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Every law student pursues a unique career path, but the Career Development Office offers sample career search calendars with suggested dates and tasks for each year of law school, as well as templates for different resume styles, reference lists, grade lists, cover letters, and tracking your networking activity.

By reviewing these sample calendars and documents, and tailoring them to their individual goals, law students can pursue thorough, well-planned career searches.

Templates
Employment Application Document Preparation

A well-crafted application is essential to securing a position in the current competitive market. The CDO can help you tailor your materials to highlight your interest in each employer and qualifications related to the specific position. Use our guides, samples and templates to get started.

Resumés:
Resumé Writing Guide

Bullet Resumé (one address) Example/Template
Bullet Resumé (two address) Example/Template

Paragraph Resumé (one address) Example/Template
Paragraph Resumé (two address) Example/Template

References

Cover Letters

Grade List

Network Tracking Document

Writing Samples

Request a meeting with a career advisor for feedback on your resumé, cover letter or other documents. Please e-mail or drop off draft documents in the CDO when you schedule your appointment so we can review them in advance of our meeting with you. 

First Year Job Search Timeline
Fall Semester

August/September

  • Participate in New Student Orientation and focus on making the transition to law school.
  • Attend 1L Career Immersion to begin thinking about the career development process, understand how to differentiate yourself and how to network, and distinguish between practice areas and employment settings (Aug. 19).
  • Complete interest questionnaire via Symplicity.
  • Review career planning links and employment search document templates on the CDO website.
  • Create or update your LinkedIn profile. Review your online presence and remove inappropriate content. Join the University of Richmond LinkedIn page and Twitter feed.
  • Begin thinking about what type of attorney or other professional you want to be and the type of work settings you might enjoy. Begin to identify your career goals and employment skills.
  • Begin thinking about where you want to live and work during summer breaks and after graduation. Think broadly about geographic locations of choice, including areas where you have connections, or where there is a robust legal practice but fewer recent law graduates.
  • Start building an employment search network tracking document that identifies relatives, friends, teachers, attorneys, alumni, business associates, and other acquaintances who may help you learn more about legal employment opportunities. Communicate with your contacts about the start of your law school career and any summer or future employment goals.
  • Attend CDO informational programs that interest you.
  • Attend CDO Open House to meet CDO staff (Aug. 31).
  • Attend Foundations of Practice to learn more about what lawyers do, the issues they tackle, and how to prepare yourself for the field (Criminal Law, Sept. 7; Transactional Law, Sept. 8; Civil Litigation, Sept. 9).
  • Order networking cards by Sept. 23.
  • Receive Symplicity credentials. Log into and familiarize yourself with Symplicity.

October

  • Receive welcome message from your career advisor.
  • Begin to review 1L employment listings for which you may begin applying on Dec. 1 via Symplicity.
  • Attend the Judicial Clerkship Series: Judges’ Perspectives to learn what makes a clerkship applicant successful (Oct. 14).
  • Attend CDO 1L Employment Search Skills Workshops: How to Find Your Summer Job to learn about resources for pursuing summer employment, guidelines for resumes and cover letters, and other tips for success (Oct. 17, 18, 19 and 20).
  • Review samples and use templates on the CDO website to prepare a resume and sample cover letter for review by your career advisor.
  • Become familiar with the various career-related resources available online (e.g., Martindale Hubbell, NALP Directory, PSJD, Government Honors Internships Handbook). Research and identify legal employers that hire 1Ls in your preferred geographic and practice areas.
  • Attend one-on-one appointment with your career advisor (starting October 17). Work with your advisor to develop a search strategy for summer and post-graduate employment.
  • Attend How I Spent My Summer Break: Student Tips to 1Ls on Finding a Summer Job to learn successful employment search tips from 2Ls and 3Ls (Oct. 21).
  • Attend Meeting and Greeting Alumni: A Fall Gathering Pre-Reception Crash Course and Fall Gathering alumni reception (Oct. 28).

