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Tips for Finding Summer Jobs during Law School

Part of the Law School For Dummies Cheat Sheet

It seems that every aspect of law school is fraught with competition and consequence — including the summer jobs you work. Summer job-search strategies that work for law students include:

  • Always tailor your cover letters and resumes to the potential employer — avoid mass mailings.

  • Try to find work in an area of interest at least during the summer between your second and third year.

  • If you can’t find paid work in your preferred area of practice, consider doing an externship for course credit at a non-profit, governmental organization, or court.

  • Research your interviewers before your initial and call-back interviews.

  • Don’t search for a particular job just because that job is the “in thing to do.”

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