Francie Scott (JD ’04) named interim director of Office of Career and Professional Development

Photo of Francie Scott (JD '04), assistant director of Career and Professional Development at the Wake Forest School of Law, outside the Worrell Professional Center

Francie Scott (JD '04)

Francie Scott (JD ’04) has been named interim director of the Office of Career and Professional Development.

“In her role as associate director for the past six years, Francie has always shown exemplary initiative, innovation and professionalism in her work with students, employers, faculty and the larger community,” says Associate Dean of Students and Administration Ann Gibbs.  “Francie will lead the OCPD until we conclude a search for the new leader of this important office.”

Scott is stepping in for Kim Fields, who recently resigned her position as director of the Office of Career and Professional Development in order to spend more quality time with her family. “In her role at Wake Forest Law during the past 16 years, Kim Fields has been an extraordinary leader of an office that realized significant progress in expanding Wake Forest’s reputation in the national legal employment market,” Dean Gibbs says. “Throughout her tenure, she and her team created programs to enhance employer outreach and career development assistance for students and graduates as they pursued their own career goals across the country.”

As part of that team, Scott has counseled students on all aspects of professional development and career planning.  She also helped create the curriculum and implement the law school’s mandatory 1L Professional Development course, covering career development, job search skills and professionalism. She currently serves as the Director of Professional Development, where she maintains primary oversight for the course syllabus and teaching.

Scott is a 2004 cum laude graduate of Wake Forest School of Law and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Philosophy and French. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Samuel G. Wilson, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.  She practiced labor and employment law for several years with an international law firm based in Richmond, Virginia.

In 2008 she left the practice of law to obtain a Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her concentration was in nonprofit management.  Before attending law school, she served in the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe.  She has authored a treatise chapter on U.S. employment law and published multiple NALP Bulletin articles addressing issues of student professional development.  She has served as president of the Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association and is active in many NALP groups, including the Law Student Professional Development section.