Employer Recruitment Appearing Vibrant On and Off Campus

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Date: 08/24/2011

More than 70 Albany Law students and 20 employers spent the day in New York City last week interviewing for summer jobs. The diverse mix of employers—large and small law firms, district attorney offices, city agencies and public interest organizations—interviewed as many as 15 students each as part of the school’s off-campus interview program in New York.

Meanwhile, more than 30 employers have visited or will visit the campus during August and September to interview students. The visiting employers include Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy, Bickel & Brewer, Hiscock & Barclay, Nixon Peabody, GE, the U.S. Navy and the New York State Thruway Authority.

“The recruitment activity for our students is looking up,” said Sandra Mans, assistant dean of the Career Center.

An August Reuters report supports this outlook, noting that some law firms expect to hire at least the same as they did last year, while others may hire more.

Mans noted that some employers are interviewing Albany Law students for the first time, such as Dorene Price ’95 (pictured), chief IP counsel for the International Property Legal Group, U.S. Department of Energy, who already spent a day on campus prior to the official start of fall recruitment to get a first look at this year’s talent. Another example of alumni supporting the law school’s recruiting efforts is Jamie Frankel ’73, a senior partner at Arent Fox, who has agreed to review resumes.

Similar off-campus interview programs like New York City will take place in Boston and Hartford, Conn., next month.

“Our alumni should be commended for interviewing our students,” said Mans. “We are very aware of their loyalty, and the effort they make to consider our students. We do everything we can to make the process easy for them. They are the reason our students succeed during and after law school.”

A series of on-campus fairs will occur throughout the year. For example, a private sector job fair will bring employers to campus to recruit for the day, such as accounting firms, financial services like investment banks, and insurance companies.

“We are not back to where we were before the recession, but the recruitment program has definitely improved,” Mans said.