Georgetown Law career services staff work in two sister offices, the Office of Career Services (OCS), and the Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS), to provide all J.D. students with quality career exploration and job search support. Counselors in both offices are available for one-on-one consultation throughout students' job search process, from the first summer internship to a full time job upon graduation. Students are also offered an extensive series of career programs throughout the year.
The legal field comprises a vast number of careers that require many different kinds of people. The skills necessary to be a successful criminal defense attorney are different from those required to be a lobbyist or a tax attorney. As you embark on this new adventure called law school, remember that you have an immense number of opportunities before you and we are here to help. We want to be partners in your legal career planning and help you make the best career choices for you.
Georgetown recognizes that balancing school and career planning is a unique challenge, especially for first year students. In your first year of law school you will be assigned to a Career Team by section. Each team has advisors in both OCS and OPICS dedicated to serving all of the students in that particular section's career-related needs. Each OCS advisor also has a substantive "specialty" that cuts across each section, e.g., judicial clerkship advising. OPICS' advisors specialize in public interest and government career advising.
To support our students' career related needs, we put the resources students need right at their fingertips. Our daily Careers blog, "Hoya Headlines," keeps students up-to-date on job postings and workshops, as well as tips to stay on top of the job search. OCS and OPICS also hold frequent workshops and panels throughout the semester, first exposing students to the career options available to them, then offering advice on finding and funding their jobs, whether they are public or private sector, here or abroad. Upper-class students and alumni participate in many of these programs, adding insight and perspective from their own work experiences.
OCS and OPICS coordinate one of the largest series of recruiting programs for private and public sector employment available in the country. As students return to campus from a wide variety of summer positions, most kick off their second year with Early Interview Week, one of the most extensive on-campus law firm recruiting programs in the nation. Upper class students also take advantage of on-campus recruiting programs with government agencies from all over the country through OPICS' Government Interview Program held annually in September. OPICS also hosts the Spotlight on Government Networking Fair held annually in October, and the Public Sector Recruitment Program held each year in late January or early February. OCS further coordinates private sector recruiting opportunities throughout the year as well.
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In addition to traditional career advising, Georgetown Law has developed innovative programs to help first-year students to connect their personal goals and values with their academic and professional development and career search. OCS, OPICS, and the Office of the Dean of Students collaborate to provide the Search Before the Search program - one such initiative designed to encourage Georgetown Law students to identify their unique personal and professional goals as they begin to explore career opportunities and create one's life-vision. The initiative consists of multiple programs aimed at developing self-awareness and identifying personal strengths, preferences and values.
The study and practice of the law are, without a doubt, emotionally challenging. The Law Center does an outstanding job of providing students with the mental skills necessary for practice. The Lawyers in Balance program takes it one step further by preparing students for the stressful lifestyle that often accompanies the legal profession. The course is designed to teach a number of mind-body skills and techniques to help reduce stress and to maintain a balance between professional and personal lives.