Career Development Office

The Career Development Office offers career-related skills training and education to students and alumni of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Our mission is to assist our students in identifying and achieving their unique career goals. The Career Development Office provides students and alumni one-on-one counseling for resume and cover letter review and job search strategies in addition to mock interviews, classroom presentations, career fairs and many other events. Students and employers are connected through job postings and on-campus recruiting in the fall and spring. Our growing alumni and mentor networks serve as resources for students seeking employment in particular practice areas, organizations or regions.

The Career Development Office is located on the third floor of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, on the southwestern corner of the University of Utah campus. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. We can be reached at 801-581-7767 or

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Meet Our Team

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Jess Hofberger, Director
Jess Hofberger became Director of the Office in December 2012. Jess received his J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2004. Following graduation he worked in Boise for Meuleman & Mollerup practicing in construction-related litigation, served as an Army Reservist in Operation Enduring Freedom, clerked for Justice Ronald Nehring of the Utah Supreme Court, practiced commercial litigation for Anderson Karrenberg, PC, in Salt Lake City, and served as Labor Counsel for the U.S. Army in Grafenwoehr, Germany. He received an undergraduate degree in insurance and risk management from the University of Wisconsin as the distinguished military graduate of 1996.

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Jaclyn Howell-Powers, Associate Director
Jaclyn Howell-Powers is the Associate Director for the Career Development Office. She joined the CDO in 2008. Prior to joining the college of law, she worked as a writer for the Deseret News, and as a Deputy Clerk for the Second District Court of Utah.  She has served from 2014 on the Committee on Resources for Self-Represented Parties with the Utah State Courts.  Jaclyn holds an M.A. in European History, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Legal Studies program at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, class of 2019.

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Heidi Smith, Professional Development Fellow
Heidi is in her second year of law school and is also working towards a Master’s in Accounting. She was the SBA 1L representative last year and is a great point of contact if you need help planning an event or getting to know people. Prior to law school, Heidi received her bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in Deaf Studies with an emphasis in Sign Language Interpreting. She previously worked as a financial planner and a Veteran Affairs Certifying Official. Her one piece of advice to the 1Ls is to keep up an exercise routine or you might end up having to buy bigger pants halfway through the year (not that she’s speaking from experience…).

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