We find ourselves in the middle of March, and for those 3Ls who have yet to secure permanent employment after graduation… DO NOT DISPAIR!!! Unfortunately, the majority of employers that hire 3Ls or recent grads will wait to post positions or consider you until after you have passed the bar exam, but that does not mean there is nothing for you to do until next September. Here are some helpful tips of things you should be doing NOW to secure employment for after graduation.
1. Tell everyone that you are looking. The more people that know you are looking means the more people who have eyes and ears out for you. Be sure to utilize everyone including your family, friends, professors, CDO staff, and other students as they can all be wonderful resources for potential employment.
2. Update your resume! This is a great time to really get your resume polished up and ready for all of the recent grad postings that will come your way. Make sure you have included all of your experiences and activities as many of you might not have updated your resume since you were a 2L. Take your resume to your career advisor to make sure there are no typos and to make sure your resume stands out.
3. Check Symplicity at least twice a week. Even though most of the positions open to graduating 3Ls won’t be posted until this summer… we are regularly posting jobs that you can apply for right now… DON’T MISS OUT!
4. Network. Now is the time to be going to BAMSL or KCMBA young lawyer events and getting your name out in the legal markets you want to practice in. Be sure and introduce yourself to practitioners and follow up with them to get advice on any leads they may have. Make sure to send thank you letters and connect on LinkedIn.
5.Contact previous employers. While the legal employers you worked for during law school may not be in a position to hire you after law school, they may know of other opportunities that exist or can at least refer you to colleagues who may be able to help. Don’t be shy and reach out… It’s also not a bad idea to ask for letters of recommendations to be included in job applications.