With Wednesday’s Introduction to the Legal Market for First-Year Students, your career development has officially begun! Given that you’re likely amidst a middle of the semester that is busy with reading, outlining, and reviewing, we know it can seem daunting to think about adding career development to the mix. Rest assured that you’re not yet facing urgent deadlines, but there are some key things you should start doing.

  1. You can now use CareerConnect to search job postings! We know you’re probably not interested in starting a law clerk position this semester (employers aren’t ready for you to start, either, and we don’t suggest it!). But, reviewing job postings is one great way to start assessing the legal market and identifying opportunities that might be a fit for you in the future.
  2. You are permitted to begin meeting with the Office of Career Strategy and Employment in individualized meetings on October 15. When you schedule your initial meeting, you will be emailed a code to take a LawFit career and practice area assessment. You’ll receive the results of that assessment in your initial meeting, as well as create a plan for how to approach the first steps in the job search! Click on Request a Counseling Appointment in CareerConnect to find a time that works with your schedule.
  3. You should draft, submit for review, and finalize your first legal resume this semester. For a checklist and examples to get started, see our Resume Handbook in CareerConnect.

This is a favorite time of year for the Office of Career Strategy and Employment! We look forward to meeting all of you in-person.