Career Development

Programs and Events

In order to better prepare students for their job search, Moritz career counselors plan a variety of programs and networking events throughout the year. These have included:


  • Public Sector Interview Program: Table Talk Session – Networking event with public sector and nonprofit employers who are hiring for summer positions as well as some part-time school year positions.
  • J.D. Advantage Careers – Cheryl Heisler, President and Founder of Lawternatives and alternative careers expert, emcees a networking event with law school graduates working in alternative careers in business, finance, human resources, higher education, public affairs and non-profits.
  • Etiquette Dinner – During a multi-course dinner, a professional corporate etiquette consultant, reviews table etiquette and provides tips on appropriate topics for conversation and on “working a crowd” at business receptions.

Information Sessions

  • Developing Your Individual Job Search – Information session on ways to reset job search criteria to expand opportunities and research potential employers.
  • CIA Information Session – Information session with the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.
  • IP Job Fair Information Session – Information session for current 1L and 2L students interested in interviewing for intellectual property positions through Loyola’s Patent Law Interview Program in Chicago.
  • Judicial Clerkship Nuts & Bolts for 2Ls – Information session on what to expect in the process and how to prepare.

Career Development 101 and Jump Start Week

Throughout the months of September and October, the Career Development Office presents required 1L programming about the legal profession during Career Development 101. Upon completion of Career Development 101 in mid-October, Jump Start Week, which offers 1Ls more ways to “jump start” their legal careers, begins.  All 1Ls are encouraged to work on their resumes with career advisors between October and Thanksgiving break and to use the winter break to conduct informational interviews, research employers, and apply for summer jobs.

  • Career Development 101
    • Oh, the Legal Places You Will Go! – A group of local practitioners representing various sectors of employers discuss features of their work.
    • What I Did My 1L Summer – A panel of current law students discusses how they spent their 1L summer and how they found opportunities in a variety of different sectors.
    • Symplicity Training Session– Students will receive an in depth training on how to use our online job database, Symplicity. Additionally, other uses for Symplicity, as well as other job search resources will be discussed.
  • Jump Start Week
    • Group Counselor Meetings – Students will participate in group meetings with their assigned counselor. Strategies and mechanics for constructing a legal resume and cover letter are covered.
    • Interview Demonstration – Attendees will have the opportunity to observe a demonstration interview of a Moritz student by the hiring partner of a local firm.

Mock Interview Program

1Ls are offered the opportunity to be matched with a local practicing attorney for a 30-minute mock interview followed by constructive feedback and coaching. Every effort is made to match students to attorneys who work in the practice area or work environment the students wishes to ultimately join. By preparing a cover letter and resume, researching the employer, dressing in professional attire, traveling to the attorney’s office, and undergoing a mock job interview, the students receive invaluable experience and are better prepared for the spring recruiting season.

Lunch with a Lawyer

Lunch with a Lawyer offers students the opportunity to join a small group of their peers for lunch at the offices of local private and public sector legal employers to give them experience in conducting informational interviews and developing professional etiquette. Students gain valuable information about each prospective employer, learn about the lawyers’ day-to-day activities, and are able to ask questions in a supportive setting. In preparation for the lunch, students meet with a career advisor for a brief overview of informational interviewing.