The OCS Resume Review Program is now open. If you are participating in EIP and would like to have your resume reviewed by OCS, the deadline for submitting your resume to our office is Friday, June 22. This program is for EIP resumes only (not clerkship resumes). Follow the directions detailed in the link above to participate.
Category: Career Advice
If you have a degree in engineering, computer science, chemistry, physics, biology or a similar science degree, consider studying for and taking the Patent Bar Exam this summer. Most students who take the exam, do so in the summer (often between their 1L and 2L years). Taking the exam early in your law school career may give you a competitive advantage when applying for IP positions. For more information about the Patent Bar and preparing for the exam, review the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Practice Law Institute websites.
Some 2Ls will go into summer jobs having already secured clerkships, and other students may want to interrupt summer jobs for clerkship interviews. That raises the questions of whether, when, and how you should inform your summer employer about your clerkship or possible interviews. For answers, see our webpage, Handling Summer Employer.
Employers participating in this year’s EIP will soon be viewable in CSM. Beginning on Thursday, May 31 at 12 noon EST, you will be able to check out who’s coming to EIP and research employers in the Employer Directory in CSM. Before you have access to this information, you will need to have completed the 2018 Summer Employment Survey in CSM, so make sure you get that done soon.
To the extent you have any choices among projects in your summer job, try to seek out writing projects. These projects will help develop your writing skills and be a helpful source of writing samples for future job searches, including for judicial clerkships. Before you leave the job, ask for permission to take redacted versions with you. If your position this summer does not include any opportunity for showcasing your writing abilities, don’t worry. You can find other opportunities, including through HLS classes, clinics, journals, research assistance work for professors, and independent writing for course credit.
As you get ready to start your summer job, review our webpage on professionalism, which has information and resources on getting started on the right foot and succeeding this summer. You can also find podcasts with advice from the experts, the Prepare to Practice resource by Lexis which can teach you a few practical skills before you start work, and Hotshot Legal which can get you up to speed on law and business topics quickly on-the-job or before you start work. Remember, OCS advisors are available all summer if you have a question or need help navigating an issue in the office.
OCS is open all summer for any questions or concerns about your summer job, upcoming recruitment programs, or any other career related concerns you have. Make an appointment online to speak with an OCS advisor by phone or in person or call OCS at (617) 495-3119 during our daily “walk-in” hour of 12 – 1 EST. You can also email quick questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The vast majority of employers with whom students may interact over the summer behave appropriately. Occasionally, however, there are individuals who behave inappropriately. If you experience harassment or any behavior that you believe is inappropriate (whether it be during the recruiting process or while working at a summer position), there is support and information available to you. We encourage you to speak with a staff member in OPIA, OCS, or with one of the Title IX Coordinators at the law school.