|Roosters Not Invited to Dinner|
- Large firms (not hiring many 1Ls)
- Small firms (large numbers of 1Ls are hired in the spring)
- Public agencies (some hire in the spring; many may take volunteers)
- Corporations (few hires, some internships with spring applications)
- Returning to pre-law school employment (excellent idea)
- Research assistant to faculty: Creates connections with faculty who can give you rigorous research tasks which can help them evaluate you so that they might serve as future references. Some of these jobs will be posted; others will be announced by faculty in class. You may approach any faculty member whose work interests you.
- Legal volunteer opportunities: sign up in the spring or continue your fall pro bono project
- Judicial externships (depending on your school)
- Summer school or study abroad
- Enlist your Team (family, family friends, friends of friends, neighbors, and all random contacts, including your manicurist) to begin to create lists of lawyers and other professionals (Targets) with whom you will connect. Even if you do not come from a family of professionals, they may surprise themselves when challenged to connect you with their acquaintances who may have professional connections.
- Ask that your Team alert the Targets that you would like to contact them during winter break to discuss careers, and career paths, and to seek their advice.
- Commit to making the connections. Your Team will be going out on a limb for you. Don’t even think of embarrassing them by not following through on their introductions.