Welcome back and congratulations on finishing your first year of law school! Here you will find general information regarding your job search and professional development in your second year. It is presented in an FAQ format. As always, if you do not find the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Do you have a general timeline of what I should be doing my second-year with respect to job searching?
Yes, we have created a handout containing key deadlines, networking opportunities, and general guidelines about how to structure your job search in your second year. We recommend printing out the handout as a reference as you go through the year.
What should I know about On-Campus Interviews ("OCI")?
First, check in with your adviser and pay close attention to all OCPD emails for important OCI information. In the recent past, several national, Wisconsin, and local firms, in addition to corporations, tax organizations, and government organizations have recruited through OCI. The first "on-campus" interview opportunity, the MCGC Interview Program, begins early with application deadlines generally in the first week of July. UW-Law's own OCI program is set in 'phases', with the Phase I deadlines slightly later in July. Following Phase I, there are generally 2-3 more phases of OCI, with a variety of organizations recruiting. Each phase has its own deadline, so please pay close attention to these deadlines and contact your adviser if you have any questions.
What are Resume Collects?
Resume collects offer employers an additional opportunity to review resumes from UW Law students. Resumes are collected on behalf of employers from students. If after reviewing the resumes an employer is interested in a student, the employer will arrange to interview with that student. Pay close attention to resume collect deadlines; they are not related to the OCI phases and may be earlier or later! Resumes are collected via Symplicity and released according to the corresponding deadlines.
What should I do once I have accepted a job offer?
There are two very important things that you must do upon accepting a job offer:
- Notify all employers who consider you to be an active candidate that you have accepted a position; and
- Notify your OCPD adviser and complete the Graduation Survey, so OCPD can be informed of your summer employment.
What if I don't get summer employment through Fall On-Campus Interviews? Are there other summer employment opportunities available to 2Ls?
Yes! There are a number of summer employment opportunities after fall recruiting ends, many of which happen well into spring semester. Every year we have a number of law firms and government employers coming to campus to interview 2Ls for summer positions. For example, organizations participating in the Wisconsin Public Interest Interview Program, which happens in the spring semester, recruit 2L students for summer opportunities after their 2L year. The Great Lakes Indian Law Center has a number of 2L opportunities to work with tribes and tribal organizations across Wisconsin, often with generous stipends. Finally, never underestimate the power of informational interviews and personal networking in securing your summer position. We encourage you do this throughout your time here, and are happy to help you if you are unsure how to start.
Do you have programming to help 2Ls in their job searches?
Yes! In the fall semester we will offer interview workshops and a job search strategies presentation. We will offer similar presentations in the spring. We also have networking opportunities throughout the school year, so make sure that you take advantage of them! Check out Symplicity for an up-to-date calendar. Finally, always feel free to make an appointment with your OCPD adviser, who can provide networking, interviewing, and job application feedback and information.
I am interested in post-graduation judicial clerkships. What should I do?
Please schedule a meeting with OCPD to learn about the application process for state and federal clerkships, along with any information you should be aware of and resources you can use. Because there is no formal hiring plan, it is best to begin this process early in your 2L year. Attend the judicial clerkship events in September and February to learn more about clerkships and to meet judges, former law clerks, and faculty members who have clerked.
Do you provide example job application materials?
Yes! Check out the application resources section of the website.