Suggested Timetable for First Year Students

Fall Quarter:

  • Focus on classes and on acclimating to Law School.
  • Get to know your fellow students.
  • Join student groups that are related to your career interests.
  • Get to know faculty members and administrators.
  • Attend Career Services sessions and other programs that interest you.
  • Read the OCS Manual.
  • Identify and contact students with information about the kind of job you would like to have for the summer.  (The Who Worked Where List is accessible on the OCS Chalk page.)
  • Attend the Bar Examination orientation session – watch for early bar application deadlines.
  • Regularly read the OCS Bulletin and Law School Briefs for additional events and opportunities that appeal to you.
  • Prepare a resume and cover letter and meet with OCS staff to have it reviewed (you are encouraged to do so before leaving for the Thanksgiving Holiday).
  • Starting on December 1st, respond to listings posted on Symplicity, on the PSJD website, in the Government Honors & Internships Handbook, and from other sources.
  • Begin preparing materials for a targeted mail campaign for your summer job, particularly if you want to apply for private sector positions. (Materials cannot be sent to employers prior to December 1st of your first year.)
  • Follow legal blogs that are relevant to your interests.
  • Register with your state bar if you are required to do so.

 

Winter Break:

  • Contact people in your network (don’t forget former employers, parents of friends, and friends of parents) and develop new contacts to discuss summer opportunities.
  • Apply to postings and send letters for targeted mailing for summer job.
  • Follow-up with employers.

 

Winter Quarter:

  • Attend Career Services’ Introduction to 1L On-Campus Interviewing Program and other OCS programs.
  • Participate in the Winter On-Campus Interviewing Program, if participating employers are of interest to you.
  • Follow-up with employers who have not responded to your targeted mailing or other applications.
  • Respond to listings posted on Symplicity, on the PSJD website, in the Government Honors & Internships Handbook, and from other sources.
  • Watch for postings in the school for Clinic jobs (applications are usually accepted in early to mid-January) and research assistant positions.
  • Attend the Practice Tracks program held in downtown Chicago.
  • Attend the Midwest Public Interest Law Conference in February, if participating employers are of interest to you.
  • Be aware of deadlines for summer funding, including the University of Chicago Law School funding program, fellowships, grants, and other public interest funding.
  • Sign up for job fairs of interest (many have early deadlines even though they are for next year’s job search).
  • Regularly read the OCS Bulletin, the OCS Chalk page, the Career Services list-servs and web pages, Symplicity, and Law School Briefs for additional information, job postings, events, and opportunities of relevance to your job search.
  • If you have accepted summer employment be sure to notify OCS. Make sure OCS has your summer employment and contact information.

 

Spring Break:

  • Contact people in your network to discuss summer opportunities and/or to gather information about legal practice.

 

Spring Quarter:

  • Respond to listings posted on Symplicity, on the PSJD website, in the Government Honors & Internships Handbook, and from other sources.
  • Watch for postings in the school for research assistant positions.
  • Attend the Introduction to Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program and other OCS programs.
  • Sign up for job fairs of interest (many have early deadlines even though they are for next year’s job search).
  • If you are considering private sector employment, attend firm·wise, which is a networking event for first year law students and law firms. 
  • If you have accepted summer employment, be sure to notify OCS. Make sure OCS has your summer employment and contact information.
  • Regularly read the OCS Bulletin, the OCS Chalk page, the Career Services list-servs and web pages, Symplicity, and Law School Briefs for additional information, job postings, events, and opportunities of relevance to your job search.

 

Summer Break:

  • Read e-mails from OCS, the OCS Chalk page, the Career Services list-servs and web pages, and Symplicity for information about the fall OCI program, second year job search considerations, and other career services events and activities.
  • Notify OCS of any changes in your contact information over the course of the summer.
  • Contact OCS if you have any questions about your summer experience and/or your preparation for your 2L job search.
  • Prepare for your second year fall job search by:
    • Updating your resume (be sure to submit your resume to OCS for review during the resume review period in July)
    • Updating your cover letter
    • Selecting one or more writing samples and revising or redacting them as necessary
    • Contacting potential references and making a reference list
    • Obtaining a current transcript
  • Sign up to participate in the interview coaching program offered by OCS.
  • Sign up for job fairs of interest according to their deadlines.
  • If not participating in fall OCI, or if supplementing fall OCI, draft and send cover letters and resumes to targeted employers in late summer and respond to postings from employers who are not coming to interview on campus.
  • Keep track of your work experience by creating a file that includes copies of:
    • Brief descriptions of your assignments
    • Your written work product
    • List of clients for whom you worked
    • List of attorneys with whom you worked