Prospective Students


Prospective Students

The Career Development Office (CDO) helps students and alumni identify and obtain positions that are meaningful and rewarding. Lawyers, like most professionals, will likely change jobs many times during their careers. Our goal is to provide you with the tools necessary to obtain the first job after graduation, as well as the skills necessary to navigate the legal market throughout your career. In addition to facilitating on- and off-campus interviews with employers, we provide services including resume reviews, mock interviews, assistance in contacting the vast Notre Dame lawyer network, educational programming, and a host of other offerings. At Notre Dame Law School, the CDO is designed to give you the tools necessary to take control of your own career. We will be with you during your time in school, and we will stay with you throughout your professional life.

When you are a Notre Dame Law School student, you will have access to a wide variety of resources to help in your professional development including the useful tools listed below:

Career Planning & Exploration

  • CDO Guidebook
  • Self-Assessment Exercise
  • NDLS Judicial Clerkship Handbook
  • MLA Law Firm Practice Area Summary
  • Chambers Associate Practice Area Summaries
  • SBA Career Contact List

Employer Research Resources

Popular Job Databases

  • Government Honors and Internship Handbook
  • Intercollegiate Job Bank
  • PSJD
  • Human Rights Jobs
  • Environmental Career Opportunities
  • American Society of International Law (ASIL) Jobs Board

On-Campus and Off-Campus Interview Information

  • On-Campus and Off-Campus Interview Information
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Symplicity Bidding Instructions
  • Symplicity Bidding Instructions Video
  • Symplicity Transcript Submission Tip Sheet
  • Unofficial Grade Sheet Template
  • Interview Cancellation Policy
  • NALP Employer Advice
  • NALP Travel Expense Reimbursement Form (callbacks)
  • NALP Reimbursement Form Instructions

Résumés, Cover Letters & Other Correspondence

  • Resume Guide (with tutorial video)
  • NDLS Required Resume Templates
  • Cover Letter Guide (with tutorial video)
  • Writing Sample Guide
  • Professional References Template/Sample
  • Transcript Requests
  • Nine Written Communication Etiquette Tips


  • Networking Guide
  • Alumni Directory at MyNotreDame
  • Informational Interview Outreach Templates
  • Networking spreadsheet template
  • Student Business Cards


  • Interview Guide
  • “Preparing for Your Interview as a Lawyer Should”
  • Law Student Interview Cheat Sheet
  • LexisNexis Research Tips to Prepare for your Interview
  • WestLaw Research Tips to Prepare for your Interview
  • Interviewing Tips for Students with Disabilities
  • Phone and Video Interview Prep
  • Callbacks Cheat Sheet


  • Student Professionalism Contract
  • NALP Recruiting Guidelines
  • NALP Student Professionalism Regarding Interviews and Offers
  • Practical Tips for Your Job Search provided by the Notre Dame Law Association
  • How to Handle Summer Assignments
  • Professional Electronic Etiquette
  • Smart Phone Etiquette
  • Top Ten Basic Etiquette Tips
  • Top Ten Table Manners
  • Cocktail Etiquette Cheat Sheet

Diversity Resources for NDLS Students

  1. Diversity Job Fairs
  2. Diversity Fellowships
  3. Diversity Scholarships
  4. Additional Resources