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My Services Include

  • Diversity and Inclusion work with organizations and agencies
  • Conducting a mock interview with the most common interview questions
  • Coaching to improve public speaking
  • Résumé and cover letter review
  • Review of applications to college, graduate school, internships and scholarships
  • Federal résumés, specifically targeting KSAs (knowledge, skills, abilities)
  • Academic promotion packet assessment
  • Employment performance appraisal review
  • Advice on how to negotiate difficult job situations with reference to legal sites
  • Career coaching for transitioning veterans to the civilian job market

Hello, I’m Stephanie!

A Massachusetts native, I am a Professor of Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. I received my A.B. in History from Cornell University, my J.D. from Boston College Law School, and my M.A. in Applied History at Shippensburg University.

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One of the most common mistakes made in preparing a cover letter is to look on the World Wide Web for examples and language to include in your own cover letter. Often, people are searching for the right word or phrasing. Unfortunately, the reviewing committee can always tell the difference between a “canned” and an “authentic” presentation. My advice, take the time to write your cover letter in your own words, describing fully how your experience and skills match the employer’s job description.


Matthew Kotroco

IL University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Stephanie jirard was my professor, my mock trial coach, and ultimately my mentor during my time at shippensburg university. When i got to shippensburg as a freshman, i knew i wanted to go to law school, i just didn’t quite know how to get there or what i actually had to do. Professor jirard walked with me over 4 years through the whole process: helping me build a professional resume, enroll in the right classes, prepare for the lsat, draft a personal statement, and finally submit applications. With professor jirard’s guidance i was able to get accepted to the university of maryland school of law, a top 50 school. Even today i value professor jirard as a friend and as a role model, i wouldn’t be on to greater things in my life and maximizing my potential if it weren’t for her.

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