In the Career Services Office (CSO), we are working to ascertain the impact of COVID-19 on the job market and help students adjust accordingly. All of our CSO advisors experienced the 2008 recession, either as a practicing attorney or career advisor, and I am confident that they can help our students and alumni weather this storm. We are in contact with students and employers daily to monitor changes in summer and post-graduate employment, and want to share with you some of the new policies, programs, and resources we created to provide students with information and support.
Programs and Other Initiatives
3L Apply with Me Program. Through this program we match 3Ls seeking post graduate positions with a CSO Career Advisor. Advisors send students job leads, alumni connections and reach out regularly to discuss job search strategy.
3L Drop-in Hours. We are dedicating specific drop-in hours every week to help 3L job seekers with questions and job search strategy.
COVID-19 and your Post-Graduate Job Search. This program for 3Ls discussed available resources to help students weather the current situation and provided a road map for their search.
COVID-19 and Clerkships. This virtual program for 2L clerkship applicants explored how the current situation is affecting the clerkship application process.
Alumni Podcasts. We are creating short recordings with alums from the classes of 2009-2011 that will provide advice and encouragement about job searching in a challenging job market.
Virtual Visiting Advisors. Our popular Visiting Advisor Series, through which experienced attorneys provide individual career advising sessions with current students will continue over the summer. Attorneys are BC Law alumni who work in a variety of practice areas and settings.
Employer Outreach & New Opportunities
Alumni Connections. Dean Rougeau recently reached out to BC Law alumni seeking their assistance with employment-related matters. We received a great response, are following up on every lead, and are currently matching alumni volunteers with 3L job seekers.
Job Postings. We regularly seek out job postings from a variety of sources to build a robust job bank in SAGE.
Public Interest and Pro Bono opportunities. There is great need for pro bono assistance and we are identifying and promoting appropriate opportunities for students to get involved. For example, the COVID Relief Coalition and the Massachusetts Emergency Court Document Assembly Line Project in cooperation with the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commision’s COVID-19 Task Force.
Collaboration. We are in close contact with all Massachusetts ABA-accredited law schools and are leading a committee to share resources and market information when appropriate. We are also in touch with other Career Services Offices within BC to leverage resources and generate new ideas.
Later this week, we hope to announce two exciting collaborations with faculty involving new initiatives for summer opportunities. There is much more to come and we are grateful for the job leads, ideas and other helpful information being sent our way. We hope you will refer students to these resources as needed and encourage your students to meet with a CSO advisor about their career plans.
Assistant Dean, Career Services
Boston College Law School