Suggested Timetable for Second Year Students

Fall Quarter and Before:

  • Complete an employment evaluation in Symplicity to describe your summer experience.
  • Revise resume to reflect summer employment and be sure to submit your resume to OCS for review during the resume review period in July.
  • Participate in the fall on-campus interview program (typically the OCI program begins in mid-August – watch for announcements from OCS about the actual dates starting in Winter Quarter).
  • Attend OCS and other programs that interest you.
  • Watch for the Department of Justice Summer Law Intern Program Deadline (usually in early September) and other government program 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.
  • Follow-up with any employers who you have contacted directly.
  • If interested in public service, attend the Chicago Area Law School Consortium’s Public Service Employers Reception and the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference in Washington, D.C. (typically held in October and November).
  • 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 considering a post-graduate clerkship, attend the judicial clerkship meetings, review the clerkship manual, and subscribe to the judicial clerkship list-serv.
  • If you have accepted summer employment, be sure to notify OCS.
  • If your career goals have changed or you are still seeking employment, make an appointment with an OCS counselor.

 

Winter Quarter:

  • Attend OCS and other programs that interest you.
  • If interested in public service employment, attend the Midwest Public Interest Law Conference.
  • If your career goals have changed or you are still seeking employment, make an appointment with an OCS counselor.
  • If you have accepted summer employment, be sure to notify OCS.
  • If applicable, complete the Chicago Law Foundation summer grant application.
  • If considering a post-graduate clerkship, attend the judicial clerkship meetings, review the clerkship manual, and start researching judges.
  • Monitor the judicial clerkship list-serv for updated information about the judicial clerkship application process.
  • 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.

 

Spring Quarter:

  • Attend OCS and other programs that interest you.
  • If considering a post-graduate fellowship, attend the fellowship programming.
  • If considering a post-graduate clerkship, attend the judicial clerkship meetings, review the clerkship manual, and start researching judges
  • Monitor the judicial clerkship listserv for updated information about the judicial clerkship application process.
  • Sign up for job fairs of interest (many have early deadlines even though they are for next year’s job search).
  • If you have accepted summer employment, be sure to notify OCS.
  • 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:

  • Notify OCS of any changes in your contact information over the course of the summer.
  • If applying for judicial clerkships, prepare all application materials and provide them to the Office of Career Services as directed.
  • 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, third year job search considerations, and other career services events and activities.
  • If applicable, work on post-graduate fellowship applications.
  • Contact OCS if you have any questions about your summer experience and/or preparation for a 3L job search.
  • Prepare for your third 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 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 reading 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