Law school is a uniquely demanding and rewarding experience, and your academic success is our top priority. For that reason, as a first-year student, you are encouraged during your first semester to focus on excelling in your academic pursuits and getting to know your fellow classmates.
The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) is an organization serving law schools and legal employers. Its mission includes the improvement of career counseling and planning and the professional development of law students. Pursuant to NALP guidelines, law schools may not offer career services counseling to first-semester, first-year law students prior to November 1. So while you may attend all of our programs and events, we may not provide counseling services to you prior to October 15.
Later in the fall, you’ll be invited to attend the Office of Professional and Career Development's (OPCD) Open House as well as our First-Year Orientation, where we will describe the services and programming we provide and offer general information about the job search process. In October, you will be assigned to a career counselor with whom you will meet on an individual basis.
Second- and Third-Year Students
The central mission of OPCD is “to educate and empower Pitt Law students and alumni through the highest level of professional and career development services.” Our staff includes four career counselors, all of whom are attorneys. They’re available to provide individualized career counseling services and assist you with developing your interests and marketing yourself effectively in a competitive job market.
You may schedule a one-on-one meeting via Symplicity for help with résumés, cover letters, interview preparation, job search strategies, externships, networking skills, and nontraditional career paths. Also, feel free to schedule a drop-in appointment with any available counselor if you have a quick question.
We encourage you to take advantage of OPCD resources after graduation. These include alumni job postings, reciprocity requests, and career counseling services. Our counselors are available to help you in myriad ways, including résumé review, interview preparation, career transition assistance, and communication with prospective employers. As your career develops, your interests or plans may change, and staff members are available to assist you throughout the career planning process.