Monday Morning Message 12.13.21 A Job, Career, or a Calling?

Posted 2021-12-13 9:19am

Three bricklayers are asked: “What are you doing?” The first says, “I am laying bricks.” The second says, “I am building a church.” And the third says, “I am building the house of God.” The first bricklayer has a job. The second has a career. The third has a calling.” ― Angela Duckworth 

 This morning, I’m asking for your help to launch our 2021 graduates who were sworn in as new attorneys last month into successful careers and to help them find their calling.

Employers often tell us that what distinguishes our graduates from other law schools’ graduates is grit and perseverance. It’s the difference between approaching your next chapter as a job, a career, or a calling.

Our recent graduates had to quickly adapt to remote learning and had to be resilient and adaptable while studying for the bar exam. They are continuing to use that resiliency and adaptability now, as they seek their first full-time legal jobs.

Finding the right position, especially in today's market, requires a well-developed network of supporters and the interpersonal skills to engage that network. At CSU C|M|LAW, we know that the power of our alumni and supporter network impacts employment outcomes.

Your support of just one graduate can change a career path and make a difference for the graduate and for our Law School.

Are you hiring?  Do you know someone who is hiring? Refer a class of 2021 graduate for the role. 

Special thanks to Assistant Dean Sarah Beznoska, Assistant Director Jaime Gay, Career Services Specialist Anne Wells, and Ann-Marie Ahern ’98 and Jason Bristol ‘00Co-Chairs of our Board of Visitors Career Strategy & Employment Work Group, who lead our efforts to help our graduates make connections and secure employment after law school.

We work to help our students engage our alumni and supporter network from day one, leveraging our first-year student alumni mentor program, offering programs and opportunities to connect with alumni, and making introductions where we can.

Our graduates are:  

Practice-Ready and Prepared: our graduates come to us with significant employment and life experiences, and while with us develop the legal knowledge and practical skills required to successfully contribute immediately upon graduation to any dynamic workplace. We produce graduates with strong legal writing skills, the ability to thoroughly navigate complicated legal issues, and the confidence to apply innovative thinking to solve problems.   

Skilled in Leadership and Diversity: our graduates leverage on and off campus opportunities to develop core leadership skills, including communication, cultural competency, active listening, project management, teamwork, and technology.   

Committed to Professionalism and Ethics: our graduates know the value of hard work, integrity, and accountability. We challenge them as they learn law in the classroom so they are prepared to live justice as lawyer leaders, in whatever field they choose. 

In short, they are ready to join your team. 

If you are hiring, or someone you know is hiring, please reach out to Assistant Dean of Student and Career Services Sara Beznoska at, and she and her outstanding team will help you hire a graduate who meets your needs.

Please help us fulfill the promises we make to open doors to employment for our graduates and to be their law school for life. 

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay Committed to Living Justice.

Have a great day. Have a great week.

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My best,


Lee Fisher

Dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law | Cleveland State University
Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law


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