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Career Development

Summer Placement Advising

Navigating the path to a public interest career can be difficult. The Center’s staff provide personalized counseling to help students explore their goals and better understand their options.

In addition to regularly scheduled workshops and presentations on career planning, the Center director and staff are available to talk about:

  • resume review and development
  • cover letter review and development
  • interview preparation
  • job search strategy
  • employer identification
  • skills/interest assessment
  • student/alumni contacts
  • job search resources
  • website resources
  • curriculum planning

Stanford students have spent their summers at a wide variety of government and nonprofit employers in the United States and abroad.

Post-Graduate Placement Advising

Post-graduate fellowship and government honors programs frequently provide the best avenue to enter public interest law practice immediately upon graduating. The Center develops individual plans with each student about how to best engage in these processes. Stanford law graduates have been very successful in obtaining prestigious Skadden, Equal Justice Works and other fellowships as well as being offered places with the Department of Justice’s Honors Program.

This list includes the names of some of the public interest employers where Stanford Law School alumni have begun their public service careers in recent years.  This program from our annual Spring Public Interest Awards reception highlights the postgraduate fellowships our students have secured for the current year.

Long-term Career Planning

It is not uncommon for a graduate committed to achieving a career in the non-profit or government sectors to spend some time at a private law firm at the beginning of their career. Economic, personal and other reasons may dictate this path for some. The Center director and staff work with any graduate who requests help creating a career plan, evaluating options and possible timelines for transition, ensuring that pro bono remains a constant part of their work, and thinking through the issues that will need to be addressed for the graduate to achieve their long-term goals.

Alumni Career Advising

Center staff are routinely in touch with alumni who want help transitioning out of their current positions. The Center maintains a list serve that law school alumni may sign up for to be informed about public interest and public sector job opportunities.