The Career & Professional Development Center provides a number of services that are available to graduates to assist them with developing and achieving their career goals.
Individual Assistance and Counseling
We are available to provide individual assistance to graduates to assist them with their career planning. This includes individual counseling, identifying employment opportunities and help with the job search process. Graduates may schedule individual appointments with the Director or the Associate Director to discuss job search issues.
If you are interested in receiving reciprocity from another law school to help in your job search, please contact the CPDC Coordinator, (503) 370-6057.
The CPDC Resource Room contains numerous materials to assist graduates in their job search efforts. Resources include firm resumes (listing specifics about particular law firms), state and regional Bar directories, a national directory of corporate counsel, federal government employment materials, information on graduate law study programs, tips for those seeking judicial clerkships, employment surveys and articles, as well as various materials on alternative careers using legal skills.
Willamette recognizes that many graduates are unable to pursue careers in public interest law because of the low salaries paid in the public interest sector and the amount of the graduate's loan repayment schedule. The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) was designed to aid College of Law graduates working in public interest law by reducing their law school student loan debt.
Under the program, the College of Law will lend eligible candidates money to help them repay their student loans. If a loan recipient works in a qualifying public interest position for at least one year after receipt of the LRAP, the loan may be forgiven. Eligible graduates may apply annually for a total of three years of LRAP funding and loan forgiveness.
Willamette's Reciprocity Policy
The CPDC at Willamette University College of Law is happy to assist students and alumni of other law schools with their job search in Oregon. Our policy concerning the use of our career services and resources is set forth below.
- We make our services and resources available to all students and graduates of other ABA accredited law schools that permit our students and graduates the same access. Our policy is to mirror the reciprocity policy of the requesting law school. In the case of online reciprocity, WUCL uses the Symplicity job posting system and will allow access to reciprocity students who’s law school will grant access to our students or graduates.
- There is no limit on the number of referrals our office will take from a single school; however, in the case of schools which permit reciprocity only on a one-to-one basis, we will grant reciprocity only if the requesting law school waives such requirement for a Willamette Law student or graduate.
- Students and graduates of other law schools must have their Career Services Office submit a request for reciprocity and a letter of introduction one week prior to the first visit. Absolutely no walk-in requests will be honored. The letter or email request must include the name and email address of student or graduate.
- The duration of the request will mirror the length honored by the requesting school, but will not exceed three months from the date of the original request. Renewal of a reciprocity request will be considered as a new, first time request and will count as an additional individual’s use of the office. Students and graduates using our office are required to identify themselves as students or graduates who have been granted reciprocity.
When responding to career opportunities found through CPDC at Willamette University College of Law, applicants are required to state in their cover letters to employers that they obtained the listing through a reciprocal agreement between the applicant’s school and Willamette University College of Law.
CPDC reserves the right to deny reciprocity to individuals who misuse our facilities or do not comply with university policies.