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Career Resources

Purpose & Scope

The purpose of this libguide is to provide students with information on employment opportunities in the legal industry.  Each tab will include links to web resources and books at the College of Law Library that will give students some insight into securing employment or further education after law school.

Georgia State University College of Law Career Services

Georgia State law students have the opportunity to receive help from the Georgia State College of Law Career Services Office (CSO).  The mission of CSO is to: 

  1. To educate students through exposure to a variety of legal practice areas and legal alternative options
  2. To help students develop skills necessary to effectively compete in the legal market
  3. To assist students in the achievement of  their summer and post graduation employment goals

To achieve this mission, CSO offers several services to assist students gain employment, including: 

  1. Spring recruiting program 
  2. Job fairs 
  3. Advising 
  4. Job posting through Symplicity 

Symplicity is a career services management program that provides a comprehensive web-based solution for linking graduates looking for new career opportunities and employers needing to fill job positions.  Students at the College of Law can use Symplicity to access the following resources: 

  • Job postings
  • Resume/cover letter guide 
  • Interview guide 
  • Networking guide 
  • Links to online employment resources
  • Job searching resources 
  • One page career aids 
  • 1L guide

CSO also participates directly and indirectly with several job fairs.  The following take place either at Georgia State or in the Atlanta area: 

  • January: Georgia Judicial Clerkship Job Fair
  • February: Public Interest Job Fair
  • March: Small Firms/Solo Practitioner Expo
  • April: Spring Southeast Legal Hiring Conference
  • July: Southeast Intellectual Property Job Fair
  • August: Southeast Minority Job Fair

Click here to access additional employment resources advertised by CSO

ABA Career Center

The American Bar Association (ABA) Career Center is a great place to find job postings and career related articles.  Articles are classified in the following categories: 

  • Choosing a Career Path 
  • Finding a Job
  • Industry News & Trends
  • Thriving in Your Firm
  • Work/Life Balance 

The Career Center also allows users to subscribe to the latest jobs RSS feed.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The OOH is revised every two years.


For hundreds of different types of jobs—such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse—the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells users:

  1. The training and education needed
  2. Earnings
  3. Expected job prospects
  4. What workers do on the job
  5. Working conditions

Click here for information on lawyers in the OOH

Tips for Landing First Job

Below are 8 tips given by panelists during the ABA Midyear Meeting program entitled "I'm Getting My J.D. Now What? A Forum on How to Get Your First Job."  The panel consisted of several attorneys, including one Atlanta-based litigator.  Students can use the resources provided in this research guide to achieve all of these tips.

  1. Networking
  2. Get involved
  3. Be yourself
  4. Be courteous
  5. Tailor your cover letter and resume
  6. Select an appropriate writing sample
  7. Do your research
  8. Send thank you cards
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