Third-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.
  • Take advantage of available networking opportunities. 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). While this program primarily is for 2Ls, there are a few opportunities for 3Ls (starting June 17).
June
  • Continue thinking about what type of professional you want to be and the type of work settings you might enjoy. Identify areas of practice you are interested in, and 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.  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 (in-person or telephone) appointment to see your advisor.  For some jurisdictions, you will need to apply for the bar exam in the fall, so narrowing your geographic focus is key.
  • 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 any future employment goals.
  • 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.
  • Submit applications for OCI interviews (starting Aug. 3). Generally, employers interviewing during this time are seeking 2Ls, but there may be several opportunities for 3Ls as well. Also, state court judges will begin hiring 3Ls in the fall and beyond, so be sure to continually monitor these opportunities. Set up an appointment with Valerie L'Herrou in the CDO to discuss applying to state court clerkships.
  • Check bar examination requirements for the state(s) in which you plan to look for employment.

August

  • Incorporate advisor feedback to finalize your resume and upload it to Symplicity. Also complete your Interest Questionnaire via 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.
  • Line up references from law school faculty and previous employers.
  • Research and identify employers of interest who are coming on campus to hire 3Ls after graduation. Watch application deadlines for OCI and resume collections.
  • Contact large law firms who are not interviewing on campus. Most large law firms complete their entry level hiring through their summer associate programs, but there may be a possibility that a firm is looking to add an additional entry level attorney.
  • Update your employment search network tracking document. Communicate with your contacts about your future employment goals.
  • Create or update your LinkedIn profile.
  • Explore part-time employment opportunities for the semester.
  • If you have solidified practice area and geographic interests, apply for 3L Alumni Advisor Program (Aug. 29).

September

  • Attend the CDO Open House (Sept. 3).
  • If you received a Summer Stipend (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. 13).
  • If you did not receive a Summer Stipend, complete a 3L Interest Questionnaire and Summer Employment Evaluation in Symplicity.
  • Meet with your career advisor to develop a strategy for post-graduate employment.
  • Attend a fellowship workshop to obtain information on post-graduate fellowships (various times and dates in late August and through September).
  • Check your e-mail and Symplicity for employment opportunities often.
  • Continue researching and contacting employers. Expand your employment search network. Update your employment search network tracking document.
  • Conduct a videotaped mock interview in the CDO.
  • Apply for Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair (by Sept. 16).
  • Attend Get to Know…LISC's General Counsel Michael Levine (Sept. 25).
  • Attend Alumni Advisor Pairing Program: How to Develop a Meaningful Mentor Relationship (Sept. 26).
  • 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.
  • Research, identify and contact mid-size law firms.
  • Order networking cards, if you do not have them already.

October

  • If you are interested in careers in international law, attend American Society of International Law speed networking event (Oct. 2).
  • If you are interested in business law, attend Close-Up: Business Law (Oct. 3).
  • 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 Sector job (Oct. 17).
  • Apply for 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.
  • Continue to build your employment search network; add to your list of contacts and arrange informational interviews with them.
  • Continue contacting mid-size law firms. Begin contacting smaller law firms, banks and corporations with small legal staffs, and legal publishers, associations, and public interest organizations.
  • 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 talk.
  • If you are interested in criminal law, attend Close-Up: Criminal Law (Oct. 27).
  • Research application process for positions with the military.
  • Apply to state court judges, especially trial courts. Some are posted in Symplicity. See the CDO Judicial Clerkship website for more information.

November

  • Continue contacting smaller law firms, banks and corporations, and legal publishers, associations, and public interest organizations. Update your employment search network tracking document.
  • Attend Bridge to Practice Fellowship informational program.
  • If you are interested in civil litigation, attend Close-Up: Civil Litigation (Nov. 14).

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 hiring outside of the regular judicial clerk hiring cycle.

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 3Ls through spring On-Campus Interview Program (OCI). Begin preparing your application materials for these employers.

January

  • Attend Are You LinkedIn? for tips on maximizing social media networking efforts (Jan. 23).
  • 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 spring OCI via Symplicity.

February

  • Apply for fellowships.
  • Participate in Alumni Mock Interview program (Feb. 3).
  • Attend Small Firm Hiring to hear when small law firms are most likely to hire and how they identify potential candidates (Feb. 27).
  • If invited for interviews, participate in spring OCI Program (mid-February).
  • 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.

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. Consider broadening your search to other geographic or practice areas.
  • Continue to check Symplicity for employment listings.
  • Attend Career Conversations, the CDO's spring networking event with attorneys from various practice areas (Mar. 3).
  • If invited for interviews, participate in the Commonwealth Law School Consortium Spring Interview Program (mid-March).
  • If you are interested in legislative or policy work, attend Close-Up: Legislative & Policy Practice (Mar. 27).

April

  • Continue to check Symplicity for employment listings.
  • If you are interested in a non-traditional career, attend Close-Up: Non-Traditional Careers for JD Graduates (Apr. 3).
  • Complete your Graduate Survey for the Career Development Office.
  • Meet with Liz Jones in the CDO to discuss your post-graduate employment search and update your resume.
  • If you are interested in solo practice, attend Close-Up: Solo Practice (Apr. 10).
  • If you have not done so already, join the ABA, which offers free membership to law graduates for the year following graduation.
  • 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.
  • Application deadline for 2015 Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair and 2015 Southeastern Minority Job Fair.
  • 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.