Career Resources

Career Advising

In addition to the resources available from OU Law’s Office of Career Development (CDO), PILSA student coordinators are available to review resumes and advise students pursuing a public interest career. For information, contact Professor Mary Sue Backus at msbackus@ou.edu.


Public Interest and Pro Bono Fair

Many connections are initiated at PILSA's annual Public Interest and Pro Bono Career Fair, held each spring at the law school. The fair offers local public interest organizations and government agencies a chance to distribute informational materials, collect resumes and conduct informal interviews of prospective student volunteers, while providing students seeking law clerk positions with the opportunity to learn about many different agencies and opportunities.

Other Resources

  • Students are encouraged to register with the CDO database management system, Symplicity (opens in a new window), where they can access all job postings and career services.
  • Many post-graduate opportunities are advertised on Public Service Jobs Directory, formerly known as PSLawNet, at http://www.psjd.org (opens in a new window). Obtain a password from the CDO and search by organization, location or type of position. The site offers general career advice at http://www.psjd.org/Career_Central (opens in new window), as well as information about one or two-year post-graduate fellowships at http://www.psjd.org/Postgraduate_Fellowships (opens in new window).
  • The Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., offers the Summer Legal Internship Program, dedicated to hiring summer clerks, and the Attorney General’s Honors program, which hires recent law graduates. Applications for 2Ls and 3Ls are due early in the fall semester. Visit http://www.justice.gov/oarm/ (opens in new window) for details.
  • Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting public interest lawyers, provides a wealth of career advice at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/ (opens in new window).