College of Law

Employment Resources

Students at the University of Tennessee College of Law have access to a network of firms and organizations that regularly recruit from the law school, as well as the employer network of the university as a whole. In addition to recruiting events and a library of helpful resources, the Career Center regularly hosts valuable workshops, aimed at helping students put their best foot forward with employers, from résumé writing to interview skills.

Recruiting and hiring practices in the legal job market require that making career decisions be an ongoing, developmental process that begins the first year of law school and continues through graduation and beyond. Career Services offers a variety of programs and services designed to assist students in that process.

Career Services’ programs, except for on-campus interviewing and off-campus job fairs, remain available to alumni after graduation. Graduates who wish to make a lateral move or a career change can use the resources and services of the office to assist them in that process.

The following lists are meant to aid students and graduates in their searches for employment. They are sorted by type of employment offered. Those that require a username and password are noted. Such credentials may be obtained through the Bettye B. Lewis Career Center staff.

Private Practice and Legal Employment Centers

Martindale Hubbell Law Directory

This portion of the Directory contains job-hunting resources including: a “Find a Job” section; the Lawyer Locator; career advice on resumes, interviews, and other useful strategies; and a survey of compensation in law firms and corporate law departments.

NALP Directory of Legal Employers

NALP, the Association for Legal Professionals, is an educational association established in 1972 to meet the needs of the participants in the legal employment process – legal employers, law schools, law students and graduates – for information, coordination, and standards. Its Directory of Legal Employers is published both in print and on-line, and includes indexes by location, practice area keyword, and office size.

Tennessee Bar Association – Solo Practice Toolkit

The Tennessee Bar Association has developed a user-friendly guide in which new solo and small firm attorneys can access useful information in one place.  It includes a variety of information including business consierations, technology issues, insurance needs, marketing advice, forms for your practice, and more.

LAWMATCH

LAWMATCH provides innovative solutions to the specialized recruitment and staffing needs of the legal community. Baseline’s LAWMATCH subsidiary is an Internet-based resumeé bank and job posting service that provides employers, recruiters and job seekers in the legal community with an “open channel” for the presentation and review of employment information. “Public” services are free; “premium” services are paid.

EmplawyerNet

EmplawyerNet offers a job listing service and allows you to place your credentials in a candidate database, searchable by employers and recruiters from across the country; resumes can also be placed in their system and made available via fax.

Attorney Jobs In USA

AttorneyJobsInUSA.com aggregates attorney job listings from private practice and corporate job postings.  Users can subscribe to a daily, weekly, or monthly digest of jobs that fit specified criteria.

Legal Authority

Legal Authority has contacts for more than 500,000 legal employers in all 50 states and 150+ countries. Whether you are a practicing attorney or a law student, Legal Authority can help you apply directly to almost any legal employer anywhere, including law firms, corporations, judges, public interest organizations, public defender’s offices, prosecutor’s offices, state or federal governmental agencies, and law schools.

Update Legal

Update Legal is committed to supplying attorneys with opportunities that match their backgrounds and career goals. They place attorneys, paralegals and practice support staff with law firms and corporate legal departments. As a full-service placement firm, they offer Temporary, Temp-to-Perm and Permanent positions.

Special Counsel

The demands of today’s legal world can exceed the resources of the largest law firms and legal departments. Whether you are a potential client or a candidate, we invite you to explore our site and learn how Special Counsel delivers solutions you can rely on. Every day.

Counsel on Call

Counsel On Call is more than a traditional legal staffing company or legal search firm. With offices in Atlanta, Nashville and Memphis, we not only provide an entire range of services on a local basis, but through our extensive network of contract professionals we are also able to provide contract attorneys, contract paralegals and legal research and writing to clients on a national basis.

Government Agencies and Judicial Clerkships

Tennessee Department of Human Resources

Search jobs by occupational group, location, or other keywords.  You can also apply directly for jobs through this site.

Government Honors & Internship Handbook

Produced annually by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, this on-line resource contains hiring information for summer internships and post-law school honors programs with federal government agencies and some state agencies. Please contact the Career Center at LawCareer@utk.edu for the user name and password for this web site.

USAJOBS Office of Personnel Management

USAJOBS provides worldwide job vacancy information that is updated each day from a database of more than 17,000 worldwide job opportunities. In many instances, you can apply for positions online or submit a resume online. Most of the listings are Federal job opportunities that can give you the chance to provide public service and make a difference in the lives of the American public.

U.S. Department of Justice

The Department of Justice is launching a new online application process this year for its Attorneys Honors Program and Law Student Internship Program which will be available between August 1 and September 23, 2002. Early submission is encouraged to ensure the application is received before the deadline of midnight Eastern Standard Time, Monday, September 23, 2002.

Federaljobs.net

Federaljobs.net will assist you with your government job search and guide you step-by-step through the process. Start with the overview then visit other selections as you explore this lucrative job market. This site can be searched by key words and phrases.

