The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising offers a wide range of services to alumni/ae making career moves into or within the public interest sector. Firm attorneys seeking to enter public service for the first time as well as public interest attorneys seeking a new position are invited to use these services to launch their searches.
Carolyn Stafford Stein ’85, Assistant Director for Alumni Advising, provides individual counseling for alumni interested in public sector opportunities. Carolyn also plans, develops, and implements comprehensive career programs, workshops and alumni-tailored initiatives; and develops online and print communications for alumni seeking public interest work. Read Carolyn’s full bio and schedule an appointment with Carolyn by phone or in person.
Job Search Process and Resources
A successful job search involves self-assessment; learning what the options are; and trying out different kinds of practice settings, issue areas and types of work, so that you can narrow down what suits you and what does not.
Be a Mentor
We encourage all alumni to serve as informal advisors to current students and other alumni through HLS Connect and the Alumni Advising Network (AAN). The AAN allows alumni to describe their professional experience and to pick advising topics such as course selection, judicial clerkships, career development, job search strategies, work/family balance, switching practice areas, and changing geographical locations. We often find that HLS alums are a great source of career expertise and advice for each other and for current students. OPIA also uses the AAN to locate speakers for our many panels.