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Career Counselor, Law School (1170)

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 3, 2022
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The American University Washington College of Law seeks a Career Counselor (Law School) to provide career counseling, professional development training, and support to our diverse community of law students.

Essential Functions
  1. Individual Career Counseling. The counselor will meet with individual law students and recent graduates for one-on-one counseling sessions covering everything from career exploration to goal setting, preparing basic application materials, practicing for interviews, negotiating offers, and other professional development. The counselor must be prepared to guide students interested in various practice areas and will develop knowledge on a range of legal careers in the public and private sectors. The counselor will also develop specific areas of expertise and serve as the primary office resource for that sector (e.g., criminal law, international law, etc.)
  2. Programming for Groups of Students. The counselor will work with other team members to organize and host events for students, highlighting everything from how to draft a basic resume to sophisticated discussions of trends in the legal market. The counselor will also organize resume review and mock interview events, as well as assist with career fairs and on-campus recruiting events. The counselor will serve as the liaison for student groups, including affinity or interest groups.
  3. Written and Video Materials. With the assistance of other team members, the counselor will draft or record written or video materials to be shared with the student body, such as how-to guides, introductions to various types of practice, advice on practical job-seeking skills, surveys, websites, social media, and more.

About You

We’re looking for a new team member with a JD degree who is eager to collaborate with others, understands how to support a diverse student body, has boundless patience, and a sense of humor. We are especially interested in hearing from candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. The ideal candidate will love talking with people about their aspirations, is well organized, detail-oriented, and knows how to remain flexible. Experience or expertise in criminal law, family law, international law, or IP a plus.

Work Environment
  • Flexible, hybrid schedule
  • Some evening hours required to meet the needs of our part-time students.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Full-Time - 35 hours per week.
  • Project Leader/Advisor B
  • Exempt
  • This is a union-eligible position.
Required Education and Experience
  • J.D. degree
  • 2-4 years of relevant experience
  • Excellent, organizational, oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of legal job search, career/ employment services, recruiting, interviewing and staffing principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of the legal employment market and job search strategies.
  • Ability to assess individual needs, motivators and differences in abilities and career interests.
  • Cultural competence and comfort working within a proudly diverse community.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • Counseling experience preferred but not required (training provided).
  • Experience or expertise in criminal law, family law, international law, or IP a plus.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive.
  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options .

Union Eligibility

This position is part of a collective bargaining unit represented by SEIU Local 500. That means the terms and conditions of your employment are governed by university policy (including the Staff Personnel Policies Manual) and any collective bargaining agreement entered into between American University and SEIU Local 500.

Current American University Employees

If you are a current employee at American University, please log intoAsuccessfulU through themyAU portal . Once in AsuccessfulU, please select the Careers tile which will take you to our internal career page.

Contact Us

For more information or assistance with the American University careers site, email .

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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