1L Job Search: Don’t Worry About It Yet!

by Sara Selmanaj ‘17

Welcome to UConn Law! Although thinking and stressing about summer jobs is common for new students, no need to worry about starting your job search just yet. First year students should primarily be concentrating on coursework, but hopefully this article will help ease some concerns about the 1L summer job search process, at least for the moment. Pro Se sat down with Michele Hoff, Associate Director for the Law School’s Career Planning Center, to give new students an idea of what to expect in the coming year.

Career Planning Center

You will likely be hearing from the Career Planning Center (CPC) in September with an introduction about who they are and what they do. First year students should plan to meet with the CPC sometime before Thanksgiving. Before meeting with a member of the CPC, students should think about their interests, where they might want to work in the summer, and whether they will be able to volunteer their time to an unpaid internship. Having a general idea of goals to pursue and circumstances to consider will allow career counselors to better tailor their advice.

Application Timeline

Internships in judicial chambers and some law firms require an earlier application timeline, usually around early December. Other opportunities will be available in late Winter and throughout the Spring. Students should start thinking about summer positions during the Winter break, and plan to apply for summer jobs in late January through March. Also keep an eye out for career fairs that happen throughout the year. The NYU Public Interest Legal Career Fair takes place in November and is a great opportunity for those interested in opportunities outside of the corporate realm, working with non-profits, government agencies, and public interest law firms.

Keep in mind that these are just estimated timeframes, and students can (and always do) find 1L summer jobs as late as May and June. Everyone is going to find their summer employment at different times of the Spring semester depending on the type of employer, the area of practice, and even the location, so try not to let what is going on around you become frustrating or intimidating.

Also, don’t worry if you see people in the next few weeks in suits carrying around portfolios! These are upperclassmen participating in on-campus interviewing, an event that first years do not have to worry about until next summer.

Class of 2017 Summer Experiences

While your search for your 1L summer job is still a few months away, below is a list of some of the great locations where stu- dents in the class of 2017 had internships (paid and unpaid) this past summer:

Law Firms:

• Ballon Stoll Bader & Nadler PC, Manhattan, NY
• Bobby Aniekwu & Associates LLC, Atlanta, GA • Cantor Colburn LLP, Hartford, CT

• Day Pitney LLP, Hartford, CT
• Krasner & Long, Philadelphia, PA
• Pharmaceutical Patent Attorneys LLP, Morris- town, NJ
• Robinson + Cole, Hartford, CT
• Ruane Attorneys At Law, Wethersfield, CT

In House:

• Hubbell Inc., Shelton, CT
• Noble Americas Corp., Stamford, CT
• Pratt & Whitney Department of Legal Opera- tions, East Hartford, CT
• University of Connecticut Office of Audit, Compliance, and Ethics, Storrs, CT

Public Interest/Government:

• Attorney General’s Office Child Protections Department, Hartford, CT
• Connecticut Fund For The Environment Legal Department, New Haven, CT

• Connecticut Secretary of State Legislative and Election Administration Division, Hartford, CT • Office of the Child Advocate, Hartford, CT
• Probate Court, Farmington, CT

• Public Defender’s Office, Windham, CT
• United State’s Attorney’s Office District of Con- necticut, Hartford, CT
• United States Coast Guard Academy Legal De- partment, New London, CT

Good Luck!

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