Abraham S. Ovadia ’09 Career Planning and Placement Office
Career planning should begin on the first day of law school and continue throughout a student’s time at FIU Law. Crafting a successful career plan and obtaining meaningful employment require effort on the student’s part, but the Ovadia Career Planning and Placement (CP&P) Office is here to help students succeed. The CP&P Office is committed to marketing FIU Law to the legal community, increasing its outreach efforts to new and existing employers, and to providing the sort of programming that will help students find jobs.
Our mission includes:
- Marketing FIU Law, its students and its alumni to employers. The CP&P Office engages the legal community to make sure that FIU Law and its students are front and center in the minds of prospective employers. The CP&P Office goes to them and brings them here to witness FIU Law’s students and the excellent training and education they are receiving. The CP&P Office actively solicits job opportunities from new employers and additional opportunities from employers who are already working with us. The CP&P Office also screens and posts pertinent employment opportunities. The CP&P Office efforts have substantially increased the number of active jobs listings on Symplicity. The CP&P Office is pleased that many students and alumni have found part-time and permanent employment through these postings.
- Developing and maintaining effective relationships with employers. The CP&P Office’s efforts to increase the number of private and public sector employers recruiting FIU Law students have been successful. During the academic year students will see many employers participating in programs hosted by the Office. This provides students with additional opportunities to make meaningful contacts that will serve them during their time at FIU Law and in their professional lives.
- Creating an environment that will help you become better prepared for the job search. The CP&P Office provides individualized counseling to students and alumni regarding career planning, goals, options and opportunities as well as job search strategies. The updated Professional Development Handbook contains a wealth of information and useful links that are designed to introduce students toto CP&P Office and its services. Throughout the academic year, the CP&P Office will host a variety of programs that are designed to introduce students to the diverse professional opportunities that are available.
- Staying current on the state of the legal market and employment trends. The CP&P Office stays up-to-date on the latest trends in the legal profession and their effect on the legal employment market. The CP&P Office are members of the most important professional placement organizations including NALP (the National Association for Legal Professionals) and SFALP (the South Florida Association for Legal Professionals). Members of the CP&P Office staff regularly attend national and local meetings and conferences to keep abreast of new developments in legal recruiting and find new opportunities for students.
- Enhancing students’ exposure to and knowledge of various practice areas. The faculty members who serve as advisers to the CP&P Office are experienced lawyers who advise students on the practical realities of working in a particular area of law. The faculty advisers are available to assist students who are interested in pursuing opportunities in their particular area of expertise, be it a summer internship or a post-graduation career. The addition of faculty advisers allows students access to both individuals and networks that complement the services of the CP&P Office advisers and staff.