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YOUR STRATEGIC PARTNER IN HIRING


We are your strategic partner in the hiring process.  Like any law school career office, we host job fairs, post job postings, and arrange for on-campus interviews.  However, the CDO is here to assist beyond tradition-al career services offerings.  We can help you draft postings to attract the best talent possible, understand market trends, and sort through the applicant pool in a way that goes beyond simple measurements such as rank or GPA.  Our focus on individual student engagement allows us to actively identify and drive students to apply for positions, ensuring you receive the strongest possible pool of applicants.  We can help you develop strategies to attract and assess a wider pool of highly qualified applicants, increasing diversity and retention.  From big firms to solo practitioners, from urban to rural geographic locations, and throughout Utah and the nation, we are here to help you identify the best individual for your organization’s needs.  In short:

We are here to be your partner.

"HOW TO" QUICK GUIDE


 

“What is a 12twenty and why would I joint it?” you ask. 12twenty is the system we use for posting jobs, setting up on-campus interviews, posting announcements and more. It is also the system student use to find and apply for jobs. Registering is easy, takes just a few minutes, and it is the first step in the hiring process, just click here. If you need help or the system seems a bit confusing, please don’t hesitate to reach out and allow us to help you get on the system today! Sign Up

On-campus interviews (OCI) normally take place twice a year. Fall OCI commences just before classes begin, and is exclusive to 2L and 3L students. Spring OCI normally takes place about a week after spring classes start, and if focused on 1L recruiting, though employers still seek 2L and 3L students at this time. The interviews can be conducted in-person at the school, or can be held virtually. If you are interested in participating in our on-campus interview program, please click HERE and we will send you details. If you are looking to set up a posting for an OCI, click HERE and you will be taken to 12twenty, the system we use to arrange and schedule our OCI programs.

We use a system called 12twenty for posting jobs (and an array of other things like setting up on-campus interviews and posting announcements). Click here to jump to the 12twenty system, where you can sign in and post your job now. We will review the posting in short order and approve it so candidates can see it and apply immediately. If you do not have a 12twenty account, click here to set one up (it only takes a few minutes).

Post a Job

We are always happy to assist you in drafting a job posting, but here are some great tips to consider as you draft a posting:

  1. Details - Students want to know about things like pay, hours, location and the kind of work they will be doing. Remember that many candidates have no exposure to legal work environments, so the more you can tell them the more they can envision joining you, and the more likely they are to apply.
  2. Culture - Give a couple of sentences about your organizations culture. Letting them know how you see yourselves goes a long way toward helping a student choose between employers.
  3. Practice Areas - Specifically calling out your major practice areas, or those you are planning to grow, can be a huge asset. Remember that students have no idea that 90% of your practice is litigation, or that real estate is where you are looking to grow. This kind of information will help them self-select, giving you are stronger and more focused applicant pool.
  4. Point of Contact - Identify a person as a point of contact so that they know who to make their cover letter out to and where to send it.
  5. Short Deadlines Drive Applicants - We find that most students will apply just before the deadline. For this reason we think it makes sense to set a deadline no more that two weeks out in most cases. We can always reopen the posting if needed.
  6. Rolling Deadlines - If you are accepting applications on a rolling basis, make sure to emphasize that you are reviewing and hiring as applications come in, and that a hire will be made as soon as the right person is identified. This will help a busy student prioritize getting their application timely submitted.

Most students are comfortable with video platform like Zoom, WebX, or Bluejeans, and so you can arrange to interview them virtually on your preferred platform. If you do not have a video conferencing platform, we can help to arrange to use one of our licenses to host the interview. Please let us know ahead of time, as we have a limited number of licenses available. Also, if the interviewee is concerned about their access to reliable Internet or other issues, we can host them in the law school. Please feel free to contact us

You can reach out to us by email or phone at the contacts listed below, and we look forward to hearing form you. You can also block a time to meet with us using one of our Calendly links, that will let to book a time when we are free that is convenient for you.

Arturo Thompson - 30 min or 60 min meeting.
Jaclyn Howell - 30 min or 60 min meeting.
James Holbrook - 30 min or 60 min meeting.

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REACH OUT TO THE CDO TEAM


You can also reach out to anyone on the CDO team by phone or email, or book a meeting through the Calendly Meeting Scheduler links below.

Arturo Thompson

Assistant Dean, Career Development Office
 785-218-8944
 arturo@law.utah.edu

Jaclyn Howell

Associate Director, Career Development Office
 801-581-7767
 howellj@law.utah.edu

Jim Holbrook

Director of Special Projects
 801-585-9693
 james.holbrook@law.utah.edu

Cynthia Lane

Administrative Assistant
 801-581-5050
 cynthia.lane@law.utah.edu

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