Careers in Government

Careers In Government (CIG) is dedicated to matching qualified individuals with challenging careers in government and the public sector. Additionally, CIG is a forum for the exchange of news and information of interest to more than 20 million Americans working, or seeking employment, in public sector occupations.

On-Line System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR)

This site supports the federal clerkship application process by allowing all materials to be posted confidentially to applicants’ files, which are then downloaded by participating judges.

Judicial Clerkships.com

This site offers information and advice about judicial clerkships, as well as links to the best court sites and judicial clerkship listings. It also provides a forum for students and judicial clerks to exchange information about applying for clerkships and share their judicial clerkship experiences.

National Center for State Courts

This page provides judicial branch links for each state, focusing on the administrative office of the courts, the court of last resort, any intermediate appellate courts, and each trial court level.

GoGovernment.org

This website serves as a landing point for students that are interested in exploring full time or part time employment with the federal government.  It offers resources related to job types, job salaries, job benefits and internships.  Additionally, a major focus of this website is to educate users on why individuals chose to work in the federal government.  It provides numerous links and other resources to aid students in their search for federal employment.

Index of United States Agencies and Departments

This website is exactly what you think it is: a comprehensive list of all United States’ departments, agencies and subcomponents thereof.

Governments on the WWW

This is a comprehensive list of web links to federal agencies, federal and state courts, political parties, and more.

Public Interest Organizations

Equal Justice Works

Equal Justice Works (formerly The National Association for Public Interest Law) was founded in 1986 by law students dedicated to surmounting barriers to equal justice that affect millions of low-income individuals and families. Today, Equal Justice Works leads the country in organizing, training and supporting public service-minded law students, and in creating summer and postgraduate public interest jobs. Through more than eight million dollars in annual donations from prestigious law firms, corporations and foundations, Equal Justice Works funds law students and lawyers in programs that bring justice to millions of low-income persons and families.

PSJD

The Public Service Law Network Worldwide (PSLawNet) is a global network of some 120 member law schools (of which UT is a member) and nearly 10,000 law-related public service organizations and offices around the world. PSLawNet fosters law student community service and encourages all future lawyers to incorporate public service into their careers. To that end, PSLawNet offers comprehensive, current information on a broad range of pro bono and public service opportunities, as well as resources and expertise to assist law schools in empowering future lawyers as public servants. The crux of PSLawNet is its database, which allows students at each of the more than one hundred twenty member law schools to search for appropriate public service opportunities. The database currently lists several thousand organizations with available public service opportunities ranging from short-term, uncompensated volunteer positions during school semesters to full-time summer internships, to post-graduate jobs and fellowships.

Public Policy Handbook

Produced annually by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, this on-line resource contains hiring information for summer internships, fellowships, and post-law school jobs with public policy organizations nationwide. Please contact the Career Center at LawCareer@utk.edu for the user name and password for this web site.

Idealist.org / Action Without Borders

Action Without Borders is a global network of individuals and organizations working to build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. While not specifically law-related, for free you can: search for jobs and internships; register for e-mail updates with new job openings and internships matching your interests and location; read the handy guide Starting Your Job Search; find links to more nonprofit jobs on the web; view a list of programs that offer financial support for a period of research, study or work in the nonprofit and public policy sectors; learn about colleges and universities offering degrees and programs for nonprofit managers; receive resume writing tips; see salary surveys; meet others who share your career interests; and get information about volunteering abroad.

Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGS)

The state Public Interest Research Groups are a network of independent, state-based, citizen-funded organizations that advocate for the public interest. Since 1970, PIRGS have been delivering results-oriented citizen activism to protect our environment, encourage a fair and sustainable economy, and foster a responsive democratic government.

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve through more than 2,100 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations. They tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters. Created in 1993, AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also oversees Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America. Together these programs engage more than 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year.

National Legal Aid & Defender Association

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association is the nation’s leading advocate for front-line attorneys and other equal justice professionals – those who make a difference in the lives of low-income clients and their families and communities. Representing legal aid and defender programs, as well as individual advocates, NLADA is proud to be the oldest and largest national, nonprofit membership association devoting 100 percent of its resources to serving the broad equal justice community.

Open Society Institute / Soros Foundation

The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform.

United Nations

The UN employs more than 14,000 people serving in different parts of the world. This link takes you directly to the Human Resources Management page where you can search for internships and permanent positions with the UN.

Essential Information

Founded in 1982 by Ralph Nader, Essential Information is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization involved in a variety of projects to encourage citizens to become active and engaged in their communities. It publishes a monthly magazine, books and reports, sponsors investigative journalism conferences, provides writers with grants to pursue investigations and operate clearing houses which disseminate information to grassroots organizations in the United States and the Third World. This site also contains many web links to other non-profit organizations.

OneWorld

The OneWorld network and portal brings you the latest news, action, campaigns and organisations in human righs and global issues across five continents and in 11 different languages, published across its international site, regional editions, and thematic channels.

