Office of Career and Professional Development

Office of Career and Professional Development

The Whittier Law School Office of Career and Professional Development provides the tools necessary for students and alumni to achieve success in their careers. Our office offers career-related programming, individualized counseling services, clerkship assistance, formal recruiting programs, application review, and employer relationship management to help our students and alumni obtain the foundation needed to reach their goals. Our support begins in the first semester in law school and continues throughout law school and after graduation.

The Office of Career and Professional Development is involved with bar associations and other organizations to promote the law school. The office is actively involved in the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), the Law School Career Advisors of Southern California (LSCA), the San Diego Legal Recruitment Association (SDLRA), the Orange County Area Legal Recruitment Association (OCALRA), and Equal Justice Works.

Office Resources

The spacious office is centrally located on campus. In addition to a comprehensive library of career information, the office offers access to electronic databases. Networked computers, printers, photocopier, a fax machine, and conference rooms are available at no charge to students and alumni conducting job searches.

Internship and attorney opportunities are posted on an online database, Symplicity, allowing both students and alumni to post their resumes and access job listings at their convenience. Law clerk positions, available throughout the year, provide students with income, valuable training, and possible permanent employment offers.

Office of Career and Professional Development Hours

Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Walk in appointments accepted, but the office prefers appointments to better service your needs.

Part-time students may make appointments outside of normal office hours.

Phone: 714-444-4141 x. 292
Fax: 714-444-0848

Working with Students and Alumni

First-year students are encouraged to attend informational programs during their first semester of study. The Office of Career and Professional Development will begin to work with students on an individual basis at the end of their first semester of study.

The staff provides assistance in resume and cover letter preparation, career goal identification, and career strategy development. Students and alumni can sharpen their interviewing skills throughout the year by participating in mock interviews offered by staff members.

The Office works with student organizations in organizing speaker events to explore legal specialties, alternative careers, ethnic/gender/age issues, and other career topics.

Meeting the Legal Community

Employers are invited to interview students on campus during both the fall and spring semesters. Through other co-sponsored programs, students have opportunities to interview at venues such as Public Interest and Government Career Day held at UCLA School of Law. The Office of Career and Professional Development also presents alumni roundtable discussions and other programs related to law firm success. Through informational interviews, students can meet with graduates or other practicing attorneys who are willing to share their insight into a particular practice area, the lessons gained from their experiences and their guidance and support.