Career Resources
for Alumni

Did you know you will always have access to the Career Development Office (CDO), no matter when you graduated? We are here for you, for your post-grad job search, for career transitions, salary negotiations—whatever your work world throws at you, we want to help you succeed. Below are just some of the resources available to you:

Book an Appointment

A full menu of career resources, including how to find the right job, when to start looking, resume, cover letter and interviewing tips, how to network, how to apply for judicial clerkships, and career resources for international students are all available from our Career Development Office site on MyHastings. Recent graduates automatically have access to MyHastings for one year after graduation using their UC Hastings single sign-on credentials.  After that, please click the button below to request sign-on information.

Request access to MyHastings

Reciprocity Policy

The Career Development Office (CDO) at UC Hastings College of the Law is located in the heart of a large metropolitan area with a highly competitive legal market. As such it has become a target for many law school graduates from other cities/states. Our reciprocity policy is designed to fulfill our primary responsibility to serve UC Hastings College of the Law graduates while still offering employment information to job candidates from other law schools.

Get Involved

Become an Alumni Mentor

The Alumni Mentor Program matches our students with UC Hastings alumni who act as role models and advisors on a range of professional development issues. The Program gives students the opportunity to explore legal career options and pathways, and to start building a professional network. Mentors are matched with students interested in the mentor’s practice area or non-legal profession. The exact mentor relationship is defined by each pair. Typical activities include discussions about the mentor’s position and career path, advice on the skills and experience needed to enter the field, and suggestions or introductions for additional professional networking and informational meetings. To volunteer to be an alumni mentor, contact Koreen Kelleher (’85) at: kelleherkoreen@uchastings.edu.

Be a Mock Interviewer

The Mock Interview Program occurs twice a year – in January and July. Students go to the alumni’s workplace prepared for a simulated job interview. Interviewers conduct the 20-minute mock interview as if they are hiring for a position, and then debrief with the student with constructive comments on what worked and what could be improved. The program helps prepare our students for success in actual interviews. To volunteer to be a mock interviewer, contact Koreen Kelleher (’85) at: kelleherkoreen@uchastings.edu.

Be an Open Doors Host

Open Doors 1L Job Shadowing Program is a three day program in early March (spring break) organized by UC Hastings, USF, Golden Gate, and the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Minority Pipeline Program. First-year students get an inside view of legal daily life by shadowing a lawyer in a firm, government agency, court, in-house legal department, or non-profit. The program strives to help 1Ls jumpstart their professional development through early exposure to dynamic legal organizations. Diverse applicants who have had limited exposure to professional settings are especially encouraged to participate. Open Doors is purely a job shadowing program—students are not paid, do not receive credit, and have no expectation of a job offer. The program concludes with a thank-you celebration for host employers and participating students. To get involved, contact Amy Kimmel ’01 (kimmela@uchastings.edu).

Chat with Students About Your Work at a Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn is an hour-long discussion by practicing lawyers about their work. Held with a small group of committed students in a comfortable, informal environment, Lunch & Learn is a fantastic opportunity to connect with students and share your passion for what you do and your tips and wisdom of how to build a law-related career. Lunch & Learn can be scheduled any day of the week from 12-1pm, are held at our Career Office conference table, and accommodate up to 25. To schedule one, contact Annabrooke Temple ’00 (templea@uchastings.edu).

Hire Hastings

  • Fall & Spring Semester OCI (late August to November & mid-January to March ): We invite small and mid-size firms, in-house legal departments, nonprofits, and government agencies to interview students on-campus, free of charge, for semester internships and summer and post-JD positions. Employers can pre-select 100% of the candidates. To get started, contact Darell Alforte (alforted@uchastings.edu).
  • The Attorneys in Residence (AiR) Program: AiR is a one-year post-graduate employment opportunity for UC Hastings’ most recent graduating class to work with small or mid-size firms and in-house legal departments that do not typically hire first-year attorneys. Participating AiR Program employers typically need qualified attorneys but may not have the time to recruit or have concerns about hiring a new, untested attorney permanently. Our suggested compensation range for AiR attorneys is $55,000 to $85,000. To explore joining AiR contact Jessica Ourk (ourkjessica@uchastings.edu).
  • Post a Job: The UC Hastings Career Office welcomes job postings for student and alumni positions year-round, free of charge, accessible to UC Hastings students and alumni. To post a job, contact Darell Alforte (alforted@uchastings.edu)

On the Board of Governors? Mentor a Recent Grad!

The Board of Governors Mentoring program allows for a unique opportunity for mentoring a recent graduate from the time they finish taking the Bar Exam until they start employment. To be a Board of Governor’s Mentor, contact Gabriel Bellman ‘05 (bellmang@uchastings.edu).