What is Loyola doing to help students & graduates find jobs in a difficult market?
Loyola provides many opportunities and resources to help students and alumni to successfully navigate a difficult job market. Our law school has an extensive and involved alumni network in Chicago and nationwide, and we provide numerous opportunities for students to network and build relationships with Loyola's alums.
The Office of Career Services partners with the Alumni Relations department to host two annual "Meet the Alums" receptions - one in the fall for 2Ls and 3Ls and one in the spring for first year students. Additionally, Loyola's Student Life staff and Alumni Relations department organize a 1L/Alumni mentoring program. During the 2010-2011 school year, over 40 alumni and over 80 first year students are taking part in this program.
The Office of Career Services also continues to emphasize the importance of individual counseling appointments with our office's career advisors. Each student is assigned a counselor as a first year student based on their last name. Students are encouraged to meet with their counselor throughout their law school career to discuss their job search strategies, to revise their resume and cover letters, and to conduct mock interviews. Additionally, Associate Director Mary Beth Wynn has recently been trained to offer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a test which can help students to learn more about job preferences as well as learning and communication styles based on their personality type.
More resources for narrowing down what type of legal career will be a good fit for your personality type, life goals, and practical needs can be found on our Where to Start pages.