Summer offers students an opportunity to engage in career planning and exploration – to review your reasons for coming to law school and evaluate your talents, skills, and interests – and to prepare for future professional activities. After reassessing, investigate career options that best fit your needs. The ideas here may boost your confidence in your chosen career path and make career connections that will help you secure a postgraduate position.
Make an appointment. Counselors are in the office all summer and are happy to meet with you in person or over the phone to discuss career paths. Visit our office for alumni referrals, search strategy inspiration, and resume and cover letter advice.
Take advantage of reciprocity. If you will be in the Northwest, you can access the job postings of these law schools through a relatively informal reciprocity process: BYU, Gonzaga, Idaho, Lewis & Clark, Seattle University, UW, Utah, and Willamette. See the Career Center tab in MyLaw for more information. If you will be elsewhere, apply for reciprocity with up to three law schools outside the region by asking Sabrina Leathers to send a request.
Pursue informational interviews. After you identify a few practice areas that interest you, learn more by meeting with lawyers engaged in that kind of work. We can help you draft an appropriate and effective informational interview request. Informational interviewing can take place over the telephone, but be open to traveling a few hours for an in-person meeting.
Join associations. You can join county and state bar associations as well as specific practice groups (like the family, criminal, or environmental law sections). As a student member, you can often attend CLEs, seminars, and social events for free or at a reduced price; volunteering at these events can be an even better way to meet attorneys.
Be productive. Always do your very best work, but don’t stop there. Learn about your fellow interns or clerks and their projects; you never how you might help each other reach your career goals. Use your lunch hour to attend seminars or CLEs. Attend meetings with your employer or mentor. Ask for feedback, and then request additional projects.
Update your materials. Employers start looking at candidates for postgraduate and summer positions as early as August 1. Prepare your documents over the summer, and remember that we are available and eager to help.