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from the Alumni Board president

Of course, the best thing you can do for students is to hire them! But even if you aren’t in a position to do that, there are still many ways in which you can help. Think about what you wished someone would have done or did do for you to help get your career started. Would you be willing to meet with a student about the profession? To share with them your own experiences as a lawyer?

Dear alumni and friends: Earlier this spring, I was in Bloomington for an alumni board meeting, and the energy around the Law School was palpable. Maurer students demonstrate high levels of engagement and enthusiasm for the profession they are about to enter. I was encouraged to see the entire Maurer community — students, faculty and staff — collaborate closely on a wide array of activities, both in the classroom and outside of it. I hope you’ll enjoy reading in this issue about the many ways in which our students are honing their professional skills through clinics, externships and oral advocacy. But unfortunately, the job market for lawyers does not inspire quite so much enthusiasm. Several members of the classes of 2012 and 2013 are still looking for full-time work in the legal profession. I realize that the hiring decisions in your organization may not be within your

To help them think through and evaluate their career plans? To refer them to other lawyers in your community? To come to campus — either in person or via Skype — and offer advice? If so, I hope you’ll contact OCPD (lcareers@indiana.edu / (812) 855-0258), or respond to their requests for help on behalf of our students. If you have any questions that you think I can answer, feel free to reach out (gjordan@jz-llc.com / (312) 854-7181). If recent graduates can network with and through you, it will be of inestimable value. If you could spend just a few minutes offering guidance, that mentoring will be priceless. I have spoken with many older alumni who have told me how much personal pleasure they have derived by offering a few suggestions and a small bit of help to Maurer graduates. I have benefited greatly from the advice and wisdom of lawyers who entered the profession before I did. I am sure that many of you have had similar experiences. Now is the time for all of us to repay the kindness of others by helping tomorrow’s professionals make the right career decisions. Kind regards,

purview, and that your firm or company may not be adding entry-level lawyers anytime soon. But you can still be a tremendous help to the school’s recent alumni in their quest to find full-time positions. Throughout my professional career (and I am willing to bet yours as well), I have heard about the value of networking and mentoring.

Gregory J. Jordan, JD’84 IU Maurer School of Law Alumni Board President

The Law School’s Office of Career and Professional Development — which, according to the most recent Law School Survey of Student Engagement, has earned a high level of student satisfaction — works closely with all Indiana Law students to help them identify their strengths, chart their career interests, and find successful and rewarding employment. Among other things, the office stresses the importance of building relationships with other professionals.

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And that’s where you can help.

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In this issue we feature our students: Their level of engagement is truly remarkable. You'll also meet the 2013 Academy of Law Alumni Fellow...