You will be assigned a CDO counselor in September who will discuss relevant resources; facilitate connections with students and alumni; review application materials; provide interview advice; guide you through the offer and acceptance stage; and advise on job and internship success and navigating on the job challenges. After your 1L summer job plans are finalized, you are welcome to connect with the counselor best suited to your job interests.
We look forward to developing a strong working relationship with you based on a mutual understanding of expectations and goals. We commit to you that we will offer you our best advice and feedback in a timely, respectful manner; we will be prepared, to the best of our ability, to respond to your questions and concerns; and we will work diligently to foster interactions with employers in compliance with our Recruiting Policies, Yale’s Sexual Misconduct Policies, and NALP’s Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process. In return, we expect you to take ownership of your job search and commit to us that you will make full use of the resources provided, represent yourself accurately in all communications, be responsive to communications, and honor your commitments.
The 1L Summer Job Decision in Context
Your 1L summer job decision is not particularly consequential – no choice will foreclose future opportunities. Consider using the summer to learn about particular area(s) of law, improve specific skills, and/or explore a geographic area. According to our data, most 1Ls work in the public sector, either with a government agency or non-profit organization. Just over 10% of 1Ls work for a private firm, and a few students conduct research for faculty, work for a corporation, or serve as a judicial extern.
Review CDO’s Recruiting Policies, including Section V which states that prospective summer employers shall not consider applications from first-year students before December 1 (with certain specified exceptions).
Continue follow up with employers to whom you have applied.
Apply to additional employers including smaller law firms, regional nonprofits, and state and local government. Continue checking CDO’s Online Job Posting System in CMS to learn about employment opportunities.
Many 1Ls will confirm summer employment plans during this time.