The first month of 1L year is like a whirlwind—from trying to survive the Socratic Method to learning how to outline effectively to figuring out a study method that will land you on top of the curve. And while you are just trying to stay afloat, you may be hearing buzz about post 1L summer jobs, OCI, journals, clinics, and employer receptions. What are all of these things, and when should you be thinking about them?
We've created a timeline to provide a general overview of 1L year and the various programs and opportunities students may consider. Of course, experiences will differ according to each student's specific career goals and individual schools' restrictions on 1L recruiting. (Be sure to check with your career services office on specific guidelines for the 1L job search.) Not to mention, the coronavirus pandemic may affect events and scheduling.
As you read through the timeline, keep in mind that above all else, your studies should be your top priority, as most legal employers highly value grades, and some even have grade cut offs.
Best of luck for a successful first year of law school!
1L Fall Semester
1L Spring Semester
Summer Following 1L Year
Note: Most schools host another interviewing program during the spring semester, which often includes small/mid-size law firms and other legal employers, such as government entities. If your target employers are not participating in the OCI program hosted in July or August, check with your school on whether those employers participate in the school's spring OCI.
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