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Begin Your Job Search

Create Your Unique Career Strategy

To make the most of your job search, be sure to contact the Career Services Office at 937-299-3215 or at to set up your appointment to assist you in creating a career strategy.

Write Your Drafts

Not all resumes and cover letters are right for a legal career

Create drafts of a legal resume and cover letter utilizing the samples given in the Resume and Cover Letter Writing Guide

Stay on Target

Where do you want to work?

Make a list of areas of law as well as geographical areas of interest to target your job search.

Get Expert Feedback

Take advantage of Dayton Law resources

Make an appointment with the Career Services Office at 937-229-3215 or by email at Director Tim Swensen, or Assistant Director Julie Jackson, can review your resume and cover letter as well as discuss your job search strategy.

Build Your References

Get the details

Gather references’ contact information and approval for your professional list of references.

See also: Networking Tips

Get Your Transcripts

Undergraduate and Law

Obtain undergraduate and law transcripts. Keep the originals and make copies for employers who request either one or both of them. You may contact the Registrar for your official School of Law transcripts.

Prepare Your Writing Sample

Time to show off

Get your writing sample ready, a legal writing paper of your choice that is typically 5-10 pages long, should an employer request a copy.
Informational Interviewing

Informational Interviewing: An informational interview is a specific networking tactic to help you gain insight and career planning advice from a practicing attorney, preferably a UDSL alum.

Networking is Key

Networking Tips: Experts say 80% of all jobs are landed through networking.

Attend one of the many networking opportunities provided by Dayton Law: Check out coming events.

Connect with the Dayton Law community: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Ace the Interview

Interviewing Tips: What to wear, what to bring and what to have in your portfolio.

Interviewing Questions: Be prepared and practice.

Negotiating the Offer

Negotiating the Offer: Get tips on how to get the best offer.

How to Succeed as a Summer Law Clerk/Extern

How to Succeed as a Summer Law Clerk/Extern: Get tips on how to make the most of your time clerking or externing.


Career Services Office

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2772