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So you want to be a lawyer?
So you’re a college student who’s considering, applying to, or choosing among law schools. No matter where you are in this process, the information below should help with your decision.
A 0L is a student who will be attending law school but hasn’t started yet. Some law students won’t do anything to prepare for law school, whereas others will read one or more books or take a preparatory course. We can discuss those options with you, and also introduce you to our Start Strong course, which focuses on teaching the skills necessary to succeed in your first year of law school. Specifically, you’ll receive: An overview of the courses you’ll cover in your first year of law school Various methods for reading and briefing cases so you can find the method that works best for you A study plan so you know from day one that you’re on the right track A guide for creating highly-effective outlines that capture all the law you learned throughout the semester An introduction to law school exams and what professors are testing you on A system for taking law school exams and a practice exam to start developing your exam-taking skills An introduction to basic legal terms and concepts You can participate in this program live or on-demand. Live programs are available throughout the summer. Visit our Events page for details.
Congrats on starting law school! This is an exciting time, but also one filled with some anxiety and stress. Unfortunately, law school doesn’t make much allowance for getting your feet wet; to the contrary, if you’re not ready to hit the ground running day one it is all too easy to fall behind, which can impact your future career prospects because of the law school hiring timeline: By late winter/early spring of your 1L year you will apply for 1L summer jobs (i.e., your internship and job opportunities your 1L summer will be based entirely on your 1L fall grades) You will interview for jobs in your 2L summer at the beginning of your 2L year (i.e., potential employers will only have your 1L grades) Your 2L summer job often leads to an offer for full-time employment upon graduation (i.e., your 1L grades dramatically impact the quality of your employment opportunities upon graduation). We often start working with students on their academics and then transition to helping them land internships and jobs.
If you’re interested in ensuring you don’t graduate law school with just a fancy piece of paper, you’re at the right place. The job search for a law student is very different from what you may have experienced in college. For one, college students often spend their summers doing a myriad of different things (or sometimes nothing at all), and it ultimately doesn’t affect their overall career trajectories. In contrast, how you use your summers in law school is extremely important for your eventual job prospects. Legal jobs are largely dependent upon personal preferences, interests, and goals. Above all, you want to make sure that you search for opportunities that align with each of these factors. Because full-time employment is often tied to summer employment in law school, it’s important that you strategically plan your summer internship/employment opportunities so that you can make the most informed decision about how you want to start your legal career. We know that planning your legal career as a law student can be daunting. Often, career services offices cannot provide the amount of individual attention and support that a student may want, so we offer one-on-one sessions with students who want to make sure that they are making the most of their law school summers. We also offer a la carte services such as critiquing your resume and giving feedback on mock interviews, helping you decide between various offers, etc. We also hire 2Ls and 3Ls as Sui Gen ambassadors to your law school. If you’re interested in partnering with us as an ambassador, click here.
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