CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR JD AND LLM CHILD AND FAMILY LAW STUDENTS
Child and family law attorneys work in a wide variety of practice areas and settings. They are hired by national, state and local public and private agencies, private firms, not-for-profit legal services and advocacy organizations, health care and educational institutions, and philanthropic organizations to provide direct representation to clients, help formulate policy and legislation, teach, and otherwise advocate for children and families. Depending on their chosen career path, attorneys for children and families practice in the areas of civil, criminal, and/or administrative law. Although most child and family law attorneys are employed domestically, some work in the area of international children’s rights.The legal job market has changed rapidly in recent years, making it increasingly important for students to take full advantage of opportunities to position themselves for their chosen career. This includes immersing themselves in Loyola’s curriculum and extracurricular activities, engaging actively with faculty, working collaboratively with the staff of the Office of Career Resources and Office of Financial Aid, and networking with child and family law attorneys and professional organizations. To aid students in this process, we have prepared a Planning Guide for JD and LLM Child and Family Law Students.Loyola’s faculty and staff are committed to assisting all students in their job search through a combination of advising, mentorship, counseling and outreach.
- Career Resource Guides The Civitas ChildLaw Center, in cooperation with Loyola’s Office of Career Services, has prepared a set of Resource Guides for students and alumni seeking information and career resources in the field of child and family law. The Guides cover six of the most common practice areas: Child and Adolescent Health, Child Welfare Law, Education Law, Family Law, Immigration Law, International Children’s Rights, and Juvenile Justice. The Guides list faculty who teach in each of these areas, suggest courses that students should consider, identify potential local, national and/or international employers and contacts, and provide links to organizations and materials. The Guides are available on Loyola’s Office of Career Services website, below, or may be obtained in hard copy from the ChildLaw Center’s Office Coordinator.
- Office of Career Services The Office of Career Services has extensive online materials on child and family law career opportunities and sample profiles of attorneys practicing in the field.
- American Bar Association The American Bar Association’s Section on Litigation maintains a useful website focused on careers in children’s law, including a directory of pro bono children’s law programs. It is available athttp://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/committees/childrights/content/articles/article_career.html.
- Children’s Rights Resources This site has a list of employers and other organizations working in the areas of children’s law. Information is available at http://www.childrensrights.org/issues-resources/additional-child-welfare-resources/
Any Loyola JD or LLM student interested in finding employment in the practice area of child and family law after graduation should actively seek out curricular and career counseling from Loyola’s faculty and the Office of Career Services. To make an appointment to speak with a member of Loyola’s child and family law faculty, please contact the Center’s Program Coordinator or stop by the ChildLaw Center, Corboy Law Center, 25 East Pearson, 11th Fl., Chicago, IL 60611. To make an appointment to speak with a representative of the Office of Career Services, please visit its website or office, located on the 13th Floor of the Corboy Law Center. International LLM students should consult with the Office of Foreign and International LLM law programs.