Connecting our Graduates with the Legal Community

Employment Assistance for Graduates

PARA_Employment_ImageThe Program Office serves as an active intermediary between our graduates and the legal and business community at large. While the University of San Diego does not guarantee employment, we make conscientious efforts to assist graduates identify and secure positions as legal professionals. Employment assistance is offered at no additional charge to students or alumni who meet the specified requirements.

  • Employment Assistance Workshops provide guidance on preparing resumes and cover letters appropriate for the legal profession, job search resources, and interviewing preparation tools and techniques.
  • Individual appointments provide opportunities to discuss the student’s specific job interests and strategy.
  • Resume submissions directly by the Program Office help generate interviews for graduates and facilitate contact with employers.

Gainful Employment Statistics
The job placement rate for 2014-15 graduates of the paralegal program is 74%. The placement rate includes graduates employed as paralegals and graduates employed in another capacity in the legal field. Job placement rates are based on information provided by program graduates within six months after graduation, as required by the American Bar Association guidelines for the approval of paralegal education programs. While the University of San Diego does not guarantee placement, we make conscientious efforts to assist graduates identify and secure positions as legal professionals.

What most appealed to me about the USD Paralegal Program was the legal internship and the employment assistance. The internship gave me the confidence I needed to succeed in a new career field. Within a month of my graduation from the program, I was hired by an Intellectual Property law firm that had contacted USD seeking qualified candidates. Now, as an office manager/paralegal in charge of hiring, I always call USD for resumes when we are hiring for new paralegals. I trust USD to provide us with well-prepared paralegals who are versed in the law and appropriate office conduct." - Rhianna B., Paralegal

Request an Intern

Attorneys interested in participating in our internship program should email paralegal@sandiego.edu for information. Interns are placed three times a year and complete at least 65 hours on site. 

Hire a Paralegal

For over 40 years the University of San Diego Paralegal Program has served the legal community by providing resumes of our graduates to interested law firms, corporations, government agencies and other entities that hire paralegals. If you are interested in submitting a legal-related position through our office, please click here to complete a job request form or send an email to paralegal@sandiego.edu with the following information:

  • Name of Employer
  • Contact Information
  • Website
  • Nature of Position (full-time, part-time, temporary)
  • Job Description and Qualifications
  • Compensation
  • How to Apply

In addition to posting your job opening on our job board, we can send you resumes of qualified graduates seeking employment. Please indicate if you are requesting resume submissions in addition to having your job opening posted.

Employers listing positions with the University of San Diego Paralegal Program agree to abide by the following:

The University of San Diego Paralegal Program is committed to a policy against unlawful discrimination in the selection of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation. The facilities of the Paralegal Program Office are only available to employers whose hiring practices are consistent with this policy. The University of San Diego Paralegal Program reserves the right to refuse service to anyone at any time.

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