Under the leadership of Top Attorney Courtney Miklusak, the Career and Professional Development Office at California Western School of Law draws upon its counselor attorneys’ collective 65 years of legal experience to match highly qualified candidates with law clerk and attorney opportunities both within and beyond the San Diego market.
Miklusak graduated from California Western in 1998 and worked for small- and medium-size firms in San Diego for seven years before joining the staff of her alma mater. The office’s other five counselor attorneys hold law degrees from California Western, UC Davis, UC Hastings and the University of San Diego. They work closely with prospective and current students, alumni and employers.
“At California Western, we are fortunate to have a remarkably dedicated and hardworking student body that has earned a reputation for being professional and well-prepared for practice. It is a wonderful privilege to work at my alma mater and to assist in the development of our talented students and alumni as they forge their paths in this profession,” says Miklusak, also noting that the services of the Career and Professional Development Office are freely available to school alumni throughout their careers as needed.
The Career and Professional Development Office maintains a robust career development calendar that is designed to ensure that its students are competitive in the legal market. Beginning in their first year, California Western students meet individually with the Career and Professional Development staff to develop personalized career development plans, which include, among other things, goal mapping, curriculum planning, networking opportunities, mock interviews and alumni mentoring. The office also organizes and moderates numerous career panels, small group practice discussions, career fairs, professional development seminars and other resources to guide the school’s students and alumni.
“The Career and Professional Development Office helped me identify practice areas that suited my skill set and interests, provided regular counseling and advice, and suggested internship and educational pathways during law school that would best enable me to be practice-ready and marketable at graduation,” says Christine Dixon ‘14, now an associate attorney with Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall & Trexler APC.
While many graduates choose to stay in Southern California, the office receives job listings from firms and agencies throughout the country, many of which come from our impressive network of alumni residing in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. The Career and Professional Development Office also serves as a conduit to the local, regional and national law firms, public interest organizations, government agencies, and corporations that regularly recruit California Western’s talented students and profession-ready alumni.
Employers work with Miklusak and her colleagues throughout the year to advertise law clerk, attorney, and pro bono opportunities on the California Western campus. The employers seem to appreciate that the school’s students and alumni have the knowledge, skill, and professionalism to make an immediate and valuable impact on the employer’s practice.
“The law students at California Western have the ability to walk into a job, sit down, and have the common sense to know what to do,” says Janine Sarti, chief legal officer for Palomar Health System and a member of California Western’s Board of Trustees, who frequently supervises interns through the school’s clinical internship program. “My role is to create an environment where they will succeed.”
To advertise a job opening or to participate in Fall On-Campus Recruiting, visit cwsl.edu/career.
-Submitted by California Western School of Law