King Hall Alumni, Students, Faculty, and Staff Featured in Comstock's
King Hall alumni, students, faculty, and staff figure prominently in a pair of articles in Comstock's Magazine regarding challenges faced by law schools, their students, and recent graduates during recessionary times.
One article, "Law School Blues," features comments from Dean Kevin R. Johnson on the challenges faced by recent law school graduates as they enter a difficult job market. Dean Johnson notes King Hall has responded by stepping up efforts to support internships and job placement programs and increasing outreach programs that educate undergraduates about the realities of law school. The article also includes comments from Heather Cantua '13, who describes how King Hall's need-based grants program has enabled her to keep her student loan debt at a relatively manageable level as well as her participation in a paid summer internship at Reed Smith in San Francisco. Also interviewed for the story was Kelly Bradfield '14, who spoke of how supportive UC Davis School of Law is for new mothers such as herself.
An accompanying article, "The New Laws of Hiring," includes comments from John O'Malley '98, Harveen Gill '13, Iris Yang '82, and Assistant Dean for Career Services Craig Compton. O'Malley, the recruiting partner at Downey Brand and a member of the King Hall Alumni Association Board of Directors, comments on the qualities he looks for in a new hire. Gill is interviewed as an example of an exceptional student who was invited back for a second session as a summer associate. Yang, a partner in the Sacramento office of Best Best & Krieger, speaks on the ways that new technologies have changed clients' expectations, and how much the job market has changed since she graduated. A significant portion of the article is devoted to Compton's description of the ways in which the King Hall Career Services Office works to prepare students for interviews and to engage potential employers.
The job market for recent graduates is showing improvement, Compton notes. "The market for the class of 2013 is better than the previous two years," says Compton, and more employers are recruiting on campus. Among large law firms, he says, "The numbers are starting to grow again."
"Law School Blues""The New Laws of Hiring"