Building Acumen and Professional Skills
Earning your law degree unlocks the door to an elite, rewarding career that can continue to expand and advance throughout your life.
However, no promising career launches by default. Finding your best path among the many opportunities that will open to you takes focus, determination, networking, skill-building, and more — all of which Arizona Law provides through our Career Development Office.
A key part of our mission is to help 1Ls better understand their future career options and opportunities, with workshops, panels, and guest speakers throughout the year addressing topics such as “Perspectives on Practice Settings,” “Careers in Immigration Law,” “Introduction to Clerking for a Judge after Graduation,” and many more.
Professional Preparation and Development
In addition to helping you define your professional goals and connect with potential employers, Arizona Law helps you develop the skills and materials you’ll need as you build towards your graduation and career. One-on-one meetings to polish your resume and cover letters, mock interviews with attorneys and workshops on topics such as “Core Competencies in the Workplace” and “Preparing to Take a State Bar Exam” will help you put your best foot forward at every step of your developing education and career.
First-Year Summer Employment
Arizona Law has one of the highest rates of first-year summer employment among law programs nationwide, with 90 percent of 1Ls engaged in legal clerkships and internships over the past seven years. Through on-campus and video interviews with law firms, government agencies, public interest organizations, state and federal judges, and corporate in-house counsel, our goal is to prepare as many students as possible for 2L fall recruiting by connecting them with challenging 1L summer employment.
Internships and Externships
Over the years, our distinctive role as publisher of two of the most important government internship and public policy handbooks in the country has allowed Arizona Law to cultivate a wide range of internship and externship opportunities, including congressional externships and federal agency externships in Washington, DC, externships for the State of Arizona, and positions in major federal markets such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.
Second-Year Recruiting and Career Events
Each year 120+ law firms, corporations, government agencies, and public interest organizations from across United States interview our 2L students in more than a dozen on-campus interview (OCI) events as well as off-campus interview events we coordinate in Albuquerque, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.