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.”