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Tools for Landing the Job
- Meet with your career advisor to discuss your job search.
- Participate in Early and Regular Fall OCI.
- Apply to larger law firms that are not participating in OCI (typically between August 1 and August 15).
- Continue applying to Federal Government Honors Programs.
- Keep track of all bar exam deadlines in the states you are considering practicing law. For Ohio, file an application to register in early Fall.
- Attend the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference in Washington D.C. in October if you are interested in public interest careers.
- Check Symplicity regularly to view current job postings.
- Research nationwide job opportunities through the BYU job bank at http://www.law2.byu.edu. (Username and Password)
- If you accept a position for your 2L Summer, notify Career Services.
- Follow up with employers to whom you have applied and let them know you will be available to interview during Fall Break.
- Network! Network! Network! Set up informational interviews during Fall Break.
Fall and Winter Breaks
- Schedule and attend interviews with out-of-state employers.
- Conduct informational interviews with alumni in your preferred city.
Early Spring Semester
- Check Symplicity announcements and on-line job postings regularly.
- Participate in Spring OCI and On-Campus Opportunity Forum Interviews in February and March.
- Attend the Opportunity Forum Table Talk to meet government and public interest employers and apply for summer positions.
- Apply for judicial externship program.
- Apply for government and non-profit externship program.
- Request reciprocity if you are looking out of state so you can use another law school's career services office over Spring Break.
- Apply for a PILF Fellowship funding if you plan to volunteer for a public interest employer.
- Apply for financial aid/submit your FAFSA by the priority deadlines.
- Make an appointment with Career Services to brainstorm about 2L summer job opportunities and strategies that you may not have considered.
- Follow up with employers to whom you have applied and let them know you will be available to interview during Spring Break.
- Interview with out-of-state employers, including government, public interest, and small/medium firms who do not recruit in the fall.
- Network! Network! Network!
Late Spring Semester
- Check Symplicity often for late-breaking job opportunities.
- Attend information session on post-graduate judicial clerkships, and submit a list of judges you are applying to in early May.
- If applying for judicial clerkships, approach professors who can write letters of recommendation.
- Let the Career Services Office know where you are working for the summer.
- Update your resume on Symplicity to include your summer work experience and your spring semester grades, and have your career advisor review your updated materials.
- If you have not yet received an offer from your 2L summer employer, apply on Symplicity for Early Fall and Regular Fall OCI and attend off-campus job fairs.
- Research and target small and medium-sized firms which do not participate in OCI. Hiring timelines are typically later for these employers, but begin networking.
- Map out your preferred career plan for after graduation and a back-up plan. Know the hiring time-frames for employers you are targeting.
- Research all bar exam deadlines in the states you are considering practicing law.
- Complete Public Interest Fellowship Applications. Contact Cybele Smith for guidance.
- Research and apply for state judicial clerkships. Click on "Access the Guide." (Username and Password)
- Complete the federal clerkship application process. Contact Cybele Smith for guidance.
- Apply for the Federal Government Honors Programs. For application and deadline information go to www.law.arizona.edu/career/honorshandbook.cfm. (Username and Password)
- Apply for the Department of Justice Honors Attorney Program.