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Gerald Slater: Director for Administration at the Office of Cooperative Legal Education, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA

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                             Gerald Slater: Director for Administration at the Office
                             of Cooperative Legal Education, Northeastern University
                             School of Law, Boston, MA
                             [By Jen Woods]
                             Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL) offers a unique cooperative education program (co-op), in which students
                             alternate between full-time classes and full-time internships. The program gives students opportunities to apply the
                             material they learn in the classroom to their related legal fields.




Gerald Slater, Director for Administration at        The Office of Cooperative Legal Education       Slater said it is essential to meet one-
the Office of Cooperative Legal Education at         works in collaboration with the Office of       on-one with students but admits it can be
Northeastern University School of Law, says          Career Services, helping students and           challenging to give each of the school’s
he enjoys helping law students prepare to            graduates with career planning. For             600 law students and 800 employers the
enter the workforce. “Helping them navigate          example, staff members from both offices        individual attention he or she needs. “It’s
their entrance into the legal profession is          are equipped to help students with resume       very much a person-to-person field, and
quite rewarding,” he said.                           writing and interviewing. The offices also      listening is key,” he added.
                                                     share a combined resource room where
Slater, an NUSL alumnus, initially worked            students can look up information about          The school works with approximately 800
as a labor and employment attorney at Day,           different employers and job opportunities.      co-op employers in more than 30 states.
Berry & Howard, LLP, in Boston. After five                                                           Students accept positions in a variety of legal
years of practicing law, Slater decided it was       Slater said he provides a wide array of         practices, including private firms of all sizes,
time for a change.                                   career advice to students. “We discuss          legal services, public defender associations,
                                                     their interests and goals, fields of law,       courts (state and federal, trial and appellate),
“As a student and then as a supervisor of            and opportunities, and then use this            government agencies, corporate legal
legal interns at my firm, [I was] always             information as search criteria to help          departments, unions, and special interest
fascinated […] as to where students selected         them sort through our 800 participating         advocacy organizations.
to practice [and] how they learned about             employers and other opportunities that
being a lawyer and the practice of law. I            may be out there,” Slater said.                 Co-op employers also benefit from the
like to teach but also like to work in the real                                                      program, especially if they end up hiring
world, not just academic pursuits; and a             In addition, Slater helps students cope         students after they graduate. At the end of a
work-to-learn program is very interesting to         with rejection. Co-op students are not          student’s co-op rotation, his or her employer
me,” Slater said.                                    guaranteed jobs; they interview and apply for   writes a one-page evaluation of the student.
                                                     positions just like everyone else. Therefore,   “They are usually delighted” with the
Seven years ago, Slater spoke at                     Slater helps students decide where to apply     student’s performance, Slater said.
Northeastern University School of Law about          for jobs if they do not get any of their top
how to get a job at Day, Berry & Howard,             choices. He may refer students to the Office
LLP. After his presentation, the director of         of Career Services for additional help with     ON THE NET
the Office of Cooperative Legal Education            interviewing to increase their marketability.
                                                                                                     Northeastern University School of Law
offered him a position at the university,
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Slater said.                                         Slater also counsels students who are
                                                     uncertain about what they want to do. The
                                                                                                     Northeastern University
The School of Law’s co-op program helps              co-op program helps students gain direction
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students build their resumes and expand              in terms of their career goals. They have
their professional networks while they are           opportunities to gain experience in several
                                                                                                     Day, Berry & Howard, LLP
still in school. In addition, about 40 percent       different areas to determine what is best for
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of students accept full-time positions at their      them. In fact, students are encouraged to
co-op job sites, Slater said.                        explore different substantive areas of law
                                                     and practice settings.

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Description: Northeastern University School of Law offers a cooperative education program. Students alternate between full-time classes and internships, gives students opportunities to apply the material they learn in the classroom to their related legal fields.
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