Every year in the fall and spring prospective employers recruit for jobs that begin the following summer or after the bar exam. Students must register to participate in the Fall or Spring Recruitment Program through the Symplicity CSM system. Students can then access a schedule of visiting and non-visiting employers, submit requested materials to employers of interest, and sign up for interviews online if selected by an employer.
Individual appointments are available with Career Center advisors to assist students in determining the type of legal career that is right for you and to review application materials. Appointments should be scheduled through the Career Center office, 480-965-5808.
Symplicity CSM is a web-based registration system for accessing the Career Center's Fall and Spring Recruitment Programs and job-search resources. Students register by building their own profile and uploading their resume. This information is made available to employers in a searchable format. Through Symplicity CSM, students can also: conduct legal employer research online, bid for interviews, send resumes online to legal employers, sign up for interviews, communicate with law school and legal employers online, reach off-campus recruiting legal employers through the job posting database, and be accessible to subscribing employers nationwide who do not come to campus.
All first-year student data is imported into the system, pre-registering each student. Passwords will be sent to students by e-mail beginning December 1. All transfer and visiting students should contact our office after they have received and activated their ASU computer accounts. Complete our office's registration form to be administratively registered into the system.
Law Clerk, Research/Project Assistants, Fellowships and Attorney positions are posted through the Symplicity CSM system. This site is password protected. ASU students and alumni may secure the password through the Career Center office. A copy of all listings are filed in the Career Center.
Application Materials Workshops: Resume, Cover Letters and Interviews
Workshops are offered each fall and spring on the preparation of resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills. Appointments are also available for individual assistance. Students are encouraged to attend the workshops prior to requesting individual appointments. Rough drafts of your resume and cover letter should be made available to the Career Center staff member prior to your appointment.
Programs, Workshops, Seminars
Throughout the academic year, the Career Center offers numerous workshops, panel discussions and information sessions on a variety of issues. Sessions involve members of the legal and non-legal community on various areas of practice. We also host several student and attorney mixers, dine-a-round lunch networking in the Phoenix legal community, and CLE educational development events.
The Resource Library in Career Services provides for student use numerous reference books and also information on specific law firms, professional development, directories in particular practice areas and for major Western cities, pamphlets and handouts on resume preparation, interviewing skills, and judicial clerkship information. The library also provides directories and descriptive information regarding all accredited LL.M. (Masters of Laws) and summer study abroad programs.
The Career Center assists students in identifying and registering for specialized career fairs around the country. These fairs are targeted to public-service work, specialized practice areas, and diversity groups under-represented in the legal profession.
Reciprocity is a courtesy arrangement among different law school Career Service offices. The agreement allows students and graduates use of the Career Service office of law schools located in other cities. Each law school has its own requirements for this use. Some only allow graduates to use their services and some are open to students. A student is required to have a letter of introduction from ASU before visiting or contacting another law school's Career Service office. If you are planning a visit to another school and would like a letter of reciprocity, please stop by Carolyn Landry's office in Student Services, Room 101, Armstrong Hall.
The Diversity Legal Intern Writing Program
The Program is a collaborative between the Maricopa County Bar Association Minority Task Force, the State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law, and Phoenix law firms. Twelve to fifteen law firms participate each spring semester. Selected students receive a scholarship, clerk for the firm 10-20 hours, and attend a weekly lunch seminar session on professional skills development.
The program provides second year, second semester law students with practical clerking experience in private law firms in Maricopa County. The intent of the Diversity Legal Intern Writing Program is to provide experiential learning opportunities and legal methods development for minority law students who have self-identified as members of ethnic minority groups that are under-represented in the legal profession.