Welcome


We look forward to partnering with students and alumni to evaluate their goals, explore possibilities, and navigate their job searches. To support their career journeys, we offer one-on-one counseling, resources and programs on career paths, and access to employers through our on campus recruiting events.

We also offer several avenues for employers to broaden their recruitment efforts at Yale Law School, including participation in interview programs and career panels, and online posting of employment opportunities.

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Update on VIP


Virtual Interview Program ("VIP")

CDO will host a Virtual Interview Program (“VIP”) scheduled to commence in November 2020 for the Class of 2022 to secure summer 2021 employment. We are confident that a virtual program provides the most flexibility for our students and employers and offers the greatest fairness and equity for our students. We believe our program will meet employer hiring goals while enabling our students to participate fully and safely in both their academic and recruiting experiences.   

VIP SCHEDULE

Mid-July to August 14:  Employer Registration Period  

Starting Late August:  Employers Receive Confirmation of VIP Interview Date(s)
We will assign each employer an interview date based on a variety of factors including the fall course schedule and the employer's interview date last year.  Similarly, exact times for interviews will be set after the YLS fall course schedule is finalized.   


Nov 9:  Employers Receive Interview Schedules
 


Nov 11 – 13 & Nov 16 – 20:  Virtual Screening Interviews

Consistent with YLS Recruiting Policies, students are strongly discouraged from interviewing during scheduled class times and Symplicity will not schedule students for interviews during their class times.
 


Jan 4 – 8 & Jan 11 – 15: Callback Interviews 

Callback interviews are NOT permitted during Reading Period and Exams (Nov 30 - Dec 18).  To protect student health and health privacy, we encourage employers to conduct virtual callback interviews, but recognize that some employers will opt to conduct in-person callbacks.  Students will be expected to comply with any travel guidelines from Yale University, YLS, or relevant state and local officials in effect at that time. CDO will communicate these guidelines to employers.  

Jan 15*:  Offer Kick Off Date
This is the first date that employers are allowed to make summer offers to students through VIP.  * Given feedback from some employers indicating that they wish to review transcripts prior to making offers, this date is subject to change once the fall term grade deadline is confirmed. 

Overhead view of the YLS Courtyard

Introduction to the Courtyard


The Courtyard, Yale Law School’s online community launched to students in January 2020. Named for a favorite gathering place, The Courtyard is an online tool that connects students to our greatest resource, our alumni network.

Career Development Events

October 26 Monday
October 28 Wednesday

Interviewing at VIP Webinar

12:10PM to 1:00PM
Online


Resources We Provide


Career Management System
The Career Development Office uses the Career Management System (CMS), powered by Symplicity, to provide the resources to students. Net ID required.


Counseling
CDO's attorney-counselors are available to discuss your career goals and aspirations, provide advice on resumes and cover letters and discuss the job search process.

 

Programs
CDO hosts both interview and educational programs each year to provide students with a breadth of knowledge and opportunities across industries and practice areas. 

 

Career Pathways
Information on careers in public interest, judicial clerkships, law firms, law teaching, and business for students.

 

Toolkit for Student Job Seekers
Guidance on self-assessment, employer research, networking, application materials, and interviewing.

 

Career Guides & Advice
A range of career guides and resources for students across many areas of interest.

 

Videos
Helpful career development videos for career planning. Net ID required.

 

Career Management System
The Career Development Office uses the Career Management System (CMS), powered by Symplicity, to provide the resources to alumni. Net ID required.

 

Counseling
Alumni are welcome to conduct one-on-one mock interviews with CDO attorney-counselors at any stage of their careers, and to receive real-time personalized feedback on their performance.

 

Career Pathways
Information on careers in public interest, judicial clerkships, law firms, law teaching, and business for alumni.


Toolkit for Alumni Job Seekers
Guidance on employer research, networking, application materials, and interviewing. It also provides guidance on relocating, returning to work after a leave, handling a layoff, salary negotiation, temporary legal employment, and using a headhunter.

 

Career Guides & Advice
A range of career guides and resources for alumni across many areas of interest.

 

Interview Programs

Yale students and graduates seek employment experiences both within and outside of the legal profession: in private practice, from large firms to solo practices; in federal, state and local government; in public interest settings, and in corporations and businesses; and in non-profit organizations. To facilitate this process, CDO organizes two interview programs in early August and February.

 

Post an Opportunity

The Career Development Office uses an online job posting system powered by Symplicity. After registering basic profile information, employers may post openings free of charge. Submissions from third parties, including search firms, will not be accepted.

 

Increase Visibility at YLS

In addition to participating in our interview programs or posting an opportunity, we encourage employers to engage with our students. Learn more.

Alumni & Student Profiles


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Nathan Nash

Liman Fellow, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing

It was an empowering experience to be at Yale Law School and it fundamentally changed my life.”


Senator Gary Hart

Class of 1964