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Career Development

We're here to help you get your career off to a great start

Our Career Development Office (CDO) is here to help you advance your employment goals. We provide you with the tools for finding employment, be it articling positions, summer jobs, clerkships or part-time work during law school.

We are available year-round on a full-time basis to meet with you and offer advice, direction and answer questions.

To help you land the job you want, we support you with career development services such as:

On-campus interviews

We work closely with legal employers across Canada, coordinating dates for them to visit Schulich and interview students for summer and articling positions. Check the MySchulichLaw Portal (see below) for important interview dates and deadlines.

One:one career counselling

Personal counselling can help you:

  • get a sense of all possible options – including some you may have not considered – and find the legal career best suited to your needs and interests
  • gain perspective on where you'd like to work and the type of work you're interested in
  • find answers to any questions about the job hunt you may have

Resumé & cover letter review

Your cover letter and resumé are the first chance you have to impress potential employers. We will review them with you step-by-step to make sure they reflect your strengths to make the best first impression possible.

Reference service

If a professor at the Law School is acting as a reference for you, we will collect their reference letter and send it to your destination(s) of choice; attaching a cover letter, and supplying the envelopes and postage.

Workshops & seminars

Throughout the year, we hold a variety of career-focused workshops, seminars – and bootcamps! In the past these have included mock interviews, Q&As with law firm recruiters, tips on how to improve your resumé, and tips on etiquette and behaviour during social receptions.

Networking opportunities

We hold networking events through the year to help you meet and mingle with others with whom you might share similar career interests. Recent events include:

  • alumni events
  • career fairs
  • continuing professional development events
  • focused mixers with members of the local bar and bench (family law, criminal law, women in the judiciary)

Interview advice

Feeling unsure about the interview process? Need some help to prepare and gain confidence heading into an upcoming interview? We can help you practice through mock-interviews, and offer constructive feedback to help you approach your next interview with poise and aplomb.

 

MySchulichLaw

MySchulichLaw is your secure, password-protected online platform for career-related programs and services. You can use MySchulichLaw to:

  • view job postings
  • schedule appointments with the CDO team
  • access CDO publications and resources
  • see and register for upcoming CDO workshops and events.

MySchulichLaw is for the exclusive use of students and alumni of the Schulich School of Law and is password protected. Your username is your Dalhousie email address, and you set your own password. You must then be confirmed as a Schulich law student or alumni before being granted access, which is usually completed within 24 hours.

Questions about accessing MySchulichLaw? Are you an alum who'd like to register for a MySchulichLaw account? Please contact the CDO at career.development@dal.ca.

CDO update E-Bulletin ≠ spam

In addition to posting all career-related information and announcements on the MySchulichLaw Portal, we send regular CDO Update E-Bulletins to keep you in the loop about coming events, job opportunities, application deadlines, and other important information that could help you land the job you want. Delete at your peril!