La Verne Law students have the opportunity to purchase personalized business cards four times a year, in August, November, January, and April.   La Verne Law students can distribute their business cards at networking functions.

Mock Interviews – La Verne Law students are welcome to sign up for a mock interview with the Student Affairs & Career Services Office.    Each mock interview lasts approximately a half hour to an hour with 15 – 20 minutes worth of questions and the remaining time for a critique.

Mock Interview Program – La Verne Law launched an offsite Mock Interview Program in Spring 2010.   Students have the opportunity to sign up and visit the office of an attorney to practice their interviewing skills.  Mock interviews generally last about 15 to 20 minutes with about 10 to 15 minutes of feedback.

Handouts – The Student Affairs & Career Services Office provides a number of handouts and guidebooks for students including sample resumes, sample cover letters, sample interview questions, lists of job posting websites, and lists of legal recruiters to name a few.  These handouts are available in the Career Services Resource Center as well as on TWEN and Symplicity.

Professional Development and Skill Building Workshops – The Student Affairs & Career Services Office presents several programs during the semester to teach students job searching skills including: how to draft their resumes and cover letters; how to improve their interviewing skills; how to research employers and find jobs; how to negotiate and handle offers; and how to network.

Career Panels – The Student Affairs & Career Services Office hosts three to four different career related panels per semester.   During each panel, three to four attorneys present valuable information to La Verne Law students.

One-on-one 1L Career Counseling Sessions- All first year law students have the opportunity to attend their own one-on-one career counseling session in October and November.  These appointments will focus on the individual student’s interests, identifying career goals, learning about resources and creating strategies and plans to achieve their goals.

Graduating 3L/4L Exit Counseling Sessions – At the end of February, all 3L and 4L law students sign up for an exit counseling session with the Student Affairs & Career Services Office and complete an Employment Survey.  The counseling sessions begin in late February and continue through the first half of April.

Career Services and Professional Development Orientation – In order to kick off the opportunities offered to first year law students at La Verne Law, the Student Affairs & Career Services Office sponsors a Career Services and Professional Development Orientation in the middle of October. Southern California bar association members participate in the Career Service and Professional Development Orientation by hosting tables and providing membership information to students as well as answering questions relating to job searching and providing an introduction to the legal community.

Public Interest Career Day/Government Day - This event is co-sponsored by the 13 ABA law schools in southern California including La Verne Law and takes place during the Spring.  All La Verne Law students have the opportunity to upload their resumes and cover letters to the PICD Symplicity system to be preselected for interviews.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in “table talk” and attend panels and presentations.

Entertainment Law Day –This event is co-sponsored by the 13 ABA law schools in southern California including La Verne Law in the Spring.  All La Verne Law students have the opportunity to attend panels and mingle with top entertainment attorneys.

Career Fair & Reception – In April, the Student Affairs & Career Services Office hosts the Career Fair & Reception for legal employers from the southern California area. Students have the opportunity to meet and interview for summer and post graduate positions and to mingle with potential employers.

Study Abroad Programs  - Programs throughout the country supply us with information on their upcoming programs on a yearly basis. Contact the Student Affairs &  Career Services Office for more information on these programs.

For further information about any of these programs, please feel free to contact:

August Farnsworth, Esq.
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Career Services
University of La Verne College of Law
320 East D Street
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 460-2016
FAX (909) 460-2082
afarnsworth@laverne.edu

Michael Chen, Esq.
Director of Career Services & Professional Development
University of La Verne College of Law
320 East D Street
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 460-2046
FAX (909) 460-2082
mchen3@laverne.edu

Heather Startsman
Student Affairs & Career Services Coordinator
University of La Verne College of Law
320 East D Street
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 460-2017
FAX (909) 460-2082
hstartsman@laverne.edu