Director of Student Professional Development
B.A., Agnes Scott College
Beth Shackleford began serving as Georgia Law's first director of Student Professional Development in 2010. In this position, she prepares law students for the practicalities of the legal profession. Prior to this appointment, she worked in legal career services and legal recruiting for 30 years, the last 19 of which were at Georgia Law.
Shackleford draws on her extensive contacts throughout the profession as well as her event planning expertise to provide support to students in developing core skills, including direct training opportunities in critical areas such as interviewing, resume and cover letter writing, business etiquette and more. Her event planning experience in 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 the other Career Development team members and law library staff. She has years of experience in print and online legal career resources, and she has been published on various legal career topics. Currently, Shackleford serves on the national editorial board for PD Quarterly along with law school faculty and law firm professional development directors from across the country.
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 she is co-owner of Studio Dance Academy, where she enjoys further utilizing her event and production planning skills.