Legal Careers - How to Use an Online Law Degree


Concord students come to us with a wide range of career goals. Some want to advance in their current profession, while others seek to change fields or embark on a second or third career. Our Career Services team has a variety of resources to help you leverage your legal education to achieve your desired goals.

Career Services Advisors

As a Concord student and graduate, you can benefit from the assistance of a Career Services Advisor, who can not only provide advice and guidance on career development and job searches, but can also help with practical items like résumé and cover letter reviews, interview preparation, networking tips, and review of social media profiles.

Online Resources

As is the case with all the student services at Concord, the Career Services center is readily accessible from the student’s personal home page. In addition to links to Internet resources, students will find subscription-based services including:

Vault Career Library

Downloadable guides to law firms and types of employers and practice areas. Titles include: The Vault Guide to Government and Non-Profit Employers, The Vault Guide to Corporate Law Careers, and The Vault Regional Law Firm Guides. The Library also includes resume and networking primers, as well as contact information and research on an expansive list of industries and companies.

Public Interest Law Opportunities

For students who would like to become involved in public interest law work, Concord is a member of the Equal Justice Works organization and PSLawNet. Equal Justice Works holds a national career fair and conference in Washington, D.C. each fall. PSLawNet is a worldwide network for public interest jobs and volunteer opportunities with a searchable database for students at member schools.

National Externships

Concord offers an extensive nationwide field placement program that allows you to participate in externships in the state in which you reside. The third-year EJD Practicum and fourth-year JD Legal Education Experience Program (LEEP) electives provide you with the opportunity to gain legal or legal-related experience for your résumé, as well as useful contacts for future employment.

Bar Exam Support

For students who seek to practice as California-licensed attorneys, the bar exam is a necessary step. Concord helps you transition from law school to California bar exam preparation. Bar applicants are paired with successful alumni who passed the bar exam. Students meet weekly in an online seminar designed to encourage active study and learning, reinforce skills, and help students stay on track with time management. The bar mentoring program is designed to complement commercial bar review programs.

In addition, there are links to appropriate bar admission and preparation sites on the career services site. Concord also regularly holds informational chats on the bar exam for third- and fourth-year students. Experts on the California Bar Exam, as well as graduates, participate in the discussions.