Federal Government: Apply for Federal Government Honors Programs. Check the Government Honors Handbook on HCO for specific programs. Deadlines run throughout early Fall semester.
Complete the Student Summer Employment Survey. If you accept permanent employment, please notify the Career Office.
Early Fall Semester:
Participate in EIP.
CheckHCOand other favorite websites for listings and application deadlines.
Apply to local employers for school-year jobs to enhance opportunities for full-time offers.
Send letters to selected law firms that are not participating in EIP.
State Judicial clerkships: Apply now. For an on-line guide, check the Vermont State Clerkships Guide on HCO.
Public Interest Fellowships: Apply to those with fall deadlines.
Build your network by staying in touch with your contacts, telling them your career plans, and joining a bar association or professional groups in your preferred city.
If you need to develop a Plan A and Plan B, meet with a career counselor to brainstorm about job opportunities and strategies that you may not have considered.
Phone or email those to whom you have sent applications, prospecting or networking letters, to schedule job or informational interviews for Winter Break.
Review or develop your preferred career (Plan A) and back-up plan (Plan B) for after graduation.
Gather information about your Plan A and B legal practices in your preferred city.
Review local legal publications to become familiar with the legal market in your preferred city.
Conduct informational interviews with contacts in your preferred city. The Career Office can help you develop a list of contacts.
If you are traveling during Winter Break, Spring Break, or plan to live elsewhere after graduation, plan to use the resources of schools with which we have open reciprocity (Santa Clara, California Western, University of Michigan, McGeorge, Fordham in NY, and all UC Law Schools).
Early Spring Semester:
CheckHCO announcements and favorite job websites weekly.
Federal Clerkships: Monitor the judicial clerkship lists for updated announcements, including of newly-appointed judges (who may need to hire quickly).
Participate in Spring OCI.
Talk to professors in the substantive areas you enjoy about your job search and ask about any contacts or advice they may have.
Phone or e-mail those to whom you have sent applications, prospecting or networking letters, to schedule job or informational interviews for Spring Break.
Spring Break (March)
Interview with out-of-area employers, specifically government and non-profit employers and small/medium-sized firms who do not recruit in the fall.
Network! Network! Network! If this is difficult for you, contact the Graduating Student Advisor or the other career counselors to help you get started.
Register with the Graduating Student Advisor, Gabriel Bellman. He is a special resource from March of your 3L year through February of the following year
Don’t have a Plan A and B? Contact a career counselor for help developing a preferred career plan (Plan A) and back-up plan (Plan B).
Late Spring Semester:
CheckHCO often because employers contact the Career Office with late-breaking job opportunities throughout the spring.
Talk to your current employer or mentor in an extern program about job leads.
Apply for jobs with spring deadlines:
Some state judicial clerkships (i.e., San Francisco Superior Court)
Public interest positions
Identify and consider applying to legal temporary agencies in your preferred city.
Complete a Graduate Class Survey. If you have accepted a job, please notify the Career Office.
Keep in contact with the Career Office for assistance with your job search after graduation. We hear of leads all the time!
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