Law school is a thrilling intellectual experience, to be sure, but it is also a training ground for a career. We talk to prospective students a great deal about what they think they might want to do with their legal training, and how Chicago can help meet those goals. With that in mind, we are delighted to introduce you to the amazing people who staff our Office of Career Services. They have helped generations of Chicago students and graduates with their career planning , and Lois Casaleggi, Director of Career Services, has written this introduction to "OCS" for you:
"I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Office of Career Services at the Law School.
"OCS works with students and alumni to help them identify and pursue satisfying careers within (and sometimes outside of) the law. We work with students in big and small ways, from large-scale interview opportunities like our on-campus interview program and the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference to one-on-one meetings that serve to answer specific questions and to develop individualized job search plans.
"The OCS team brings many years of law school career services experience (more than we’d like to admit!) to work for our students and alumni. Four of our counselors have headed a career services office during their careers, and we also bring experience from the practice of law and in higher education to our work. What does this mean for you?! It means that our students benefit from our years of experience and relationships with others in the industry. It also means that you will be working with a group of people who are committed to law students’ job searches, keeping up with the latest trends and developments in the field and working toward helping students identify their individual goals in the search not just for a job but for satisfaction in their career.
"The leader of our team is Associate Dean Abbie Willard, who brings her gracious Southern charm and immense creativity to bear on all aspects of the work that we do. She is a former President of the National Association of Legal Professionals; has served as a member of the executive coordinating committee for After the JD, an unprecedented national longitudinal study of lawyer careers; and is a true legend in the law school career services community, having received the NALP Mark of Distinction Award for lifetime service to the profession.
"The Office has three Directors – Lisa Abrams, Paul Woo, and me, Lois Casaleggi – and Susan Staab serves as our Assistant Director. Lisa Abrams has literally “written the book” on legal careers, The Official Guide to Legal Specialties: An Insider’s Guide to Every Major Practice Area, and is often sought after for speaking engagements at law schools, law firms, and bar associations throughout the country who seek her guidance on finding the right fit in a legal job. Our students are fortunate to have her in-demand expertise at their disposal through the programming and advising she does in the Office. Paul Woo, among many other things, is our resident technological guru. He has been instrumental in the development and refinement of a national web-based resource for interview programs, job postings, and employer information. As a student here you will find Paul to be your go-to-guy for many things from alumni contacts and interview assistance to aesthetically pleasing resume formats. I came to the University of Chicago Law School after serving as the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the University of Illinois College of Law and spending several years as a litigator. I enjoy using my litigation and advocacy skills to help our students reach their own career goals, and I work with many of our students who are pursuing careers in public service and those seeking fellowships or judicial clerkships. The newest member of our team is Susan Staab. Susan’s organizational skills make our programs run smoothly and her interest in each student’s individual job search makes her a valuable advisor to all. She knows our print and electronic resources extraordinarily well and is answers every student question with a smile.
"We truly take pride in the 'services' component of our name and in providing our students and alumni with exceptional advice and assistance to help them achieve their individual career goals. We hope to have the opportunity to do the same for you in the years to come!"