We stay ahead of the curve so you can get ahead in your legal career. Dickinson Law’s Career Services Team's personalized approach to legal career advising means you’ll find externships and opportunities that will remind you why you chose law school.
Let us support your career journey. At any time during law school, please don’t hesitate to email us or call us at 717-240-5201.
Support for Success
To help you navigate the constantly evolving job market, we offer a number of resources, including:
- One-on-one meetings your very first semester to map out a plan for you
- A professional development series, including workshops on résumés, cover letters, networking, and job search resources
- Interview prep and mock interviews with practicing attorneys
- Locating and securing externship placements
- Group events where you can interact with people who use their law degrees in many ways
- Access to our historic alumni network, along with all the benefits of Penn State’s alumni network
Building Your Network
Part of what makes a legal career successful is the strength of your relationships and connections. Dickinson Law boasts over 8,000 living Law School alumni worldwide and the Penn State Alumni network is one of the largest in the world with more than 690,000+ living alums. Dickinson Law offers several opportunities for students to begin building their professional network and developing mentorship relationships, starting the first semester of law school. The Career Services Office organizes an annual speed-networking event that provides students with the opportunity to practice their elevator speeches and be introduced to alumni practitioners. Additionally, students interact with alumni practitioners in Problem-Solving I: The Lawyer and Client during their first semester and continue to develop an understanding of how they might utilize their law degree through meeting attorneys from various sectors of practice during their second semester course, Practicing Law in a Global World: Contexts & Competencies. As part of this course, students conduct informational interviews with attorney practitioners to learn more about possible legal career paths.
During their second and third years of law school, Dickinson Law students continue to develop connections with attorneys in practice by engaging with on-site attorney supervisors as part of the Externship or Semester-in-Practice programs. Additionally, professional development and leadership opportunities abound. Students may choose to participate in the Leading Law Students Program or other pro bono activities through the Miller Center for Public Interest Law and Advocacy that allows them to engage with the greater southcentral Pennsylvania community through nonprofit board service or other volunteer work.