Volunteer Opportunities

Alumni play a critical role in the success of the School of Law. Wherever you live or whatever your time constraints, there is a volunteer opportunity that matches your interest.  Please browse through the various alumni volunteer opportinuties listed under the headings below and contact us today about getting involved with Mason Law.

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Career Services

Alumni can serve as a valuable resource for students as they prepare for job interviews, learn about particular practice areas and employers, and seek out summer and permanent employment, as well as for fellow alumni pursuing career changes. The Career, Academic and Alumni Services Office (CAAS) provides multiple ways in which alumni can volunteer their time to support fellow alumni and Mason Law’s next generation of lawyers. To volunteer for any of the programs listed below contact CAAS at lawcar@gmu.edu or (703) 993-8020.

Career Advisory Network

The Career Advisory Network is an informational/networking tool for use by students and alumni seeking guidance as they explore career options.  The program allows students or alumni to contact volunteer alumni advisors and ask questions about particular practice areas, geographic dynamics, market trends, or obtain valuable career advice.  Volunteers are not contacted to solicit employment opportunities. Alumni from all across the country can serve as a part of the Career Advisory Network.

Mock Interview Program

This program pairs students with alumni for mock interviews. CAAS makes an effort to match students with alumni based primarily on each student’s employer, practice area, and geographic preference. Interviews take place year round and are conducted at the interviewer’s office or the law school at the interviewer’s convenience. In addition, more formal programs are held on campus in the spring and fall in advance of on-campus recruiting.

Panelist

CAAS and many student organizations host a number of panels during the school year designed to educate students on particular areas of law or various career paths.  Students always value hearing from alumni representing as wide a spectrum as possible: employer size; private vs. public employers; career changers; and different expertise levels.  Panels usually take place during the lunch hour or at 5:00 pm in one of the law school classrooms.

Mentoring and Shadowing Programs

Matching students with experienced alumni, the mentoring program allows alumni to share their professional experience with a motivated student in need of a mentor to advise them on a range of topics. The shadowing program matches students with alumni based on employer and practice area interests and enables a student to tag along for a day-in-the-life of a working graduate.

Hiring Contact

Populate your place of employment with Mason Law graduates.  Hiring contacts help by getting their employer to participate in our fall or spring recruitment programs or by simply making sure that their employer’s job announcements are posted on the law school’s job bank.  Submit job announcements to Mason Law’s job bank on the CAAS website.

Admissions

Alumni are encouraged to participate in our effort to recruit highly qualified students.  The strong endorsement of a graduate can play a critical role in a student deciding to attend Mason Law.  If you are interested in assisting the Admissions Office by attending admissions events or talking to prospective students, please contact Alison Price, Associate Dean and Director of Admissions, at 703-993-8010 or email her at aprice1@gmu.edu.

Moot Court / Trial Advocacy

Provide law students with opportunities to hone their pretrial, trial, and appellate skills. As judges, alumni can play a key role in the training of Mason Law students as future advocates.

Moot Court

The Moot Court Board needs alumni volunteers to serve as judges for the two annual intramural competitions. The First Year Moot Court Competition takes place during the spring semester and ordinarily simulates a hearing on a pre-trial motion. The Upper Class Moot Court Competition takes place during the fall semester and allows second, third and fourth year students to prepare and deliver an appellate argument.  If you would like to participate as a judge, please send an email to the Moot Court Board at mootct@gmu.edu, or a fax to 703-993-4470.

Trial Advocacy

The Trial Advocacy Association (“Trial Ad”) provides students with opportunities to develop their trial practice skills and gain litigation experience, through simulated courtroom exercises. Trial Ad sponsors the regional leg of the National Trial Competition (NTC) each year and needs alumni who are willing to act as judges and jury-member judges for the trials, scoring students on the strength of their arguments, their objections, and their courtroom demeanor. If you are interested in volunteering to judge future competitions, please email trialad@gmu.edu.

Law Alumni Association

The Law Alumni Association seeks to build a lifelong relationship between alumni and the School of Law.  Through its events and programs the Law Alumni Association promotes professional, social and networking opportunities for alumni, sponsors the awarding of student scholarships, and assists in disseminating information to the alumni community.  Visit the Law Alumni Association website to learn more about its activities, board of directors, and volunteer opportunities.

Alumni Receptions/Events

Bring together Mason Law alumni in your area by hosting a reception or event for alumni.  We are always looking for firms, companies or individuals to host events. This is a great way to get involved with alumni in your area and publicize the name of your firm or company.  Contact Dana Fallon, Director of Alumni Services, at 703-993-9862 or lawalum@gmu.edu if you are interested or need further information.