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Career Planning

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Vermont Law School students have a passion for making a difference in the world, whether in traditional law firms or in law- and policy-related positions in a range of fields.

Our goal in career services is to help you realize your passion by developing a long-term plan that leads to a successful and meaningful career. We begin by assigning you an individual counselor since each student’s job search is unique and deserving of personal attention. Then, through a combination of one-on-one meetings, workshops, panels, and informal networking events, we help you develop a personal strategic plan that includes coursework, hands-on experiential offerings, and work experience that will give you the background and skills necessary to succeed. We know that looking for a job is hard work and we have developed an approach that can help even the most apprehensive job seeker ease into a successful career.

JD AND LLM STUDENTS

What to expect from career services as a JD or LLM student:

  • Personal Career Counselor: You will be assigned a career and academic counselor who will work with you over the course of your time at VLS.
  • Career Programming: Participate in a series of events and workshops throughout the fall semester culminating in a mock interview program in January of you 1L year (some interviews have led to summer jobs).
  • Application Materials: Your career counselor will work with you to fine-tune your resume, cover letters, and other application materials
  • Academic and Career Schedule: Your career counselor will help insure that your 2L and 3L academic schedule will support your long-term career goals.
  • On Campus Interview Program: Participate in our spring on-campus interviewing program, when a number of employers from the area seek out JD students for summer positions.
  • Washington, D.C. Interview Fair: Participate in the Washington, D.C. Interview Fair held exclusively for VLS students each March.
  • Video Conferencing: Use our video conferencing equipment to reach employers across the country.
  • Job Applications: Work with your counselor to submit applications to the jobs that are right for you.

MASTER'S STUDENTS

What to expect from career services as a master's student:

  • Personal Career Counselor: You will be assigned a career and academic counselor who will work with you over the course of your time at VLS.
  • Career Programming: You will participate in a series of events and workshops throughout the fall semester culminating in a mock interview program in November (some interviews have led to summer jobs).
  • Career Panel and Networking Reception: Attend our Career Panel and networking Reception for master’s students, where you will meet alumni from the master’s programs and learn about a range of career options.
  • Networking Workshops: Learn how to network with alumni, and utilize social media to enhance your professional web presence.
  • Externships and Job Searches: Meet with your counselor as you begin externship and job searches, working together to develop targeted and focused application materials.
  • Employment Search Workshops: Learn and share with your classmates through workshops that focus on the employment search.

ONLINE LEARNING STUDENTS

What to expect from career services as an online learning student:

  • Personal Career Counselor: Because the online programs are relatively short, the relationship begins at enrollment.
  • Flexible Communication: You will have access to your career counselor on-campus, over the phone, and/or through email regarding the job search process, resumes and cover letters.
  • Job Search Tools: All online students have complete access to Symplicity, our online job-posting service and other job-search resources.
  • E-Newsletter: You will receive a weekly e-newsletter, Career Notes for Master’s Students which includes current job postings and search tips. It is distributed via VLS email on most.