Alumni Resources

Career Development for Alumni

 

Welcome to the Career Development Office

The Career Development Office (CDO) has many resources available for alums, including a jobs database, individual job and career counseling, a library of print materials, and our own publications on selected job search topics.

First visit? If this is your first time using our online services, please read our Getting Started Guide.

Making an Appointment.  Robert White, our Director of Alumni Career Services, is available to meet with alums by phone or in person to assist alumni with career transitions.  Career counseling sessions are totally confidential.  To make an appointment, please use our on-line appointment scheduling system.  If you have not yet registered for this system, you will need to complete a brief registration process in order to schedule an appointment. (If you have any trouble registering for this system, please call the CDO at 510-642-4567.)  To help ensure that Robert is prepared for your appointment, it is very helpful for you email Robert at rwhite@law.berkeley.edu (in advance of your meeting) a current resume and a short statement including your current employment situation and your overall career objective.  If your question is very specific or urgent in nature, please contact Robert at rwhite@law.berkeley.edu or by phone at 510-642-2591.  If Robert is temporarily unvailable to address your urgent question, please feel free to call the main Career Development line at 510-642-4567 or to send an email to career@law.berkeley.edu.  Our receptionist will then try to identify an Attorney-Counselor who can speak with you and provide you with some brief advice.  We look forward to working with you.

Get in Touch: Office hours, location, staff bios and contact information, and general information about the CDO can be found here.

Help the CDO: Contact the CDO to become a mentor to a current law student, provide assistance to law students preparing for interviews, or be a speaker on a CDO panel presentation. Click here to find out all the opportunities to assist the CDO.

Online Databases and Directories

Getting Started Online
The CDO offers several sophisticated online tools, listed below, to facilitate your career-related needs. Please take a moment to review our Getting Started guide if you have not used them before.

b-Line (Berkeley Law Careers Online)
Berkeley Law's online b-Line system offers you the ability to create or update your user profile, upload a resume, and search for job opportunities targeted to Berkeley Law alumni. It gives you the ability to set up customized job searches, which will automatically notify you of opportunities that match your self-selected criteria. If you haven't used the system before, please email the CDO to get started. (Please include full name and year of graduation.)

Judicial Clerkship Resources
The CDO offers extensive guidance and resources to assist you through the judicial clerkship application process.  We recommend that you start by reading this guide that we prepared especially for alums.

Law Teaching Resources
If you are considering the academic track, these helpful resources may be a good place to start.

    Law Teaching
    Legal Writing Positions

Employer Research
Consult our Quick Guide to Employer Research and our more detailed Employer Research Guide

Networking with Berkeley Law Alumni

Leverage connections in the Boalt community to advance your understanding of the job market and specific careers  -- see the new CDO guide Connecting to the Berkeley Law Alumni Network for guidance on reaching out to other alums.  See the “Key Resources” listed at the end of the guide for links to external tools and databases to locate alumni in specific organizations, practice areas or geographic markets.

You may also locate alumni using any of these law school or UC Berkeley-specific resources:

UC Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall group on LinkedIn  (open to Berkeley Law alums only)
Berkeley Law Mentor Directory on LinkedIn (open to both alums willing to serve as mentors as well as current students (and, of course, alums) seeking mentoring)
AlumNetwork
@Cal Network
 

Special Public Interest Lawyers Listserv: The CDO moderates an email discussion group for Public Interest Lawyers.  If you are interested in joining this list, please email the CDO.

 

More Information

State Bar AssociationLawyer–Assistance Program (LAP)
The California Bar Association offers free career counseling resources to its members. If you are experiencing any challenges with your career, call 800-341-0572 and a LAP consultant can arrange up to three free counseling sessions with a career counselor who specializes in assisting attorneys who wish to make a positive career change. More info is available here.

Employer Research
An extensive list of external links to useful resources, organized by theme.

Public Interest and Public Sector Resources
Guidance, information, and links especially for those seeking public interest or public sector jobs.

CDO Publications
In-depth guides to various aspects of the job search process, including:

    Resume Guide
    Cover Letter Guide
    Effective Interviewing
    Informational Interviewing
    Using a Headhunter in Your Job Search
    Self Assessment

Other Useful Resources

    NALP Directory
    NALP Salary Information
    Law.com lists and rankings (including clerkships)
    USA Guide to the Legal Profession (with rankings) published by Chambers and Partners.
    Accessing Lexis and Westlaw
    ABA "Economic Recovery Resources" 
    (guidance on career transitioning, stress management, and job search/networking strategies)

Articles from the Office of Alumni Career Services

    
"Career Tip: Great Things to Do While You Are Job Searching"
               -List of Legal Temporary Agencies
 

Other Useful Articles

"Using Linked In to Help You Find Work As a Lawyer," Debra L. Bruce, The Legal Intelligencer.

Alternative Careers