November

  • Incorporate advisor feedback to finalize your resume and upload it to Symplicity.
  • Begin researching law firms as well as public interest, government, business, and other employers. Create a target employer list.
  • In Symplicity, review summer employment evaluations completed by students who previously interned at target employers.
  • Draft cover letters for various types of employers and employment settings and work with your advisor to refine them.
  • Become a student member of bar associations and legal interest groups in your geographic areas of interest.
  • If you are planning to apply for a judicial clerkship, attend the Judicial Clerkship Series: Interviewing with Judges to start preparing for the interview process (Nov. 4).
  • Attend Maximizing Symplicity training to learn the features of the system (Nov. 14, 15).
  • Attend Cover Letter Workshop to learn to draft compelling cover letters for law-related positions (Nov. 16).
  • Attend Interview Skills Workshop: The Basics to learn tips, techniques and best practices for making a positive self-presentation during screening and call-back interviews (Nov. 18).
  • Conduct a videotaped mock interview in the CDO if you plan to interview over winter break.
  • Line up references from law school faculty and previous employers.

December

  • Submit resumes and cover letters if seeking summer positions with large law firms, federal judges, or other employers interested in receiving resumes at this time (Dec. 1). Initiate contact with other legal employers you have identified about summer employment. Organize this information so you will have a record of your contacts, and schedule regular follow up with those contacts.
  • Set up informational interviews during semester break with individuals in your employment search network. If you need assistance with expanding your list of contacts, talk with your career advisor.
  • Arrange an attorney shadowing opportunity over winter break to observe a legal office.

Winter Break

  • Conduct informational interviews in a variety of legal/alternative settings to explore opportunities and expand your professional network.
  • Research and identify via Symplicity employers of interest who are coming on campus to hire 1Ls through the Spring On-Campus Interview Program (Spring OCI) and the Government & Public Interest Interview Program (GPIIP) (Feb. 10). Begin preparing your application materials for these employers.
  • Attend employer receptions or bar association holiday parties in your preferred geographic location, if applicable.
  • Develop applications for GPIIP and Spring OCI. Submit your resume and other application documents to your career advisor for review before application deadlines.
Spring Semester

January

  • Attend Maximizing Symplicity to learn the features of the system (Jan. 10, 11, 12).
  • Attend Summer Public Interest Fellowship Information Session to learn about the guidelines and application process for Richmond Law summer fellowships (Jan. 11).
  • Attend Think Like a Professional: Navigating Ethical Minefields in the Employment Search to learn best practices regarding networking, applying for employment and accepting interviews and offers (Jan. 13).
  • Meet again with your career advisor to update your employment search strategy and application documents.
  • Submit an application for the Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region Corporate Scholars Program (mid-January). To learn more about the scholarship awards and experiential learning opportunities in the legal departments of regional companies and organizations, visit the program website.
  • Apply for Spring OCI via Symplicity (first session deadline mid-January).
  • Apply for GPIIP via Symplicity (mid-January).
  • Update resume to include grades (if desired) and send to employers to whom you have applied previously. Update network tracking document.
  • Mail resumes and cover letters to small and mid-size law firms, banks, and corporations with legal staffs, legal publishers, associations, government agencies, and public interest employers for summer employment. (Note: Many of these employers hire 1Ls as volunteers.)
  • Attend Interview Skills Workshop: Best Practices in Action for advice from upperclass on acing an interview (Jan. 20).
  • Participate in Alumni Mock Interview Program (Jan. 26).

February

  • Attend Government & Public Interest Interview Program Overview to pick up your GPIIP schedule and learn about the program format and follow-up process (Feb. 7).
  • Schedule out-of-town interviews (including informational interviews) for spring break.
  • If invited for interviews, participate in spring OCI (early February through early March).
  • If invited for interviews, participate in GPIIP (Feb. 10).
  • Attend Judicial Clerkship Series: Why You Should Apply for a Bankruptcy Clerkship to learn about opportunities with bankruptcy judges (Feb. 17).
  • Submit Intent to Participate Form for the Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program via Symplicity, even if you do not have summer employment lined up (mid-February).
  • Apply for summer clinical placements through Professor Margaret Bacigal.
  • Report interviews and summer employment offers to your career advisor.
  • Reach out to law professors whom you have an interest in assisting with legal research and writing this summer.

