Summary Counsels and advises students and alumni on public interest career opportunities, including job search strategies, application and networking strategies, interview techniques, and professional development opportunities. Develops and implements resources and programming to support public interest career exploration. Direct and supervise the Public Interest Field Placement and Remote Semester Program, including advising students on the programs, promotion, and teaching both courses each semester. Assist with the compilation of employment and other data for reporting.
This role plays a key part in the Career Center’s ability to prepare and move students and graduates into public interest employment at all levels, as well as increase employment opportunities and provide support for experiential learning in law school.
Counseling & Advising (60%) -Provide one-on-one counseling to students and alumni interested in public interest careers in job search strategies, career planning, and professional development, including feedback on application materials, interviewing, navigating offers, and short term and long term search strategies -Advise and monitor the Robina Public Interest Scholars throughout their time in law school -Advise a specific cohort of assigned students in each year, tracking career development needs from 1L year through 10 months after graduation. -Provide counseling and resources for students and alumni on loan repayment and forgiveness programs in public interest work -Provide counseling and resources on experiential learning opportunities at the law school
Experiential Learning (20%) -Direct and supervise the Law School’s semester-long experiential learning courses, Law 7623 Public Interest Field Placement and Law 7640 -Remote Semester Field Placement, including advising students on considerations and placement options, enrollment, communicating with host organizations, updating and teaching syllabi according to ABA and Law School policies, and grading students each semester. -Track ABA and Law School policies related to experiential learning. -Advise, promote, and manage experiential learning opportunities at the Law School. -Direct and manage the Law School’s Remote Semester Program, including promotion, advising students on considerations, ensuring requirements have been met, and enrolling in the field placement component.
Program and Resource Development (15%) -Develop and provide career development programming related to public interest work and job searches -Create web-based, print, and video resources, related to careers in public interest work, including updates and resources for the Career Center’s Google Site. -Partner with relevant stakeholders, including alums in public interest work and local and national public interest employers, faculty, and students to develop public interest support at the Law School -Collaborate with relevant stakeholders in the Career Center, Communications, and Admissions to effectuate strategies to communicate the value of the Law School’s public interest and experiential learning support -Assist Admissions with marketing and outreach to prospective students interested in public service -Develop national and local ties to the public interest community, including Equal Justice Works, the Minnesota Justice Foundation
Information Gathering and Dissemination (5%) -Assist with the compilation of employment data for annual employment reporting and salary surveys -Monitor legal employment trends -Track and report applications, interviews, and attendance for public interest career conferences, public interest in on and off campus interviews, the Minnesota Justice Foundation Summer Clerkship Program, the US DOJ Honors and SLIP programs, and national post-graduate fellowship programs -Track student outcomes through the Robina Public Interest Scholars Program, and other public interest programs
Required: -BA/BS with at least 6 years of experience. -Demonstrated interest and experience in public service. -Previous program planning and presentation experience. -Ability to work independently, creatively and collaboratively. -Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks. -The ability to interact professionally and effectively with law students, members of the law profession, and colleagues. -Cultural sensitivity and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Preferred: -Completed J.D. with two years of legal experience or completed a master's degree in Counseling, Higher Education Administration, or a related field, with two years of counseling or advising experience. -Demonstrated interest in working with law students interested in public service. (For applicants with master's degree, previous experience working with graduate or professional students and a demonstrated interest in learning about the law profession. For applicants with J.D., demonstrated interest and experience in working with students in an academic setting.) -Experience in practicing law in public service. -Experience with legal recruiting or working in law school career services. -Experience working with a diverse student body and with issues of diversity in the legal profession. -Project management experience.
Internal Number: 330605
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