Increase Visibility at YLS


In addition to participating in our interview programs or posting an opportunity, we encourage employers to engage with our students in the following ways:

Yale Law School student organizations host programs throughout the year for their members and often engage with outside speakers. Many organizations have their own websites containing information about their mission, upcoming events and contact information. Review the list of YLS student organizations and contact Naomi Erwich, Director of Student Affairs, to express interest in assisting student organizations.

Employers may purchase a YLS Facebook for $25 that provides information on the class year, previous degrees and hometowns of current YLS students.  Contact CDO at 203-432-1676 or [email protected] for additional information.

Many of our students are interested in combining private and public sector work during the summer and specifically request information about law firms that pay a student for the entire summer but allow them to work for half of the summer with a public interest organization and half with the firm. CDO produces two resources about this topic; one defines split public interest summer programs, and the other lists firms that currently provide split public interest summer opportunities. For employers who would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact CDO at 432-1676 or [email protected].

If you have alumni of Yale Law School at your organization, encourage them to join YLS Career Connections online via the CDO web site. Over 1,600 alumni are currently members and have offered to provide career advice to current students or fellow graduates. A student who develops a relationship with an attorney at your organization will be more likely to consider employment with you. In addition, CDO staff often consults Career Connections to locate interesting speakers for our programs. 

CDO offers numerous career related programs in which employers can be involved. We seek attorney volunteers to conduct mock interviews as part of our 1L telephone mock interview program in the winter and our rising 2L mock interview program during the summer in the various cities in which our students are working. Each March we host the Law Firm Practice Area Forum where attorneys share practice area advice with students in a table talk format. Throughout the year we coordinate panels of attorneys to provide advice on career-related topics. If you are interested in participating in one of these programs, please send an email to [email protected] expressing your interest. In your outreach, be as specific as possible regarding your areas of interests. 

Fundamentally, it pays to make a connection in the first summer. Hundreds of employers recruit upperclass students in the fall, as compared to only 15 employers who recruit first-year students in the spring. If you provide a first-year student with a quality summer experience, she will share her positive experience with fellow classmates which improves student awareness and may well increase interest in your organization. Post a position for 1L summer internships through Symplicity. Click here to find out more about the Spring Interview Program.

Students utilize Symplicity to apply for job postings, participate in interview programs, and conduct general employer research. Employers can upload information on corporate culture such as career advancement tracks and diversity initiatives as well as Yale specific information such as key alumni contacts at your organization. If you have any questions, about how to utilize this feature, please contact Tina Severson, Director of Recruitment at 203-432-1692.

Hosting an employer reception can be a good way to engage with students and share information about what makes your organization unique. Employers wishing to host a reception should contact our office at 203-432-1676 or [email protected]. For additional information about planning a reception, visit the Employer Receptions section of our site.