CDO counselors are available to meet with alumni by phone or in person to assist with career transitions. Career counseling sessions are confidential.
To arrange an appointment, email us a request.
The California Bar Association offers resources to its members who are facing personal or professional challenges. The Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Program serves attorneys grappling with stress, anxiety, substance abuse or concerns about their careers. All consultations are confidential, and many of the services are free.
- Guidance, information, and links especially for those seeking public interest (non-profits, private firms with public interest missions) or public sector (government) jobs.
- Switching from Private Sector to Public Interest (4/16/2010)
Alums Neil McCabe and Harry Jackson share their stories about making the switch from the private sector to the public sector.
- Freelance Attorney Seminar – Video (10/10/2011)
Presentation by Marina Modlin, author of The Independence Track: How To Succeed As A Freelance Attorney, on September 1, 2011
- Updated FAQs on Temporary Legal Work and Staffing Agencies (4/4/2011)
Some tips on doing temp work while you wait for bar results, job-hunt, et cetera
- FAQs for Contract Lawyering (5/14/2010)
For attorneys who are between jobs or contemplating alternatives to a full-time position, working on a contract basis may be a good short or long-term option.
- An Unexpected Switch in Practice Area Brings Growth and Satisfaction: Tomomi Glover (’06) (1/5/2011)
When Plan A Didn’t Work, Staying In Touch With Friends Resulted in a Better Plan B
- A Bold Move That Actually Worked: Steve Koyanagi (’09) (1/5/2011)
Opting out of a second year of his clerkship without another job opportunity in a tough market wasn’t an easy decision, but for this alum it all worked out
- Successfully Navigating the Course From Private Practice to Nonprofit: Jora Trang (’01) (1/5/2011)
After the recession made continuing her private practice of seven years impossible, this alum engineered a career transition culminating in getting her dream job at a nonprofit.
- 5 Big Steps From BigLaw to the SEC: Maggie Spillane (’01) (1/5/2011)
Job Search Process
- An extensive list of external links to useful resources, organized by theme.
- Consult our Quick Guide to Employer Research and our more detailed Employer Research Guide.
- NALP Directory
- NALP Salary Information
- Salary Negotiations – updated 8/22/2013 (12/19/2011)
(Information, Salary Calculators and Articles on Negotiating Salaries and Responding to Salary Requirements)
- Law.com lists and rankings (including clerkships)
- Accessing Lexis and Westlaw
- “Career Tip: Great Things to Do While You Are Job Searching“
- List of Legal Temporary Agencies
Leverage connections in the Berkeley Law 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)
- @Cal AlumNetwork