What is the CPD and how does it work?
The Center for Professional Development (CPD) is a full-service career counseling and resource center, committed to assisting each student in identifying, developing and attaining his or her individual career goals.
Career counseling and assistance is provided by the director of the center, and students are encouraged to meet on an individual basis with the director to discuss unique career planning goals and to develop effective job search strategies.
Individual counseling sessions are supplemented by career planning workshops and programs throughout the semester, including: resumes and cover letter workshops, interview skills workshops, networking skills workshops, career panels, and mock interview programs - to name a few.
Symplicity Online Career Center
What resources are available?
The CPD office contains publications covering a wide variety of career-related topics, including career planning, job search, resume preparation, interviewing skills, legal practice areas and alternatives, and law firm practice and management.
Also available in the Center are numerous handouts on resume writing, interview preparation, networking and job search skills. The CPD also publishes a comprehensive career planning guide - From Charlotte School of Law to Career: A Career Planning Guide for Students.
What about 1Ls?
First-year law students are strongly encouraged to focus on their adjustment to law school during the first semester. For this reason, consistent with ABA guidelines and NALP standards, 1Ls may not access the CPD Symplicity site or formally utilize the CPD until November 1st (for fall-start 1Ls) and April 1st (for spring-start 1Ls). A mandatory CPD orientation for 1Ls will take place in the latter portions of their first semesters.