March

  • Attend Career Conversations, the CDO’s annual spring networking event, with attorneys from various practice areas (Mar. 1).
  • Collaborate with your career advisor to fine-tune your spring break employment search plans. Conduct self-initiated employment and informational interviews during spring break.
  • Pre-register for the 2017 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (early March).
  • If interested, apply for a position on the CDO Advisory Board.
  • Continue to contact smaller law firms, corporations with small legal staffs, government agencies and public interest organizations. Also contact state court judges about intern positions.
  • Submit applications for summer fellowship grants from public interest groups, such as the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program.
  • Attend Breaking Into the Small Firm Market to hear when small law firms are most likely to hire and how they identify potential candidates (Mar. 24).
  • Participate in competitions for moot court, mock trial, and law journals.
April
  • Attend Think Like a Professional: Summer Success program to hear tips from employers and students on making the most of your summer internship experience (Apr. 7).
  • Meet with career advisor to review summer and fall recruiting opportunities. Be mindful that job fairs and fall OCI have summer application deadlines and begin during the months of July and August.
  • Participate in competitions for moot court, mock trial, and law journals.
  • Report summer employment to your career advisor if you have not done so already.
  • Continue to check Symplicity for employment if you do not have a full summer lined up.
  • Pre-register for the Southeastern Minority Job Fair (mid-April).
  • Comply with priority deadline to submit your Summer Stipend Application and required attachments (mid-April).

May

  • Report summer employment to your career advisor if you have not done so already.
  • Continue to check Symplicity for employment if you do not have a full summer lined up.
  • Comply with final deadline to submit Summer Stipend Application and required attachments (mid-May).
  • Student application deadline for Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (early May), Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (early May), and Southeastern Minority Job Fair (late May).
Summer

June

  • Mark your calendar to attend Perspectives from the Legal Hiring Committee: How to Approach OCI and Other Applications (June 7) featuring law firm hiring partners and recruiting staff. This program will be recorded and available for students who cannot attend in Richmond.
  • Do something legal this summer! This may include working with a law firm or at a public sector organization, volunteering with a judge, researching for a professor, etc. Remember to be professional and treat the position as a summer long interview.
  • Continue to check Symplicity for summer employment. Many employers contact the CDO after the end of the school year. Let employers, especially smaller firms and state government agencies, know you are available for part-time and/or summer employment immediately.
  • Meet as many people as you can to expand your network, talk about career options, and assess your own interests. Update your employment search network tracking document.
  • Review summer emails from the CDO for employment opportunities and application deadlines.
  • In Symplicity, review and research employers registered for the fall On-Campus Interview Program (OCI) (starting mid-June).

July

  • Begin the search for employment after your 2L year! Continue thinking about what type of attorney you want to be and the type of work settings you might enjoy. Identify your career goals and employment skills.
  • Continue thinking about where you want to live and work during summer breaks and after graduation. Think broadly about geographic preferences including areas where you have connections, or where there is a robust legal practice but fewer recent law graduates.
  • Continue building and updating your employment search network tracking document that identifies relatives, friends, teachers, attorneys, alumni, business associates, and other acquaintances you can contact to learn more about employment opportunities. Communicate with your contacts about your law school career and any summer/future employment goals. Meet as many people as you can to expand your network, talk about career options, and assess your own interests.
  • If you want to interview with employers in cities where you are spending your first-year summer, or you will travel to a city where you want to work next summer, send a resume and cover letter in July to request a preliminary interview before you return to school.
  • Use various career-related resources available online (e.g., Martindale Hubbell, NALP Directory, PSJD, Government Honors & Internships Handbook) to research and identify legal employers that hire 2Ls in your preferred geographic and practice areas.
  • Meet with your career advisor in person or by phone for resume review and employment search advising. Submit an updated resume draft and cover letters for review to your career advisor by mid-July for comment before OCI deadline.
  • Apply for 2L summer positions via summer job fairs and fall OCI beginning in early July. Submit bids for OCI interviews (starting mid-July).

