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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.

Professional Self-Assessment

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.

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