Loyola University Chicago

Career Services

School of Law

Career Planning for Part-Time Evening Students

The Office of Career Services (OCS) is open during the semester from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays to accommodate your work schedules. If you are unable to meet with us on Wednesday or Thursday between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m., we are very happy to meet with you whenever it is convenient for you. To schedule an in-person or phone call appointment, call our office at (312) 915-7160 or email us at law-career@luc.edu.

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 our evening student counselor, Debbi Gutman, by emailing law-career@luc.edu, calling 312-915-7160, or stopping by our office on the 13th floor.

The OCS maintains numerous resources on its website and in its library for use by students and alumni. Many evening students wonder how they will combine their past work experience with their legal education. If you are concerned about this, please take a look at our online resources, books, and in-office reference materials. All books found in our office are available for check out for up to 2 weeks at a time.

We make every effort to schedule programming so that as many students as possible are able to attend career-oriented programs. Sometimes, however, our program speakers are unable to do programs in the evening. When this happens, we ask our speakers to please provide handouts and a powerpoint presentation of their program, which we put on our website when they are provided. In the event that you are unable to attend a program, please remember to check out our archive of handouts and powerpoint presentations.

Each semester we hold evening programs that are designed to specifically address your concerns and interests. 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 in the evening 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, our website's Upcoming Events page, and our emails to you.

The OCS receives about 3,000 job postings per year for students and alumni. Full-time and part-time opportunities are search about through the Symplicity on-line system by job type, practice area, and location. The OCS emails all first year law students a Symplicity password in early November of their first year. If you do not have a password, please contact us at law-career@luc.edu and request one. The OCS often receives listings for full-time employment during the academic year from employers seeking evening 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. Part-time 1Ls who plan to transfer to the full-time program after their first year are also encouraged to participate. The OCI program 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 and are interested in interviewing evening students. In-depth information about the on-campus interview program is distributed to all students each spring and summer and can be found on the OCS website. If you have questions about your eligibility to participate in this program, contact law-oci@luc.edu.

Each fall, Loyola hosts a Public Interest 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, evening 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.

Evening students are strongly encouraged to participate in the many job fairs that take place throughout the country each fall. Job fairs are a great way to gain exposure to numerous employers at once and to receive interviews that might otherwise be difficult to obtain. The OCS maintains a list of job fairs that is updated each year, which provides links to each job fair's website. Keep in mind that most employers who interview at these job fairs are seeking law students who are able to work full-time the following summer.