The first steps of your job search include the following six essential elements!
Schedule a thirty-minute session with an advisor who can help you find answers to your questions, review resources, and discuss your career goals. Email Career and Professional Development or call (619) 260-4529 to set up an appointment.
Résumé and Cover Letter
The Career and Professional Development Résumé Guide (available in Symplicity) will help you get started. Review the Guide and email your résumé to Career and Professional Development for editing. The Career and Professional Development Cover Letter Guide (available in Symplicity) provides sample cover letter components.
Request an official (sealed) and unofficial copy of your USD School of Law transcript from the Registrar's Office and make several copies. You should also have copies of your undergraduate/graduate transcripts.
During your first and second years of law school, your Legal Writing and Research assignments will suffice. Request the Career and Professional Development Writing Samples Guide.
References are individuals who should know you in a professional context and be able to speak highly of you and your work. Be sure to request permission before listing a reference. Request the Career and Professional Development References Guide.
Career and Professional Development Online Job Search Sites
Student Job Listings list school-year part-time and summer full- and part-time law clerk positions with law firms, government agencies, public interest organizations and other legal employers. It is updated daily and is always accessible.Sign in to Symplicity to access the job listings. If you don't have an account yet, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.