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How to Make Summer Job Applications Less Daunting


Ahhh, spring semester. You come back after a much-needed month long break, and law school wastes no time starting right back up again. However, this semester, you have another huge project to tackle: Securing a summer job.

Unless you're one of the lucky people who landed a summer job in the first few weeks of school, this process will likely take up a considerable amount of your sacred time. Here are some tips to make the process seem a little less daunting:

1. Set realistic goals for yourself

Submitting all 50 jobs apps in one night? Probably not going to happen. Writing three cover letters/personal statements per week? Much more feasible. Even just checking off one at a time will give you a sense of accomplishment.

2. Practice makes perfect

Writing my first cover letter literally felt like I was preparing to give the most important speech of my life. I over-analyzed every word and had to literally yank it out of my brain sentence by sentence (okay, not literally). But, like most things, practice makes perfect. After writing a few, you will have a better idea of how you want to present yourself to your potential employer and what skills to highlight.

3. Push up the deadline for yourself

If a job application is due Monday, set the deadline for yourself for the preceding Friday. This way, if something comes up, say; requesting an official transcript from your undergrad, you'll have plenty of time to get it in order. Also, rushed application materials will never be your best work. Finally, if you submit it on the deadline, what kind of time management skills does that show to the potential employer? Answer: not the best.

4. Look for opportunities in less obvious places

Realistically, many of the job opportunities that are easy to find online will receive a billion applications. Reach out to people in the legal field that you know. Use your connections!! Attorneys want to help out budding attorneys. Taking the initiative and saying, "I'm super interested in what you do, can I send you my resume and discuss any potential job opportunities you may have?" is much more personal than sending your cover letter into a black hole that's accepting applications online. But always-- ALWAYS be genuine. No one likes to be taken advantage of.

It may seem overwhelming to add job searching on to your already full plate. But remind yourself, if you can make it into law school, you can make it into the legal job market!

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