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WHAT DO YOU WANT?


We are your counsel, here to advise you as you set your goals and priorities.  We believe success is about much more then simply landing a job.  It is about your dreams and ambitions, about building a set of skills that empower you to set a course for your career and personal life.  We are here to help you understand  and order the things that matter to you, whether a practice area, work-life balance, income, location, and be-yond.  
It is never too soon to come see us, even if you aren’t sure what you want to ask.  What matters is that we start a conversation that will last over three years of law school and beyond, and at its core has one funda-mental question: What do you want?

HOW TO GET STARTED


 

Not only is this where we post all jobs and manage on-campus interview programs, it is the tool we use to communicate with you, to announce programs, to alert you to fellowships and competitions and much more.  It only takes a few minutes to sign up, so click HERE now!

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We believe individual counseling is critical to our ability to support you as you navigate your career options, and booking an appointment with any of us in CDO takes less than five minutes, so please click on the Calendly links by or names below and book a time to meet today.

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

 

There are two documents you will need for almost every job application, and those you use for legal jobs are unique.  You can review exam-ples of how to create these documents (and more) by down-loading a copy of the CDO 1L Handbook from the 12twenty Resource Library here.

Student organizations look good on a resume, are a great way to connect with fellow students who have shared interests, and can be the perfect break from class and studying.  Leadership roles can also be more valuable than the number of organizations you join, so we encourage you to be selective and run for leadership positions, or even volunteer to chair a committee.

Every year, we hear of a student ultimately losing a position who does not receive an offer because of their social media.  Now is the time to clean up your accounts.  A good rule to keep in mind is anything that would not make your grandmother proud should probably be deleted.  We are not suggesting that you need to hide who you are, only understand that certain content can and may harm your reputation.

While a law degree is the door to entering legal practice, it also helps you to develop skills in demand across a wide array of careers.  There are almost certainly opportunities you have never heard of or have been exposed to, so explore your options and be open to new ideas.  Exploring careers can feel a bit overwhelming, so let us help!  We can help you get started, sort through options, and even suggest some new ones.

Reputation matters.  In short order, you will create the frame through which you are viewed, which can be hard to move.  Your reputation is not about grades or rankings.  It is about character in practice and in everyday life.  For example, when you walk into a building, do you hold the door open for the person behind you? Or, do just keep going?  If you do the former, and make the same kind of choices at every decision point, you are probably making the right choice when the consequences are more stark and impactful. Doing the right thing will help too make you and those around you kinder, happier and more successful.

My SJQ Story


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WHY I.....


Learn about the careers our alumni pursued in their own words

Why I became a Public Defender
Why I became a Real Estate Attorney
Why I became a Government Attorney
Why I became a Prosecutor
Why I became In-House Counsel
Why I pursued a Judicial Clerkship
Why I became a Public Interest Attorney
Why I became a Medical Malpractice Attorney
Why I took a Post-JD Fellowship
Why I joined a
Big Firm
Why I joined a
Small Firm
Why I became an IP Attorney

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
 801-581-8700
 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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