- Attend lectures, programs and events about law firm practice. (While CDO does not provide counseling to 1Ls until mid-October, 1Ls are invited and welcome to attend CDO-sponsored programs throughout the fall).
- Join a student organization or journal that will enable you to explore your career interests (e.g., Yale Entertainment and Sports Law Association, Yale Health Law and Policy Society, Yale Law and Business, Yale Law National Security Group, Yale Law & Technology Society, Yale Society of International Law, Yale Journal of International Law, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics).
- Attend CDO’s 1L Summer Job Search program and résumé and cover letter workshop.
- Draft résumé and then see your assigned CDO counselor to discuss career goals and review résumé.
- Begin habit of reading CDO’s weekly email to students.
- Conduct research into potential summer opportunities using CDO resources including the list of law firms who have hired first-year students in the past and the CDO Summer Employment Evaluations written by students.
- Create your list of desired employers.
- Email cover letters and résumés on or after December 1 to larger law firms and to law firms in your hometown, especially if you plan on traveling home for the winter break.
- Use the Online Job Posting system in CMS to view opportunities posted there.
- Attend CDO’s interviewing workshop and conduct a mock interview.
- Attend law firm holiday receptions over winter break.
- Consider enrolling in a clinic in the spring term to develop practical skills.
- Plan course selection to reflect and prepare for your employment interests (i.e., Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Corporate Taxation, Property, Advanced Legal Writing, Financial Institutions and Capital Markets).
- Continue follow up with employers to whom you have applied.
- Apply to smaller law firms at this time. Consider applying to other sectors that may be appealing to you, including government and in-house.
- Participate in Spring Interview Program if interested in the law firms attending.
- Consider expanding your search to include additional firms and/or geographic areas.
- Continue to follow up and apply to additional employers. Talk to a CDO counselor if you have any career questions or concerns about your job search.
- Attend the Law Firm Practice Area Forum and other CDO events.
- Consider taking on leadership roles in student organizations and journals
- Read CDO’s summer emails containing important information about the Fall Interview Program and other career related events.
- If possible, leave your summer position with a writing sample and one or more references in hand.
- If in a geographic location where you wish to work next summer (and the location is remote from Yale), consider trying to set up informational interviews.
- Use YLS Career Connections to network with alumni in your location in the legal field of interest to you.
- Update résumé to reflect summer position and review with CDO counselor.
- Sign up for and conduct a mock interview.
- Attend summer law firm recruiting functions.
- Plan fall course selection to reflect and prepare for your employment interests (i.e., Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Corporate Taxation, Property, Advanced Legal Writing, Financial Institutions and Capital Markets).