About Us

Welcome to the Office of Career & Professional Development. We are a team of career service and legal professionals who counsel students and alumni to define and clarify professional goals and connect them with knowledge and resources to achieve them. We offer programs throughout the school year on such topics as interviewing skills, networking, the legal market, as well as practice-area specific programming.  We also coordinate Spring and Fall on-campus interviews and resume collections, as well as participate in nationwide interview programs.

photo of the front of the OCPD office

During the first year, our office administers the 1L Career & Professional Development Program, which includes programming, workshops, and assignments designed to foster essential professional skills that will carry over into practice.

Perhaps our most valuable resource, however, is your career advisor.  Your career advisor is here to offer assistance in career planning and direction and to put you in the best position possible to land a job that fits with your skills and aspirations.  Your advisor works with you to help develop a personal brand and determine how to best market yourself to employers.  We will help you identify your strengths, work to strengthen those areas that might need improvement, and focus on your skills & interests in order to create a job search strategy that fits your needs.

Our career advisors who have also obtained their J.D.s have years of real-world experience in a variety of legal practice areas, which provides students and alumni with extensive knowledge about various types of work settings.  We maintain contact with alumni and former colleagues who work in a number of fields and geographic areas.  In addition, we keep up with career resources, job opportunities, and the latest trends in the legal market, all in an effort to pass that information on to you.  People in career transitions often pay hundreds of dollars an hour for the services that are available to you as a Wake Forest Law student. Be sure to take advantage of this resource!