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The most important service provided by the Law Center Career Development Office (CDO) is
        individual career counseling. The office is staffed with six full-time counselors, all with law degrees
        and experience working in the legal field. Each student is assigned to a specific counselor, and the
        career counselors invest time getting to know their students so they can successfully assist them in
        finding jobs that meet their professional and personal goals. Alumni of the Law Center also receive
        access to the CDO and its services for life after graduation.

        In addition to individual counseling, the CDO provides a number of programs to assist law students
        in planning for their legal careers. These services and programs include:


        Job Bank

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        The CDO maintains an online, password-protected job bank, Symplicity , that is available to all law students to view
        available positions, from part-time law clerks to internships to full-time attorney roles. The CDO regularly meets with
        practitioners throughout Texas to highlight the diverse and adept student body of UHLC. Through these meetings,   “I’ve loved my time here at the
        the CDO staff is able to appreciate market conditions, hiring preferences, and employer expectations, and they often   Law Center, mainly because of the
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        return to campus with job opportunities for students. New jobs are posted in the Symplicity  job bank daily, and range   staff and the students. We have an
        from firm positions to opportunities with non-profit organizations, as well as everything in between. The user-friendly   exceptional Career Development
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        Symplicity  system allows students to upload résumés, cover letters, and other necessary documents and contains   Office that is responsive and
        resource materials for various practice areas. Symplicity  is available to all current students and alumni, so even after   helpful, the Admissions Office
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        students have graduated, the system remains a viable tool to assist in finding employment.
                                                                                                                 stays connected with students
                                                                                                                 even after they’ve matriculated,
                                                                                                                 and the Dean has clear goals to
        On-Campus Interview Program (OCI)                                                                        fundraise and develop even more
                                                                                                                 beneficial programs for the Law
        Every year, over 100 prospective employers recruit on UHLC’s campus for summer and semester law clerks and post-
        graduate positions. OCI allows students the opportunity to interview with legal employers on campus, and takes place   Center.”
        in three stages: 1) Early Week Fall, 2) Fall, and 3) Spring. Early Week Fall OCI occurs before classes begin and is the   — Sydney Nguyen ’17
        largest stage with mainly multi-national, large law firms participating. The second stage, Fall OCI, occurs in mid-October,   Past President, Student Bar Association
        drawing smaller, more regional firms, while the third stage, Spring OCI, occurs in mid-March and brings in a variety of   (2015- 2016)
                                                                                                                   Vice President of Public Relations, The
        employers including solo practitioners and small firms.                                                    Advocates
                                                                                                                   Member, Moot Court Team
                                                                                                                   B.S., Political Science, B.A., Spanish,
                                                                                                                   University of Houston Honors College

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