GPDP Services, Resources, and ProgramsThe GPDP provides a number of services, resources, and programs to aid you in your job search. To learn more, scroll down or click on one of the links below. Note that some of the links (indicated with asterisks) require that you enter your Fordham Law School network username and password. If you have trouble signing in, please contact the Law School Helpdesk.
The GPDP is coordinated by Kandice Thorn, Director of International and Non-J.D. Programs, who works with LL.M. students to develop the best strategies for pursuing job opportunities. We strongly encourage all students who are seeking employment in the U.S. to meet with Ms. Thorn at least once per semester regarding their job searches. There are two ways to take advantage of one-on-one career advising services with Ms. Thorn:
You may find the publications below useful in your job search.
The GPDP offers practice interview sessions throughout the academic year in order to give students feedback on their interviewing skills. When it comes to preparing for interviews, there is no substitute for practicing answering interview questions aloud in a simulated setting. This type of practice offers a unique opportunity to hear how your answers sound as you answer the interview questions aloud, and to recieve valuable feedback on not only the content of your responses, but also on your body language, professionalism, and demeanor. Students wishing to schedule a practice interview may do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and submitting the online GPDP Practice Interview Form. Students should submit the GPDP Practice Interview Form at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled interview. Students should read the Interviewing for LL.M. Students Mini-Guide in the "Publications" section of this page prior to coming in for a practice interview. Students are encouraged to dress in interview-appropriate attire for the practice interview. This enhaces the simulation and also gives you the opportunity to receive feedback on the appropriateness of your wardrobe selection.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the resume and cover letter critique services offered by the GPDP. In order to provide the most effective service for all of our students, we require that, prior to submitting a resume or cover letter for review, you do the following:
If we receive your resume or cover letter for review and it appears that you have not followed these steps, we will return the document to you for further revision before we review it. LL.M. students who hold a J.D. from a U.S. law school may omit steps one and two, as these materials are primarily geared toward our international LL.M. students.
As soon as possible after receiving your draft resume or cover letter, Ms. Thorn will either return written comments to you via email or will ask that you come in for an appointment to discuss. If you submit a document for review and do not hear back within seven business days, please send a follow up email to ensure that your document was received.
Many students choose to participate in one or more recruitment programs open to LL.M. students as part of their job search strategy. In particular, the International Student Interview Program (ISIP), held annually in late January on the campus of New York University School of Law, is aimed at international LL.M. students. For more information on these programs, please click on the links in the box to the right.
There are a number of online resources available to aid students in their job searches, including databases that aid students in researching potential employers, online job banks, industry guides, and more. Click on the link in the box to the right for the most popular online resources. For these resources, we include instructions on how to use each resource most effectively. Other helfpul resources are contained in the links below. We encourage you to explore these links, as you will likely find that they provide inspiration for your job search strategies.