Corporate, Academic and General Employment Centers

UT Alumni Association Career Services

The UTAA has partnered with campus career centers to provide enhanced services to our more than 325,000 alumni.  Resources include access to CareerShift (a nationwide job posting aggrigator), the UTAA Job Board (a job database maintained by the UTAA itself), and Jobs4TN (a job posting aggrigator for jobs in Tennessee).

Association of Corporate Counsel

ACC is the leading online network for in-house counsel, connecting companies with the most qualified corporate attorneys. The INHOUSE JOBLINE is committed to offering innovative technology and services that give ACC members and potential employers more flexibility in the recruiting process. And the best news is it’s still FREE! New features for Job Seekers include: expanded search options; members can post their resumes to the Resume Bank; and expanded career resources coming soon.

JobBank USA

JobBank USA Specializes in providing employment and resume information services to job candidates, employers and recruitment firms.

CareerBuilder

In partnership with Tribune Company and Knight Ridder, CareerBuilder provides print and online recruitment solutions in major markets throughout the United States, including CareerBuilder-branded help wanted sections reaching more than 25 million people every Sunday. With its newspaper partners, CareerBuilder provides more local jobs than any other recruitment solution. CareerBuilder also reaches a unique combination of national and niche audiences, including the Web’s most visited portals, industry and diversity-focused sites – reaching more than 70 percent of the Internet population.

Indeed.com

Indeed.com gives job seekers free access to millions of jobs from thousands of company websites and job boards by aggrigating postings from many sites into one searchable database.

Vault.Com

Vault’s unique career content and services for law students and attorneys includes: carefully researched and continually updated “insider” information; a collection of company-specific message boards for employees; compelling, unique career features such as Am I Worthy?™, a place where professionals get “rated” and discover their earning potential; VaultMatch™, a resume service that allows users to post their resumes and be contacted by potential employers; an extensive job board; and detailed, targeted and free e-newsletters with breaking news and exclusive stories in the industries you care about.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Published weekly, The Chronicle is the #1 news source for college and university faculty members and administrators. For free, you can search for faculty, administrative, and executive job openings, as well as receive career develoment advice and research employer profiles.

Higher Education Jobs

HigherEdJobs.com was designed to help job seekers and job posters in higher education find each other. This site offers free searching of job postings, as well as a free resume upload service.

StudentAffairs.com

StudentAffairs.com maintains position listings, an Online Exhibit Hall, a conference center, our online courses and an online e-journal. Viewing job listings and submitting a resume is free to anyone.

Environmental Career Opportunities

You can receive more than 500 current environmental jobs every 2 weeks at a password-protected website or in print by subscribing to Environmental Career Opportunities, the only comprehensive source of environmental job vacancies. Openings for all types of environmental jobs are posted including policy analysts, environmental protection specialists, conservationists, foresters, geologists, GIS specialists, wildlife biologists, botantists, environmental scientists and engineers, directors of environmental organizations, international environmental professionals, outdoor and environmental staff, recreation leaders, camp counselors, educators, and interpreters, to name a few.

Showbizjobs.com

Founded in 1995, Showbizjobs.com is a service for employers, human resources professionals, recruiters, hiring managers and ad agency representatives within entertainment-related companies. Hiring strategies are enhanced by: attracting candidates from its established audience of professionals; gaining access to the Showbizjobs Resume Bank; establishing a Showbizjobs e-mail account for channeling candidates; and participating in Employer Chat & Message Boards. Job seekers may search job listings and post their resumes.

CoolJobs.com

CoolJobs.com lets you search a job listing database that contains a variety of “cool jobs.” Includes paid positions as well as internships.

OverseasJobs.com

OverseasJobs.com features international job opportunities for professionals, expatriates and adventure seekers.

Other Resources

American Bar Association

Welcome to the American Bar Association, the largest voluntary professional association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

Tennessee Bar Association

Founded in 1881, the Tennessee Bar Association is dedicated to enhancing fellowship among members of the state’s legal community. A strictly voluntary association, the TBA offers its members a variety of programs and services designed to assist in professional development. In addition, through its public relations activities, the TBA endeavors to build a positive image for the profession in the community.

Knoxville Bar Association

The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) is where lawyers come together to build important professional relationships.

Chattanooga Bar Association

The Chattanooga Bar Association provides education, professional development, and service programs for both the legal profession and the community.

Nashville Bar Association

The mission of the Nashville Bar Association: Improving the practice of law through Education, Service, and Fellowship.

Memphis Bar Association

The Memphis Bar Association provides a wide range of activities designed to serve the profession and the public.

JobStar: Salary Information

Connect to more than 300 salary surveys – both general and profession-specific – on the Web. Also contains salary negotiation strategies and tips.

PayScale.com

Find wages and salary trends, and receive a free salary profile customized to a particular job and geographic location.

Glassdoor.com

Glassdoor is a free jobs and career community that offers “employee generated content,” including salary profiles, company reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted by employees, job seekers, and sometimes the companies themselves.

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