Once you have had a chance to work through the self-assessment you will have a sense of the qualities you want in an employer. The next step is to conduct employer research. Each CDO Guide provides information about the best resources for learning about employers in that area of practice.

Need to do a Self-Assessment? Start your Self-Assessment here.

Helpful Resources

Career Management System

Student Summer Employment Evaluations
Click the Resources link on the CMS homepage then click on "Summer Evaluations" under the Shortcut section. Evaluations can be searched using a variety of parameters including employer name, state, country, year of employment and employer type. Includes information about hiring timeline and process, split summer and pro bono opportunities, work environment and more. All students are encouraged to provide CDO with an evaluation for each of their summer experiences. Please note that evaluations are confidential and should not be shared outside of the YLS community.

YLS Job Posting System
Click the "Job Postings" tab on the CMS home page. Employers post job announcements for YLS students and alumni using our online job posting system. Click "advanced search" to search positions by employer type, practice areas, position type, class level sought, location and more. You can also create a "search agent" to check the listings for particular job types and alert you by email. 

ALM Legal Intelligence Online 

[NOTE: you must be on the Yale Network or VPN to access site]. ALM Legal Intelligence Online is an integrated database of information about the legal industry. Yale Law School's subscription to ALM allows students to view lists and rankings from publications like The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and the National Law Journal. View popular firm rankings, such as the A List; AmLaw 100 and 200; Diversity Scorecard; Global 200;  LGBT Scorecard; Midlevel Associate Survey; Pro Bono Survey;  Summer Associate Survey; and Women Scorecard. 

 Chambers and Partners 

The Chambers Guides include Chambers Global, USA, UK, Europe, and more. These guides are searchable online and provide rankings (known as “bands”) of law firms by practice area. For example, select Chambers Global, location USA, and a practice area to view a list of firms prominent in that area. 

Chambers Associate 

Billed as the law student’s guide to law firms in the U.S., Chambers Associate provides satisfaction surveys; the Inside view of firms; facts and figures about salaries, work/life, summer program and firm size, international presence, diversity and inclusion, pro bono, and partnership promotions; practice area summaries, and more. The Researching your Career in Law e-guide offers practical advice for evaluating firms. 

Government Honors & Internship Handbook

This online Handbook contains hiring information on more than 50 federal agencies and more than 40 state and local agencies. It provides an alphabetical listing of organizations with detailed information about summer and entry-level hiring. Contact CDO for login instructions.

Leadership Connect 

[NOTE: you must be on the Yale Network or VPN to access site]. Yale Law School provides students with a subscription to Leadership Connect, an online database containing biographical and contact information for leaders in U.S. business, government, professional, and nonprofit organizations. Click the “Sign In” button at the top of the home page, and you will be taken immediately to a quick search screen. 

Martindale Hubbell

This comprehensive database includes large and small law firms and can be used to search for YLS alumni, firms in a particular city, firms with a particular practice area, and more. Click on the "search tools" tab to get started.

NALP Directory of Legal Employers

The directory contains detailed information about larger law firms and some public interest organizations, including information about their practice areas, hiring plans, and more. Each employer’s listing contains lawyer demographics, practice areas, compensation and benefits, partnership, hiring, hours and work arrangements, pro bono, diversity and professional development. Within a firm’s profile, click the "Recruitment & Hiring" tab to access summer associate hiring information including whether the firm hires 1Ls. Students can also download a plain text file for use in mail mergers. To use this feature, select the employers in which you are interested and click on "Mail Merge." When prompted, use your Yale email address.  


This database provides a comprehensive clearinghouse of more than 11,000 law-related public interest organizations around the world, as well as opportunities for lawyers and law students. It is free for Yale law students and alumni. Students register on the site and create a username and password.

Schell Summer Human Rights Fellow List and Reports

The Schell Center’s Kirby Simon Summer Fellowships provide funding for students to undertake at least six weeks of human rights work during the summer.  On this site you can access a list of all placements since 1999 and reports written by summer fellows about their experiences from 2010 to present.

 U.S. Department of Justice

The best resource for information about U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country and Department of Justice Agencies in Washington, DC. The site contains information about opportunities for law students, entry-level attorneys and experienced attorneys. Click the "Careers" tab to get started.

Firsthand (formerly Vault Career Insider)

[NOTE: you must be on the Yale Network/VPN or log in with a Yale email address and open the verification email to access site]. After creating an account, students can download pdf versions of many of Vault’s career guides, including the Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms which provides the "scoop" on each firm, tips on getting hired, quotes from survey respondents and information about quality of life factors.  Click the "Law" tab to access law firm rankings and guides. 


May 2021