Fall Recruiting Overview

What is it?
Why should I participate?
What types of positions are available through the program?
Is Fall Recruiting only for the top of the class?
What types of employers participate in On-Campus Recruiting?
When will I be able to view employers participating in Fall Recruiting?
What are the deadlines for the Fall Recruiting Program?
To which positions should I apply?
What should I keep in mind in applying?

What is it?

The Fall Recruiting Program is just one of many steps we recommend for practical legal experience through law clerk, legal extern and summer associate positions. The Fall Recruiting Program brings to your attention many, but not all, local and national employers who interview in the fall for positions during the school year and the following summer.

Why should I participate?

  1. Participation helps make you competitive in a competitive market. Law students across the country gain legal experience through similar recruiting programs.
  2. Employers prefer graduates who have at least two strong, practical, legal experiences on their resumes and this program offers many experiential opportunities.
  3. Participating employers expect you will apply to them via the Fall Recruiting Program.  Applying to participating employer positions outside of the program may imply initial disinterest in the organization.
  4. Most large law employers and government agency honors programs offer post-graduation employment positions exclusively to students participating in their summer programs.  If you want to work for these employers after graduation, it is imperative that you interview for a summer externship this fall.

What types of positions are available through the program?

Paid, volunteer and academic credit law clerk positions beginning in fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018. Many of these positions will be filled far in advance of their actual start dates.  For example, fall recruiting opportunities will include:

  1. Summer 2018 summer associate positions with large national law firms
  2. Federal Government Summer 2018 Honors and Externship Programs (e.g., SEC, DOJ)
  3. Spring 2018 positions with the District Attorney, Public Defender, U.S. Attorney, Federal Defender and City Attorney Offices
  4. Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Agency/Corporate Counsel Externship positions for civil externships with government or public interest organizations or within corporate legal departments.
  5. Spring and Summer 2018 Judicial Externship positions
  6. Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Medium and Small Firm Law Clerk positions

Is Fall Recruiting only for the top of the class?

No. The Fall Recruiting Program should be an important component of every law student’s job search, regardless of class rank.  While large private law firms may have strict grade cut-offs, approximately 60% of recent Fall Recruiting opportunities did not require strong grades.

If you are not at or near the top of the class, but are interested in a position with a large law firm, the best way to achieve your goal may be a summer position in a federal government agency’s Honors Program.  After a few years at one of these agencies, attorneys become attractive lateral candidates for large law firms due to their expertise and insider knowledge.  Again, many federal agencies fill their entry level attorney positions exclusively through their Honors Programs, which often have deadlines during the fall recruiting season.

What types of employers participate in On-Campus Recruiting?

There are generally five types of employers that participate in our recruiting program: private law firms, government agencies (including JAG), public interest employers, corporate counsel externship employers and accounting firms.  Because recruiting timelines vary by employer type, there are two phases of recruiting.

  1. Round 1 Employers – large national law firms seeking summer associates for Summer 2018 and organizations recruiting fall externs for academic credit positions (e.g., corporate counsel externship employers).
  2. Round 2 Employers – public interest organizations, government agencies, accounting firms and late registration Round 1 employers seeking Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 law clerks.

When will I be able to view employers participating in Fall Recruiting?

Early July.  New employers will sign up throughout the summer so you must continue to check Symplicity until the upload deadlines to avoid missing potential opportunities.

How do I participate in Fall Recruiting?

There are three ways: (1) On-Campus Interviews (“OCI”), (2) Resume Collect, and (3) Write Directly – each of which involves a slightly different participation process. 

  1. On-Campus Interviews
    You submit your application materials through Symplicity by the applicable upload deadline (detailed Symplicity instructions and upload deadlines are below); we then forward your application materials to employers; employers select the candidates they wish to interview and notify our office; selected candidates are notified and sign up for an interview time on a pre-specified date; selected students interview on-campus.
  2. Resume Collect
    You submit your application materials through Symplicity by the applicable upload deadline (see below); we then forward your application materials to employers; employers select the candidates they wish to interview and directly notify selected students to schedule an interview at their workplace.
  3. Write Directly
    You submit your applications directly to employers who will review applications on a rolling basis (i.e., the employer does not receive all of the applications at the same time).  Generally, it is better to apply early to these employers, but no later than the deadline specified in the Write Directly listing.  It is imperative that you follow all of the employer’s instructions in a Write Directly listing.

What are the deadlines for the Fall Recruiting Program?

Important Fall Recruiting Deadlines
Round 1 OCI and Resume Collect Upload Deadline & Mock Interview Program Registration July 19, 2017 at 5 p.m.*
Round 2 OCI and Resume Collect Upload Deadline August 9, 2017 at 5 p.m. *
Write Directly Employers Varies by employer; See individual listings.

* Note:  This deadline occurs before classes resume for the fall semester.

To which positions should I apply?

Because the recruiting process is highly competitive, we recommend you apply to any position for which you meet the hiring criteria, but ONLY IF you will genuinely consider an offer of employment from the organization.

You are required to attend an on-campus interview if an employer selects you. Therefore, you should not apply to an on-campus employer if you are unavailable on the employer’s on-campus interview date.  Note that Round I interviews will take place before the fall semester begins.  Employers are taking time from their schedules to review and select your application.  Therefore, apply broadly, but judiciously so you can maximize opportunities for yourself and your classmates.

What should I keep in mind in applying?

The Fall Recruiting Program is only one step in an effective job search.  Employers participating in the recruiting program represent a fraction of the employers for which you may be interested in working. We strongly encourage you to meet with a Career Advisor to develop a strategy for contacting additional employers. Successful job seekers are proactive (networking, sending materials to organizations that do not actively advertise positions) not just reactive (applying only to listed OCI, Job Board or external job board positions).

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