CDO FAQ

CDO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why should I meet with a Career Development Counselor?
The CDO provides students with a unique opportunity to assess their professional needs, learn about relevant job search resources, and receive continued support in refining their career goals.

Will I have the same counselor each time?
Yes, you have the option of maintaining the same counselor. For your convenience, you have been assigned a counselor based on your last name. However, if for some reason, you would like to meet with a new counselor, you may do so.

When should I begin my career search with CDO?
Don't wait until your last year to visit your career counselor. It often takes longer than you think to launch a successful job search so plan ahead and come early. First year students may schedule individual counseling appointments with the CDO beginning October 15th.

I work full-time. When can I meet with a counselor?
Contact the CDO to schedule a mutually convenient time during evening hours. If you prefer, counseling via a phone meeting is also available. We also are able to review your documents electronically.

What is reciprocity and how does the program work?
Reciprocity allows students and alumni to connect with career offices of participating law schools. Students will receive access to job search resources in accordance with each school's policies. Please note we do not have reciprocity with the area law schools including the University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Rutgers-Camden, Villanova, Penn State-Dickinson and Drexel.

Is mentoring available?
Yes. The primary goal of the Mentoring Program is to initiate mentoring relationships between Widener Law alumni and first year law students. The Program provides students with a means to obtain informal advice on a wide range of topics including law school, legal practice areas, and the role of lawyers and judges in the profession. The Program will instill professionalism, expose students to law practice, and allow students to begin to develop a professional network early in their legal careers.

How can I obtain my transcript?
Please contact your Registrar's Office on either the Delaware or Harrisburg campus. Please note that it can take up to 24-48 hours to receive your transcript. Each transcript is $2.00. Most employers will accept copies of your transcript.

OCI & JOB SEARCHING

What is OCI?
OCI stands for "on/off campus interviewing". We offer OCI in the Fall and in the Spring providing employers an opportunity to interview students from both of our campuses at one location. The OCI program is managed through Symplicity, our online job board and resume posting tool.

Who are some of the employers who participate in OCI?
To name a few, the following employers have participated in OCI: DE Office of Public Defender, Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom; Camden County Office of the Prosecutor; Doroshow, Pasquale, Krawitz & Bhaya; Governor's Office of the General Counsel; PA Legal Aid Network, Rhoads & Sinon; The Disciplinary Board of Supreme Court of PA; U.S. Air Force JAG; HUD; Ballard Spahr LLP; Saul Ewing; Social Security Administration; DE Dept. of Justice; and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

If I miss OCI, what other options are available?
If unforeseen circumstances cause you to miss the OCI deadline, you may submit your application materials directly to the employer. Please note, however, there is no guarantee that the employer will review your resume after the deadline. It is important to comply with OCI deadlines. Employers register with our program because they are interested in Widener Law and want our assistance in streamlining the process for them. Therefore, present yourself in the best professional light and make every effort to meet the deadlines we set. Our office will not extend the deadline unless requested by the employer.

What is a typical writing sample?
Often students will use an assignment prepared and graded by a professor in Legal Methods class. Unless you are directed to give an unedited writing sample, you may incorporate the professor's suggested revisions to your paper and submit a "clean" copy as your writing sample. Alternatively, students may use a substantive piece of writing prepared at your place of employment such as a summary judgment motion, appellate brief or memorandum of law. You must obtain permission from your employer first before using any document prepared on the job as a writing sample.

Do I automatically have an interview when I submit my resume to a job fair or through OCI?
Generally speaking, in the legal industry, your resume is first screened by employers who subsequently will decide with whom they will interview.

What exactly is networking and should I network? How do I get started?
Networking is crucial to career success and can serve as an invaluable opportunity for job leads, information gathering or catching the attention of an employer. Students and alumni can start networking immediately by attending events such as alumni meet-and-greets on campus or hosted by the local bar associations, Chamber of Commerce, and professional associations. You also can network by volunteering to help a law-related cause, joining student groups on campus or becoming involved in local or national bar association committees. Important steps in networking at social events include being prepared, arriving early, having a plan to convey your strengths, connecting with a simple introduction, listening and focusing, asking questions, and following up.

SYMPLICITY

What is Symplicity and how do I access it?
Symplicity is Widener Law's online job board and resume posting tool. Symplicity is also where the Fall and Spring OCI (on/off campus interviewing) recruitment process is managed. You will receive a username and password to access Symplicity as a first year law student. If you forget your password, remember that your username is your Campus Cruiser email address (unless you have previously changed it in the system). If you need your password reset, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

What types of jobs are posted to the Symplicity Job Bank?
Each week, the CDO receives a number of job openings for students and alumni. We primarily post legal and professionally law-related positions. However, because our job board is a resource for JD, paralegal, LLM and alumni populations, we periodically post a range of opportunities fitting the diverse needs and situations of the students/alumni we serve.