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Student Programs

Students will increase their chances to find important hands-on legal opportunities and create successful legal careers by learning critical marketing, networking and interview skills. They can gain these skills by participating in annual Law Career Services programs such as the following.

  • Student-Alumni Mentor Program: This mentor program provides a valuable opportunity for students to meet attorneys in the Chicagoland area, learn about practicing law, and develop a professional network prior to graduation.
  • Preparing to Practice (P2P):  This year-long, required, 1L course prepares law students to more competitively and competently enter the professional world.  P2P introduces 1Ls to the legal profession and provides an overview of the professionalism skills critical for success.  For eight weeks each semester, students learn from Law Career Services (LCS) facilitators and practicing attorneys, mostly DePaul Law alumni. Students meet in assigned sections, watch online video modules, attend networking events, participate in mock and informational interviews, and work closely with their LCS advisors.  

  • The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference: Students gather for a day of interviews, resume collects, and informal networking with approximately 50 public interest and government organization employers from around the country.
  • Practice Tracks: Students meet practitioners from over 40 different practice areas at Practice Tracks. Dressed for success with business cards in hand and questions ready to ask practitioners in their practice areas of interest, students make strategic friends and even set up a coffee date or two. This unmatched networking opportunity, produced by the Chicago Area Law School Consortium, is held annually at the Chicago Bar Association. Jobs, mentors, and more have been originated at Practice Tracks.
  • 1L Meet the Employer Reception: Current first-year students and legal employers get their first chance to meet and talk during this meet-and-greet networking event featuring 30 to 40 employers from a wide range of public and private sector practice areas.
  • Small Firm Panel & Reception: Because many of our students gain employment at small firms, this event presents an alumni panel discussion where students learn the skills needed for success in a small firm practice followed by a networking reception.