Career Services Office

How to Get Involved

It is important both as a student and as an alumnus to stay involved in the Chicago John Marshall alumni community. As a student, staying involved will help you make a smooth transition into the legal world after graduation. As an alumnus, staying involved will help you thrive in your career. Below are some ways that you can get and stay involved as both a student and an alumnus.

Office of Alumni Relations and Alumni Association

Graduates of The John Marshall Law School are members of the Alumni Association (Association). The Board of Directors (Board) of the Association is the governing body that directs all alumni activities that are independent of the law school.

If you are a student, you will meet Alumni Association Board members and regular members throughout your time at John Marshall. John Marshall is known for its extensive alumni network which consistently proves itself to be an amazing source of support for current students. Attend networking and programming events through the CSO to meet alumni on a regular basis. Build relationships now which can last a lifetime and support you throughout your time here and after graduation.

If you are an alumnus, you may or may not already be involved as an active member in the JMLS Alumni Association. This is an incredible network to stay connected to the John Marshall community throughout your career, and can serve as a continuous source of support. Stay connected to faculty and classmates through this organization. Help support the school and current students.

Career Transitions Center

The Career Transition Center of Chicago is an incredible resource for both students and alumni. The CTC’s mission is to provide professional, emotional and spiritual support to those seeking a job, looking for meaningful work, or otherwise undergoing a career transition. CTC is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization providing professional assistance to individuals in employment transition.

If you are a student, you should become aware of what resources they offer and keep them in mind as a source of support after your graduation.

If you are an alumnus, the CTC can help you transition into a new role or industry, help you return to work after an absence from the market, coach you on job searching and interviewing skills, and also conduct assessments to help you find the right position or career for you.

John Marshall students and alumni are entitled to a discounted rate for the CTC’s services. Contact them for more information.

National and Local Bar Associations

National and local bar associations are also an incredible resource for students and alumni.

Students can often become members at a discounted rate and then are given access to bar association resources and events. Networking is vitally important for law students throughout their time in school and beyond. Bar associations often offer incredible opportunities to network and meet practicing attorneys in the community. The sooner you get involved, the better.

Alumni can grow their practices, gain hours of continuing legal education, stay on top of developments in their respective practice areas and socialize. The benefits are endless. Join your local and national bar associations today.

Click on the following link to access a list of national and local bar associations: Bar Associations List (PDF)

Career Services Office Programs

The Career Services Office offers approximately 60 programs and events per year, many of which are open to both students and alumni. To access our programming calendar and RSVP for events, click the following link to log onto Symplicity: https://law-jmls-csm.symplicity.com/. Once in the system, click on the “Events” tab to see a complete listing of upcoming programs.

If you are an alumnus who is interested in giving back to JMLS and helping current students, please contact either Stacia Goldstein at 6goldste@jmls.edu or Sahar Dar at sdar@jmls.edu. Stacia and Sahar run all of the programming for the CSO and are always looking for volunteers.

Mentor Program

One of our biggest programs every year is the Mentor Program which runs throughout the spring semester. During this program, students pick a Mentor and then meet with them three times throughout the semester (once in February, March, and April). Mentors serve as valuable resources for students who struggle to get an idea of what practicing law is like in the real world, outside of the classroom.

If you are a student and want to sign up for a Mentor, pay close attention to your email in January as sign up is typically in the first few weeks of the spring semester.

If you are an alumnus and would like to volunteer as a Mentor, please contact Stacia Goldstein at 6goldste@jmls.edu.

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