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Information for Alumni

School of Law alumni continue to have access to the following services and information through the Career Services Office after graduation:


Services

Career Counseling and Positioning

Career counseling is available for all law students and alumni through the Career Services Office located in the Dean’s Suite. Students can walk-in or make an appointment to see the Assistant Dean for Career Services to discuss career options including alternative and non legal careers, the job market, salary information for recent graduates, post-graduate fellowships, and judicial clerkships.

Students can also learn how to use the academic calendar to position themselves for their future career and/or to help them decide on a career track or sector of the legal market.

Students and alumni can make an appointment by contacting the Assistant Dean for Career Services and Special Projects at mikeruiz@siu.edu


Cover Letter and Resume Review

Cover Letter and Resume Review is available for all law students and alumni through the Career Services Office located in the Dean’s Suite. Students and alumni can make an appointment to see the Assistant Dean for Career Services to have their cover letter and/or resume reviewed for form or content.

Students and alumni can review the basic elements of resumes and cover letters and discuss how to promote specific elements like awards and honors, graduation, bar passage, gpa, and class rank.

Students and alumni can also learn how to use their cover letter and resume to market themselves for a particular career or to a particular employer.

Students and Alumni can make an appointment by contacting the Assistant Dean for Career Services and Special Projects at mikeruiz@siu.edu.


The Career Services Blog

The Career Services Blog is where School of Law students and alumni can find career services information, news, articles, research, tips, and advice that doesn’t fit in our other communications. It is maintained by the staff of the Career Services Office.

You can find it here: http://siulawcso.siu.edu/

The blog is password protected. Students can receive the password from the Career Services Office.

Blog posts are divided into one of four categories:

  • Jobs
  • Data, Articles, & How-Tos
  • OCI & Resume Collections
  • Panels, Fairs, & Events

Students and recent graduates are advised to check the blog often as new information and opportunities are posted regularly.


Reciprocity with other law school career services offices

Students and alumni can apply to use the services of career services offices at other ABA-accredited law schools across the country through reciprocity arrangements with the Career Services Office.

Please note that reciprocity can, but does not always include, access to the law school’s Symplicity CSM website. Some law schools may have other restrictions, including, but not limited to:

  • fees;
  • access only in-person (not over the Internet); and
  • limited or no availability during certain times of the year.

For a list of the reciprocity policies of other law schools, visit: http://www.nalp.org/reciprocitypolicies?s=reciprocity

Students who want to apply for reciprocity to use another law school’s career services office should complete the following form: http://law.siu.edu/career-services/siu_student_reciprocity_request.html

Alumni who want to apply for reciprocity to use another law school’s career services office should complete the following form: http://www.law.siu.edu/career-services/siu_grad_reciprocity_request.html


Resume Books

Resume Books are collections of resumes that have been uploaded into Symplicity CSM by law students, recent graduates, and alumni who have chosen to release their resume for employers to view. Resume Books increase student and alumni exposure to employers because instead of waiting for the student or alum to do something (like register for an OCI or submit a resume for a position) the employer can simply log in to CSM and view the student or alumi’s resume.

The Career Services Office makes this process even easier by organizing Resume Books into groups like “Students interested in real estate law” or “Alumni interested in bankruptcy law”.

Employers registered in the Career Services Office Symplicity CSM system have access to all Resume Books.

Employers who need assistance getting registered in Symplicity CSM can contact the Career Services Office at by phone at (618) 453-8763, by fax at (618) 453-8769, or by e-mail at mikeruiz@siu.edu.


Weekly Career Services Announcements

The Career Services Office sends a weekly email to all students and recent graduates about new job and judicial clerkship postings in the Midwest, new blog postings, OCI opportunities, market sector panels, career fairs, fellowship opportunities, and career track presentations.

Weekly emails are sent year-round even when classes are not in session.

Alumni can request to be added to the email list by contacting the Assistant Dean for Career Services and Special Projects at mikeruiz@siu.edu