Typical Summer Jobs

What Types of Legal Opportunities Did 1Ls & 2Ls Get For Summer 2019?

The data listed here reflects reporting from more than 70% of the May 2021 grads (1Ls) and the May 2020 grads (2Ls) for what they did during summer 2019.

In House

  • Law students worked in house at corporations such as tech companies, bio science companies, or educational institutions
  • 23% of 1Ls spent their summer in house
  • 28% of 2Ls spent their summer in house
  • Typically, these positions are paid

Government

  • Local (District Attorney & Public Defender), state agencies, federal agencies, and the judicial branch (Judicial externs- working for a judge)
  • 26% of 1Ls spent their summer in government opportunities
  • 22% of 2Ls spent their summer in government opportunities
  • Typically, these positions are unpaid, but some are paid

Law Firm

  • Small, large, includes international/ study abroad, and ELC
  • 29% of 1Ls spent their summer at law firms
  • 37% of 2Ls spent their summer at law firms
  • Typically, these positions are paid

Public Interest

  • Law students worked at non-profits & clinics including local, national & international organizations
  • 17% of 1Ls worked at non profits (or clinic-type organizations)
  • 11% of 2Ls worked at non profits (or clinic-type organizations)
  • Typically, these positions are unpaid, but students can apply for summer grants

Other

  • Research Assistant; non-law opportunities
  • 5% of 1Ls worked in either RA or non law jobs
  • 1% of 2Ls worked in either RA or non law jobs
  • Depending on the positions, these can be paid

How Did Students Find Their Summer Jobs?

49% thru Networking
Includes connecting informally with classmates, professors, student organizations, and non law connections to find out about opportunities.
30% thru SCU Law Jobs
The student learned about the opportunity because it was posted on SCU Law Jobs, and by applying through the listed specifications, they received their summer offer.
21% thru Other Means
Includes formal hiring fairs like OCI and other career fairs, some school sponsored opportunities, like clinics and study abroad, and other online sites.