Law School Career Services
This office serves law school students and alumni only. The university's Career Development Center serves UMass Dartmouth's general student body.
The mission of the University of Massachusetts School of Law-Dartmouth Career Services Office is to help students and graduates make informed decisions about career paths and develop personal strategies to obtain career goals by providing guidance, information, and support through a full-service office.
The office is committed to the professional development of all students, both during law school and in their subsequent legal careers, and strives to instill in each student the responsibility to act ethically and honestly throughout the job search process. Toward this end, the Career Services Office provides a wide range of services to students and graduates, under the direction of Leslie Becker Wilson, Esq., the Director of Legal Career Services.
The Career Services Office provides individual career counseling to students and graduates to:
- discuss career goals and options
- provide assistance in securing school-year internships and permanent employment
- discuss bar examination options and preparation as part of a plan for attaining overall professional goals
The office works with students and graduates to help them:
- effectively write resumes and cover letters
- improve networking and informational interviewing skills
- prepare for job interviews
Additionally, the Career Services Office develops numerous handouts on career-related topics including legal career options such as:
- judicial clerkships
- small firm practice
- working for the government
The office also provides online resources for job searching, professional development, and pro bono opportunities.
The Career Services Office recently adopted Symplicity Career Services Manager Law Edition software through which it provides online access to current employment opportunities for both students and graduates.
Throughout the year the office conducts outreach to prospective employers to develop school year, summer, and post-graduation employment opportunities in order to enhance the position of the law school’s students and graduates in the job market.
The Career Services Office is continuously expanding its recruiting efforts including building upon its on-campus recruiting program for student summer internships and resume drop program for post-graduation positions.
The law school's Pro Bono Program is administered through the Career Services Office. The Pro Bono Program seeks to develop students’ commitments to pro bono work and to expose students to careers through which they can serve the public. Performing pro bono work is also a means for students to gain practical legal experience and build a professional network. The Career Services Office encourages students to perform their pro bono hours at organizations that fit with their individual interests and career goals.
The Career Services Office also coordinates the Public Interest Summer Stipend Program, under which students are selected to receive stipends to work in full-time public interest law positions during the summer.
The Career Services Office's annual programming includes Career Forums, Brown Bag Lunches, and other Special Events.
Additionally, the office regularly co-sponsors monthly panels with campus student groups and the Public Interest Law Fellows Program on a wide variety of career-related topics.
The Career Services Office also partners with area bar associations to develop additional resources for students and graduates, as well as provide career-related resources from membership organizations including:
- Equal Justice Works
- Massachusetts Law School Consortium
- Massachusetts Legal Recruiters Association
- NALP-The Association for Legal Career Professionals
- Northeast Law School Career Consortium
- PSJD (formerly known as PSLawNet)
The Director actively represents the law school at professional organizations related to legal placement including the Boston Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Pipeline Subcommittee and the Boston Lawyers Group.