Second-Year Job Search Calendar

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.
  • 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.
  • Get ready for the OCI process. Attend Perspectives from Legal Hiring Committee program (Aug. 19). Conduct a videotaped mock interview in the Career Development Office (at any time).
  • Consider applying to U.S. Department of Justice (deadline mid-September).
  • Explore local part-time employment opportunities during the semester.

September

  • If you received a Summer Stipend (1) complete a Summer Employment Evaluation for your stipend employment, (2) submit a 2L Interest Questionnaire, and (3) upload your updated resume, all via Symplicity (by Sept. 13).
  • If you did not receive a Summer Stipend, 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 mid-September deadline. Check deadlines for other federal government Honors Programs by reviewing the Government Honors & Internship Handbook (e-mail the CDO for password) and the NALP Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide.
  • Apply for Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair (by Sept. 12).
  • 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. 20).
  • Conduct a videotaped mock interview in the CDO (available any time).

October

  • If you are interested in careers in international law attend American Society of International Law speed networking event (Oct. 2).
  • Attend Meeting and Greeting Alumni: A Fall Gathering Pre-Reception Crash Course and Fall Gathering alumni reception (Oct. 4).
  • Attend How I Got my Public Interest/Government Job program (Oct. 18).
  • 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.
  • Attend the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair (Oct. 25-26) to participate in scheduled interviews or table talk.

November

  • Attend Judicial Clerkship Interest program (Nov. 8).
  • Attend Public Interest Post-Graduate Fellowships program (Nov. 15).
  • 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.

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.

January

  • 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.
  • Submit application for the Washington Metro Area Corporate Counsel Association scholarship and in-house placement (Jan. 9). To learn more about the scholarship awards and experiential learning opportunities in the legal departments of local companies and organizations, visit the WMACCA website.
  • Apply for the GPIIP via Symplicity (no later than Jan. 20).
  • Apply for spring OCI Program via Symplicity.

February

  • Participate in the Alumni Mock Interview program (Feb. 4).
  • If invited for interviews, participate in GPIIP (Feb. 14).
  • If invited for interviews, participate in spring OCI Program (mid-February).
  • Apply for summer Clinical Placements through Professor Margaret Bacigal.
  • Schedule out-of-town interviews (including informational interviews) for spring break.
  • If your post-graduate plans include public sector employment, or if you have not received a summer stipend in a prior summer, submit Intent to Participate Form for the Summer Stipend Program, even if you do not have summer employment lined up (by Feb. 28).
  • 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 and state court judges want applications during spring semester.

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 CDO spring networking event (early March).
  • 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 (mid March).
  • Request recommendation letters from law school faculty and previous employers for post-graduate judicial clerkships. Create your account in OSCAR.

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 Summer Success program.
  • 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 Stipend Application and required attachments (Apr. 24). Stipend priority payments will be issued by May 16.

May

  • Report summer employment to your career advisor if you have not done so already.
  • 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.
  • If you want to interview 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-graduation, send them a resume and cover letter to request a preliminary interview before you return to school.
  • Comply with final deadline to submit Summer Stipend Application and required attachments (no later than May 23). Stipend payments will be issued by June 20.
  • Student application deadline for Loyola Patent Law Interview Program (May 2), Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (May 6), and Southeastern Minority Job Fair (May 31).