Office of Career Services
Build Confidence, Build Careers
Message from the Assistant Dean of Career Services
Welcome to the new school year! The Office of Career Services is excited to have you all back on campus. OCS has been abuzz not only with on-campus recruiting, but also creating some new programming and services for our students. One of the new endeavors that we are very proud to present is this monthly electronic newsletter, The OCS Bulletin.
The OCS Bulletin will highlight student employment successes, bring to light unique employment opportunities, feature tips and/or best practices for seeking the job you want, and keep you updated on special career-related events that you don’t want to miss. The OCS Bulletin is for YOU; so, if you have any ideas for a feature or something you want to learn about, or if you would like to suggest a student to be highlighted in a future newsletter, please reach out to me.
OCS thanks you for reading. We hope you enjoy The OCS Bulletin!
Jacqueline C. Pirone, Esq.
Rachel McDonald is a 2L Seton Hall Law student. During this past summer, she was a legal intern at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Law in Newark, New Jersey. Next summer, Rachel will be a summer associate at Lowenstein Sandler LLP.
Did you enjoy working at the AG’s office?
Working at the AG’s office was a great experience. Being surrounded by so many attorneys from diverse backgrounds doing different kinds of work for New Jersey is a great introduction to the various areas of a legal career.
Melanie is a 3L student and a LEO fellow. During Summer 2023, she was a summer associate at the firm Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC (CSG) in Roseland, New Jersey. After graduation, Melanie will clerk for Judge Mitzy Galis-Menendez in Hudson County.
What do you think is unique about working at CSG?
CSG is so unique and well-respected because of their culture. They’re a big law firm with the heart of a small, boutique firm. CSG is built on a culture of professionalism—with integrity, excellence, teamwork, diversity, and high ethical standards at the forefront of their vision.
CSG is full of zealous, invested, ethical advocates who are kind and equitable. The firm practices a humanistic approach with clients, colleagues, and the community, built on respect, fairness, and justice.
David Cassidy is a 4L weekend student who worked as a summer associate at Lowenstein Sandler LLP in its Roseland, New Jersey office. He will return as an associate after the Bar exam.
How was your experience at Lowenstein Sandler this summer?
What a great environment! From the people I greeted each morning at the front desk, to the file clerks and paralegals, to the associates and partners, it is truly a team effort top to bottom, and the Firm respects each individual and the role they play. I found Lowenstein to be a warm and encouraging environment. I am older; I was the oldest summer associate by over ten years and candidly, I was nervous. My nerves were misplaced. The level of respect I was treated with was refreshing. The partners were highly accessible and the associates, especially the SHU Alums, were incredibly helpful.
MLS Feature: Deshawn Cook
Exploring New Horizons in Law:
A Conversation with Deshawn Cook, Alumnus of the Masters in Legal Studies Program
Deshawn Cook's, MLS '22, voyage from academia to the corridors of legal influence is a testament to the transformative power of education. As the esteemed Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at William and Connolly, LLP, his trajectory is one of audacious career shifts and the seamless assimilation of newfound legal expertise. His transition from higher education to the legal realm embodies adaptability, empowerment, and unwavering determination, showcasing the incredible impact of modern legal education.
Students from left to right:
Gaby Andrews, Shaina Colombo, Jonathan Romeo, Hannah Nagy
Not interested in Big Law or even working for a law firm? Interested in tax? During Summer 2023, 4 Seton Hall Law students worked as Tax JD Interns at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. This is an opportunity that could lead to post-graduation employment.
Craft an Impressive LinkedIn Profile & Connect with Relevant Professionals
Your LinkedIn profile is often the first impression you make on potential connections and employers. Tailor your profile to reflect your aspirations, achievements, and interests within the legal field. Include a professional headshot, a concise and engaging headline that highlights your legal focus, a well-written summary that showcases your strengths and career goals, and a comprehensive list of your academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Regularly update your profile with recent achievements, publications, internships, and volunteer work. By maintaining an active and polished presence, you'll stand out to potential mentors, colleagues, and employers.
LinkedIn provides a platform to connect with lawyers, judges, professors, and fellow students who share your legal interests. Search for professionals within your desired practice areas or industries and send personalized connection requests that express your genuine interest in connecting. When reaching out, mention common interests or mutual connections to establish a meaningful basis for your connection. Engage with their posts and articles to build rapport and demonstrate your engagement within the legal community.
Building a diverse network can lead to mentorship, job opportunities, and valuable insights into the legal world. Lastly, connect with The Office of Career Services and all of the Career Services counselors, as well as your professors and administrators within the Law School.
Another platform through which you can look for job and internship opportunities is called Handshake and it’s only available to you through Seton Hall. Handshake is a platform used by job seekers in both undergraduate and graduate programs.
Handshake is NOT a replacement for Symplicity, but it is meant to serve as another way to look for jobs/internships, like LinkedIn and Indeed. Once you create a profile and enter your information and what you are looking for, you will start to see a curated list of potential jobs for you. We highly encourage you to use it.
To learn more about the platform and to get started, please review the PowerPoint video that Brendan Borthwick put together.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your OCS counselor.
Symplicity has a new App for your IPhone or Android!
- Download the App in your App Store.
Choose Seton Hall Law School as your school and enter the credentials you use to log into your Symplicity account on the computer.
- From there, you have the ability to search and apply for jobs, upload documents for review or submission, and schedule a counseling session.
Download the app to stay up-to-date on recent job postings and make sure that you’re getting your materials submitted properly and on time. Reach out to your OCS counselor for more information!
Executive Director of Career Services
Monique Blackwood, Esq. is an attorney admitted to the practice of law in New York and New Jersey for 16 years. She has experience working in public service organizations, city, state, and federal agencies, as well as in the private sector. She was also an Adjunct Professor at Wagner College teaching a graduate class in the Higher Education program. Ms. Blackwood has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Cornell University, a Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo Law School, and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University. Ms. Blackwood is also a Board of Advisor Member and Faculty Council Scholar Representative for the Change Create Transform Foundation. Ms. Blackwood assists 1L, 1LW, and 2LW students in obtaining internships, building their legal resumes, and achieving their professional goals.
Students are welcome to stop by the CS Boutique to get professional attire. All items are free, and you are welcome to take as many items as you like. Donations are also welcome. We accept gently worn or new suits, blouses, shirts, ties, etc. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Blackwood at email@example.com.
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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