Our greatest career resources are our alumni. Current students are eager to learn about the law profession and specific practice areas from practicing attorneys. Listed below are a few ways in which you can get involved with our law students.
- Join the Professional Network
- Hire St. Mary’s Law Students and Alumni – Posting Jobs and Résumé Collections
- Participate on OCS Panels and Programs
- Connect with Student Organizations
The Office of Career Strategy (OCS) offers numerous services to St. Mary’s Law alumni. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we may be of assistance. We offer job search services to alumni.
- Request a 12Twenty (CORE) job bank login
- Résumé assistance
- Resume Assistance
The Office of Career Strategy is happy to assist alumni in drafting and editing résumés.
To have your résumé reviewed, please email it to Anna-Laura Petri. She will direct the résumé to the appropriate person and the document will be sent back to you with comments and edits.
The CORE Resource Library also has several resources for drafting résumés and cover letters that you can access as you begin to draft these documents.
- Professional Network
Many alumni wonder how, other than financially, they can give back to the School of Law. The Office of Career Strategy has established a great resource: the St. Mary’s Law Professional Network, a listing of St. Mary’s Law alumni and friends who are available to advise students on practice trends, geographic areas, and other career-related topics via email or a short phone conversation. Your time commitment could be a brief response to a student inquiry or ongoing supportive guidance. As a member of the St. Mary’s Law Professional Network, in addition to helping current students avoid some of the pitfalls and perils commonly faced by new lawyers, you stay connected to the School of Law and develop a chain of contact with students and alumni that can be both personally and professionally rewarding.
How the Professional Network works
Names and contact information will not be published or widely distributed. As a student seeks career counseling and needs specialized advice, they will log into 12Twenty (CORE) to access the database of professionals and conduct a search for the contact most suited to assist with their career related questions.
If you would like to offer your time and experience by joining the Professional Network, simply complete the Professional Network form.
- Employer Research
Local and national employers post available attorney and legal-related positions on our job bank hosted by 12Twenty (CORE). If you do not have a password for this system, please request a password from Anna-Laura Petri.
St. Mary’s Law alumni have access to job postings from various law schools across the nation by accessing the Intercollegiate Job Bank at 12Twenty (CORE). Once logged in, the link and password for the Intercollegiate Job Bank is on the right side under Shortcuts.
This is a national directory of law firms listed by state, city and alphabetically by firm. The directory includes information about geographic locations, practice areas, and biographies of each attorney listed.
National Directory of Legal Employers
The National Association for Law Placement provides information on more than 1500 employers nationwide (by state and city).
- Services at Other Law Schools
Services at Other Law Schools
Graduates seeking opportunities outside the San Antonio area may want to take advantage of reciprocity from other law schools. This is a system by which the 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 on an individual basis. Each law school has its own reciprocity policies regarding what it offers to someone from another law school. Therefore, if you want reciprocity with a particular law school, make sure to review that school’s policies.
Some special restrictions to consider:
- Reciprocity is closed during fall recruiting (August to November)
- Length of access varies from school to school (e.g., one visit, one month)
- Access to resources (e.g., some allow online access to current job postings and others do not, most do not allow a meeting with counselor)
- Please allow two weeks for our office to process your request and receive a response from the other school
- Reciprocity is granted on one to one basis, therefore limiting the number of students schools can send to each other.
Reciprocity is a valuable favor from another law school. Therefore, if you are requesting reciprocity:
- Ask only if you definitely need and will definitely use, hopefully to the maximum, the resources available to you at the other law school
- Request reciprocity when you are ready to use it. There is a clock on your reciprocity to the other law school. Reciprocity starts on the letter’s mailing/receipt date. Once expired, you must reapply.
Please email Kimberly Underdown if you would like our office to request reciprocity with another law school’s career services office on your behalf.