Job Search Timelines

Year 1, Fall Semester

  • Focus on classes and on acclimating to Law School.
  • Join student groups that are related to your career interests.
  • Take opportunities to get to know faculty members and administrators.
  • Attend Career Services Orientation sessions.
  • Attend CSO events and other programs that interest you.
  • Read The Weekly for additional events and opportunities that appeal to you.
  • Schedule an appointment with Career Services Counselor (after Nov. 1).
  • Prepare a resume and cover letter and meet with CSO staff to have it reviewed (you are encouraged to do so before leaving for Thanksgiving Holiday).
  • Layout plan with career counselor for desired internships, externships, and fellowships.
  • Begin your research for summer jobs, externships or volunteer opportunities (beginning November). Prepare for Department of Justice Honors Program opportunities.
  • Ask your career counselor for alumni contacts to schedule informational interviews in cities you will visit over the Winter Break.
  • Use a professional email address for all correspondence.
  • Create a professional voicemail message.
  • Develop system to monitor resumes sent and received responses.
  • Start a file to keep track of networking contacts.
  • Contact any non-law school individuals for references.
  • Review your Facebook information and Google your name to ensure that you present a professional image on the web.
  • Finalize resume, targeted to desired employers.
  • Prepare cover letters to targeted employers.
  • Send resumes on Dec. 1 to selected employers (usually larger firms).
  • Note: Employers are not allowed to consider student resumes until after Dec. 1. Make sure yours are ready to go into the mail that day.
  • Network during Winter Break.
  • Apply for summer volunteer positions with the DOJ after Dec. 1.

Year 1, Spring Semester

  • Organize your interview attire.
  • Follow up to make sure the employer received your resume.
  • Watch job postings.
  • Participate in a mock interview.
  • Apply for internships and externships.
  • Research funding availability for public interest opportunities.
  • Participate in various career fairs
  • Contact your Career Counselor if you do not have a summer position secured by April 1. Consider volunteer positions.
  • Apply for summer or fall externships.
  • Network during Spring Break.

Summer after Year 1

  • Prepare for your second year fall job search by:
  • Updating your Resume
  • Updating your Cover Letter
  • Selecting one or more writing samples and revising or redacting them as necessary
  • Making a list of references from your summer
  • Obtaining a current transcript
  • Begin applying to employers scheduled to interview in the Fall. Career Services will continue to update the employer list throughout the summer. Applications are due early August. Apply for everything possible that you may be interested in!!!
  • Check Career Services job postings for public interest opportunities for the next summer. Watch for Equal Justice Works application by July 15.
  • Mail application materials to employers that do not interview at NCCU School of Law. These include most out-of-state employers.
  • Maintain your “resume and responses received” tracking system.
  • Complete application for DOJ Honors SLIP Program (late August). Contact your Career Counselor for application strategies.
  • Network throughout the summer.

Year 2, Fall Semester

  • Organize your job hunt strategy.
  • Utilize Career Services for specific out-of-town referrals.
  • Submit materials to other Fall On-Campus Interview Employers.
  • Participate in every opportunity available for Fall On-Campus Interviews!
  • Research interviewers and organizations where you have obtained an interview; review sample interview questions.
  • Watch for job postings and research jobs on the internet.
  • Participate in a mock interview.
  • Organize your attire for first and second interviews.
  • Meet with a Career Counselor.
  • Inform Career Services of second interviews, job offers and acceptances.
  • Begin preparation in December for Judicial Clerkships. Remember, you do not have to be in the top of the class to apply to a local court in various cities.
  • Looking for a job in a different state? Research employers and apply; let the employers know the day you will be in the vicinity for an interview. Show a connection between you and the non-North Carolina location in your cover letter. Obtain contact information from Career Services for more informational interviews over Winter Break. Search for jobs on the internet.
  • Network over Winter Break.
  • If you are still searching for a summer position, research and apply to potential employers during winter break.
  • Confirm that your email address, voice message and internet image are professional.

Year 2, Spring Semester

  • Begin applying for judicial clerkships in January. Visit Career Services for Judicial Clerkship cover letters, etc. Choose professors for references.
  • Apply for summer/fall externships.
  • Review sample interview questions.
  • Watch for job postings and search for jobs on the internet.
  • Attend programs offered by Career Services for networking opportunities.
  • Consider volunteer work.
  • Be aware of Fellowship opportunities.
  • Be aware of public interest and government hiring needs.
  • If you are still searching for a job in April, continue searching but plan to volunteer. Contact a Career Counselor.
  • Network over Spring Break.
  • Update resume.
  • Looking for a job in a different state? Research employers and apply; let the employers know the day you will be in the vicinity for an interview. Show a connection between you and the non-Washington location in your cover letter. Obtain contact information from Career Services for more informational interviews over Spring/Summer Break. Search for jobs on the Internet.

Summer after Year 2

  • Apply for Fall On-Campus Interview Program.
  • Continue to apply for Judicial Clerkships.
  • Watch job postings.
  • Update your resume and class rank including your summer job.
  • Begin searching for post-graduate jobs; contact Career Services.
  • Search for jobs online.
  • Apply for DOJ Honors positions in August. Contact your Career Counselor for application strategies.
  • Research and apply to employers.
  • Looking for a job in a different state? Research employers and apply; let the employers know the day you will be in the vicinity for an interview. Show a connection between you and the non-Washington location in your cover letter. Obtain contact information from Career Services for more informational interviews over Summer Break.

Year 3, Fall Semester

  • Complete Student Summer Evaluation Form.
  • Update your resume to reflect summer employment.
  • Participate in fall OCI with employers that interest you.
  • Complete fellowship applications.
  • Complete applications for government Honors Programs; the DOJ’s Honors Program deadline is usually mid-September.
  • Draft and send cover letters and resumes to targeted employers if supplementing fall OCI or if not participating in fall OCI.
  • Watch for bar application deadlines.
  • Attend the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference in Washington, DC if interested in public service, (both in October), if interested in public service.
  • If you are still seeking employment, make an appointment with a CSO counselor.
  • If you have accepted a judicial clerkship, be sure to notify CSO.
  • If you have accepted employment, be sure to notify CSO and fill out your graduating student employment and contact report.
  • Work on Bar Exam application.
  • If interested in a judicial clerkship, monitor the judicial clerkship listserv for updates and announcements regarding additional openings.
  • If you have accepted permanent employment, be sure to notify CSO and fill out your graduating student employment and contact report.

Year 3, Spring Semester

  • Attend CSO and other programs that interest you.
  • If interested in a judicial clerkship, monitor the judicial clerkship listserv for updates and announcements regarding additional openings.
  • If you have accepted a judicial clerkship, be sure to notify CSO.
  • If you have accepted permanent employment, be sure to notify CSO and fill out your graduating student employment and contact report.