How to Navigate Your 2L Year

In the second year of law school, writing skills are emphasized. You can hone your writing through directed research with a professor, or as part of seminar, completing the analytic paper required to graduate. You can use your paper as the basis for a “note” submitted to one of NYU Law’s student journals, and as a writing sample when applying for jobs and clerkships. You'll also start to focus on advanced courses and can take simulation courses and clinics

Before Your Arrive

Academics

  • Register for your Fall and Spring courses. Use COURSES to register for classes, check your law school schedule, or check for blocks that prevent registration.

Careers

  • Attorney Interview Match (AIM) Program: OCS will attempt to match you with a practicing attorney from a law firm in New York City, or wherever you are working, for a mock interview at their office in preparation for Early Interview Week (EIW), when 300+ employers are on campus to interview students for summer or full time positions. (July)

  • Take part in the Practice Interview Evening Program in advance of EIW.

  • Come to the Interview Skills Workshop in preparation for EIW.

  • Participate in EIW. The majority of students secure their 2L summer positions through this program. (July/August)

Fall Semester

Academics

  • Choose a subject and an advisor for your note. For guidance, see Why Write a Student Note.
  • Figure out how you will choose to meet the mandatory Substantial Writing requirement.
  • Continue to register for your Spring courses (late October). Use COURSES to register for classes, check your law school schedule, or check for blocks that prevent registration. 
  • Add/drop during the first week of classes for Fall. 
  • Attend the Exam Skills workshop. Check the calendar for event date.
  • Understand how to meet the mandatory pro bono requirement. 

Outside of Class

Careers

Private Sector

  • Attend call backs at firms.
  • Participate in the Fall On-Campus Interviewing (OCI).
  • Attend the 2L clerkship orientation to learn about clerkships and the application process.

Public Interest

Spring Semester

Academics

  • The schedule of classes is published in March. Counselors in Academic Services are available to meet by appointment to discuss.
  • Think about taking a clinic or going on NYU Law Abroad next year to spend a semester immersed in the law and legal culture of Buenos Aires, Paris, or Shanghai through a program designed by the Law School.
  • Register for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

Outside of Class

Careers

Private Sector

  • Spring OCI takes place.
  • Attend How to Succeed as a Summer Associate and Throughout Your Legal Career. (April)
  • Think about your next steps. See OCS's Your Career Journey.

Public Interest

Clerkships

  • If you're interested in clerking, make an appointment with a counselor at the Judicial Clerkship Office and/or attend the 2L clerkship orientation to learn about clerkships and the application process.
  • Attend the clerkship reception with alumni clerks.
  • Attend the Judicial Clerkship Diversity Panel and Reception and hear a panel of judges speak about the value of a clerkship and the application process and meet the judges and current and former NYU Law clerks.

 

2L Summer

Academics

  • Register for your Fall and Spring courses. Use COURSES to register for classes, check your law school schedule, or check for blocks that prevent registration.
  • Attend joint Academic Advising/Career Counseling sessions held by Academic Services, Career Services, and PILC.
  • Register for the New York Law Exam (NYLE).

Careers

Clerkships

  • Apply for clerkships.

Public Interest

  • Secure host organizations for public interest project fellowships.