Individual Student and Alumni Counseling

Many students come to the Maurice A. Deane School of Law knowing the exact type of law they wish to practice and where they want to practice it. Others are not so certain and use law school experiences to evaluate different practice areas and practice settings. Still others want to use their law degrees in the pursuit of non-practicing careers. In each of these situations, OCS can help students – and alumni – make informed career decisions.

All OCS counselors are available to meet with students and alumni for one-on-one career counseling sessions. Every student is encouraged to schedule a career counseling session at least once during each year of law school. You need not wait for an invitation to meet with an OCS counselor. The more we know about you, the greater the likelihood we can assist you in identifying potential internship, externship and post-graduate employment opportunities that best meet your short- and long-term career goals.

Each counseling session follows an individualized, one-size-does-not-fit-all approach that focuses on, among other things:

  • Career interests and objectives
  • Appropriate job search strategies
  • Resume and cover letter review and critique
  • Evaluation of employment opportunities and experiences

Students and alumni may schedule an appointment with an OCS counselor by using the "Request an Appointment" feature on Symplicity or by contacting OCS at 516-463-5871 or lawcareer@hofstra.edu.

Due to National Association for Law Placement (NALP) regulations, 1Ls may not schedule individual counseling sessions until after November 1 of their first year. However, 1Ls may attend all programs offered by OCS. This regulation was designed to allow new students to become both acclimated to law school and comfortable with their studies.

Interview Skills Training: There is no substitute for preparation, and being properly prepared for a job interview may make all the difference when it comes to receiving a job offer. A mock interview is a great way to practice your interview skills in a realistic setting while receiving practical tips for success on the interview process. Employers that recruit from Hofstra routinely comment that students and alumni who take part in a mock interview with OCS are better prepared for their real-life interviews than those who do not take part in a mock interview.

OCS offers mock interviews to students and alumni on a year-round basis. Mock interview sessions are generally 45 to 60 minutes in length, with a 20 to 25 minute interview followed by a critique of your performance. And if you’re interested in seeing yourself from the employer’s perspective, OCS offers a DVD-recording option for all mock interviews.

Mock interviews are offered by appointment only, and signing up for a mock interview is easy. Just follow these steps:

  • Students: students may sign up for a mock interview via the "Events" tab on Symplicity. Mock interviews are generally conducted Tuesday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. If, because of work commitments, you require a before- or after-hours mock interview, please contact Doris Urbach in OCS at Doris.Urbach@Hofstra.edu; we will do our best to accommodate reasonable requests for off-hour mock interviews.
  • Alumni: alumni may sign up for a mock interview by contacting Doris Urbach in OCS at Doris.Urbach@Hofstra.edu.

Due to National Association for Law Placement (NALP) regulations, 1Ls may not schedule mock interviews with OCS until after November 1 of their first year. However, 1Ls may attend all programs offered by OCS. This regulation was designed to allow new students to become acclimated to law school and comfortable with their studies.