“Everybody wants to stay in San Diego, but the job market is tight,” says Noelle Dorman, assistant director of projects and employer development in California Western’s Career and Professional Development Office. “If you can go somewhere else and get a job—even for just a couple of years—you are so much more marketable and your likelihood of being able to come back to San Diego to find a job is stronger.”
Dorman addresses students at a workshop, “Time of My Life: Opportunities Outside of San Diego,” designed to get them thinking about broadening their horizons and looking into the many great legal opportunities from California, Nevada, Arizona, across the country to Washington, D.C., and everywhere in between.
The four panelists at the February 12 event have done just that.
Devin Sreecharana ’11 is at the May Potenza firm in Phoenix, after externing with an Arizona magistrate judge as a stepping stone to his current position.
“Everything is relationship driven,” Sreecharana says of his experiences in the job market.
3L Shauna C. Guner has accepted a position with a law firm in Washington, D.C. after she “fell in love” with the city while doing an internship with the Securities and Exchange Commission. She visited Washington during her winter break and had coffee with nine different California Western alumni who were working there, thanks to connections made by the Alumni Affairs staff.
“One of those interviews led me directly to a job offer,” Guner says. She is going to start at Mayer Brown after graduation.
That’s the power of networking—especially with fellow California Western alumni, who are all over the country.
Panelist Corey C. Garrard ’14 completed an internship at the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office before he came back to San Diego to work with fellow alum Daniel M. Carlson ’93 at the Carlson Law Firm.
The fourth panelist, 3L Noel Hicks has been offered a post-graduate judicial clerkship in Las Vegas, after she served a judicial externship with the same judge with whom she kept in close touch after her externship was over. He offered her the clerkship on the spot over lunch some months later.
Much of what the students heard was valuable insight no matter where they plan to apply for a legal position.
Not all roads that lead out of San Diego will eventually lead back to San Diego—but at the end of those roads, there’s a lot of greener grass.
“Everyone won’t be looking for jobs outside of San Diego,” says Dorman. “But right here in this room you can see four good reasons why you should."