You can start by reading our Summer Job Search FAQ, which covers topics such as writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for job interviews, negotiating offers, and tracking our 1L summer job stream for the last summer jobs we receive. In addition, we have created this guide specifically for the 1L summer job search. You may not need to look beyond your own law school to find a job, as many law professors try to hire students as research assistants. Keep in mind, however, that this will most likely be a part-time job – often students will be in a research position in the summer in addition to another part-time or full-time position. As a research associate, not only will you get paid, but you`ll also have the opportunity to build a relationship with a professor – if you do a good job, they`ll likely become a valuable mentor and someone you can ask to serve as a professional reference or write a letter of recommendation. Working in a prosecutor`s office is a great way to immerse yourself in criminal law and potentially gain stand-up experience. Interns may have the opportunity to conduct legal research, draft pleadings, observe arguments, and present arguments themselves – under supervision. An internship with a prosecutor`s office allows you to spend time in a courtroom and watch how different lawyers approach their cases. Look for opportunities in your state`s local counties regarding the summer internships they can offer. You should also check with your company`s alumni base, especially if you`re not tied to a specific region.
Some schools allow you to earn class credits for the work experience you gain during the summer. (Although you don`t get paid, student loans are a possible option to fund your summer, as a day school is considered a course.) While each school`s curriculum is different, government, nonprofit, and internal positions are common external options. As part of an clerkship program, you have some sort of classroom component in addition to work requirements, which is a great opportunity to dig deeper into the tasks you perform. NB Applications for Berkeley Law Public Interest Summer Scholarships to fund your summer in the public interest or the public sector are usually expected in late March or early April. If you want to do research for a professor during the summer, be proactive and contact professors who are doing research in areas of law that interest you. Research assistants are also announced at the BBB. Don`t get discouraged when you realize that spring has arrived and you haven`t made arrangements for summer yet: opportunities continue to present themselves in spring and even early summer. Students should remember that large companies hire a very small number of first-year students and some large companies do not consider first-year students at all.
It doesn`t hurt to contact an employer to express your interest, especially if you have special qualifications that “match” that employer. However, it is unusual to get a job at a large company during the first summer. Small businesses hire based on a short-term assessment of their needs, and while you may want to make a first contact with small businesses in December or January, you should be prepared to hear that they haven`t decided on their needs for the summer yet (or don`t hear anything at all). Then you can get in touch with employers later in the spring (sometimes the availability of your transcript provides a good opportunity to do so). A: The most common jobs that new lawyers hold after graduation are clerks, employees of large private law firms, public interest lawyers or fellow positions, and entry-level or honorary positions in government (federal, state, and local). The other students are also a great resource. Talk to current students about their summer experiences. Take interesting courses. Whenever possible (especially in 2L and 3L), you should consider courses in areas of law that really interest you and can help you explore a specific area of law rather than loading into “bar” courses. Consider talking to professors who teach in a field that interests you and ask them what job opportunities exist in that particular area of practice. Explore the possibility of working for them as a research assistant to deepen your knowledge of studies. Although students who work in the public interest or in the public sector are generally not remunerated, they can apply for a public interest summer scholarship.
In addition, a limited number of students will receive 1L Summer Associate positions as part of the Spring On Campus interview program (details will be announced in January). This is exactly what the Department`s Summer Law Internship Program (SPA) has to offer. SLIP is the ministry`s competitive recruitment program for paid summer internships. Law students who participate in SLIP benefit from exceptional legal experience and invaluable exposure to the Department of Justice. Interns represent diverse backgrounds and interests and come from various law schools across the country. Your 1L summer is an exciting opportunity to see what it`s like to be a “real” lawyer. But remember, this job is just a stop to your legal career, so don`t worry if your first summer job doesn`t turn out to be your dream come true.