The CDO offers many programs to help you achieve your career goals:
- 1L Orientation
The CDO staff meets with each new entering class to give students a general introduction to the office resources.
- Individual Counseling
CDO staff members are available to meet with students on a one-on-one basis to help with all aspects of career planning. Contact any member of the CDO staff to set up an appointment.
- Resume Review
CDO staff members are available throughout the year to review your resume. We also conduct a resume review program in which volunteer attorneys from small and large law firms review your resume and meet with you one-on-one for suggestions and feedback. These attorneys participate once or twice a year. The CDO also hosts quarterly resume workshops.
- Mock Interviews
Good interviewing skills are essential for an effective job search. Each year, the CDO coordinates a presentation about interviewing skills hosted by an outside law firm. In addition, attorneys from large and small law firms conduct mock interviews to provide constructive comments about your resume and interviewing skills. The goal is to ensure that you "put your best foot forward" during a job interview. Watch for announcements concerning these events.
- Information about Judicial Clerkship Applications
During the Spring quarter, the CDO conducts a program to introduce you to post-graduation judicial clerkships. Some of these presentations include Baylor alums and faculty who share their experiences in the federal or state judicial clerkships they have completed. Handouts detail the clerkship application process and provide contact information about Texas state and federal judges.
- Fall and Spring OCI--Summer Clerkships & Permanent Employment
Each fall and spring, the CDO invites public and private employers to interview students for summer clerkships and permanent employment. The fall program is usually scheduled the week before classes begin in August. If you've never taken part in OCI, you will need to attend a mandatory meeting that provides information about the OCI process, including important deadlines.
- Bear Essentials--Advice from Working Lawyers
This program includes presentations by working lawyers and other experts to guide your professional development. Some presentations give practical advice about job searching; some provide information about different career choices; and others focus on your life as a professional.
- A Day in the Life
In these sessions, lawyers from various practice areas describe their personal career paths and their practices. You will hear about what they do on a day-to-day basis, and you will gain insight into specific practice areas to help you assess your own interests.