Small and medium sized firmsWhich is not to say that there won’t be job postings and some interviews hosted on campus before the end of the school year. April is a busy month for hiring because lawyers who are no longer focused on the law school calendar realize that summer is coming and that they ought to start thinking about hiring law clerks.
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Interviews during finalsSlightly off-putting for students are the interviews that employers want to schedule during finals. Yes, during finals. Busy lawyers managing their clients' needs do not care about school schedules.
What does this mean for you? You have three choices:
- Do absolutely nothing because you have a trust fund;
- Rely on law school job postings and compete with your classmates, students from area law schools, and students coming “home” for the summer for those jobs, or
- Cancel your spring break plans and get serious about building a network that might help you get to the head of the line for posted jobs or, better yet, make yourself the only candidate for a job that you care about.
Building a networkIf you haven’t chosen a primary interest practice track, pick three topics and:
- Find three critical issues in the area and do enough research so that you will be able to ask four intelligent questions of an expert.
- Using your alumni or career offices, LinkedIn, bar associations, or other resources, find five lawyers practicing in each field and make either phone or in-person meetings with those professionals. Follow the rules of networking and remember that you may not ask for a job during that meeting.
- Schedule as many of these meetings as you can during Spring Break. Don't waste a minute.
- Follow up with the people you meet, reporting on new things that you have learned and new topics that interested your contacts.
Managing a difficult job search uses the same skills that you will employ when you manage a busy law practice. "I can't call people" and "I don't have time to research" are uniquely inneffective when managing your clients' business. They are equally ineffective in managing your own job search.