Student Professional Development

The Office of Student Professional Development (SPD) creates and supports professional information programming for the law student population.  The 40+ annual SPD workshops include programs about law practice specialties and employment settings, as well as networking events and core competency skills trainings.  Additionally, Student Professional Development maintains online and hard copy career and professional information resources.


Small photo of collaboration in the Rusk Library

Explore the Profession

The SPD office offers information and resources about various careers in law practice, including Government and Public Interest PracticePrivate Law Firm PracticeCorporate Counsel, and Alternative Uses of the Law Degree.  Learn more about practice specialties by exploring SPD's Law Practice Specialty information.

Professional Preparations

Many services and resources are offered by the SPD office, including Mock InterviewsBusiness EtiquetteMentor MatchingNetwork BuildingBar Exam Information, Preparing for Graduation Information, and Loan Repayment and Debt Management Information.

Profiles in Practice

Alumni and other attorneys share brief biographies and advice for students interested in their career paths. View profiles in practice.



Office of Career Development

Susan J. Wilson, Executive Director


Office of Career Services

(706) 542-7541,

David O'Brien, Director

Kristin Strunk Lowry, Associate Director

Robbie Eddins, Interview Coordinator


Student Professional Development

(706) 542-5156,

Beth Shackleford, Director


Student Professional Development Insights


Student Debt Management

There are helpful ways to structure debt and manage loans, and there is support available to those pursuing careers in public service or managing debt payments on lower salaries.



Bar Exam Information

Bar exam registration procedures and dates vary across jurisdictions.  Discounts may be given for those registering early, including 1L and 2L registrants, so check these sites for requirements on fitness and examination registration.