Career Services

With an innovative curriculum, extensive opportunities for experiential learning, and a commitment to the highest levels of professional counseling and development, Illinois Law prepares its students to succeed in a competitive legal marketplace. Recent graduates have gone on to prestigious federal and state clerkships, positions at the nation’s top law firms and corporations, and high-impact public interest fellowships. Alumni include managing partners at leading international law firms; founders of cutting-edge boutiques; CEOs, CFOs, and in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies; federal and state judges, prosecutors, and public defenders; and lawyers working in the public interest. 

Office of Career Planning and Professional Development

Illinois Law’s Office of Career Planning and Professional Development strives to set the bar in terms of counseling, responsiveness, innovation, teamwork, market analysis, and employer outreach. Our professional staff, located in Chicago and Champaign, consists entirely of lawyers with extensive practice experience at top law firms, government agencies, and in-house legal departments. Using their experience and judgment, our team works to prepare our students to realize their professional ambitions. Many graduates choose to work in the world’s largest law firms and in smaller firms across the United States. Others choose to work as government or public interest lawyers and are supported by a full-time director of government and public interest programs and a robust fellowship program. Still others choose less-traveled paths, including non-legal positions and work with newer types of legal service providers. Regardless of the path our students and graduates choose, our professional staff is dedicated to helping them travel that path.

Services, Support, and Programming 

The Office also works to support our students through timely and targeted recruiting services, including our robust on-campus interviewing and résumé collection programs and personalized talent searches. Our professional staff travels around the country, working to find new ways to deliver quality Illini talent to the marketplace in efficient, practical, and effective ways.