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 seek alumni to speak to students on a variety of topics, including job search techniques, practice areas & settings, alternative legal careers, on-the-job success strategies, and building professional relationships. Talks may be as an individual presenter, as a co-presenter with LCS staff, part of a panel discussion, or during a networking event conversation.
Please contact Thyannda Mack for more information.
Moot Court Judge
Volunteers are needed to judge the preliminary and championship rounds of moot court oral arguments during the Intramural Bauer competition in the Fall and the Cultural Heritage competition in the Spring. Judges typically commit an hour of judging and may receive CLE credit for both judging and preparation time.
Please contact Maria Pagliari for more information.
National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition
Co-sponsored by the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, the National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition is the only moot court competition in the world that focuses exclusively on cultural heritage law issues. The Competition provides students with the opportunity to advocate in the nuanced landscape of cultural heritage, which addresses our past and our identity, and which has frequently become the subject of contentious legal debates and policies.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Please contact Maria Vertuno for more information.
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.
Please contact Office of Law Admissions for more information.
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
Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program
The College of Law has partnered with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism to launch a Lawyer-to-Lawyer ("L2L") Mentoring Program. Under this program, new lawyers (i.e., admitted less than two years) are matched with experienced attorney-mentors (admitted for at least six years). A mentor-mentee pair must meet at least eight times in person over a one year period to engage in activities that target five areas (1) professionalism; (2) legal ethics; (3) civility; (4) diversity and inclusion ; and (5) wellness, mental health and addiction. There is a mandatory orientation, and other mentors and mentees can receive 6 CLE credits upon successful completion of the program. To register, please visit the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism website.
Please contact Steve Rudolph for more information.
Law Career Services offers a 1L mock interview program to provide students with their first opportunity to sharpen their legal interviewing skills in our 1L professional development program, Preparing to Practice. In addition to the 1L mock interview program, Law Career Services also connects alumni with 2Ls, 3Ls, and alumni interested in honing their interview skills through mock interviews. 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.
Please contact Thyannda Mack for more information.
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/.
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.
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 10 and 12 CLE programs on a variety of topics each semester through its Fall and Spring CLE Series.
Please contact Nicole Pinkey for more information.
Firm or Corporate Giving 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.
Additional information on the Firm or Corporate Giving Campaign can be found here.
If you would like to get involved in another way, please contact James Redmond at (312) 362-6065 or email@example.com.