For nearly 200 years, alumni support of the Law School has made it what it is today. The COVID–19 pandemic, however, has created new career challenges for our students. And so at a time when our students need it most, I am reaching out for your help again. I’m seeking alumni assistance in three ways:
First, we need help identifying job opportunities for students who have not yet secured summer positions, or whose summer positions are at risk because of stay-at-home orders and other workplace limits. These job opportunities can be remote, part-time, or volunteer/unpaid. We are just looking for ways for our students to gain legal experience under the supervision of practicing attorneys so that they can avoid a gap on their résumés. We recognize that this may be a difficult time for you, too, but if you’re fortunate to be in a position where you could supervise a student, or if you know of remote job opportunities for this summer, we hope you’ll reach out.
Second, looking ahead, we foresee that our Bridge to Practice program in the early fall will be more important than ever. That program supports graduates with a fellowship after they have taken the bar exam until they are sworn in. You can support this program by hosting a 2020 graduate for 8-10 weeks. The graduate will volunteer for your non-profit organization, government agency, or small law firm. They will receive a stipend from the Law School, so all you need to do is provide the work experience.
Third, as always, if you are in a position to hire a new graduate, we hope you’ll hire one of ours. If you’re not able to hire directly, but you can pass along an application of a graduating JD or LLM student to the person with hiring authority at your organization, that support would be welcomed too.
If you are able to help us on any of these fronts—identifying summer employment, supporting our Bridge to Practice program, or assisting with graduate employment—please contact Anne McFadden, our assistant dean for career services (firstname.lastname@example.org). She would be happy to speak with you. Our Career Services Office is working hard to keep our students employed and their careers moving forward. Any help you can provide is appreciated.
Finally, I wanted to end with a thank you. Classes resumed remotely on March 30 with minimal disruption, and students, faculty, and staff have risen to the occasion. Despite this, some of our students are facing sudden and unexpected expenses, and they need help buying food or paying rent. Your generosity established our Leonard D. Fromm Memorial Fund
to help in exactly these kinds of emergencies. It’s working right now just as it was intended. Our Office of Student Affairs has been providing critical support to those most in need. So many of our alumni supported this fund in honor of the late Dean Fromm, and it’s made a tremendous difference in a way that I believe he would be proud of.
If you are in a position to help our students and support their careers, please consider reaching out to Assistant Dean McFadden. Most important, all of us at the Law School hope that you and your families are well and staying healthy. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you again as soon as circumstances allow.