Loyola University Chicago

Career Services

School of Law

Career Planning for Part-Time Students

It is important to think about your career objectives as early in your law school education as possible. In your first semester at Loyola, you will be assigned a career counselor who will be your counselor throughout law school. Your career counselor is here to help you create a plan of action. This will include reviewing your strengths, weaknesses, skills, values, and practice areas you may wish to pursue; designing and updating a legal resume; drafting a cover letter; preparing you for interviews; and helping make you aware of the resources available to you on our web page, in our office, and in the legal community. We encourage you to make an appointment to discuss career planning with your counselor or to communicate with your counselor via email and/or by phone if coming into the office is difficult.

Set up an appointment with your career counselor by emailing law-career@luc.edu, calling 312-915-7160, or stopping by our office on the 13th floor.

We make every effort to schedule programming so that as many students as possible are able to attend career-oriented programs. We also ask our speakers to provide handouts and/or a powerpoint presentation of their program for students who are unable to attend.

Each semester we hold programs that are designed to specifically address the concerns and interests of our part-time students. Programs are presented throughout the academic year to provide information about conducting a job search, career planning, resume and cover letter writing, and interview skills, to name just a few. We also hold numerous practice area programs to introduce students to the many areas of law you can pursue. These provide students an opportunity to meet and listen to alumni in various specialties. Students find these programs to be very informative and good opportunities to network.

You will be notified about upcoming programs through Law School Announcements, our newsletter, and our emails to you.

Our office receives about 3,000 job postings per year for students and alumni. Full-time and part-time opportunities are searchable through PEARSON by job type, practice area, and location. Our office provides all first year law students with access to PEARSON in mid-October of their first year. If you do not have a password, please contact us at law-career@luc.edu and request one. Career Services often receives listings for full-time employment during the academic year from employers seeking part-time students who can work part- to full-time.

Third and fourth year part-time students are encouraged to participate in the on-campus interview program, which takes place each fall semester. OCI is an opportunity to interview with prospective employers who are seeking individuals for both summer and permanent positions. Many of our part-time students have participated in this program in the past and have been successful in finding summer and permanent employment. A majority of the employers who participate are large law firms. Fall interviews begin in mid-August and continue for about six weeks. Other employers, such as the Army and Navy JAGs, interview on-campus throughout the year. In-depth information about the on-campus interview process is distributed to all students each spring and summer and can be found on the CSO website. If you have questions about your eligibility to participate in this program, contact law-oci@luc.edu.

Each fall, Loyola hosts a Public Service Employers Reception in Kasbeer Hall in the evening to introduce students to the public interest and government employers located in the Chicago metropolitan area. Approximately 50 employers participate each year. In addition, part-time students are encouraged to participate in the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC), which takes place each February at Northwestern University Law School and the Equal Justice Works (EJW) employer job fair each October in Washington, D.C. Information about the reception and both job fairs are made available to you via email and on our website a few months prior to each event.