Legal Career Tool Kit – Beyond On-Campus Interviews
National statistics indicate that only 22% of students obtain their jobs from on-campus interviews (OCI). Do you feel as though OCI has passed you by? Check out the resources below on how to locate employers who hire after the fall season.
Small and Mid-Size Law Firms
For the majority of small to mid–sized firms, there is no "set" hiring period. These firms hire when the need arises. This means that you may need to make contact in the fall, winter and spring. Do your homework and know the firm's practice before you conduct outreach.
- Martindale Hubbell, click on advanced search for lawyer locator
- USPTO, search for patent attorneys by state
- Westlaw, Career Library, search for bios of attorneys
- Fresh Patents, you can search by industry and locate firms and attorneys who would value your expertise.
- The Yellow Pages. This is one of the best ways to locate attorneys by practice areas.
There are no set hiring dates for state government jobs. The best way to find a job is to contact an attorney within the agency where you want to work. To find the listing of state agencies go to the home page of the state, which can be accessed at www."insert name of state".gov.
For federal jobs, go to the Government Jobs Handbook (contact Career Services for login information). Contains job descriptions, agency contacts information and deadlines. Available in hard copy in Career Services.
Public Interest Organizations
Most organizations do not begin hiring until late fall or early spring, but when they begin hiring, they are looking for students who share a passion for and demonstrate a commitment to particular causes. Use your time to cultivate contacts and follow through on your passion for public service: PSLawNet allows you to search for opportunities/organizations. The site requires all new users to register and create a username/password. Registration is free and provides access to password.
Most corporate summer jobs will not lead to an offer after graduation; however, they still offer great experience. If a corporation has a formal summer program, typically it will be advertised on their website. Additionally, you can locate corporate counsel by looking at the following, located in the Career Services Office.
- The Directory of Corporate Counsel
- The New England In–House Counsel Directory
- INTA Directory
Examples of Where Students Worked During Their Second Summer (Non-OCI Positions)
- Varian Semiconductor, Gloucester, MA
- International Trade Commission, DC
- New England Bio Labs
- University of Arizona Technology Transfer Office, Phoenix
- University of Florida Technology Transfer Office, Tucson
- Invitrogen, Maryland
- Maine and Asmus, Nashua, NH
- Criminal Practice Clinic, UNH Law
- National Trust for Historic Preservation, DC (PIC Grant)
- Fragomen, Boston, MA
- State Employment Agency, Concord, NH
- Fidelity Investment–TM Group, Boston, MA
- US Attorneys Office, Fairbanks, AK
- NJ Superior Court
- Downes & Rachlin, Burlington, VT
- Trademark Trials and Appeals Board, DC
- DEKA, Manchester, NH
- Schwegman Lundberg, Cambridge, MA
- Deloitte and Touche, Boston, MA
- VA Attorney Generals Office, Richmond, VA
- CAFC, Judge Gajarsa
- Office of Attorney Discipline, Concord, NH
- CT AG's Office Elder Services Unit, (PIC Grant)
- Hempey Law Office, HI
- Mylan Labs, W. VA
- University Research Foundation, Nevada
- Brookstone, Merrimack, NH
- Legal Advice and Referral Center, (LARC) (PIC Grant)
- Vermont Attorney General's Office
- Maine Attorney General's Office
- Maryland Public Defender
- New Hampshire Attorney General's Office
- Rockingham County Attorney (PIC Grant)
- New Hampshire Public Defender
- Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in Boston (PIC Grant)
- War Crimes Tribunal in Rwanda (PIC Grant)
- NH Human Rights Commission ( Work Study)
- NH Rural Development Office
- Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH)
- Working with a Congressman
- NH Banking Commission