Procedures & Deadlines for Recruiting Programs
For all information regarding USD Fall Recruiting, print out and read the appropriate following guides:
2008 Fall Recruiting Guide for 2Ls, 2LEs & 3LEs (PDF)
2008 Fall Recruiting Guide for 3Ls & 4LEs (PDF)
Fall Recruiting Bulletin
(1) Prepare Your Resume and Other Materials
Career Services provides a Resume Guide (PDF), resume workshops, appointments with Career Services advisors and assistance with resume creation and editing. Workshops are held throughout the academic year. We encourage you to check your email and/or the Career Services calendar for notification of these programs. You are also welcome to make individual appointments with career advisors for this service.
Resumes should follow our Basic Resume Requirements, which are:
- No typographical, spelling, punctuation, capitalization or grammatical errors. Students are responsible for proofreading their own resumes.
- Correct illustration of law school and degree.
- University of San Diego School of Law
- JD or Juris Doctor expected May or December 200_ (year of graduation)
- Accurate resume content. GPA/class rank is optional. If you choose to list your GPA/class rank, you must use the information on your most recent transcript.
- Laser-printed, original. PC's with MSWord and WordPerfect software and a laser printer are available in Career Services for student job search use. Kinko's, other print shops or the USD Print Shop on campus can make copies. Resumes and cover letters should be printed on resume paper. Resume paper and envelopes are available in the Career Services office for purchase.
Resumes are subject to verification by Career Services staff. Providing false academic information on a resume is a violation of the Code of Conduct and subjects the student to disciplinary procedures.
Other Application Materials
Many employers request additional materials, such as cover letters, writing samples, and transcripts/grade sheets. Review the various Career Services Guides for guidelines on preparing and submitting these materials.
(2) Submit Your Application Materials to Career Services for Review
The Career Services staff reviews and edits students' resumes and cover letters. You can submit your resume for review by making an appointment with one of our staff or by delivering it to our office via mail, hand delivery or email. Resumes can be picked up from our office after an average turnaround time of two business days.
(3) Participate in Recruiting Programs
Note: As you know, there are many employers who recruit for summer and post-graduate positions who are not part of our Recruiting Programs. These employers prefer for you to send your applications to them directly. For assistance with this process, please contact our office. During the fall recruiting season, application materials for these employers should be sent by the beginning of August.
The Career Services Office uses a web-based program called Symplicity for all recruiting information and for student job postings. Consult the Symplicity Instructions for guidance.
To participate in our recruiting programs, you must upload your materials into Symplicity for submission to employers. It is important that you have your resume, cover letter and writing sample finalized before you upload them and make your bids. If you would like any assistance from the Career Services Office on these documents or the process of bidding on Symplicity, please contact us.
Symplicity training is held throughout the academic year. We encourage you to check your email and/or the Career Services calendar for notification of these programs. You are also welcome to make individual appointments with career advisors for this service.
You must register on Symplicity before you can access the information for the Recruiting Programs. To register, please see “How To Register” on the Symplicity Instructions. You are responsible for checking Symplicity regularly for notices from the Career Services Office, including notifications about the Recruiting Programs.
You must register with your USD email address.
Fall Recruiting Information
There are three types of employers participating in USD's Fall Recruiting Program.
* Note: It is critical that you click on the downward arrow on the "SESSION" line in order to see the list of all employers seeking USD law student applications. You should apply to employers in all 3 of these categories.
On-Campus Employers: These are the employers who will be coming to the Law School to interview students.
Resume Collect Employers: These employers will contact selected students directly to set up interviews.
Write Directly Employers: These employers have requested that students send application materials directly to them.
On-Campus Interviewing will be held from August 27 to October 3, 2008. The Symplicity Upload deadline for Fall Recruiting is Wednesday, August 13, 2008, by 5:00 p.m.
For all information regarding the Fall Recruiting Program, print out and read the following guides:
"USD in LA" Interview Day
This fall, University of San Diego School of Law will host an interview day in downtown Los Angeles. All JD and LLM students other than those in their first semester are cordially invited to participate in the "USD in LA" Interview Day.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Hilton Checkers Hotel Los Angeles
535 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90071
The Symplicity Upload deadline for "USD in LA" Interview Day is Friday, August 29, 2008 by 5:00 p.m. To participate, print out and read the following guides:
Spring Recruiting Information
The Spring Recruiting Program is similar in nature to the Fall Recruiting Program. However, the Spring Recruiting Program is open to 1L’s, who are not permitted to participate in Fall Recruiting Program. In addition, because most recruiting is generally conducted by employers during the Fall, this is typically a smaller program.
For all information regarding the Spring Recruiting Program, print out and read the following guide:Spring Recruiting Guide (PDF)
Forms Required to Participate in Recruiting Programs
In order to participate in the Recruiting Programs, you are required to complete and agree to the Summer Survey, Interview Attendance & Cancellation Policy (PDF), Recruiting Release (PDF), and Representations in Job Application Materials Policy (PDF) on Symplicity. The Summer Survey tells us what you did during the summer and provides us with other valuable information. The Recruiting Release authorizes our office to release your application materials to employers.
You must review the Policies and complete the Survey to be able to upload your resume and other application materials for the Recruiting Programs.
E-mail, call or stop by Career Services whenever you have a question about your job search. Career Services advisors are available throughout the year to assist you in achieving your career goals.