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Associate Director, Pre-Law Career Advising

Princeton University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 28, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Career Services
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Full Time
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The Associate Director focuses on providing advising, guidance, and programming on legal careers and the law school application process for students and alumni. In addition, as a portion of their portfolio, this position provides support for services and resources for the graduate student population in exploring career paths both within and outside academe. This role reports to the Director of Career Advising and Exploration, and collaborates closely with the Senior Associate Director for Graduate Student Career Development.

The Associate Director advises students and alumni according to our career advising philosophy that aligns with and leverages the core tenets of a liberal arts education and our office's model focused on self-exploration and lifelong career management. This holistic model involves both one-on-one career advising and an educational/curricular framework. In addition to providing one-on-one advising for students and alumni, the person in this role facilitates pre-law workshops and events, contributes to development and maintenance of our office pre-law career resources, and provides career development events and resources for graduate students.

This role will be in-person in the Center for Career Development offices.


Pre-Law Advising and general career advising – 60%
  • Facilitate one-on-one in-person and virtual (phone/Zoom) pre-law career advising appointments with students and alumni who are preparing to apply to law school.
  • Advise students/alumni on general professional and skill building preparation, including searching and applying for relevant internships, jobs, and post-graduate fellowships to continue the exploration of law and its various specialties.
  • Guide students/alumni in preparing resumes, personal statements, selecting and preparing recommenders, and completing application materials.
  • Advise students/alumni in selecting law schools to apply to, preparing for admissions interviews, and drafting professional communication during the application process.
  • Prepare students/alumni to matriculate to law school.
  • Partner with law schools to host on-campus law school informational sessions for students
  • Serve as University liaison to LSAC.
  • Meet individually or in groups with students who are undecided in their career plans to provide coaching and advising to help students clarify values, interests, skills, and strengths
  • Assist students and alumni with the development of action plans and follow-up strategy based on a series of progressive meetings.
  • Dedicate consistent time to relevant appointment preparation, follow up, and maintenance of appointment schedule and student and alumni records in the Handshake system.

Graduate Student Events, Resources, and Advising – 25%

  • Under the direction of the Senior Associate Director for Graduate Student Career Development, plan and implement a slate of career development events tailored to the PhD student population.
  • Create and update materials and resources specifically targeted to PhD students.
  • Undertake special projects related to graduate student career development, as prioritized by the Senior Associate Director.
  • Provide 1:1 guidance to graduate students through drop-in advising and appointments.

Additional Responsibilities – 15%

  • Facilitate 3-5 pre-law career programs for students and alumni each semester.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and campus partners including the Fellowship Advising office to support student and alumni pre-law needs, which includes collaborating to support students applying for law-related fellowships and facilitating an occasional training session to build staff pre-law skills.
  • Manage relationships and collaborate with law school partners to support, publicize, and attend their information sessions.
  • Keep current in knowledge of evolving pre-law field and requirements, and serve as content matter expert.
  • Create and refresh student and alumni pre-law materials.
  • Collaborate with communications team members to send periodic emails with preparation tips, events, and related opportunities to students and alumni interested in pursuing legal professions.
  • Collaborate with employer engagement team members to build relationships with and market jobs and internships for students interested in pursuing legal careers.
  • Attend and actively participate in relevant Career Advising and Center for Career Development team meetings and retreats.


    Master's Degree required; J.D. or Ph.D. preferred Minimum of five years of professional experience required; two or more years of experience in undergraduate pre-law advising strongly preferred A passion for advising college students, graduate students, and young adults Skilled at providing a developmental, goal-oriented, and motivational approach to all interactions with students and alumni Demonstrated understanding of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace and in all interactions with all constituents and stakeholders Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to deliver effective career presentations, and build internal and external relationships, including building relationships at a distance Ability to work effectively within a complex, fast-paced, and evolving organization Flexibility and an entrepreneurial spirit Ability to solve problems and make decisions in a timely and effective manner Ability to manage changing technologies, social media, and communications, including conducting phone and Zoom appointments and utilizing the Handshake system Ability to gather, interpret and report data Relevant professional training certifications and designations are desired Broader familiarity with career assessments (Strong Interest Inventory and CliftonStrengths) preferred

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.


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