Alumni involvement can extend far beyond financial support of the College of Law. We are always looking for enthusiastic alumni to join reunion committees, conduct mock interviews, speak to student groups, meet with prospective students, and much more!
Student Related Opportunities
Speaking to Students
Student organizations and Law Career Services often look for alumni to speak to students on a variety of topics, including job search techniques, large versus small firm practice, public interest careers or government careers, alternative legal careers, starting ones own firm, and specific areas of practice. Presentations may be individually or as part of a panel discussion.
Moot Court Judge
Volunteers are sometimes needed to judge the preliminary and championship rounds of moot court oral arguments. Judges typically commit to an hour of judging and may receive CLE credit for both judging and preparation time.
Student Organization Advisor
Student organizations may benefit from the input and insight of an alumnus who was a member of the organization when they were in law school. Advisors are asked to commit to serving in an advisory role for one academic year, including meeting with the student organization at least once each semester and attending at least one of the organizations events during the year. A list of student organizations is available here.
Admitted Students Programs
The Office of Admissions is looking for alumni volunteers to assist in recruiting diverse and talented students. Prospective and admitted students appreciate the opportunity to meet and speak with alumni. Alumni can become involved by: (1) serving as panelists at open house programs and admitted student days; (2) calling or emailing admitted students to congratulate them on their admission; and (3) attending recruitment fairs and college and universities. Most recruitment functions take place from September through February. Special programs for admitted students take place in March and April.
Litigation Lab is a collaborative skills course in which students actively work with lawyers to prepare cases for trial. Classes of approximately 12 students work with a different attorney on a new case each week. During class, students discuss and debate the most challenging case issues with the presenting attorney. Students may be asked to offer their reactions to clients, exhibits or videos; to answer case questionnaires; or to help write jury instructions. Attorneys pay $350 for a two-hour class session, which generally includes the participation of a trial consultant. Attorneys also receive MCLE credit for their preparation and presentation time.
Career Related Opportunities
At various times throughout the academic year, the Law Career Services Office offers a mock interview program to provide students the opportunity to sharpen their interviewing skills. Each mock interview lasts 30 minutes, with 20 minutes for interviewing and 10 minutes of interviewer feedback to assist the student in enhancing his/her skills. For your convenience, mock interviews can be conducted at your place of business and the office can provide a list of common interview questions to aid in conducting the interview.
Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK)
ASK is a network of committed DePaul University alumni from varied backgrounds and levels of experience, representing a myriad of degrees and industries. Each serves as a career mentor, volunteering one-on-one, offering practice interviews and job shadowing opportunities, supporting job fairs, speaking at events, and leading roundtable discussions. For more information about ASK, visit http://ask.depaul.edu/.
A career-related advisors acts as an informal resource when a student or alumnus is seeking to make a connection in a particular firm, company, industry, legal specialty or geographical area. The connection may be made in-person, over the phone or by e-mail and may be as simple as sharing your advice and experiences. As a volunteer, your name will be kept on file and provided to students or alumni looking to connect with someone in your firm, industry, geographical area, etc.
Alumni & Fundraising Related Opportunities
Class Reunion Committee
An active class reunion committee is vital to the success of any reunion celebration. The time commitment for volunteers is minimal and it is a great way to reconnect with your classmates. Law Reunion Committee Members are asked to help update classmate contact information, reach out to classmates about attending Law Reunion and encourage classmates to participate in the reunion giving initiative. We are currently seeking volunteers from classes ending in "2" or "7" for Law Reunion 2012, which will take place October 13, 2012.
CLE Presentations for Alumni
Presenting a CLE program for fellow DePaul alumni is a great way to network and market your practice while earning MCLE credit. The College of Law offers between 6 and 10 CLE programs on a variety of topics each semester through its Fall and Spring CLE Series.
Firm or Corporate Champion
Firm and Corporation Giving Campaigns create a DePaul community within a given organization by connecting alumni with each other and with DePaul. A campaign may include special DePaul events, volunteer opportunities, correspondence and an optional giving component. By volunteering to serve as a Firm or Corporate Champion, you will be acting as the primary liaison between DePaul and your organization.
If you would like to get involved in another way, please contact James Redmond at (312) 362-6065 firstname.lastname@example.org.