Fordham Law Alumni Career Support

November 23, 2008

Fordham Law has always offered lifetime career resources for alumni. On December 1, 2008, Dean William Michael Treanor sent an e-mail to all alumni about the range of career support the school offers, spotlighting services that are particularly valuable in these difficult economic times. Highlights of his e-mail follow.

Each year, the Career Planning Center staff counsels hundreds of Fordham Law alumni at various stages of their careers, especially at times of job transition or during the search for new employment. The CPC staff provides guidance and support to all alumni, including resume critiques, mock interviews, and job search strategies. To schedule a counseling session, which may be done in person or by phone, alumni may call 212-636-6926.

For the convenience of our alumni, the CPC offers a variety of online resources for J.D. and LL.M. alumni, including an online job bank that is updated daily and lists opportunities for experienced attorneys (this service is free with registration). Plus, all alumni and friends of Fordham Law can also post open positions within their organizations on the job bank. 

Beginning in January, the CPC will offer a series of new, free programs for all alumni. Details, including times and locations, will be posted in early January on the CPC website. The series, which addresses career issues alumni may face in the current economic situation, includes the following presentations:

•Government Opportunities in a Down Economy (1/13/09)
Speakers from a variety of government agencies, including the SEC and the FDIC, discuss opportunities with government agencies arising from the economic downturn.

•Handling a Lay-Off (2/3/09)
Featuring FLS graduates who have lived through lay-offs and successfully landed on their feet.

•How to Find a Job in a Tight Economy (2/10/09)
Featuring Kathleen Brady, President of Brady & Associates, Career Planners LLC.

•4th Annual Alternative Career Informational Fair (2/25/09)
Featuring FLS graduates working in careers outside the practice of law.

•Volunteer and Pro Bono Opportunities Panel (3/3/09)
Speakers from various organizations discuss interesting volunteer and pro bono opportunities for practicing attorneys.

•Private Opportunities in a Down Economy (3/10/09)
Speakers from a variety of private sector organizations highlight opportunities arising from the economic downturn.

In addition to these CPC resources, Fordham Law provides a range of other career-related programs and activities for alumni.

Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC)
Counselors are available to speak to alumni who are interested in exploring pro bono opportunities or pursuing public service careers (legal not-for-profit or government). Interested alumni may contact PIRC at 212-636-6952.

Continuing Legal Education
Discounted rates are available to all alumni, and tuition assistance is offered to attorneys who work in the public sector or who are unemployed. Learn more on the CLE website.

Volunteer and Pro Bono Activities via the Feerick Center
The center's Senior Volunteer Program offers training for alumni on handling issues related to consumer debt matters and false advertising, and further volunteer opportunities are being developed. Interested alumni should contact Robert J. Reilly, Assistant Dean for the Feerick Center.

Alumni Relations Office/Fordham Law Alumni Association
Learn more about the variety of events hosted to increase collegiality and foster networking opportunities on the alumni calendar, and watch for announcements about programs from the Career Planning Center in the monthly Ramblings e-mail. Additionally, a limited quantity of the Alumni Directory & Referral Guide 2006, Centennial Edition is available. To request a copy, call 212-636-6806.