Summer Jobs 101: What You Need To Know To Get the Job You Want

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 to Help You Get the Job You Want
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.

The One Thing That Needs to Be On Your Résumé to Ace a Callback Interview
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.

Nuts and Bolts

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.