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 Simplicity under the Resources tab.
- Resume and Cover Letter
Review the Resume and Cover Letter Guide. Email a draft of your resume or cover letter to Career Services 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.
Review the References Guide. References 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.
Request an official (sealed) and unofficial copy of your USD School of Law transcript from the Records Office and make several copies. You should also have copies of your undergraduate/graduate transcripts.
Career services 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 Symplicity to access the job listings.
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. Order business cards.