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Frequently Asked Questions for Students

Which employers participate in On-Campus Interviews (OCI)?

Large law firms participate in USC Gould's Early Interview Week OCI Program each August. During Fall and Spring OCI we host government agencies, public interest organizations, corporations and mostly small to mid-sized law firms.

What other employment resources are available for students besides OCI?

We recognize that not all students will secure their jobs through our OCI and job fair programs. CSO maintains an extensive job posting database which lists summer, part-time and full-time opportunities. And, numerous events are held throughout the year aimed at bringing students and attorneys together for networking purposes. In order to achieve success in the job search, students must work closely with a career counselor to formulate a personalized job search strategy and identify potential resources that best fits their needs.

What are my chances of finding a job outside of Southern California after graduation?

An increasing number of USC Gould graduates choose to begin their professional careers outside of Southern California and are successful in doing so. Students who wish to work in other markets work closely with a career counselor in the CSO to develop a proactive long distance job search strategy and tap the legendary USC Gould Alumni Network for support and assistance. In addition, our students interview at the Washington, DC, New York, SF Bay Area and Chicago Off-Campus Recruitment Programs held annually in these markets.

Do USC graduates find jobs in the field of entertainment law?

Many law students express an interest in practicing entertainment law. While finding a full-time position in the entertainment field upon graduation is extremely challenging, there are many resources available to Gould students interested in this career path. As early as possible in your law school career we recommend that you meet with USC Gould graduates in the entertainment industry to learn more about this career path, secure relevant internships, pursue our Media, Entertainment and Technology Law Certificate, and enlist the support of a CSO career counselor.

How does the CSO assist students interested in government and/or public interest careers?

Each year approximately 10-20% of our graduates start their careers at government agencies and public interest organizations. Knowledgeable career counselors in the CSO advise students with their summer and full-time public sector job searches. In addition, we offer numerous career programs and workshops that showcase and prepare students for these rewarding and important career settings. The annual Public Interest Career Day showcases hundreds of interviewing employers and relevant career panels, and Gould sponsors students to attend the Equal Justice Works conference and job fair in Washington DC. Further, students access numerous print and online materials that are specifically geared toward careers in public interest law and government.

What alternative careers do graduates pursue?

Each year, several graduates pursue careers outside the practice of law, referred to as JD Advantage jobs. Students interested in these alternative careers work closely with a career counselor to identify potential career paths that match their interests and skills. A sampling of opportunities secured by recent graduates includes JD Advantage positions in the compliance, accounting, consulting, real estate, entertainment talent management, and financial services arenas.

What should I do at the beginning of law school from a career exploration perspective?

One of the most important things a law student should do in the beginning of law school is to determine how you would like to use your law degree upon graduation. You do not need to limit your interests to one specific career path. Availing yourself of as many career education outlets as possible will help you develop a focus over time. This, in turn, will provide guidance on how to best utilize your time in law school with regard to coursework, internships and other career related opportunities.

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