Charles B. deWitt III: Assistant Dean for Career and Alumni Services, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

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                             Charles B. deWitt III: Assistant Dean for Career and
                             Alumni Services, University of Memphis Cecil C.
                             Humphreys School of Law
                             [By Charisse Dengler]
                             Charles B. deWitt III has been working at the University of Memphis since 1993 in a variety of positions, including
                             Assistant Dean of Paralegal Studies. He has worked as Assistant Dean for Career and Alumni Services for the University
                             of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law since 1996. In addition, he also teaches a course in legal history.

“I deal with all aspects of career services for      When it comes to advising students on finding          However, the most important aspect of a
our law students, as well as coordinating CLE        a job after graduation, deWitt urges students to       career services department is simply being
[continuing legal education] for the law school,     be flexible.                                           there for its students while they adjust to law
assisting with alumni matters, and publishing                                                               school and helping them with anything they
the law school’s quarterly e-newsletter,” he         “We are in a tight market right now,” he said.         may need in the job-search process.
said.                                                “Grads may need to start working with a firm
                                                     they would not have initially considered at a          “For all law students, it’s just having an open
“I really enjoy working with the students and        level of pay that that they feel is less than what     door so they can feel free to come in and
helping them find their place in a law career.”      they should get or in an area of law that wasn’t       talk and try to make sense out of this new
                                                     necessarily what they thought they would be            career—and, believe me, there are times when
The goal of the University of Memphis Cecil C.       doing. However, it takes much less effort to           they will wish they had gone into medicine like
Humphreys School of Law’s career services            control the direction of the career rocket once        their mother said they should,” he said.
department is to “provide information and            it is in space than it does to launch it initially.”
support to law students in their search for                                                                 When he’s not working, deWitt enjoys spending
legal employment.”                                   deWitt, who says there isn’t really anything           time with his wife and daughter. He also
                                                     he dislikes about his job, feels that career           collects autographed photographs, which he
“We aim to help develop skills that will             services departments help different people in          uses to decorate the walls of his office.
build self-confidence and insight into the           different ways.
expectations of legal employers as we bring                                                                 “There’s always one that a student will single
students and employers together,” the                “The offices assist students in all levels of          out as special,” he said. “For a few years, it was
university stated on its website.                    class rank and increasingly numerous areas of          Gil Gerard [Buck Rogers], since the students a
                                                     law,” he said. “For some, it means helping with        few years ago grew up with that TV show as a
deWitt, who worked as an attorney in the real        cover letters, resumes, and other documents            favorite. Lately, it seems to be Mini Me [Verne
estate and title insurance fields before coming      they need to send out to prospective                   Troyer of Austin Powers fame].”
to the university, thinks the career services        employers. For some, it means helping locate
department is achieving its goal by being            employers for part-time employment during
focused on its students.                             the school year, for summer clerkships,                ON THE NET
                                                     judicial clerkships, or for full-time employment
                                                     after they graduate. For some, who need help           University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys
“There are many, many fine career services
                                                     deciding what areas of law might be right for          School of Law
departments in law schools across the nation.
                                                     them in practice, it means holding seminars  
Our strength, like theirs, is being student-
centered and having a staff that is genuinely        throughout the school year to introduce them
                                                     to attorneys from different areas of practice          Buck Rogers
committed to their career needs,” deWitt
                                                     to help them decide which might be the best. 
said. “I think this is the core requirement for
a good career services counselor, as well. I         For some, it means providing opportunities
                                                     for on-campus interviews and job fairs that            Austin Powers
don’t know of any law career services office
                                                     can potentially match them up with interested
that isn’t staffed with people who want to help
their students and who have an open door for         employers.”


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