Steps to Take Before and During the Recruiting Season

Review Your Materials and Be Prepared
Use the Jobs tab on Symplicity

Review Your Materials and Be Prepared

  1. Prepare quality, error-free application materials.  Meet with a Career and Professional Development advisor to refine your application materials and have an objective third-party review your materials for mistakes.  Career and Professional Development is open throughout the summer to assist you. Order several official copies of your law and undergraduate transcript to provide employers who request your grades.  It may take several weeks for schools to send official transcripts, so be sure to order them early in the summer. 
  2. Research employers.  You will prepare better application materials and have a better interview if you research an employer in advance.  Do a Google search to find out if the employer has a website and run a search for the employer in the news and legal newsletter databases on Westlaw or Lexis.  Use your professional LinkedIn profile to research and connect with employers and employees at the organizations you are interested in. Additional information may also be found in the NALP Directory of Legal Employers or in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
  3. Prepare thoroughly for each interview.  Interviewing is a skill you can master with practice.  Review the Career and Professional Development interviewing guide (available on Symplicity under the Resources tab), attend the Career and Professional Development interview strategy program (which will be held in August), and schedule a mock interview.
In order to effectively apply to these employers, you must submit your applications materials before the on-campus recruiting season begins, preferably by the beginning of August.  Career and Professional Development can help you identify target employers.

Use the Jobs tab on Symplicity.

Symplicity’s Jobs tab provides job postings on an ongoing basis. In addition to applying for positions through the Fall Recruiting Program, you should review the Jobs tab frequently. Law clerk or discrete legal project experience can build your resume, skill set, and legal network. Please follow the directions below to review student job postings:
  1. Log on to Symplicity.
  2. Click on the “Jobs” tab at the top of the screen.  All current job postings will be displayed in reverse chronological order.
  3. For more information about the job, click on the “Apply” Button or job title.  This will provide position descriptions, hiring criteria, application instructions and other information.

    Please note: You must follow the application instructions in the job listing.  Most job listings on the Jobs tab will direct you to submit application materials directly to the employer via fax, email or postal mail.  Occasionally an employer will instruct you to upload application materials directly through Symplicity.

  4. At the top of this list are drop down menus that allow you to refine your search.  We do not recommend you limit your search as you may filter out a great job opportunity.  Jobs will be removed upon expiration or notification that the position has been filled.
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Contact:

Career and Professional Development
Warren Hall, Room 113
Phone: (619) 260-4529
Fax: (619) 260-6828

Hours

Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Evening appointments available upon request.

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