August

  • Line up references from law school faculty and previous employers.
  • Research, identify, and contact employers who are not interviewing on campus.
  • Update your employment search network tracking document. Communicate with your contacts about your law school career and any summer/future employment goals.
  • Watch application deadlines for OCI and resume collections.
  • Consider applying to U.S. Department of Justice (deadline mid-September).
  • Explore local part-time employment opportunities during the semester.
Second Year Job Search Timeline
Fall Semester

September

  • If you received a Summer Public Service Fellowship (1) complete a Summer Employment Evaluation for your employment, (2) submit a 2L Interest Questionnaire, and (3) upload your updated resume, all via Symplicity (by Sept. 19).
  • If you did not receive a Summer Public Service Fellowship, complete a 2L Interest Questionnaire and Summer Employment Evaluation online in Symplicity.
  • In Symplicity, review Summer Employment Evaluations by students who previously interned at target employers.
  • Continue researching and contacting employers. Expand your employment search network. Update your employment search network tracking document.
  • Watch application deadlines for OCI and resume collections.
  • Research mid-size law firms and make contacts there.
  • Check your e-mail and Symplicity for employment opportunities often.
  • Apply to U.S. Department of Justice by the September 6. Check deadlines for other federal government Honors Programs by reviewing the Government Honors & Internship Handbook (e-mail the CDO for password) and the Pathways to Federal Employment Guide.
  • Apply for Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair (by Sept. 14).
  • Meet with your career advisor. Work with your advisor to develop a search strategy for summer and post-graduate employment.
  • Order networking cards, if you do not have them already (by Sept. 23).
  • Attend How I Got my Public Sector Job program (Sept. 23).
  • Attend Get to Know... Hon. Mary Malveaux of the Court of Appeals of Virginia (Sept. 30).
  • Conduct a videotaped mock interview in the CDO (available any time).
  • Apply for summer internships with the JAG Corps.

October

  • Continue contacting small and mid-size law firms. Continue building your network by adding to your list of contacts and arranging information interviews with them. Update your employment search network tracking document. Create weekly "to do" lists to help you stay on course.
  • Attend Judicial Clerkship Series: Judges' Perspectives program and reception (Oct. 14).
  • Attend Get to Know... Hon. Stephen Ostrach (Oct. 24).
  • Attend Meeting and Greeting Alumni: A Fall Gathering Pre-Reception Crash Course and Fall Gathering alumni reception (Oct. 28).
  • Attend the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair (Oct. 25-26) to participate in scheduled interviews or table talk.

November

  • Attend Judicial Clerkship Series: Interviewing with Judges (Nov. 4).
  • Attend the ABA Labor & Employment Section program (Nov. 10).
  • Attend Pushing Forward: Tips for 2Ls for Landing a Summer Job (Nov. 11)
  • Continue contacting smaller law firms, banks and corporations, and legal publishers, associations, and public interest organizations. Update your employment search network tracking document.

December

  • Set up informational interviews with individuals in your employment search network over the winter break. If you need assistance with expanding your list of contacts, talk with your career advisor.
  • Consider broadening your search to other geographic or practice areas. Update your employment search network tracking document.
  • Apply for GPIIP and Spring OCI Program via Symplicity (starting Dec. 12).

Winter Break

  • Conduct informational interviews in a variety of legal/alternative settings to explore opportunities and expand your professional network. Update your employment search network tracking document.
  • Research and identify via Symplicity employers of interest who are coming on campus to hire 2Ls through spring OCI and the Government & Public Interest Interview Program (GPIIP). Begin preparing your application materials for these employers.
  • Develop applications for GPIIP & Spring OCI.
Spring Semester

January

  • Submit drafts of your resume, cover letters and other application materials to your career advisor for review if you intend to apply to employers through GPIIP or Spring OCI (by Jan 3).
  • Update your resume after receipt of grades and class rank (if desired) and upload to Symplicity.
  • Follow-up with employers contacted previously whose hiring plans were uncertain to express your continued interest and include your updated resume. Be sure you continue to record all contacts with your employment search network tracking document.
  • Continue to contact smaller law firms, banks and corporations, legal publishers, associations, government agencies (federal and state), public interest organizations and other legal employers who are not interviewing on campus.
  • Meet again with your career advisor to update your employment search strategy and application documents.
  • Attend the Association of Corporate Counsel program on in-house counsel opportunities (Jan. 10)
  • Submit application for the Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region scholarship and in-house placement (mid-to-late January). To learn more about the scholarship awards and experiential learning opportunities in the legal departments of local companies and organizations, visit the ACC-NCR website.
  • Attend Summer Public Interest Fellowship Information Session to learn about the guidelines and application process for Richmond Law summer fellowships (Jan. 11)
  • Attend Think LIke a Professional: Navigating Ethical Minefields in the Employment Search (Jan. 13).
  • Apply for the Spring OCI Program (no later than Jan. 15) and GPIIP (no later than Jan. 17) via Symplicity.
  • If invited for interviews, participate in Spring OCI Program (beginning Jan. 30).

