How to Network

Networking Resources

Networking is how most people, both in and outside of the legal profession, get jobs. Attorneys in private practice also find that networking is an important way to build a client base, or "book of business."  In this technological age, we find that students are often most comfortable with online job posting boards or social networking websites - the idea of networking by attending events in person or making phone calls may feel foreign, uncomfortable, or scary. But there is nothing like in-person networking to give you the opportunity to really connect with people who can help you shape your career path and find the job opportunities that aren't getting posted online.

Debt Relief

Loyola University Chicago School of Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Since 1998, Loyola University Chicago School of Law has had a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to support its J.D. alumni engaged in full-time public service employment who also have high educational debt. Learn more about Loyola's LRAP program here.

Other Loan Repayment Assistance Programs & Resources

Judicial Clerkships

Alumni who are interested in applying for Judicial Clerkships with federal judges should follow the steps listed below.

1. Read the Judicial Clerkship Handbook online.

2. Create an account on OSCAR.

3. Identify & contact your recommenders.
If your recommenders are Loyola professors, please contact Maureen Kieffer at mkieffer1@luc.edu to coordinate the printing and uploading of your letters of recommendation. You will need to provide our office with an Excel spreadsheet listing the judges to who you are applying via paper application.

4. Apply to judges via OSCAR or in hard copy (for judges not accepting applications via OSCAR).

5. The Office of Career Services will keep your letters of recommendation on file. 
If you decide to apply to additional judges in the future (via OSCAR or in hard copy), please contact our office so your letters can be used again.

Alternative Careers


An alternative legal career is one where licensure or even law school graduation is not a prerequisite. Legal training and the application of legal skills can benefit lawyers who choose to pursue these opportunities. In some cases, a law degree may help someone to succeed in a field outside the practice of law. In other cases, legal experience may afford a law graduate a decided advantage over those who have not been to law school.


From consulting to real estate to health care to HR, there are many non-traditional options available, and deciding upon a non-traditional legal career should be a thoughtful process. There are pros and cons to beginning your career outside of a traditional legal practice, and the information below will help you get started in determining if an alternative legal career is right for you.


Out-of-State Job Searching

Reciprocity at Other Law Schools

If you plan to conduct a job search in a city other than Chicago, the Office of Career Services suggests that you consider requesting permission to use the career services office at a university in that city. Many law schools provide reasonable access to their career resources for students and graduates from other law schools that agree to provide similar services.

Loyola law students & alumni: To request reciprocity with another law school, please send an email to law-career@luc.edu with your name, class year or graduation date, email address, the name of the school where you would like reciprocity, the school's contact person, and the contact person's email address.

To review specific policies please go to the NALP Directory of Reciprocity Policies. If reciprocity is granted, students/graduates should be sure to read and honor the reciprocity policy of the host school. Many law schools have black out dates (usually in the fall) during which time reciprocity requests will not be granted.

Websites for Out-of-State Job Searching

    • With information on all 50 states (plus Washington, DC), this guide is a great starting point for an out of state job search. It contains links to state and regional bar associations, specialty bar associations, major newspapers, and legal & business-related publications. Additionally, it has links to the law schools in each state where you might be interested in requesting reciprocity.
    • *Please note that this list is not comprehensive and that links are subject to change without our knowledge.
    • Published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the American Bar Association, this guide is helpful if you are planning to take the bar exam outside of Illinois.
    • Resources from PSJD for pursuing a government career in any of the 50 states.
    • Most states do not have a comprehensive list of small and medium sized law firms, and finding this information for an out-of-state job search can often be difficult. Contacting the Chamber of Commerce in your city of choice is one way to search for pertinent information. This page allows you to search for the websites of local Chambers of Commerce by city and state.

Bar Associations

State & Local Bar Associations

National Bar Associations

Diverse Bar Associations - Local & National

Other Professional Associations 

Obtaining a copy of your official transcript

MJ Resources

Resources for students and graduates of the Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) program


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