Alumni and Development Programs
Serve as a Chapter Liaison. Liaisons serve as contacts for an alumni chapter within a region or city. This small group of alumni helps plan and organize alumni activities in their areas, and are supported by an Alumni Affairs staff member.
Participate in the Co-Counsel Mentoring Program.Interested in sharing the wisdom you've gained with a fledgling law student? If you are, please request a Senior Counsel Form by calling (757) 221-3795 or by [[lsdevl, emailing us]]. This short questionnaire lets us know where you live and a little about your career path. At the start of the school year, first-year students are given the opportunity to sift through the forms, looking for a Senior Counsel with whom they feel some form of connection. Many times students choose Senior Counsels based on the area of the country they're from or their career goals, or because they share a common experience (for example, military service or previous employment similarities). We welcome alumni working in any field and any location to submit a form. The more diverse our pool of Senior Counsels, the more likely our students will find a good match. The Co-Counsel relationship often consists of phone calls and emails, so we encourage alumni from around the world to participate. There is no specific time commitment associated with the program, just a willingness to have regular contact with a student. (The Co-Counsel Program runs from September through May.)
Help Organize a Class Reunion or Class Gift. Each spring at Law Alumni Weekend, the Law School sponsors a reunion for classes celebrating their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or 35 year reunions. A small group of volunteers from each reunion class is needed to help plan the class party and organize the class gift. Volunteers will be asked to take on a leadership role in encouraging attendance at reunion and enlisting their classmates to support the class gift. (Planning for reunions begins in August and continues until Law Alumni Weekend in April.)
Give to the Law School.Alumni are encouraged to make an annual financial contribution to the Law School. The Annual Fund supports Marshall-Wythe's most pressing needs. Each year, we urge alumni to "cast a vote" in favor of William & Mary Law School through a gift to the Annual Fund. Your "vote" is important! Give A Gift
Serve on the Law School Boards. Members of the Law School's Foundation and Association Boards volunteer their time and resources to further the Law School's goals and programs. New members are nominated to serve on the boards. The Boards approve nominations and a slate of officers for election at their annual meetings in the spring.
Represent Marshall-Wythe at Law School Fairs. Volunteers staff a designated table where they display information about the Law School and answer questions from interested students. (Fairs are held around the country with the majority scheduled in the fall.)
Make Recruitment Visits to a High School or College. Representatives from the Law School visit high schools and colleges across the country throughout the year. Visits can take a variety of forms, and could, for example, include participation in a panel or question and answer session or a presentation to student groups. (Most visits are fall events; however, there are a few spring programs.)
Become an Alumni Ambassador. The Office of Admission needs alumni ambassadors to contact admitted students to encourage their continued interest and enrollment at William & Mary. Most contact takes the form of an email and provides alumni an opportunity to congratulate the candidates, to share their personal experiences at the Law School and share how they were prepared for practice in their area of the country. The alumni ambassadors will be assigned no more than six admitted students to contact in their area. If the admitted student is interested, the alumni ambassador may want to call them, take them to lunch or invite them for an office visit. Contact Neal Wixson, Assistant Dean for Admission, at [[emcavallar]] to sign up. This program involves minimal hours between November and March.
Organize a Reception for Admitted Students. Alumni in cities where we attract a significant number of applicants are needed to help organize a reception for admitted students. This provides admitted students an opportunity to meet alumni, ask questions and learn more about the Law School. Receptions are usually held in the spring and summer months.
Attend the Reception for Admitted Students Day. Every April, the Office of Admission sponsors a day of informational programs for admitted students. Alumni who have participated in the Legal Skills Program are invited to attend the Friday evening reception and talk informally with these students.
Office of Career Services (OCS) Programs
The Mock Interview Program provides first-year students with the opportunity to gain experience in interviewing for jobs. During the program, alumni conduct simulated interviews which allow students to experience the interview process in a supportive setting. Alumni critique students, providing them with valuable feedback on improving their skills.
Recruiting for Summer, Entry-Level, or Lateral Positions.Please contact OCS if you or your employer has a job opening. OCS will be happy to post your notice on the OCS jobs website and/or arrange for on-campus or video interviews. You can reach them by calling (757) 221-3805 or via [[ocs, email]].
Participate in an OCS Panel about Career Issues (e.g., practice areas, employment settings, career satisfaction, realities of law practice, nontraditional careers). Please indicate topics of interest:
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