Join a collaborative, creative, and forward-thinking team in supporting and counseling our alumni, and use your JD and prior experience while leaning into skills that were underutilized in legal practice. We are looking for candidates with diverse viewpoints and experiences to help us:
Counsel alumni of all backgrounds with empathy and knowledge of the legal market;
Develop and present topical programs on the legal job search, professional development, and the legal market;
Lead dynamic small group sessions designed to help alumni work together as they move through critical career milestones;
Think strategically regarding communication with all of our partners – students, alumni, legal employers, other staff and faculty;
Develop and maintain relationships with alumni across the globe; and
Market the law school alumni and law programs to potential employers.
This role can be performed remotely with some travel expected to Chicago and other locations. We are open to applicants who are interested in working less than a full-time schedule. If you are seeking a part-time schedule, please indicate your availability in your cover letter.
Northwestern Pritzker Law prides itself on its active and diverse community, which brings together a passionate and talented group of students, staff, and faculty. The Law School endeavors to take principled action towards ensuring that we live up to our responsibility—and our institutional values—to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community for all constituents. Law School leadership commits to working tirelessly to ensure every member feels valued, all students can study and train to be successful in their careers, all staff members can develop personally and professionally, and where our faculty can both teach and support our students and produce top quality research and scholarship.
Provide empathetic and supportive career advising to alumni at all stages in their career on legal and alternative employment searches, career development, and navigating the legal world.
Plan and implement innovative and engaging programming on the job search and professional development, including panels, workshops, and webinars.
Design and lead multi-session alumni peer group meetings, focused around particular career milestones the group member are facing.
Develop relationships with legal recruiters, employers and alumni clubs in various markets in order to expand the type and number of career opportunities for Northwestern Law alumni, as well as to identify alumni career concerns and needs.
Create content for and maintain our alumni blog/online resource center.
Maintain knowledge of current events in the legal community and the larger economy with regard to their impact on hiring trends, market differentiation, and practice area growth or contraction.
Assist the other Career Advisors with matters related to current students and graduates of the most recent graduating class
Play an active role in legal and legally-related trade associations and organizations
Performs other duties as assigned.
JD or LLM.
Minimum of four years work experience in the legal profession.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships.
Creative, forward-thinking and positive mindset.
Experience handling multiple projects at once.
Knowledge of the range of law careers and legal employers.
Track record of meeting deadlines; self-driven.
Ability to collaborate as a member of a team.
Comfort with learning new technologies and software.
Experience working with Excel and database systems.
Three or more years of experience in law school career services, law firm recruitment or legal professional development.
Substantive experience working with lawyers in career transitions.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Strong knowledge of Excel.
Experience with Symplicity database.
Knowledge of social media such as LinkedIn.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Northwestern provides students, faculty, and staff exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth. Northwestern is recognized around the world for its extraordinary and innovative research and other educational programs. Our environment is a unique one. It is one that unites knowledge, and ideas, ambition and imagination, hard work and joy. Differences are central to broadening our perspectives, creating thoughtful leaders, and sparking new ideas. We are diligent about creating an environment that is inclusive and truly diverse. We welcome you to learn more about who we are!