If you are seeking work next summer, December is a great time to jumpstart your job search.
Begin by preparing your applications; update your résumé, cover letters, writing sample, and references. Schedule an appointment for a résumé review with Anneliese or Jaclyn if you haven’t met with them already. The PDO office is open during the holiday break, although Jaclyn will be out December 22-27, and Anneliese will be out intermittently (although both will check email regularly).
If you are seeking work outside of Utah, plan a trip and arrange for informational interviews with SJQ alumni; Jaclyn or Anneliese can help you with alumni contacts. PDO also recommends that you apply for reciprocity with other law schools to receive access to their job boards. The reciprocity form is on the PDO website, and Jaclyn processes the requests.
Research potential employers using resources such as the Government Honors and Internship Handbook, pslawnet.org, the law firms lists in Symplcity, martindale.com, and nalpdirectory.com. Check the Symplicity job board for jobs/internships/fellowships and Current Students link on the law school website for law school fellowships. Start your mail campaign in December, especially if you are seeking IP work, looking out of state, or have identified firms you are interested in who are not coming to OCI.
Learn the application dates and deadlines for Spring OCI. Use Symplicity to see which employers are participating, and continue to check Symplicity for updates since employers have until January 20 to register. Note that you will only be able to view the employers coming for your class. Read the Symplicity Quick Guide, and upload your application documents into Symplicity as you finalize them.
Network! If you are a 1L, attend networking receptions that will be held in December; PDO will send details as we receive invitations. Plan to attend the S.J. Quinney College of Law Career Fair on the afternoon of Thursday, January 13 and do a mock interview during January 18-20. Also consider attending other career fairs, including the NW Public Service Career Fairs (Seattle and Portland) and the J. Reuben Clark Career Fair (Salt Lake City), both in February!