February

  • Attend Get to Know... Hon. Lynn Brice of the Chesterfield Circuit Court (Feb. 3).
  • Attend the Government & Public Interest Interview Program (GPIIP) Overview (Feb. 7).
  • If invited for interviews, participate in GPIIP (Feb. 10).
  • If invited for interviews, participate in the Association of Corporate Counsel Corporate Scholars Program Interview Prepration (Feb. 13).
  • Attend Judicial Clerkship Series: Why You Should Apply for a Bankruptcy Clerkship (Feb. 17).
  • Apply for summer clinical placements through Professor Margaret Bacigal.
  • Schedule out-of-town interviews (including informational interviews) for spring break.
  • Reach out to law professors with whom you have an interest in assisting with legal research and writing this summer. Continue building and updating your employment search network tracking document.
  • Begin research on post-graduate judicial clerkships. Some federal judges want applications during your 2L spring semester for post-graduate clerkships.

March

  • Collaborate with your career advisor to fine-tune your spring break employment search plans. Conduct self-initiated employment and informational interviews during spring break.
  • Continue to contact smaller law firms, banks and corporations, government agencies and public interest organizations. Continue building and updating your employment search network tracking document.
  • Attend Career Conversations spring networking event (March 1).
  • Submit applications for summer fellowship grants from public interest groups such as Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program.
  • If invited for interviews, participate in the Commonwealth Law School Consortium Spring Interview Program (Mar. 17).
  • Attend Breaking Into the Small Firm Market (Mar. 24).
  • Attend Get to Know... Hon. Stuart Williams of the Henrico Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court (Mar. 31).

April

  • Report summer employment to your career advisor if you have not done so already.
  • Continue building and updating your employment search network tracking document. Consider broadening your search to other geographic or practice areas.
  • Continue to check Symplicity for employment if you do not have a full summer lined up.
  • Seek out faculty members, alumni, and others who can help with contacts and consider finding someone to serve as a mentor.
  • Attend Think Like a Professional: Summer Success (Apr. 7).
  • Prepare judicial clerkship application materials. Submit your draft cover letters and resumes to the CDO and the clerkship committee for review.
  • Meet with career advisor to review summer and fall recruiting opportunities. Be mindful that job fairs and fall OCI have summer application deadlines.
  • Comply with priority deadline to submit complete Summer Public Service Fellowship Application and required attachments (mid-April). Fellowship priority payments will be issued by mid-May.

