Throughout the year, the Law Career Development Office maintains extensive listings of current job openings on Symplicity, our on-line career management system. Through Symplicity, students and alumni may view and apply for job openings. In 2011, we posted 1572 unique jobs.
We compile this database using employer-initiated postings and our own continual review of reputable websites. The database is not an exhaustive list of available positions. We encourage you to search for jobs in other places as well, especially if you are interested in public interest opportunities.
Most of the postings are within the legal profession, including full- and part-time positions for students and graduates, fellowship opportunities, internships, on-campus student research assistants, and other research positions. We continually look for and post interesting J.D. alternative positions as well.
Many legal employers, particularly small to midsized law firms, do not advertise their law clerk and entry-level attorney positions. Federal agencies are not obligated to post attorney positions on usajobs.gov, and many internship opportunities can only be found on individual agency websites.
Thus, you should not rely solely upon job postings! Approach any employer that interests you directly, with a personalized, well-written cover letter and legal resume. Better yet, contact an attorney at the organization whose practice interests you, and ask for an informational interview*!
* An informational interview is a meeting with an attorney or hiring professional during which you ask for advice and information rather than employment. The interview is an opportunity to gather information on a particular practice or employment setting and expand your professional network. Informational interviews often lead to job offers.