Second-Year Job Search Calendar

June

  • Do law-related work this summer! Most summer positions begin in late May or early June.  Whether you are 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. Make use of any opportunities to write, observe court proceedings, and attend educational events.
  • If you do not have a summer position already: 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.
  • Take advantage of available networking opportunities that may present themselves. Meet as many people as you can to expand your network, discuss career options, and assess your own interests. Update your employment search network tracking document.
  • Review summer emails from the CDO for future employment opportunities and application deadlines.
  • In Symplicity, review and research employers registered for the fall On-Campus Interview Program (OCI) (starting mid June).
  • Start researching post-graduate clerkships; create OSCAR profile.

July

  • Begin the search for your second summer employment! Continue thinking about what type of law practice you plan to pursue and the type of work settings you might enjoy. Identify your career goals and the employment skills you will need.
  • Apply for 2L summer positions via summer job fairs and fall OCI beginning in early July.
  • Think broadly about geographic preferences, including areas where you have connections, or where there is a robust legal practice but fewer recent law graduates. Remember that because of the connections you will make, where you work your second summer can influence where you end up practicing law.
  • Continue building and updating your employment search network tracking document that identifies those you can contact to learn more about employment opportunities. Communicate with your contacts about your law school career and any summer/future employment goals.
  • If you want to interview with employers where you are spending your first-year summer, or you will travel to a place 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 feedback before the OCI deadline.
  • Attend programs offered by the CDO to prepare for OCI applications and interviews.
  • Line up references from law school faculty and previous employers, especially if you plan to apply for clerkships.
  • Begin preparations to apply for post-graduate fellowships. Talk to your career advisor, review Equal Justice Works and Skadden Fellowship application guidelines.

August

  • Continue researching post-graduate federal clerkship opportunities; begin applications.
  • 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 or future employment goals.
  • Watch application deadlines for OCI and resume collection opportunities.
  • Get ready for the OCI process. Conduct a videotaped mock interview in the CDO (at any time).
  • Explore local part-time employment opportunities during the semester.
  • Prepare to apply for federal Honors Attorney positions by reviewing the Government Honors & Internship Handbook (e-mail the CDO for password) and the NALP Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide.

September

  • Attend the CDO's Open House (Sept. 3).
  • Attend Post-Graduate Fellowship/Honors Attorney application workshops (Mondays at 4pm).
  • 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. 12).
  • 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.
  • Attend Judicial Clerkship Series: What's it all About? program (Sept. 19).
  • Continue process of applying to federal judicial clerkships.
  • File all paperwork with the CDO for your clerkship applications (FERPA forms, etc.). Make appointment with clerkship advisor Valerie L'Herrou.
  • 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.
  • Finalize applications for federal government Honors Programs and fellowships.
  • Apply for positions through the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair (by mid-September).
  • Attend program with LISC General Counsel and UR Law alum Michael Levine (Sept. 25).
  • 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 (look for emails from CDO).
  • Conduct a videotaped mock interview in the CDO (available any time).
  • Prepare judicial clerkship application materials. Submit resumes and draft cover letters to the clerkship advisor for review.

October

  • Attend CDO programs on various career options and practice areas.
  • Attend Meeting and Greeting Alumni: A Fall Gathering Pre-Reception Crash Course and Fall Gathering alumni reception (Oct. 24).
  • Attend How I Got my Public Interest/Government Job program (Oct. 17).
  • 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. 24-25) to participate in scheduled interviews or table talks.

November

  • Attend Think Like a Professional: Navigating Ethical Minefields in the Employment Search (Nov. 7).
  • Attend Judicial Clerkship Series: Judges' Perspectives (Nov. 19).
  • Continue contacting smaller law firms, banks and corporations, and legal publishers, associations, and public interest organizations. Update your employment search network tracking document.
  • Continue applying to federal judicial clerkships.

December

  • Set up informational interviews during the winter break with individuals in your employment search network. 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.
  • Reach out to organizations that might need pro bono assistance over winter break, either in Richmond or in an area where you hope to gain contacts.

Winter Break

  • Conduct informational interviews in a variety of legal or alternative settings to explore opportunities and expand your professional network. Update your employment search network tracking document.
  • Pro bono work over winter break can be a good way to gain experience and network with practitioners.
  • 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.
  • Continue applying to federal judicial clerkships.

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 an application for the Washington Metro Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) scholarship and in-house placement (by early January). To learn more about the scholarship awards and experiential learning opportunities in the legal departments of regional companies and organizations, visit the WMACCA website.
  • Research and begin applications for summer funding from public interest groups (see Summer Fellowships list on CDO website).
  • Apply for the GPIIP via Symplicity (no later than Jan. 19).
  • Attend Are You Linked-In? Tips on Maximizing Social Media and Networking Efforts (Jan. 23).
  • Apply for spring OCI Program via Symplicity.

February

  • Participate in the Alumni Mock Interview program (Feb. 3).
  • If invited for interviews, participate in GPIIP (Feb. 13).
  • 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.
  • Attend Judicial Clerkship Series: Interviewing with Judges (Feb. 20).
  • 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. 27).
  • Reach out to law professors whom you have an interest in assisting with legal research and writing this summer. Continue building and updating your employment search network tracking document.
  • Attend Judicial Clerkship Series: Why You Should Apply for a Bankruptcy Clerkship (Feb. 25).
  • Attend Small Firm Hiring program (Feb. 27).

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 apply for judicial clerkships. Prepare for interviews.
  • 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's Career Conversations networking event (March 3).
  • 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 (March 20).

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.
  • Continue to apply for judicial clerkships and prepare for interviews.
  • Seek out faculty members, alumni, and others who can help with contacts and consider finding someone to serve as a mentor.
  • 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 15.

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. 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 22). Stipend payments will be issued by June 19.
  • Student application deadline for 2015 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program, 2015 Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair, and 2015 Southeastern Minority Job Fair.