May

  • Report summer employment to your career advisor if you have not done so already.
  • Continue to develop your post-graduate federal judicial clerkship applications in OSCAR.
  • Continue to check Symplicity for employment if you do not have a full summer lined up. Some employers contact the CDO after the end of the school year.
  • Continue your post-graduate employment search! Continue building and updating your employment search network tracking document. Meet as many people as you can to expand your network, talk about career options, and assess your own interests. Continue researching all career options and geographic areas in which you have interest.
  • Comply with final deadline to submit Summer Public Service Fellowship Application and required attachments (no later than May 23). Fellowship payments will be issued by June 20.
  • Submit applications for the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (early May), Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (early May), and Southeastern Minority Job Fair (late May).
Summer
June
  • Do something legal this summer! This may include working with a law firm or at a public sector organization, volunteering with a judge, researching for a professor, etc. Remember to be professional and treat the position as a summer long interview.
  • Continue to check Symplicity for summer employment. Many employers contact the Career Development Office (CDO) after the end of the school year. Let employers, especially smaller firms and state government agencies, know you are available for part-time and/or summer employment immediately.
  • Meet as many people as you can to expand your network, talk about career options, and assess your own interests. Update your employment search network tracking document.
  • Review summer emails from the CDO for employment opportunities and application deadlines.
  • Attend Perspectives from the Legal Hiring Committee: How to Approach OCI and Other Applications featuring law firm hiring partners and recruiting staff (June 7). This program will be recoreded and available for students who cannot attend in Richmond.
  • In Symplicity, review and research employers registered for the fall On-Campus Interview Program (OCI). While this program primarily is for 2Ls, there are a few opportunities for 3Ls (starting mid-June)..
July
  • Continue thinking about post-graduate employment. If undecided about the area of law in which you want to specialize or the area of the country in which you are headed, make an appointment to see your advisor.
  • Continue thinking about what type of professional you want to be and the type of work settings you might enjoy. Identify your career goals and employment skills.
  • Continue thinking about where you want to live and work after graduation. Think broadly about geographic preferences including areas where you have connections, or where there is a robust legal practice but fewer recent law graduates.
  • Continue building and updating your employment search network tracking document that identifies relatives, friends, teachers, attorneys, alumni, business associates, and other acquaintances you can contact to learn more about employment opportunities. Communicate with your contacts about any future employment goals. Meet as many people as you can to expand your network, talk about career options, and assess your own interests.
  • If you want to interview for post-graduate positions with employers in cities where you are spending your second-year summer, or you will travel to a city where you want to work post-grad, send a resume and cover letter in July to request a preliminary interview before you return to school.
  • Use various career-related resources available online (e.g., Martindale Hubbell, NALP Directory, PSJD, Government Honors & Internships Handbook) to research and identify legal employers that hire 3Ls in your preferred geographic and practice areas.
  • Meet with your career advisor in person or by phone for resume review and employment search advising. Submit an updated resume to your career advisor for review. Incorporate advisor feedback to finalize your resume and upload it to Symplicity.
  • Draft cover letters for various types of employers and employment settings. Send drafts to your career advisor for review and comment. You may want to review samples on the CDO website.
  • Contact large law firms who are not interviewing on campus.
  • Research application process for post-graduate JAG positions with the military. The application process generally opens in August and ends in October.
  • Research and identify employers of interest who are coming on campus to hire 3Ls after graduation. Watch application deadlines for OCI and resume collections.
  • Submit applications for OCI interviews (starting July 17).
  • Check bar examination requirements for the state(s) in which you plan to look for employment.

August

  • Line up references from law school faculty and previous employers.
  • Update your employment search network tracking document. Communicate with your contacts about your future employment goals.
  • Explore part-time employment opportunities for the semester.
Third Year Job Search Timeline
Fall Semester
September
  • If you received a Summer Public Service Fellowship, (1) complete a Summer Employment Evaluation for your stipend employment, (2) submit a 3L Interest Questionnaire, and (3) upload your updated resume, all via Symplicity (by Sept. 9).
  • If you did not receive a Summer Public Service Fellowship, complete a 3L Interest Questionnaire and Summer Employment Evaluation in Symplicity.
  • Meet with your career advisor to develop a search strategy for post-graduate employment.
  • Continue researching and contacting employers. Expand your employment search network. Update your employment search network tracking document.
  • Watch application deadlines for OCI and resume collections.
  • Research mid-size law firms and make contacts there.
  • Research application process for JAG positions with the military. The application process generally opens in August and ends in October.
  • Check your e-mail and Symplicity for employment opportunities often
  • Apply to U.S. Department of Justice (by Sept. 6). Check deadlines for other federal government Honors Programs by reviewing the Government Honors & Internship Handbook (e-mail the CDO for password) and the Pathways to Federal Employment Guide.
  • Apply for Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair (by Sept. 14).
  • Order networking cards, if you do not have them already (by Sept. 23).
October
  • Continue contacting small and mid-size law firms. Continue building your network by adding to your list of contacts and arranging informational interviews with them. Update your employment search network tracking document. Create weekly "to do" lists to help you stay on course.
  • Prepare your application documents for the Presidential Management Fellowship Program. The application will be accessible via an announcement on USAJOBS, and will be open for only two weeks in October or November.
  • Attend Judicial Clerkship Series: Judges’ Perspectives program and reception (Oct. 14).
  • Attend Get to Know… Hon. Stephen Ostrach (Oct. 24).
  • Attend Meeting and Greeting Alumni: A Fall Gathering Pre-Reception Crash Course and Fall Gathering alumni reception (Oct. 28).
  • Attend the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair (Oct. 28-29) to participate in scheduled interviews or table talk.
  • Apply to state court judges, especially trial courts. Some are posted in Symplicity. See the CDO Judicial Clerkship website for more information.
November
  • Attend Bridge to Practice Fellowship information program.
  • Attend Judicial Clerkship Series: Interviewing with Judges (Nov. 4).
  • Continue contacting smaller law firms, banks and corporations, legal publishers, associations, government agencies (federal and state), public interest organizations and other legal employers who are not interviewing on campus. Update your employment search network tracking document.
December
  • Set up informational interviews with individuals in your employment search network over the winter break. If you need assistance with expanding your list of contacts, talk with your career advisor.
  • Consider broadening your search to other geographic or practice areas. Update your employment search network tracking document.
  • Research and apply to newly-appointed federal and state court judges who are out of the regular judicial clerk hiring cycle.
Winter Break
  • Conduct informational interviews in a variety of settings to explore opportunities and expand your professional network. Update your employment search network tracking document.
  • Research and identify via Symplicity employers of interest who are coming on campus to hire 3Ls through spring On-Campus Interview Program (OCI) and the Government & Public Interest Interview Program (GPIIP). Begin preparing your application materials for these employers.
Spring Semester

