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Strategically Timing Your Job Search

Although the job search may differ greatly from individual to individual, there are some general guidelines that apply to most members of each class. The CDO offers advice to help you take timely steps in your career development process during each year in law school. More information (My Carolina Law).

General Hiring Calendar for Law Students by Employer

Though legal hiring happens throughout the year, the CDO has compiled a general timeline for when employers in different practice settings tend to conduct the bulk of their student recruitment and interviewing. More information (My Carolina Law).

The Self-Directed Search

Job postings and both on-campus and off-campus interview programs represent only a small part of the universe of opportunities that are available to Carolina Law students. No matter where you want to work or what you want to do, the CDO encourages each student to conduct an independent, supplemental, self-directed job search as part of a successful multi-pronged strategy. More information (My Carolina Law).

Job Search Documents

Job search documents are a critical piece of the application process for both internships and full-time positions. The CDO offers advice on and examples for the following (all on My Carolina Law):

Additional Transcript Information

If you need a copy of your official transcript, please contact the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Registrar's Office at 919.962.2350 or 919.962.3954. The Career Development Office does not provide transcripts (official or unofficial) from the School of Law. Current law students can find a guide for creating unofficial transcripts on My Carolina Law.

The Ten Commandments of Job Hunting

Though no two jobs searches will ever look the same, even for the same person year-to-year, the CDO has provided a few fundamental tips for conducting an effective and energizing job search. More information (My Carolina Law).

Summer Employment

The majority of our 1L and 2L students gain practical legal experience over the summer. Utilize the resources below to generate ideas for where you might seek out best-fit opportunities.

Judicial Clerkships

A post-graduate judicial clerkship is typically a 1-2 year commitment. A judicial clerk assists the judge with legal research and writing. Clerkships are available (depending on the state) at state trial and appellate courts, along with a range of federal and administrative courts. These are highly competitive positions, especially at the federal court level. The role provides great exposure to the judicial decision-making process and civil procedure. The federal judicial clerkship application process can potentially begin as early as January of your 2L year, with interviews occurring from that point through the spring semester of your 3L year. Many students also serve as volunteer interns for state and federal judges during the school year and summers. For application information, please refer to the clerkship materials available in CDO and via My Carolina Law, or contact Judicial Clerkship & Information Manager Kimalee Dickerson.

Public Interest Job Search Tips

Though the CDO has posted great introductory resources on Public Interest and Government job settings and law school/local opportunities and organizations in our Public Interest & Government section, we have provided a few additional insights on the Public Interest job and internship search. More information (My Carolina Law).

Reciprocity with Out-of-State Law Schools

Many law schools grant reciprocity to help students and graduates of other schools search for positions in different job markets. Current 3Ls and UNC Law alumni may request reciprocity to any accredited law school on a one-at-a-time basis. Please contact the CDO at lawcareers@unc.edu for additional information.

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