Fall Recruiting Overview

Why should a 3L/4LE/LLM participate in Fall Recruiting?
What types of positions are available for 3L/4LE/LLM candidates?
What types of employers participate in On-Campus Recruiting?
When will I be able to view employers participating in Fall Recruiting?
How do I participate in Fall Recruiting?
What are the deadlines for the Fall Recruiting Program?
To which positions should I apply?
What Should I Keep in Mind as a 3L/4LE/LLM Candidate?

Why should a 3L/4LE/LLM participate in Fall Recruiting?

The Fall Recruiting Program offers spring and post-bar law clerk opportunities to help you strengthen your resume in addition to post-graduation jobs.  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.

What types of positions are available for 3L/4LE/LLM candidates?

  • Federal Government – for Post-Graduate positions:
    Fall recruiting season is an important hiring period for federal government offices.  After only a few years of federal agency experience, attorneys become attractive lateral candidates for large law firms due to their expertise and insider knowledge. Many federal agencies fill their entry level attorney positions exclusively through their Honors Programs, which often have deadlines during the fall recruiting season.  To apply, go to the “Government Honors & Internship Handbook” link on the first page of Symplicity.  You should apply EARLY, even if the stated deadline is later; last year, agencies received so many applications, they closed recruiting early.
  • Agency Externships – for Spring 2018:
    If you want to work for credit for non-criminal law government or public interest employers, or at the California Attorney General’s Criminal Division, you MUST submit your application through the Fall Recruiting Program so you can interview on campus with those employers.
  • Judicial Externships – for Spring 2018:
    If you want to work for credit for a state Superior Court, Court of Appeal or for a federal judge, you must submit your application through the Fall Recruiting Program.
  • Small and Medium Sized Law Firms – Spring 2018 and Post-Bar:
    Use fall recruiting, as well as the Symplicity Job Board to work in law firms during the semester to obtain experience, strong recommendations, and potentially post-bar positions with employers.  Small and medium firm employers generally don’t interview through on campus programs because (i) they don’t want to take time away from their practices and (ii) they generally don’t hire far in advance.  Therefore, you must seek them out and be proactive (network!); Career and Professional Development will help.
  • Very Few Large National Private Firms – Post-Bar:
    For the last few years, as a result of the contraction in the economy, there has been very little 3L hiring by large national law firms.  Most large national law firms have filled their new attorney needs with students who have accepted their summer associate offers after their 2L summers.  The large law firms tell us that this will likely be the case this fall as well.
  • Fellowships – Post Bar:
    Public interest agencies hire for post-bar positions.  Some will be listed through Fall Recruiting.  Other fellowships can be found on www.psjd.org Many public interest organizations (as well as smaller law firms) do not post available positions at all; find organizations you are interested in through www.psjd.org and send them your materials directly. Career and Professional Development can help with this process.

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 2017 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 2017 and Summer 2017 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 deadline 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 & Resume Collect Upload Deadline & Mock Interview Program Registration July 19, 2017 at 5 p.m.*
Round 2 OCI & 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; however, you should apply 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 some of the 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 that you can maximize opportunities for yourself and your classmates.

What Should I Keep in Mind as a 3L/4LE/LLM Candidate?

The Fall Recruiting Program represents only one step in an effective job search.  While there are many employers participating in the Fall Recruiting Program, they represent only a small number of all employers for whom you might be interested in working.  Many employers who recruit in the fall prefer you contact them directly and are not part of our recruiting program.  You will increase your chances of getting a job if you:

  1. Do not limit your search in terms of method (e.g., by applying only to employers that participate in the formal Fall Recruiting Program, on our Job Board, or external job boards; you must also get proactive, network, and contact employers directly);
  2. Do not limit your search in terms of geography (e.g., only applying to local San Diego employers);
  3. Do not limit your search in terms of types of employer (e.g., only applying to private firms and ignoring government or public interest opportunities);
  4. Do not wait to begin your search until after the bar exam, or worse yet, after your bar results.
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