Career Planning

The Office of Career Planning and Professional Development (CPPD) is a comprehensive resource center, designed to assist students and alumni in every phase of their career planning process. CPPD serves as a professional employment and preparation resource, offering year-round service to students, alumni and employers.

This office is committed to advising and assisting students to develop the skills necessary to become more marketable, and assist in their job search efforts.  A list of services includes:

  • 12Twenty: This exciting, new online service provides career services management. This user friendly platform is designed to assist your career planning and professional development needs. With this new platform students and alumni will be able to:
    • Receive customized daily or weekly updates with new opportunities tailored to their preferences
    • See the latest schedule of workshops, mock interviews, and information sessions
    • Target employers that align with career goals, develop a professional network and track every step of your career search
    • Manage your resumes, cover letters, and other application documents
    • Search AND apply to Job Postings (part-time, full-time, externships, etc)
    • Search AND apply to On-Campus Recruiting opportunities and track your applications
    • Schedule a counseling appointment with a career counselor
    • Report and track summer jobs, academic year experiences, and first job out of law school
    • Access to employment data like offer timeline and salary insights – helping students gain a key strategic understanding into employers needs and hiring trends
    • Review career resources in the new Resource Library
    • Use live walkthrough tutorials ensuring you are never alone in navigating the system
  • Individual Counseling:  A career counselor is available, by appointment, to meet with students and alumni to offer suggestions for drafting an effective resume and cover letter.
  • Programming: Throughout the year, workshops on resume and cover letter writing, networking, job search strategies, interviewing techniques and how to dress for success are offered.  In addition, panel presentations by practitioners on different practice areas and topics are offered for professional development.
  • On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program:  Students will have the opportunity to interview with potential employers through CPPD. Employers are invited on campus to interview students for positions as law clerks, interns, summer associates, first-year associates, and more.
  • Mock Interviews:  Students will have an opportunity to prepare for upcoming interviews through mock interviews.  The students will be given feedback to improve their interviewing skills.
  • Employment Opportunities:  Employment opportunities are regularly posted on TWEN and 12Twenty online platforms.  Bulletins are also located in the office common area.
  • Reciprocity: Reciprocity opportunities may be available to students and alumni searching for employment in other jurisdictions.  If reciprocity is granted, students and alumni will have access to resources from other Career Planning offices around the state and country. Reciprocity for Florida A&M Law Graduates must be made by the CPPD. To obtain Reciprocity with another law school, please contact: Merline Dieujuste merline.dieujuste@famu.edu.
  • Publications and Books: Relevant employment and career search publications are located in the law library on the 4th floor and in the office common area.
  • Job and Career Fairs: FAMU Law participates in various recruitment programs in Florida and across the country. Information about such programs will be posted on TWEN, 12Twenty and on the bulletin board in the office common area.
  • Other Resources: Students and alumni have access to computer, printer, fax machine and copier for use in their job search only.  Resume paper is also available upon request.

 

 


 

Florida A&M University Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Florida A&M University that each member of the University community is permitted to work or attend class in an environment free from any form of discrimination including race, religion, color, age, disability, sex, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, and veteran status as prohibited by State and Federal Statues. This commitment applies to all areas affecting students, employees, applicants for admission and applicants for employment. It is also relevant to the University’s selection of contractors, suppliers of goods and services and any employment conditions and practices.

 

 

Employers Utilizing CPPD Services

Employers who discriminate based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, and veteran status are prohibited from access to the services of the Career Services Office at the Florida A&M University College of Law. A limited exception exists for military recruiters and federal agencies, but only to the extent that their employment and hiring practices are permitted under federal law.”
By using the career services management system you agree and acknowledge that you have read, understand, and will adhere to the Florida A&M University College of Law Non-Discrimination Policy as stated above.

 

 

Reciprocity Policy

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law, Career Services Office provides reciprocal services to students and graduates of other ABA-accredited law schools. The following guidelines must be observed when requesting reciprocity services:

  1. Reciprocity is granted only to students and alumni of ABA-approved schools that grant similar services to students and alumni of FAMU.
  2. Requests for reciprocity must be made in writing by a career service administrator of the requesting school. The request must be submitted by email and include the following information for the student/alumnus:
    • full name
    • graduation or expected date
    • telephone number and email address
  3. Walk-in requests will not be honored.
  4. If reciprocity is granted, the career services administrator will receive an email confirmation. Reciprocity is available for a 90-day period from the date of approval. A 30-day extension may be granted upon written request.
  5. Reciprocity services are limited to one student/alumnus per law school during the 90-day period or any extension.
  6. Reciprocity services includes access to job postings and employer information.
  7. Reciprocity services do not include participation in the following events hosted by CPPD: On- Campus Interview (OCI) Program, counseling services, access to telephone and fax, job fairs, recruitment programs, workshops, and resume/cover letter reviews.
  8. Reciprocity services are not available during the time dedicated to OCI or during any other recruitment programs.
  9. The Assistant Dean of CPPD reserves the right to terminate reciprocity for any individual who misuses or violates our policy.
  10. Requests for reciprocity should be directed to:

The Office of Career Planning and Professional Development Florida A&M University College of Law
201 Beggs Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801
(407) 254-3212
pamela.jones@famu.edu

 


 

Professional Development Timelines for Law Students

 

 

 

Contact Information

Courtney Jones
Assistant Director

Merline Dieujuste
Recruitment Coordinator