The Career Services Office, located in Room 116 of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Additional times for any student are available by appointment. Students and graduates can also complete job search-related printing, copying, and faxing, as well as use a computer.
All students in every stage of their academic careers have access to Career Services offerings, and services are available even after graduation. As a member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Bowen provides a number of educational programs and workshops. All students should proactively seek information for the purpose of planning their futures. However, NALP guidelines prohibit full-time, first-semester students from using the office’s job search services until October 15.
A series of workshops and activities in the fall and spring terms are geared toward preparing all students for their job searches. We will hold sessions on writing a cover letter and legal resume, tips for effective interviewing, and strategies for a productive job search.
In early fall, first-year students receive a welcome letter and password and an invitation to complete their profiles on HIRE Bowen. This password gives students access to job postings, the On-Campus Interviewing Program, and mock interviews. Continuing students, including transfers and visitors, may complete HIRE Bowen registration at any time.
For everyone, a resume must be uploaded to HIRE Bowen before the system is functional for OCIs or job postings. Most employers will request an unofficial grade sheet and a writing sample.
The first opportunity for On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) for first-year students is in February. These interviews are primarily for Arkansas law clerk positions for the summer after your first year, and in the fall and spring of your second year. Part-time students should actively participate in spring interviews when possible.
While the number of out-of-state employers participating on campus is limited, Career Services will work with you as you seek to enter the legal job market. We will work with each Bowen student to develop and implement a job search as geographically expansive as you need. The time frame to apply for out-of-state Summer Associate positions with larger firms is:
- First year: Submit resume / transcript Dec. 1 – Feb. 15 (earlier is best).
- Second year: Submit resume / transcript Aug. 15 – Sept. 15.
Second- and third-year students may use the resources of the Career Services program at any time. Our alumni may use Career Services resources at any time but should understand that our services are geared more towards law students and new graduates.
Educational seminars are staffed by practicing members of the bench and bar and provide a networking opportunity to participants. While seminar topics may change each year, standard seminars focus on the mechanics of the job search, starting your own practice and nonlegal career options. For those unable to attend sessions, including students in the part-time division who find it difficult to attend daytime programming, every effort is made to record all educational workshops for availability on Bowen’s lecture-capture system.
Career Services can request reciprocity services for Bowen students from other law schools in selected areas where you are seeking employment. Approved reciprocity allows you to use the resources of a career services office in your target area(s). Reciprocity is generally limited to one school per state and is not available at most schools during the fall on-campus interviewing season.
With prior reciprocity approval, students and graduates of other law schools may have limited access to Bowen Career Services resources. A letter of reciprocity is required from the referring law school before services are provided. This may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.