Career Services

Summary of the First Year JD Career Curriculum

All currently enrolled students may link to their personal Career Services Manager (CSM) accounts for details and registration information for OCS events and recruiting programs.

September-October

1L students participate in an orientation where they are introduced to the OCS career counselors. Students may not interact one-on-one with the OCS until November 1, nor contact employers until December 1. In mid-October, 1L students are introduced to the Office of Career Services at the mandatory 1L Job Search Workshop.  Students receive their "Career Resources Booklet" which can also be found on CSM in the Document Library, which details the Career Development curriculum and action steps for embarking on the legal job search. In late-October, OCS hosts the Career Educational Fair and Panel which introduces first-year students to dozens of practice area specialties and provides a forum for interaction with 1L students and attorneys from over 70 law firms as well as alternative careers such as banking, consulting, and compliance.

November

At the beginning of November, 1L students can participate in the Diversity Career Fair.  The OCS conducts detailed résumé review and 1L job search group sessions as they begin to map out their career planning.  1Ls also attend Interview Skills Mini Clinics.

December

Students continue to attend the 1L job search group sessions. Many students begin to prepare mailings to 1L employers as they consider their options for 1L summer employment.

January

Students take part in the orientation session for Spring On-Campus interviews. The students have the option to attend numerous law firm and corporate sponsored events, receptions, lunches and dinners throughout the spring. These are generally informal events, held at venues ranging from the firm’s offices to local restaurants that enable students to get acquainted with partners and associates at a wide variety of firms.

February-March

Students take part in Lunch for 1Ls in February. This event provides a unique opportunity to become acquainted with attorneys from a large variety of New York Law firms in a very informal setting. On-campus interviews allow students to submit their interview preferences for a variety of public interest, government and law firm employers. Career Education programs are offered throughout the spring including such topics as “Careers In…”, "OUTLaw: Off The Record" and much more.

April-May

Students attend a mandatory Strike-A-Match orientation session for Early Interview Week (EIW), the largest on-campus interview program of the year. This comprehensive program provides detailed statistics, "inside" information and feedback on how to best prepare for this interviewing program. The NYU Global Networking Event immediately follows and features attorneys from law firms in major legal markets outside of New York, both national and international, who share information on their law firms, practice areas and the job search process. 

June

Students who wish to participate in EIW have their EIW list reviewed by a counselor in order to enter the lottery process and select from 300+ employers. Students are typically assigned an average of 22 interiews as a result of the lottery. Students have the opportunity to have their selections critiqued by an OCS career counselor.

July

Students participate in Interview Workshops and the Practice Interview Evenings with partners and associates from dozens of law firms in preparation for EIW. OCS also offers the Attorney Interview Match practice interview program for one-on-one practice interviews with nationwide. Students engage in a "mock interview" followed by candid feedback and suggestions on their interview skills.

Students who have completed their first year of law school participate in EIW, the largest on-campus interview program of the year. 300+ employers are on campus to interview students for summer or full time positions. The interviews are assigned on a lottery basis, employers may not pre-screen résumés. The majority of students secure their 2L summer positions through this program.

August

Incoming students complete their mandatory Career Services Manager (CSM) online profile and gain access to their personalized account.