Pre-Law School


















Post-Grad Employment

A law student’s top 2 goals within 6 months of graduation are to pass the bar exam and get a job. Create your plan for meaningful employment now.

Pre-Law School:

  • Start meeting lawyers, even before law school, to learn about the various types of jobs lawyers do.

During 1L Year:

1L Calendars: The 1L Career Action Calendars help keep you on track and set yourself up for success. Treat your job search like another class and spend a little time each week on it. These calendars will guide you in tasks you can do per week.

GOALS – By the end of 1L Fall Semester you have:

  • Met with a Career Coach 1:1 (by Sept 30)
  • Have your resume updated and ready to send out to legal employers
  • Have your template cover letter ready to personalize per application
  • Have met with at least 5 attorneys and learned what they do (from informational interviews and panels)
  • Have identified a few types of 1L summer jobs or practice areas you wish to explore

Summer After 1L Year:

  • Your goal for summer is to get some legal experience. It doesn’t matter what specific type (because you’ll be honing the most common legal skills no matter what type of legal job you do) or if the work is part time or full time; paid or unpaid; or for credit or voluntary. Try something legal and evaluate the experience to know what you want to try next.
  • Know hiring timelines for the employers you are interested in for 2L summer.
  • Update your resume with your 1L summer experience.

2L Year

Upper Division Calendars: These calendars will guide you in tasks you can do per week.

  • TIP: Really evaluate what you liked and didn’t like about your summer experience. Don’t just focus on what you did on a daily basis; evaluate what you saw 3rd and 4th year attorneys doing at your summer employment to really know if you’re interested in this field. You’ll be a junior attorney sooner than you think.

  • Consider getting some experience during the school year – eg: a clinic, externship, pro bono work, work for a firm or corporation part time during the year, and/or volunteer at a non-profit. This is a good way to get more experience, build your skills and your relationships.
  • Continue to hone what you are interested in and know the hiring timelines. Keep meeting attorneys, learning more about various career options lawyers have, and trying out what you can.

Summer After 2L Year:

  • If you are at a large firm, certain government agencies, or anywhere with an expectation that this 2L summer experience could lead to full time post graduate employment, your entire summer is an interview. Treat it as such if you are hoping for an offer of post-graduate employment.
  • If you are working at an employer you like with no guarantee of post graduate employment, still treat it like your entire summer is an interview, and if you like it there, consider trying to stay on during your 3L year. Every year, a small number of graduates indicate that they started working for an employer during law school, and even though there was no expectation (from employer or law student) of getting a post-graduation offer, they did.
  • Update your resume with your 2L summer experience.

3L Year

Upper Division Calendars: These calendars will guide you in tasks you can do per week.

  • The goal in 3L year is less about graduating with a job in hand (because most employers can’t predict their hiring needs that far in advance) and more about utilizing 3L year to build relationships in the legal field that you wish to enter post grad.
  • Working during the school year (if feasible for you) is a great way to build those relationships.
  • Keep meeting and speaking with attorneys doing the type of work you are interested in.
  • Update OCM with any offer of post-graduate employment.

Part Time Students (have an additional summer and 4L year):

  • Many part time students work full time while in law school. While some of them are in law school to advance within their current field, many are in law school to switch fields and advance.

  • TIP: It is essential for part time law students to get some legal experience during law school. Employers expect it. Get creative in how you get this experience. Can you take vacation days once a week from your current job to do a clinic? Can you shadow an attorney during winter break? Can you find a position that is 3-4 weeks in summer and take leave from your current position. It is not easy, but if you can get some legal experience during law school, it will majorly help in the post-graduation job search when switching fields.

Post Grad Employment:

Recent Graduate Calendars: These calendars will guide you in tasks you can do per week.