The following is an excerpt from the Career Development Handbook.
Successful career planning that leads to a satisfying and fulfilling legal career begins with
self-assessment. In order to define your personal career goals, you will need both to
understand yourself and learn about and explore some of the many different options
available in the legal profession. Self-assessment is something you will begin to do during
your time at Carolina Law and continue to do throughout your career. As you begin your
journey, the CDO is dedicated to assisting you in any and every way we can. The materials in this
section will get you started.
Your professional development depends in substantial part on a realistic professional self-assessment of your skills
and values as well as your preferred practice areas and settings. Your professional self-assessment will enable you to
highlight existing identifying strengths that you can use to your advantage, identify gaps that you can strategically
begin to close, and reveal personal themes that will help you develop a compelling
personal narrative to convey as you build your professional legal network. Further,
you will benefit by evaluating whether and how you can best translate and
transfer skills, values, and perspectives developed before, during, and eventually
after your time at the UNC School of Law. Through academic and extracurricular
pursuits, as well as observing and engaging with alumni and other legal
professionals, you will get a better sense of the many career possibilities that are
open to you, and which of them you would like to pursue further.
We encourage you to meet with a Career Counselor at the CDO to discuss your career exploration process, including ideas, questions, goals, worries, victories, and more. We want to support you early and often during your time as a UNC Law student so that you can feel as prepared as possible moving toward graduation and career opportunities thereafter.