Career Development

2L Timeline

Fall Semester

  • 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 July 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 (Username and Password)
  • If you accept a position for your 2L Summer, notify Career Development.
  • 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 Development 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.

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.

Summer Break

  • Let the Career Development 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 (Username and Password)
  • Apply  for the Department of Justice Honors Attorney Program.