Get a Job!

Get a job!Law school isn’t like college. As an undergrad, you could spend your summers in a variety of different ways. Maybe you’d intern, maybe you’d get a menial job to pay some bills, maybe you’d travel, or maybe you’d do nothing at all. Some of these might have been better options than others, but how you spent your summers really didn’t matter all that much in the grand scheme of things.

That’s not the case in law school. As a law student, your summer jobs are critically important, particularly after the second year.

On Campus Interviews: The Ticket to a BigLaw Job

If you have any desire to work in a large law firm after graduation, you need to do a stint as a summer associate. Then, if all goes well, the firm you “summered” with will make you an offer to return as a full-time associate after you graduate.

If you stray off this path, your odds of ever working in BigLaw are drastically reduced.

The Inside Scoop on Law Firm Summer Associate Programs
If you’re like me, before you started law school you probably had a vague idea, at best, that law firms hired students in the summer and that this was somehow important. After summering with three different firms, I’ve got a lot better idea what goes on, and I’m willing to share it with you!

What is OCI? The Basics
If you’re going succeed at OCI, you need to become a student of the system. Where should you apply? What are firms looking for? Get your questions answered and plot a course of action.

OCI Interview Tips
OCI involves, not surprisingly, a lot of interviewing. The initial interviews are quick, and formulaic. Read on to find out what you’ll be asked, how to prepare, and the one question you must be ready for.

7 Ways to Stay Sane During OCI
Let’s face it, on-campus interviewing can be stressful. Here are seven ways to stay calm, and improve your odds of landing the job you want.

The Key to OCI Success
There’s only one? Sure, and here it is.

Callback Interview Tips
Callback interviews serve a different purpose than on campus interviews. By the time you have a callback, the firm isn’t trying to figure out how smart you are. Find out what they are looking for, and what needs to be on your résumé to ace any callback.

What Are Law Firms Looking For? Get the Inside Scoop From a Legal Recruiter!
Special guest interview with my friend Rebecca, who left BigLaw to become a legal recruiter extraordinaire. She answers all my questions and takes you inside the mind of a law firm in hiring mode. Don’t miss it!

Law Firm Hiring Partners Talk About What They’re Looking For in Summer Associates
Highly useful series of videos with hiring partners talking (in detail) about their likes and dislikes when it comes to hiring summer associates. (Oh, and I chime in every now and then, too.)

What It’s Like to Get a Cold Offer
Think it could never happen to you? Yeah, so did I, until it did.

More a Public Interest Type?

Want a Public Interest Job? Find Out How to Get One Here
Get advice on securing your dream public interest job from my lovely law school roommate, Gráinne O’Neill, who managed to do it!

How Can Anyone Afford to Do Public Interest Work? Equal Justice Works Explains Some Options
It’s no secret that public interest work tends to pay (a lot) less than working at a law firm. This guest post from Equal Justice Works lays out some options for funding your work, in-school and afterwards.

Thinking About Public Interest Work? Find Out About LRAP, Getting the Job You Want, and More!
This follow up interview with Radhika Singh Miller, program manager for Educational Debt Relief and Outreach at Equal Justice Works, gets into the nitty-gritty details of how to evaluate a school’s LRAP (loan repayment assistance program), and more.

Odds and Ends

10 Tips to Help You Decide What Type of Law to Practice
Jeena Cho shares ten tips that will help you decide what type of law you’d like to practice.

Which of Your Selves Comes Forward as a Lawyer?
Kate McGuinness talks about how career (and life) plans might evolve to reveal different “selves,” and how to handle this situation when it occurs.

The One Question That Will Improve Any Résumé
Convinced it’s complicated to create the perfect résumé? It’s not, if you ask one simple question (repeatedly).

What’s Your Elevator Pitch?
Can you explain what kind of job you’re looking for in a few sentences? If not, time to work on that! You don’t need a “forever” answer, but you do need some answer.

Want a Job? Clean Up Your Online Paper Trail
Do you know what comes up when someone Googles your name? Time to find out, and make sure it’s flattering!

Looking for Work? 7 Tips for a Remarkable Résumé
It’s a tough job market, but these résumé tips can help you stand out!

Cool Idea for Legal Networking: Make A “Contacts Roadmap”
Hate networking? Here’s a strategy that can make your networking a lot more efficient and effective (so you can do less of it).

1Ls: Have You Started Thinking About Summer Jobs?
Just when you think you can’t possibly handle one more thing as a 1L, November rolls around. Time to start thinking about summer jobs!

12 Things I’d Do if I Were an Unemployed 3L
It’s a tough job market, sure, but all is not lost. Some tips for getting your job search moving!

Do I Need a Recruiter? What Do They Do, Anyway?
Wondering if a legal recruiter might be able to help? Angela Kopolovich, lawyer turned legal recruiter, explains what recruiters can, and can’t, do for you.

Judicial Clerkships

CourthouseHave you ever wondered how judges make decisions, or been curious about what really goes on in the “robing room”? Would you like to take a peak behind the curtain and see why cases are won or lost, or learn how new law is made? Do you find yourself longing to “grant” and “deny” the requests of those around you? Are you willing to take a massive pay cut to put off working at a law firm for a year?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, a judicial clerkship might be just the job for you!

The Basics

Is Clerking Really All It’s Cracked Up to Be?
Explore the pros and cons of a judicial clerkship, before you throw your hat in the ring.

How to Get a Federal Judicial Clerkship: Overview of the Application Process
Understand the federal judicial clerkship application process, and learn why the job you want might already be gone!

Wondering Where to Apply? Consider These 4 Factors
Deciding where to apply for clerkships can be extremely challenging. Streamline your decision making by considering four critical factors.

What Does the Future Look Like for Rising 2L Judicial Clerkship Applicants?
Fairuz Abdullah, Associate Director for Public Interest and Clerkship Programs at UC-Hastings School of Law, talks about 2L clerkship hiring.

How to Make Your Clerkship Application Shine

Once you’ve decided where to apply, it’s time to buff and polish your application until it really shines!

Make Your Clerkship Application Shine: The Basics
What will maximize your clerkship chances? Find out here.

A Judge Wants to Interview You, Now What?

Your applications are in, and you’re waiting for the phone to ring. What can you do right now to maximize your chances of getting the job you want? Make a plan!

Judicial Clerkship Interviews: The Basics
What’s your game plan when the phone rings and a judge is on the line?

What You Need To Know About Scheduling Clerkship Interviews
The order of your clerkship interviews can be outcome determinative, particularly for federal clerkships. Improve your odds by scheduling interviews intelligently.

What Actually Happens at a Clerkship Interview?
Great, you’ve got an interview. Now what? Find out what you’re likely to be asked, and what one thing you can do to drastically increase your odds of a successful interview.

The Aftermath

Despite your best efforts, sometimes things don’t go as planned.

I Didn’t Get a Clerkship, Now What?
All is not lost, and you’ve still got options.

Judges Compete for Law Clerks on a Lawless Terrain (NY Times)
Slightly histrionic, but worth reading to get a sense of how crazy the process really can be, particularly in the SDNY.

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