First-year Students

You truly need to spend at least the first months in law school concentrating on the adjustment and your studies; therefore, you are welcome to:

Stop by the Career Services Office (Law Library, Room 216) during office hours (usually 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 5 p.m. on Friday) for free coffee, candy and a smile!

However, we abide by the NALP Principle which states that law schools should not offer career services to first-semester, first-year law students prior to October 15 except in the case of part-time students who may be given assistance in seeking positions during the school term. This has been interpreted to mean that prior to October 15, first-semester, first-year students cannot:

  • Attend certain specific instruction workshops. Advertising will indicate which ones you may attend; but don’t worry, ones you can’t go to will be offered again in the Spring.
  • Meet with the Career Services Personnel to discuss interviewing, etc.

NALP also prohibits law schools from connecting employers with first-semester, first-year students (and vice versa) before December 1. This has been interpreted to mean that prior to December 1, first-semester, first-year students cannot:

  • Participate in Fall On-campus Interviewing (but you can participate in the Spring!)

Not to worry: you will get a chance to draft a legal resume and learn all about our services in your Fall Legal Research and Writing class, after October 15.  That will be your first step toward finding a job.