Jan. 30, 2020 - First-year University of Houston Law Center students learned how to research and understand employers and their hiring processes during the third session of the Career Development Office's Passport to Success Professional Development Series.
Two sessions of Passport to Success Session III, entitled "Charting the Course: Communicating Where You Are Going and Why You Want to Go There," were held in Krost Hall and in Teaching Unit II, Room 144.
Assistant Dean for Career Development Tiffany J. Tucker discussed the priorities of employers when hiring new talent.
"Most legal employers don’t focus on grades when hiring law students or graduates," Tucker said. "Rather, they care about experience. When seeking legal employment, focus on practical skills and practice area interests to market yourself as a whole candidate. Employers care about your passion and capacity to apply law in a real world setting."
Assistant Director for Career Development Paul Klinger said that job seekers can find a favorable outcome when they focus on work that they are enthusiastic about.
"A good way to locate opportunities is to focus on a field of law that you are interested in or that you came to school knowing a little bit about," Klinger said.
The 2019-2020 Passport to Success – Professional Development Series consists of learning sessions for 1Ls that are designed to address facets of new attorney professionalism most sought after by legal employers.
Session IV of the series, "You've Landed: Making the Most of Your Dream Destination," will be held on April 1 at noon in Krost Hall and at 5 p.m. in the Hendricks Heritage Room. The session will provide tips for a successful summer legal employment experience for all students and strategies for gaining legal experience as a part-time student.