Career Development

Alumni are welcome to use our services beyond graduation and throughout their careers. Our staff is always available to provide career advice, as well as résumé and cover letter review assistance. To schedule a meeting in our office or over the telephone, please call 205-726-2797.

Job Postings & Resources in Symplicity

Symplicity is the law school’s online job bank and virtual resource library. Throughout the year, various employers ask us to post immediate job openings on our Symplicity job board. Alumni are welcome to contact our office and request login information to view these postings.

Go to Symplicity

Volunteer to Help

We encourage alumni from all practice areas and other non-legal fields to participate in our educational programs. Please contact us if you are interested in coming to campus to speak with students about your career and to teach skills that will accelerate our students’ professional development.

Each year, we need alumni to help with our mock interview program, Lunch with a Lawyer programs and several panel discussions. We welcome and appreciate your participation in these important events. You can contact Allen Howell at ghowell@samford.edu to volunteer or for more information.

Recruit Students and Graduates

The Office of Career Development invites alumni to participate in our fall and spring recruitment seasons. You are welcome to come to campus to conduct interviews, or we will be happy to assist you in collecting résumés from students so you can arrange to interview them in your office.

We also welcome alumni to post job openings for students and graduates. We will be pleased to speak with you regarding market information and your hiring goals and strategies so that you obtain a strong applicant pool.

Stay Connected

Please remember to keep in touch with us at Cumberland School of Law! When you make a career move, remember to contact the Office of Career Development and let us know. This enables us to keep an updated list of alumni to help advise students and graduates who are seeking work in various locations and practice areas.

Symplicity and Online Resources+

Symplicity is Cumberland School of Law's online job bank and on-campus interview management system. In addition, we use Symplicity as a virtual resource library to store various handouts, videos and other resources that you will find useful during your job search and your professional development.

To obtain your Symplicity login information you must fill out a registration form and complete several other requirements specified during your first year of law school. Students may access Symplicity to apply for jobs or on-campus interviews and to explore the resource library. Please direct your Symplicity-related questions to Allen Howell at ghowell@samford.edu.

Job Postings

Throughout the year, various employers ask us to post immediate job openings on our Symplicity job board. These opportunities may be for permanent (postgraduate) positions, summer positions or part-time jobs during the academic year. To search for current job postings, log in to Symplicity and click on the "Jobs & Resumes Collections" tab. Please carefully review the requirements and make sure to proofread your application materials before you upload them to Symplicity.

On-Campus Interviews (OCI)

Each fall and spring, Career Development welcomes employers to participate in our on-campus interviewing (OCI) programs. After employer registration ends, you may log in to Symplicity to see the employers scheduled to interview on campus during a given week. To apply (or "bid for") an interview, simply upload the required application materials and click "Apply." The following week, you should check the status of your bid in Symplicity to see if you were preselected. If so, please choose your interview time immediately.

Resume Collections

Employers who do not interview on campus (often out-of-town employers) sometimes ask us to collect resumes from interested students and to forward the resumes to them in one packet. After reviewing the resumes, an employer will contact the selected candidates individually to arrange interviews.?

Off-Campus Interview Programs

Cumberland participates in several off-campus interview programs (or "job fairs") in various cities. For information on these job fairs, please contact Allen Howell at ghowell@samford.edu.

Virtual Resource Library

To access our virtual resource library, log in to Symplicity and click on the "Resources" tab. Here you will find tips on building your legal resume, writing cover letters and conducting informational interviews, as well as other helpful information that can assist you with your job search and using the Symplicity system. We have also uploaded links to videos of some of our educational programs, including our Loan Forgiveness Program.

Seeking Reciprocity+

Current Cumberland Law Students & Alumni

The Office of Career Development has reciprocal arrangements with career services offices at other ABA-accredited law schools. These arrangements typically allow graduates and third-year students to use the resources of another law school, subject to limitations set out in that school's reciprocity policies. You can usually find these policies on each law school's career services webpage. If you are interested in seeking reciprocity from another law school, please review their policies and contact Allen Howell at ghowell@samford.edu stating the law school that interests you and providing your current address and telephone number. We will copy you on any emails sent to the other law school and will contact you when we know whether your request was granted.?

Non-Cumberland Law Students & Alumni

Please click here to view Cumberland School of Law's Reciprocity Policy.

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Contact the Office of Career Development

Allen Howell, Assistant Dean of External Relations and Career Development, 205-726-2797
Caroline H. Young, Career Counselor, 205-726-2797