How You Can Help Students
Our greatest career resources are our alumni. Students are eager to learn about the legal profession and specific practice areas from practicing attorneys.
St. Mary’s University School of Law students benefit tremendously when alumni share their knowledge and experience. We would be honored and extremely appreciative if you agreed to spend a little of your valuable time assisting the next generation of St. Mary’s law students.
Lawyer Link consists of listings of St. Mary’s Law alumni and friends available to advise students on practice trends, geographic areas, and other career-related topics via email or a short phone conversation.
This program is not meant to be anything more structured than responding to a student’s email or phone call and spending a few minutes of your time with the student. You are not expected to meet with the student in person, although you could if you prefer. More important, we are not asking you to be a formal mentor or take on any additional responsibilities.
Our goal is to help facilitate connections for our students so they may gain exposure to, and insight from, practicing attorneys or lawyers working in alternative careers. Your time commitment could be a brief response to a student inquiry or ongoing supportive guidance.
As a member of Lawyer Link, besides helping students avoid pitfalls and perils commonly faced by new lawyers, you stay connected to the School of Law and develop contacts with students that can be both personally and professionally rewarding.
If you would like to offer your time and experience by joining Lawyer Link, complete the Lawyer Link form.
Program Presenter or Participant
Throughout the school year, OCS presents programs focused on different practice areas and employment settings. Most programs follow a loose, informal format allowing for interactive participation by students.
If you are interested in being a presenter or participant, please email Greg Yates or call him at 210-436-3541 for more information.
Mock Interviewer Program
Our students get great value from mock interviews, particularly with practicing attorneys. The mock interviews can be at your office, over the phone or Skype, or on campus.
If you are interested in conducting mock interviews, please email Greg Yates or call him at 210-436-3541 for more information.
Project and Remote Opportunity Program (PROP)
Our Project and Remote Opportunity Program (PROP) allows our students to get experience while providing you with assistance to meet your short-term needs. Students can help you with research, writing, discovery, trial preparation, due diligence, or transaction closings, among other tasks. The nature of this program lends itself to many creative temporary staffing solutions.
PROP provides employers with an efficient option for securing qualified applicants for temporary law clerk assignments. These short-term assignments can also be done remotely.
How We Can Help You
OCS offers numerous services to St. Mary’s University School of Law alumni. Please contact us if we may be of assistance.
OCS provides you with personalized advising to assist you in all phases of your career planning and job search strategy. You may schedule appointments, either in person or over the phone, with career advisors who are available throughout the day to talk with you and provide advice targeted to your strengths, skills, interests, and passions.
Résumé and Cover Letter Reviews
We are happy to assist alumni in drafting and editing resumes and cover letters.
To have your resume or cover letter reviewed, please email it to us. Your documents will be sent back to you with comments and edits.
The CORE Resource Library also has numerous resources to help with your resumes and cover letters.
Alumni also have access to job postings from various law schools across the nation by accessing the Intercollegiate Job Bank through CORE. Once logged in, you can find the link and password for the Intercollegiate Job Bank by going to Resource Library => Job Search.
Reciprocity Services at Other Law Schools
Graduates seeking opportunities outside the San Antonio area may wish to take advantage of reciprocity from other law schools. Reciprocity is a system by which OCS requests the career services office of another law school to grant St. Mary’s students and graduates access to that school’s resources.
Reciprocity is requested and granted individually. Each law school has its own reciprocity policy regarding what it offers to someone from another law school. If you want reciprocity with a particular law school, review that school’s policies prior to submitting your request.
Reciprocity is a valuable favor from another law school. If you are requesting reciprocity:
- Ask only if you need and will use the resources available to you at the other law school.
- Request reciprocity when you are ready to use it because reciprocity is time-limited. Once expired, you must reapply.
Please email Kimberly Underdown or call her at 210-436-3511 if you would like our office to request reciprocity with another law school’s career services office on your behalf. Please allow two weeks for our office to process your request and receive a response from the other school.