Legal Career Paths Course

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Legal Career Paths is a non-credit, comprehensive career and professional development course offered to 1L students by the Career Development Office at the University of Miami School of Law. The course is designed to equip first-year law students with the information, self-awareness, and professional skills necessary to conduct successful summer, school-year, and post-graduate job searches. The 10-week course will begin in January and meet for ten sessions. The course will feature distinguished guest lecturers with experience and expertise in the course topics.

The course will help students develop the professional skills they need to be successful, and will cover topics such as how to approach the job search, how to prepare for interviews, and how to demonstrate professionalism at work. Students will also explore academic learning outcomes that are important to employers, and learn how to successfully bridge the gap from law school to practice. The program is intended to benefit students who are interested in traditional legal careers but also those who seek non-traditional paths. By the time students complete the program, they will have a complete set of professional documents to begin their job search, including a resume and cover letter. Students will receive a pass/fail notation on their transcript and, upon successful completion, a Certificate in Professional Development.

Course Objectives

  • Identify pathways to career success and fulfillment
  • Draft professional documents including Resume and Cover Letter
  • Conduct successful summer, school-year, and post-graduate job searches
  • Gain an understanding of professional skills and career objectives
  • Explore academic learning outcomes important to employers
  • Understand legal job sectors and recruiting timelines
  • Excel in various interview settings
  • Expand professional network


Students can register for Legal Career Paths via CaneLink by selecting course number LAW 50. For information about the course please contact Legal Career Paths or Luevenia Sterling, Director of Professional Development and JD Advisor.