The top priority of Vermont Law School's Office of Career Services is to help our students launch their legal careers. We offer many services to help students make effective career choices, carry out a job search, and close the deal with a prospective employer. Career Services officers work with students from their first days on campus and focus on the graduating class until each member seeking a full-time job has found one. We also offer programs to help students get summer internships, judicial clerkships, and jobs with government agencies-a terrific first step in career building. And we provide opportunities for students to meet and work with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the school to help students develop their careers.
Career Strategies is a weekly newsletter created exclusively for VLS students that will help you develop a career plan and find a job—either a summer internship or permanent position after you graduate.
- VLS alums share the best job-search advice
- VLS-parent lawyers offer insider tips for your job search
- Here's one: hold onto your dreams -- and keep an open mindTip #3 -- In this tight market, many will graduate without a job, but hard work will pay off
- Here's a second: be relentless in making connections in the legal world
- A quick refresher on the best ways to apply your StrengthsQuest insights
- In the MELP Corner: Take a study break for post-graduation planning
- A sampling of the many job opportunities posted on Symplicity
If you would like to have business cards that use the official VLS fonts, logo and template, Whitman Communications is the vendor. The cost is $24 per 100. You can order them HERE.
Career Road Map
Ever wish you had a road map for finding a career? One that lays out the steps to securing that dream job? Starting with your first days on campus and ending with the bar exam, The VLS Academic and Career Road Map: A Three-Year Guide to Finding a Job lays out critical strategies and important job-related events during your three years at VLS-all designed to make you more attractive to potential employers. Here are some general highlights of your detailed road map:
• At least once each term, meet with a career counselor to develop and refine a flexible plan for pursuing your interests in law school and after.
• In your second semester, attend a two-day Career Boot Camp focused on basic skills needed to succeed in your job search and to build sophistication about career-path alternatives.
• In the fall and spring of your second year, attend the VLS-Only Job Fairs in Washington, D.C. In the most recent academic year, about 40 employers interviewed students in Washington.
• Receive assistance with transportation costs for travel to job fairs and off-campus interviews.
• Benefit from the advocacy of Career Service staff as they visit employers around the country and develop relationships to increase opportunities available to you.
• Network with lawyers at a campus Jobs Summit and, with our assistance, develop employment leads on your own.