Job Search Timeline for 1D/2E Students

August Concentrate on studies and coursework. Most legal employers do not recruit first-year (1D/2E) students at this time. 2Es you may opt to transition into a full-time or part-time law clerk job at this time. You can discuss this option with a CDO counselor during the summer and/or check the on-line job postings for available positions.
September Concentrate on studies and coursework. Most legal employers do not recruit first-year (1D/2E) students at this time. 2Es attend career panel programs throughout the Fall.
October End of October/beginning of November: 1D/2E Orientation to the Career Development Office and Résumé Workshop. The CDO Manual will be handed out at this program. 2Es meet with a counselor to discuss employment transitions for the spring (judicial internships/Asper Fellowships).

The annual Equal Justice Works Career Conference in Washington, DC is usually in October. Speak with representatives from over 200 government and public service organizations, many of which recruit first-year students for summer internships.
November Review your résumé draft with your CDO counselor. Telephone and evening appointments are available (410-706-2080, Room 208). Map out a strategy to study for Final Exams and begin early.
December December 1st: Some large law firms begin accepting résumés for summer employment. See the NALP Directory of Legal Employers for information on firms that have hired first year law students. Learn how to apply: meet with a CDO counselor.

Beginning December 1st: Finalize your résumé draft IF you are planning to work with a legal employer over the winter break, or IF you plan to apply to large law firms for summer employment. Discuss drafting cover letters with your CDO counselor. Beginning December 1st: Review deadlines for summer internships withand federal government agencies.

End of December: Complete your résumé draft if you haven’t done so already.
December - January If you are returning to a hometown out-of-state during winter break, consider working over the break or meeting with potential employers for informational interviews to discuss summer employment while you are at home.

Evening Division Students: Meet with your CDO counselor to plan strategy on obtaining legal experience on an evening schedule. Telephone appointments are available (410-706-2080).
January Research summer opportunities with small and mid-sized law firms or public interest organizations. Meet with your CDO counselor to devise job search strategies for reaching these employers. 2Es this is the first best time to begin your transition into obtaining legal experience. You are more marketable if you can commit to a law clerk job from January to August, rather than for one semester.

Baltimore/DC Area Public Service Career Fair: Participate in Interview Program and informational interviews for summer job opportunities.

Career Panels: Attend programs throughout the Spring in practice areas that interest you.
February UM/UB Public Interest Career Fair:Meet representatives from government and public service organizations that recruit summer/semester interns.

Tour the CDO Resource Library and surf the CDO webpage www.law.umaryland.edu/career/career.asp
February - March Firm Night Program for 1D/2E Students: Attend evening receptions held at prominent local law firms and meet attorneys from the firm. Practice your “networking” skills. Firm Night Orientation: Mandatory attendance for all participating students. (An evening session will be held for Evening Division students.)

Summer Jobs Panel:Students talk about their summer experiences and how they obtained their summer jobs and internships. Begin reviewing the jobs database for summer employment postings and submit résumés and cover letters before you start to study for final exams.
April (Early) 1D/2E Orientation to Fall Recruitment: Preview which employers will recruit your class next fall and pick up the registration and summer contact forms necessary to participate.

Judicial Internship Program: out how to apply for judicial internships/Asper Fellowships for summer and during law school. If you choose to do an Asper during the Summer, you can get Financial Aid as long as you take at least six (6) credits. Please review the summer course offerings and register for at least three more credits if you want financial aid. Speak with the Financial Aid Office ASAP to submit the necessary forms before the deadline.

Begin reviewing the jobs database for summer employment postings and submit résumé s and cover letters before you start to study for final exams.
May Beginning of May: Drop off your completed Fall Recruitment interview cancellation policy at the CDO.

Note: If you will be studying abroad or living at a new address over the summer, make arrangements with the CDO to have your Fall Recruitment materials mailed to you at your summer location.
June CDO counselors critique résumés submitted for review in May. Carefully read the CDO’s Guide to Fall Recruitment found on-line at www.law.umaryland.edu/career/career.asp. Research employers participating in the Fall Recruitment Program.
July Research employers participating in the Fall Recruitment Program. Bidding deadlines for Fall Recruitment Program

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