Career Development Handbook

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Every first-year law student is provided with a comprehensive Career Development Handbook (on My Carolina Law) designed to help them explore legal careers and to empower them in their search for summer and permanent employment during law school and beyond.


Some students may have entered law school unsure of what career path they may want to pursue. The process of career exploration will help them identify areas of interest and articulate their goals. More information.

Legal Practice Areas and Settings

As students progress through law school, they will begin to consider choices among a wide variety of practice areas and settings. The CDO provides assistance as they explore various legal career directions and options. More information (My Carolina Law -PDF).

Public Interest & Government

A large percentage of Carolina Law alumni have entered the public sector and made tremendous contributions to the communities in which they live. More information.

Relationship Building & Networking

Cultivating professional relationships is a great way for students to explore career options and strengthen professional networks. Through events, advising and resources, the CDO helps students connect with alumni and other professionals, as well as better utilize the network students may already have. More information (My Carolina Law -PDF).

  • UNC Alumni Directory - The GAA's online alumni directory is a great resource for personal and professional networking and an easy way to keep up-to-date on UNC alumni.

Opportunities to Get Hands-On Experience Through the Law School

UNC School of Law provides students with a number of ways to develop the practical lawyering skills that are highly valued by employers. Students can participate in the UNC Clinical and Externship Programs and receive academic credit while doing real legal work. UNC’s Pro Bono Program also offers students multiple opportunities throughout the year to gain hands-on legal experience while helping others. In addition, upper-level transition-to-practice courses give students the unique opportunity to explore a broad range of legal topics and apply what they have learned to real-world problems.

Starting Points for Exploring Nontraditional Career Paths

For those students who would like to use their J.D. degree in a non-legal role or setting, the CDO has a number of resources to support career exploration. More information (My Carolina Law).

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