Director of Student Professional Development
B.A., Agnes Scott College
Beth Shackleford brings a wealth of experience to her position as director of student professional development. She became a member of the University of Georgia School of Law's administrative team in 1995 and served as director of legal career services until January 2011 when she became the law school's first director of student professional development.
Shackleford develops and implements all aspects of the law school's student professional development programs and services, including presenting career informational programs for students and providing opportunities for law students to enhance their experiences outside the classroom to connect with attorney practitioners. These programs include forums on practice specialties and employer types, mentor programs, mock interviews, table talk simulations, business etiquette and professional correspondence trainings as well as information sessions on loan repayment, financial planning and law practice management.
She is a nationally recognized leader in her field, having served on the board of directors of NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals, and presenting career panels at numerous professional and educational conferences. In 2006, Shackleford was honored with the Association of American Law Schools' Kutulakis Student Services Award.
Shackleford began her career in legal career development as a recruiting coordinator at the Atlanta law firm Neely & Player in 1984. Three years later, she joined Emory University School of Law as its assistant director of career services. In 1988, she accepted the post of career planning and placement director at Georgia State University College of Law, where she remained until joining UGA.
Shackleford 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.