How to Find a Job Outside of OCI: Focus on Government

If you are a 2L or 3L and don’t know what you’ll be doing next summer or post-graduation, now is the time to kick your job search up a notch.  On Campus Interviews (OCI), which end October 6, are not the way that most students find jobs.  In fact, PDO expects that even fewer students than usual will land jobs through OCI because fewer employers participated due to the current economy and those who did have suggested that their hiring needs will be lower.  So, what’s a student to do?

PDO has heard from hiring attorneys that government experience following law school can be a great credential for future employment, whether that career is in civil service, private firms, or non-profit agencies.  Government clerkships can be very competitive and many application deadlines are quickly approaching.   (PDO knows that we keep harping on this!)  The Career Brief published a series of articles last summer on working as an attorney for the federal government, the Presidential Management Fellowship, and more.   Read on for  a few resources and links to previously published articles that may lead to interesting government opportunities that will build your résumé, expand your network, and open doors to future jobs.

1.   Government Honors and Internship Handbook.  Password is in the PDO folder.  A word of caution:  Apply as soon as possible because some positions are closing earlier than the published deadline because of a plethora of applications.  According to Paula Nailon, JD, who coordinates the Handbook, “Some federal employers may be unprepared to handle the large number of applications they will receive this year, due to reduced hiring in the private sector.  They may also be surprised by the number of students willing to commit this early in the year for a Summer position.  Which leads to a ‘counseling tip’ for students:  Please be sure that students understand they are as honor-bound by a commitment to a government employer as they would be when accepting a job offer from a law firm.”

2.  PSLawNet.org.  Students set up their own accounts.  There is no charge because the SJQ College of Law pays for an annual membership.

3.  Career Brief Article on Working as an Attorney for the Federal Government

4.  Interview with Department of Justice Attorney Kathy Wyer

5.  Career Brief Article on Presidential Management Fellowship Program