Director of Student Professional Development
B.A., Agnes Scott College
Nationally recognized as an expert on lawyers' careers, Beth Shackleford began creating the function of Student Professional Development at the School of Law in 2010-11, providing support to prepare law students for the practicalities of the profession. Prior to this, she worked in legal career services and legal recruiting for 26 years, including 15 years at UGA.
Shackleford brings extensive contacts throughout the profession as well as a wealth of event planning expertise together to provide support to students for soft skills and core competency development, including direct training opportunities to develop interview skills, resume and cover letter writing, business etiquette, online professional presence and more. Her event planning experience providing multiday programming for groups up to 1,300 participants enables her to organize a full range of professional development opportunities for Georgia Law students.
Additionally, Shackleford assumes primary responsibility for career resource development, in collaboration with Legal Career Services, the law library staff and others. She exhibits years of expertise in print and online legal career resources and has been published on various legal career topics, including "Perspectives on Career Services" and "Finding and Funding International Public Service Opportunities."
In the new territory of legal careers, Shackleford's advice is being sought by a range of audiences, including the Law School Admissions Council and the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors to help applicants navigate the information on the profession.
In 2006, Shackleford was honored with the prestigious Association of American Law Schools' Kutulakis Student Services Award. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Agnes Scott College and later received a certificate in mediation from The Settlement Institute in Atlanta, Ga. Actively involved in the community, she has served on several boards of nonprofit organizations and is co-owner of Studio Dance Academy, where she enjoys further utilizing her event and production planning skills.