The Career Development Office (CDO) helps you define and achieve your immediate and long-term goals. It offers a full suite of services, including individual counselling and career coaching, résumé review, interview preparation, networking events, job postings, workshops and formal recruitment processes. In addition to helping students prepare for their future careers, the CDO helps with near-term opportunities such as summer jobs, clerkships, and part-time work during law school.
Students also have a wide range of opportunities to network with our accomplished alumni and a diverse array of legal employers. You can connect through events and career panels as well as through more formal channels such as our Alumni Mentor Program; this program pairs you with upper year students and graduates who can offer valuable advice and personal perspectives on different career paths, as well as networking links.
Osgoode graduates are successful in securing a wide range of articling placements. In the class of 2019, approximately 95% of respondents secured articling positions – with 76% of these in private practice, 9% in government, 3% in public interest organizations, 1% in business/industry and 4% serving clerkships across all levels of court. Others pursued alternative opportunities following graduation.
Current Osgoode students can create a profile on the MyCareer portal to learn about employment opportunities for current students and recent graduates. Contact the CDO ›
The Osgoode Career Development Office helps employers connect with Osgoode students who are well suited to their recruitment goals.
Osgoode graduates are in high demand, earning positions at prestigious firms of all sizes. Many go on to begin their own practices in diverse areas of law. Our graduates have clerked for the Supreme Court of Canada, and in a range of federal courts, appellate courts and trial courts. Many alumni serve the public by working in legal aid clinics and non-profit organizations and through a variety of other public sector employers.
Our students are diverse in every sense, coming to us from undergraduate institutions across Canada and around the world, and from a range of academic backgrounds – including business, liberal arts, and the sciences. Many arrive with previous professional work experience.
Osgoode’s emphasis on experiential education and on synthesizing the theory and practice of law make our graduates exceptionally well equipped to succeed. If you’re interested in posting a position for our students or exploring options for hiring, please visit Hire an Osgoode student ›
Alumni can contribute to the academic and career success of fellow Osgoode students by volunteering to serve as mentors, mock interviewers and panelists for professional development programs. Alumni tell us that in addition to giving them the satisfaction of paying forward the support they received as students, volunteering helped them connect with new generations of talented, motivated professionals who will shape the field in the years ahead. To volunteer, contact us at CDO@osgoode.yorku.ca.