Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

Welcome to the Career Services Office
at Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Preparing to practice law or to use a Juris Doctor degree to advance your career begins during the first semester of law school and continues throughout a student’s law school career. The Career Services Office (CSO) is dedicated to providing students with a foundation for successful career and professional development. Our mission is to enhance the legal education students receive in the classroom while helping them strategically navigate an ever-changing job market.
While each student is ultimately responsible for their own career planning and individual goal setting, the CSO plays an important role in developing and preparing students to search for employment. Our office provides individual counseling and coaching, workshops, seminars, recruitment events, and networking opportunities. Programs and counseling focus on resume and cover letter writing, mastering interviewing skills through mock interviews, developing networking techniques, and utilizing constructive feedback from the CSO staff, attorney volunteers, and Thurgood Marshall School of Law alumni.
The Career Services Office maintains close relationships with the legal community, and we enjoy assisting employers find talented students and alumni to fulfill their employment needs. Our office partners with local, regional, and national employers to expose students to a variety of employment options with traditional law firms, corporations, public interest organizations, government agencies, and judicial clerkship opportunities. We also assist students seeking creative, non-traditional ways to incorporate a Juris Doctor into their career path by partnering with employers who offer “J.D. advantage” positions in fields such as compliance, healthcare, education, and human resources.
We invite all students and alumni to visit our office regularly, participate in our events and explore the resources we have to offer. Our dedicated team is here to assist you in achieving all your career goals.


Nikki Wright-Smith,
Assistant Dean of Career Services



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