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  • The Office of Career Strategy is located on the second floor of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library in Room 216.
  • All Office of Career Strategy handouts and many other resources are available in the 12Twenty (CORE) Document Library. If you need 12Twenty (CORE) access please contact Kimberly Underdown.
  • NALP Principles and Standards

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First-year Students

We encourage you to spend the first few months in law school adjusting to the rigors of law school. From day one, however, you are welcome to:

Stop by the Career Strategy Office (Law Library, room 216) during office hours (usually 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 5 p.m. on Friday) for free coffee, candy and a smile!

We abide by the NALP Principle that law schools should not offer  individualized career services to first-semester, first-year law students prior to Oct. 15, except in the case of part-time students who may be given assistance in seeking positions during the school term. Prior to Oct. 15, you are welcome to attend any career-related programs but you cannot meet with Office of Career Strategy staff to discuss your resume, career plans, etc.

NALP also prohibits law schools from connecting employers with first-semester, first-year students (and vice versa) before Dec. 1. Prior to Dec. 1, first-semester, first-year students cannot participate in fall on-campus interviewing.

Do not let any of this worry you! You will get a chance to draft a legal résumé as part of orientation and learn all about our services in your fall LCAPs class, after Oct. 15.

Recruitment Program

Fall Recruitment Program

Fall On–campus Interviews (OCI) will take place throughout August, September and October depending on the employer’s preferred date.  Employers review your applications and select students they wish to interview. You will need to apply through St. Mary’s 12Twenty (CORE) site. Interviews will be held in the law library on the second floor in the rooms next to OCS.

The Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Program will be held in Dallas on the last Friday in July. Stay tuned for additional information on job fairs.

All applications for fall on-campus interviews are done through the St. Mary’s 12Twenty (CORE) site.

The Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Program is run through the Sunbelt Symplicity site.

Recruitment and Cancellation Policies

If you bid for an OCI, and are selected, you must accept the interview unless you have already accepted a job offer or have an extreme health or other emergency situation. If an emergency occurs and you need to cancel an interview, please contact the Office of Career Strategy

as soon as possible by calling 210-436-3511 or emailing Kimberly Underdown.

It is not professional or acceptable to accept interviews and then decline because you have decided you are no longer interested in the employer. These employers select students they are interested in interviewing and expect to see you. If you “no show” for an interview, you will need to meet with Executive Director Robin Thorner and apologize to the employer.

This policy applies to all on-campus interviews and job fairs.

12Twenty (CORE) Directions

12Twenty (CORE) Directions

  1. Log onto 12Twenty (CORE): You can access 12Twenty (CORE) from the St. Mary’s Law Website at:
    • Your user name is: your email address in 12Twenty (CORE). If you do not know your password, you can use the “forgot password” feature on the 12Twenty (CORE) home page or contact the Office of Career Strategy (You can email Kim Underdown and we can reset your password for you).
  2. Update your student profile: Click on “Profile” on the top tool bar and then on “academic information” to make sure your YEAR IN SCHOOL and CLASS YEAR are correct in 12Twenty (CORE).
    • It is especially important for joint degree students as well as evening students who have switched to the day division to make sure the student year is correct.
  3. Review participating employers’ profiles and hiring criteria: Choose “OCI and Job Fairs” on the top tool bar and then the “Employers/Bidding/Applications” tab.
    • There are multiple sessions. In the “Search Filters” field, select a session to view the employers that are recruiting students from your class year. Be sure to look at ALL sessions.
    • Click on the “Review” button on the far left to review selected employer information, hiring criteria and any additional materials requested for the interview (i.e., application, writing sample, etc.).
    • In addition, click on the “Office Name” in the bid details box, on the far right side of the page, for agency practice areas, website, etc.
  4.  Upload Your résumé, cover letters and other documents: Go to the “Documents” tab and follow the upload instructions for each document. You can have as many documents in the system as needed to apply to employers.
  5. Reviewing scheduled interviews: At any point in the process, you can review your scheduled interviews by clicking on the “Scheduled Interviews” tab, which will list all scheduled interviews.
  6. Interview Preparation:
    • Research the employers with whom you will be meeting.
    • Prepare additional materials for your interview. Bring sufficient copies of your transcripts, writing samples and professional references for all employers with whom you will be interviewing, regardless of whether the employer has requested these materials.
      • Writing Sample: Your writing sample should highlight your ability to analyze clearly and write concisely. If you use work product, you must receive permission from the employer and follow the employer’s guidance on redacting confidential information.
      • References: Contact your references to notify them that you will be interviewing with employers and ensure they will provide strong recommendations regarding your potential work.
      • Transcript: Obtain an unofficial or official copy of your transcript from the registrar. You can make copies of the transcript for most employers, though a few may request official copies. You can scan your copy of your transcript and upload to 12Twenty (CORE). If they request an unofficial transcript you can also cut and paste it from Gateway into an MS Word document and upload it that way.  If you are having any trouble please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Career Strategy for assistance.

Note: You will need to add/update your Grade Point Average and Class Rank on your résumé after each semester. Class Ranks can be obtained by emailing Yvonne Olfers, Director of Student Records. Be sure to include your St. Mary’s student identification number in the request.

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