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Law school takes new direction with the Office of Career and Professional Development

 The Wake Forest University School of Law is taking a new direction with its newly named Office of Career and Professional Development.

Formerly known as the Office of Career Services, the new name aligns with Dean Blake D. Morant’s vision for increasing the development of students by helping them build interpersonal skills and gain practical experience.

 “The focus is on making sure they get the hands-on training they need to be successful attorneys and competitive candidates in today’s job market,” says Kim Fields, director of Office of Career and Professional Development. “The new name of the office accurately reflects the increase in more skill-building and professional development programs for students.”

As a result, the Office of Career and Professional Development has moved to the former Interview Suite and has restructured and expanded its staff resources to include an additional Assistant Director in the office to provide more counseling to students.

Kala Taylor has been appointed the new associate director of the office to replace Amine Seifert, and Kara Bowser (’04) has replaced Taylor as the new assistant director. Francie Scott (’04) is the additional new assistant director. Bowser and Scott will begin their new positions on Aug. 22.

“We are excited to bring on board two more attorneys who are experienced in conducting a legal job search and have practiced law,” Field says.

The office will also add an Outreach Coordinator who will be based in Washington, D.C., according to Fields.

“The Outreach Coordinator’s primary responsibilities will be to build relationships with employers and develop internship opportunities for students in the D.C. area,” she says.

The changes reflect the law school’s commitment to its new Applied Legal Theory (Law in Action) Program, which is designed to give all Wake Forest law students a variety of hands-on experiences and skills that will prepare them for the practice of law. This includes expanding curricular opportunities for learning the law in a real world context.

In addition to clinics, the law school offers capstone courses (upper level courses typically taught through the use of actual or simulated cases) and other skills courses, such as Negotiation and Business Drafting, that emphasize practical lawyering skills.

The law school’s Program in Washington includes a metropolitan externship in Washington, D.C., that allows selected third-year students to work as interns in government agencies, non-profit organizations and other settings during the spring semester while taking coursework under the direction of the program supervisor.