Career Development

3L Timeline

Fall Semester

  • Meet with your career advisor to discuss your job search.
  • Complete the required career services exit interview form so that Career Development can keep you informed about opportunities that may be of interest to you.
  • Participate in Early and Regular Fall OCI.
  • Apply to local employers for school-year jobs to enhance opportunities for full-time offers.
  • Apply for the Presidential Management Fellowship.  Deadline is generally in September.
  • Apply for federal and state judicial clerkships. Click here for a guide to state judicial clerkships.  Click on “Access the Guide” and then go to specific state. (Username and Password)
  • Attend job fairs around the country that match your interests.
  • Attend the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference in Washington D.C. in October if you are interested in public interest careers.
  • Apply for public interest fellowships with early application deadlines.
  • Continue to build your network; stay in touch regularly with your contacts.
  • Join the local bar associations and any working substantive committees of interest in your area of geographic preference.
  • Request reciprocity through Career Development so you can use other law schools’ career services offices during Winter Break.
  • Follow up with employers to whom you have applied and let them know you will be available to interview during Winter Break.

Winter Break

  • Gather information about the legal practice in your preferred city. Review local legal publications.
  • Conduct informational interviews with contacts in your preferred city. Career Development can help you develop a list of contacts.

Early Spring Semester

  • Update your resume on Symplicity to include your current work experience and your Fall Semester grades.
  • For Ohio, file an application to take the bar exam.  Historically, the late application to register as a candidate for the July bar has been due in mid-January.  For deadline and admission information, see click here.
  • Bar loans are  available for up to a year after graduation through private lenders. Check with Financial Aid if you need more information.
  • Continue to check Symplicity announcements and on-line job postings weekly.
  • If interested in federal clerkships, continue to monitor the judicial clerkship lists for updated announcements. Contact Liza Moore for guidance.
  • Participate in Spring On-Campus Interviews in March.
  • Talk to professors in the substantive areas you enjoy about your job search and ask about any contacts they may have.
  • 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, specifically government, public interest, and small/medium firms who do not recruit in the fall.
  • Network! Network! Network! If this is difficult for you, Career Development can help you get started.

Late Spring Semester

  • Check Symplicity often because employers contact Career Development with late-breaking job opportunities throughout the Spring.
  • Talk to your current employer about permanent employment or other job leads.
  • Apply to state judicial clerkships with spring deadlines.
  • Apply to public interest positions with late deadlines.
  • Identify and apply to small firms. Call to determine hiring needs.
  • Continue to strategize with your career advisor. Career Development continually refers students to employers throughout the year, but we have to know you are still looking.
  • Identify and consider applying to legal temporary agencies in the market(s) where you would like to work.
  • Complete a Career Development Graduate Employment Survey through Symplicity.
  • Keep in contact with Career Development for assistance with your job search after graduation. We hear of leads all the time!

After Graduation

  • Prepare for and take bar exam.
  • Stay active by developing a plan of activity each week.
  • Join and take an active role in your local bar association and relevant committees, including new lawyers committees.
  • Begin or develop your social media presence, write articles, start a blog, add to your resume.
  • Volunteer.
  • Investigate contract work; research legal temporary agencies.
  • Use informational interviewing to meet new practitioners and to expand your networks.
  • Review the 3L timeline tips above to re-visit researching employers, job search opportunities and websites.
  • Review the “Professional Development for Alumni” handbook from Career Development.