Concentrate on classes/grades - In accordance with the NALP Principals and Standards, first year law students are prohibited from using the Career Strategies office until November 1.
You are welcome to attend seminars and workshops sponsored by the Career Strategies
office prior to this date.
- Early November - begin working on resume and cover letter (see examples in handbook).
- Mid-November - Attend orientation for L-1's (first years).
- Make an appointment with the Career Strategies Director after November 15 to review resume and cover letter.
- Organize job search campaign (mailings/phone contacts).
- Work on resume over Thanksgiving break.
- Begin checking job posting board.
Finalize resume and cover letter. Decide on where you would like to focus your job search. (Geographical area)
During Christmas break personally hand deliver your resume.
Get started in LegalSift, get a login and familiarize yourself with the system. Become familiar with the Career Services website and the OCI/RC schedule.
- If you have not started your job search, begin now.
- Check with Career Services for information and deadlines for RC, OCI and other job postings and watch your e-mail for announcements.
- Prepare a mail list of employers.
- Mail resumes and follow up with phone calls on the resumes you have sent out.
- Order a transcript from the Registrar as soon as grades are available from the first semester. Place a copy in your credential file in CS.
- Update your resume adding GPA and class rank if 50% or higher in your class. Submit an updated copy to CS for your credential file.
- Sign up for a mock interview through Career Services.
- Begin preparing for interviews (see section on interview questions).
- Make personal contacts over Spring Break. Hand deliver your resume.
- See Career Services Director for help on interview preparation.
- Attend Career Services Seminars.
- Continue job search campaign until you land a position.
- Check on public interest opportunities and volunteer positions where
- you can get experience if not hired in a paying position.
- Smaller firms tend to hire during spring months.
- Continue follow-up.