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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and must be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Your cover letter will be evaluated as a demonstration of your written communication skills, a required qualification for this position. 

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Law School invites applications for an Attorney-Counselor position in the Office of Career Planning. We seek candidates who are innovative, flexible, and entrepreneurial; who are adept at teamwork and collaboration; and who are energetic and upbeat.

Who We Are

Founded in 1859, Michigan Law School is one of the world's finest institutions of legal education and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence characterized by a powerful commitment to access and diversity. Michigan is consistently ranked among the top ten law schools in the nation, and enjoys international renown for its intellectual rigor, stunning physical surroundings, preeminent faculty scholarship, and a community noted for collegiality and warmth. Our graduates serve with distinction in the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors, in large numbers in every major market in the nation, as well as internationally.


Provide individualized career counseling to law students and alumni. Individualized counseling includes, for example, assisting students/ alums with self-assessments, professional skills development, advising on application and job search strategies, reviewing resumes and/or cover letters, providing guidance on effective networking techniques, and interview coaching.  

Collaborate to design and implement presentations and workshops for students, student organizations, and alumni regarding various career-related issues and/or career planning strategies.

Develop informational materials and resources necessary to supplement individualized counseling, presentations, or workshops.  

Maintain and develop positive relationships with employers and alumni to encourage and expand the recruitment and hiring of Michigan Law students.

Monitor trends in the legal marketplace and keep current on changes in the legal profession.

As may be necessary, represent the Law School internally and externally in various forums, via written materials and oral presentations.

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduate degree (JD  preferred) or equivalent experience and familiarity with the legal recruiting process.   
  • Demonstrated ability to create and work within a positive culture characterized by collaboration, creativity, collegiality, and constant improvement.
  • Ability to effectively interact and develop relationships with different populations including students, alumni, faculty, staff, and employers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
  • A strong commitment to student mentorship, professional development, student wellness, and issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Skill in resolving conflict situations, and in responding thoughtfully to sensitive situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information appropriately.
  • Humility, empathy, a sense of humor, a drive for excellence, and an openness to innovation.

Additional Information

At the University of Michigan, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. U-M is committed to recruiting, selecting, and retaining a diverse and highly engaged staff community.  

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.