January

  • Update your resume after receipt of fall semester grades and class rank, if desired, and upload to Symplicity.
  • Follow-up with employers contacted previously whose hiring plans were "uncertain" to express your continued interest and include your updated resume. Be sure you continue to record all contacts in your employment search network tracking document.
  • Continue to contact smaller law firms, banks and corporations with small legal staffs, legal publishers, associations, government agencies (federal and state), public interest organizations and other legal employers who are not interviewing on campus.
  • Meet again with your career advisor to update your employment search strategy and application documents.
  • Apply for GPIIP via Symplicity (no later than Jan. 17).
  • Apply for spring OCI Program via Symplicity.
  • Prepare and submit Bridge to Practice application (end of January).
  • If invited for interviews, participate in spring OCI Program (beginning Jan. 30).

February

  • Apply for post-graduate public interest fellowships.
  • Attend Get to Know…Hon. Lynn Brice of the Chesterfield Circuit Court (Feb. 3).
  • Attend the Government & Public Interest Interview Program (GPIIP) Overview (Feb. 7).
  • If invited for interviews, participate in GPIIP (Feb. 10).
  • Continue building and updating your employment search network tracking document. Schedule out-of-town interviews (including informational interviews) for spring break.
  • Meet again with your career advisor to update your employment search strategy and application documents.
  • Attend Pushing Forward: Tips for Landing Your First Post-Graduate Job (Feb. 24).

March

  • Complete and submit state bar examination application materials. (Note that application deadlines differ among states, and some states may have deadlines earlier or later in the semester.)
  • Collaborate with your career advisor to fine-tune your spring break employment search plans. Conduct self-initiated employment and informational interviews during spring break.
  • Continue to contact smaller law firms, banks and corporations, government agencies, and public interest organizations. Continue building and updating your employment search network tracking document.
  • Continue to check Symplicity for employment listings.
  • Attend Career Conversations spring networking event (Mar. 1).
  • If invited for interviews, participate in the Commonwealth Law School Consortium Spring Interview Program (Mar. 17).
  • Attend Breaking Into the Small Law Firm Market (Mar. 24).
  • Attend Get to Know… Hon. Stuart Williams of the Henrico Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court (Mar. 31).

April

  • Continue to check Symplicity for employment listings.
  • Attend the Graduate Fair and complete your Graduate Survey.
  • Schedule an appointment with graduate career advisor Liz Jones.
  • Continue building and updating your employment search network tracking document. Consider broadening your search to other geographic or practice areas. Seek out faculty members, alumni, and others who can help with contacts.

May

  • Check Symplicity for employment listings for 3Ls and recent graduates.
  • Obtain reciprocity services at another law school if moving out of the area.
  • Submit applications for the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (early May), Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (early May), and Southeastern Minority Job Fair (late May).
  • Continue building and updating your employment search network tracking document. Meet as many people as you can to expand your network, talk about career options, and assess your own interests. Continue researching possible legal careers and geographic areas.
  • Provide the CDO your post-graduate address and contact information. Sign up for the University of Richmond's alumni community, UROnline.