Top 4 Tips for the Break

1. Take care of yourself.   Take a little time to get rest and, just as important, a little exercise.  Go for a walk or a run (but don’t slip on any ice).  For one day, clear your head of all legal concepts (unless you do slip on the ice, which someone had recklessly and/or negligently allowed to form).  Plan now to stay on a sleep schedule between now and winter break—you will do better on your tests and will be less likely to get ill.

2.  Get caught up on (or start) your outlines.   

3.  Play around on the internet.  As you sit around and digest your turkey, consider checking out some of the more useful job search websites (in addition to PDO’s Symplicity job board), if only to understand what they have to offer.  Usernames and passwords for the password-protected ones can be found in the Document Library on Symplicity, in the document entitled Passwords.  Some to check out:

  • State of Utah      Jobs. –      This is a clearinghouse for      State of Utah jobs.  Sometimes has good law-related jobs for after      graduation, such as trial level state law clerk jobs, securities      examiner, and benefits specialists among others.
  • University of Utah      Jobs.       – This is where you can      search for jobs where the University of Utah is the employer.  There      are sometimes attorney or JD-preferred jobs, or law-related positions, or      jobs at the law school itself posted here.
  • Intercollegiate Job      Bulletin Bank.  This site has jobs from many law      schools across the nation.  Some of the job boards have post-graduate      jobs, some have summer internships.  This is a great resource for      job-seeking out of state.
  • Government Honors      & Internship Handbook.
  • Public Policy      Handbook.

4. Give thanks.  This Thanksgiving, take a moment to send a note to 3 people who helped you get where you are.  A past teacher or professor, employer, or even a family member you see every day.  It’s good karma and it’s a great time of year to do it.  And it may mean a lot more to that person than you can imagine.