Skyhook wrote:Wow - such a range! Does the school have something set up to help students find all of these types of work or do some have to find it by themselves?
CLS, like all law schools, has a Career Services Office with a couple of resident deans and a few very helpful and involved career counselors who make every effort they can to get students placed into jobs. They have resources ranging from alumni contacts to lists of judiciary contacts, and they bring in firms to wine and dine students, do career panels, whatever.
That said, probably the best lesson you can learn before you even get into the process next spring is that it is not their job to get you a job
. They're here to help, as best they can, and they do a good job of it. But this is a tough market, even if it's getting a lot better, and you have to stick your neck out and do a lot of digging to really find a job you want.
Personally, I'm working for a federal district court judge back home this summer. I got the job because I sent out resumes and cover letters December 1st, and I scheduled a bunch of interviews over winter break. The NALP guidelines prevent 1Ls from even talking to employers until December 1st (or talking to Career Services until November 1st.) It's an idiotic rule designed to keep you focused on your studies... but anyway, you can't overestimate the value of being prepared, having your resume edited and re-edited and re-edited and finalized in November
, and sending out resumes on the first possible day.
The best piece of advice I have is to read a book called Guerrilla Tactics For Getting The Legal Job Of Your Dreams
, by Kimm Walton, now, while you have free time. It's 1,400 pages, but most of it is fluff or repetitive or stuff you can skip over until the relevant time (like the chapter on callbacks.) But it is a great tool for 1Ls to have under their belts before law school even starts.
Just remember that, no matter what a bunch of professors and gunners say, the ultimate reason you're in law school isn't to learn to "think like a lawyer" or whatever. It's to get a job.