CAREER DEVELOPMENT TIMELINES

The CDO will host a fall and spring on-campus recruiting program each year.  The fall program typically runs from August through September, and the spring program runs from February to March. In addition to these programs, there are various job fairs held throughout the year around the United States. Students should contact the CDO for an updated timeline of available job fairs.

1L Timeline

In accordance with the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) guidelines, first-year law students may not utilize the services of the CDO until November 1.  The purpose behind this rule is to allow 1Ls to focus solely on their studies during the first semester of law school.  In addition, NALP states that employers and first year law students should not initiate contact with one another before December 1.   

This does not preclude first-year students from attending the many “Lunch & Learn” presentations hosted by the CDO.  The CDO will host a mandatory 1L Orientation in late October to provide an introduction to the resources and services available in the CDO.  This orientation will include a brief overview of drafting legal resumes and cover letters to assist students in creating application materials prior to their initial counseling appointment.  

The CDO will host a spring on-campus interview program in February and March that will allow first-year students to secure summer internship positions with law firms, government organizations and companies.

2L Timeline

The CDO hosts a fall on-campus recruiting program during August and September to secure positions for the fall, spring and summer. The deadlines to apply for these interviews occur during July, so rising 2Ls must begin working on their application materials during the summer. The CDO is available to assist students throughout the summer in updating their resumes and cover letters with their 1L summer positions.

In addition to fall on-campus interviews, students should also take advantage of attending job fairs held across the country, searching the CDO online job bank and organizing targeted mailings. Second-year students should schedule an appointment with an CDO counselor to create a targeted job search strategy. Whether you are interested in law firm, government, public service, corporate, judicial or alternative opportunities, the CDO can assist you in your targeted job search.

During the spring, the CDO will host a spring on-campus interview program for additional summer employment opportunities.  

2Ls who are interested in completing a judicial clerkship following graduation from law school should attend the judicial clerkship workshop held in the early spring. Faculty recommendation letters should be requested before classes end during the spring of your 2L year.

3L Timeline

As a third-year law student, it is important to begin considering all of your potential career options following graduation. Remember, the more flexible you are in your job search (practice areas and location), the more opportunities there will be to apply. Consider numerous types of employers, including small firms, midsize firms, public interest organizations, corporations, government agencies and non-traditional employers.  

The CDO hosts a fall on-campus recruiting program during August and September to secure positions for the fall, spring and post-graduation. The deadlines to apply for these interviews occur during July, so rising 3Ls must begin working on their application materials during the summer. The CDO is available to assist students throughout the summer in updating their resumes and cover letters with their 2L summer positions.

In addition to fall on-campus interviews, students should also take advantage of attending job fairs held across the country, searching the CDO online job bank and organizing targeted mailings. All third-year students should schedule an appointment with an CDO counselor to create a targeted job search strategy.  

During the spring, the CDO will host a spring on-campus interview program for additional post-graduate employment opportunities.  

The CDO highly encourages 3L students to network as the majority of positions obtained are through networking contacts and personal referrals.  Students should become active in the Oklahoma Bar Association and various committees.  Students should attend networking events hosted by the CDO, designed to help connect students with employers.

It is imperative that you develop a strong writing sample during your 2L summer or 3L school year.  You do not want to use a brief written during your 1L year as it is too remote in time.  If you have specific questions regarding writing samples for particular positions, schedule an appointment with an CDO counselor.

If you are interested in judicial clerkships, honors attorney programs, or fellowships, remember that these deadlines are very early in the fall.  Schedule an appointment with an CDO counselor during the spring or summer following your 2L year.