Job Search Preparation

The first steps of your job search include the following seven essential elements.


Schedule a thirty-minute session with a career advisor who can help you find answers to your questions, review resources and discuss your career goals.

Job Application Materials

All guides listed below can be found in the Resource Library in #HireUSDLaw.

  • Resume and Cover Letter
    Review the Resume and Cover Letter Guide. Email a draft of your resume or cover letter to Career and Professional Development to be reviewed.
  • Writing Sample
    Review the Writing Samples Guide. During your first and second years of law school, your Lawyering Skills assignments will suffice as writing samples.
  • References 
    Review the References GuideReferences 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.
  • Transcript
    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.

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.  Log on to #HireUSDLaw to access the job listings.

Business Cards

In addition to the seven essential elements listed above, you have the option to order business cards through the university. Business cards can be a useful networking tool which allows you to seamlessly provide employers and acquaintances with easily accessible contact information.


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


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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