​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Vermont Law School students have a passion for making a difference in the world, whether in traditional law firms or in law- and policy-related positions in a range of fields. 

Our goal in career services is to help you realize your passion by developing a long-term plan that leads to a successful and meaningful career. We begin by assigning you an individual counselor since each student’s job search is unique and deserving of personal attention. Then, through a combination of frequent one-on-one meetings, workshops, panels, and informal networking events, we help you develop a personal strategic plan that includes coursework, hands-on experiential offerings, and work experience that will give you the background and skills necessary to succeed. We know that looking for a job is hard work and we have developed an approach that can help even the most apprehensive job seeker ease into a successful career.

JD and LLM Students

​​What to expect from career services as a JD or LLM student:

  • Personal Career Counselor: You will be assigned a career and academic counselor who will work with you over the course of your time at VLS.
  • Career Kick-Off: A series of career speakers and workshops in October and November, culminating in a mock interview program (some interviews have led to summer jobs).
  • Material Development: Begin to work with your personal counselor to develop your resume, cover letters, and other application materials.
  • Academic and Career Schedule: Continue to meet with your counselor as you develop your academic and career schedule for your second and third years.
  • Interviewing Program: Participate in our spring on-campus interviewing program, when a number of employers from the area seek out JD students for summer positions.
  • Washington, D.C. Interviewing Fair: Participate in the Washington, D.C. Interviewing Fair held exclusively for VLS students each March.
  • Video Conferencing: Use our video conferencing equipment to reach employers across the country.
  • Job Applications: Work with your counselor to submit applications to the jobs that are right for you.​

Master's Students

What to expect from career services as a master's student:

  • Personal Career Counselor: Meet your career counselor during orientation and continue to meet throughout the fall to polish your resume and develop a strategy to develop your career goals.
  • Career Panel and Networking Reception: At our Career Panel and Networking Reception for master's students, meet alumni from the master's programs and learn about a range of career options.
  • Networking Workshops: Learn how to network with alumni, creating a professional LinkedIn page and a professional website​​—utilizing social media to enhance your professional presence.​
  • Externships and Job Searches: Meet with your counselor as you begin externship and job searches, working together to develop targeted and focused application materials.
  • Employment Search Workshops: Learn and share with your classmates through workshops that focus on the employment search​.

Online Learning Students

What to expect from career services as an online learning student.

  • Personal Career Counselor: Because the online programs are relatively short, the relationship begins at enrollment. 
  • Flexible Communication: Students are counseled on campus, over the phone, and through email regarding the job search process, resumes and cover letters. 
  • Job Search Tools: All online students have complete access to Symplicity, our online job-posting service and other job-search resources.
  • E-Newsletter: An e-newsletter, Career Strategies for Students in the Master's Programs, includes current job postings and search tips. It is distributed via VL​S email on most Fridays and also posted on the Careers blog.