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For Students

Resources to Make Informed Career Decisions

CDO is here to partner with you as you evaluate your goals, explore possibilities, and navigate your job search. We provide one-on-one counseling, programs, and resources relating to nonprofits and government, including public interest fellowships; law firms; and judicial clerkships; and we coordinate interview programs to facilitate hiring.

We look forward to developing a strong working relationship with you based on a mutual understanding of expectations and goals. We commit to you that we will offer you our best advice and feedback in a timely, respectful manner; we will be prepared, to the best of our ability, to respond to your questions and concerns; and we will work diligently to foster interactions with employers in compliance with our Recruiting Policies, Yale’s Sexual Misconduct Policies, and NALP’s Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process. In return, we expect you to take ownership of your job search and commit to us that you will make full use of the resources provided, represent yourself accurately in all communications, be responsive to communications, and honor your commitments.

The Courtyard at YLS blanketed in snow
The Courtyard at YLS blanketed in snow

The Winter Interview Program

Yale Law School’s winter recruiting event with public interest employers and law firms will take place January 17-19, 2024.

Career Management System

Career Management System

The Career Development Office uses the Career Management System (CMS), powered by Symplicity, to provide the resources to students. Net ID required.

Counseling

Counseling

CDO's attorney-counselors are available to discuss your career goals and aspirations, provide advice on resumes and cover letters and discuss the job search process.

Programs

Programs

CDO hosts both interview and educational programs each year to provide students with a breadth of knowledge and opportunities across industries and practice areas. 

Career Pathways

Career Pathways

Information on careers in public interest, judicial clerkships, law firms, law teaching, and business for students.

Toolkit for Student Job Seekers

Toolkit for Student Job Seekers

Guidance on self-assessment, employer research, networking, application materials, and interviewing.

Career Guides

Career Guides & Advice

A range of career guides and resources for students across many areas of interest.

Recorded Programs

Recorded Programs

Helpful career development videos for career planning. Net ID required.

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courtyard in autumn

Introduction to The Courtyard

The Courtyard, Yale Law School’s online community, launched to students in January 2020. Named for a favorite gathering place, The Courtyard is an online tool that connects students to our greatest resource, our alumni network.

front of Sterling Law Building
front of Sterling Law Building

Yale Law School Employment Statistics

Yale Law students are among the most sought after in the nation by employers of all types. Our alumni are prominent both within and outside of the legal profession.

I am proud to say that Yale manages to open doors that are unexpected for many foreign law students.