Good luck on your final exams! Hire Ground will not be posting our usual advice pieces over the final exam period, although we will continue to post important announcements and calendar events. We will resume our regular advice blogging the week of May 15th. OCS is open for regular appointments and walk-in questions during the exam period.
Category: 1L Advice
The Office of Career Services is open year round. We will be open this summer and advisors are available all summer to answer any of your career-related questions regarding EIP, interview preparation, concerns on the job, or anything else. We are more than happy to conduct the appointment over the phone or even by Skype. Make an appointment online and note that you would like a phone appointment.
It’s still early, but put these upcoming programs on your radar screen as you begin thinking about EIP this August: The Summer Mock Interview Program, the 2017 Ask the Experts Program (see our current website updated information will be coming soon), and the EIP Resume Review Program beginning in mid-June. OCS is open all summer and appointments are available through our online Appointment Plus system. Summer appointments are usually done over the phone.
If you haven’t thought about your wardrobe requirements for this summer’s job, now is the time to do so. You want to be sure you are dressing appropriately for the office. You can email the firm’s recruitment coordinator to ask about the dress code if you are unsure. If you are concerned about your ability to afford appropriate attire, SFS offers a one-time, up to $500, LIPP-eligible budget increase for professional attire items. Review the SFS website for full information and instructions on how to apply. For more information on preparing for success this summer, see the Professionalism Primer section of the OCS website and attend OCS Presents: Getting the Permanent Offer on April 25.
As you finalize your summer plans, we want to remind you that EIP begins on Monday, August 7 and ends on Friday, August 11. If you are participating in EIP, you[…]
If you have not yet secured employment for this summer, you should make an appointment with an advisor from OCS or OPIA to go over your search so far and to explore your options. If you have secured a position, please take a moment to complete the Summer Employment Survey in CSM. Whether you accepted a job offer, are considering offers, or are seeking employment, please take a moment to complete the survey. It will be a huge help to the career offices as well as your classmates. The information you provide through the Summer Employment Survey will be included in our annual “Who Works Where” list, which is a valuable tool used by many students.
As you are considering your options for coursework for next year, think about your long-term career plans, and how those plans are reflected on your transcript during interviews. Your narrative will be more convincing if your transcripts reflect what you say are your interests. You should, however, also be taking courses that are of general interest to you. Do not worry if you are unable to get each course that you believe would add the most value to your post-graduation career pursuits. In almost every case there are multiple courses that can provide the necessary study and training for your long term goals. For more information and suggestions, see the HLS website on Programs of Study.
Mock interviews provide an excellent opportunity to hone your interviewing skills prior to EIP. The OCS 1L Summer Mock Interview Program provides you with the chance to practice interviewing in an actual law firm environment wherever you are this summer.
During last week’s EIP Orientation program Dean Weber provided an overview of EIP, including details on what you need to be doing this semester and over the summer to prepare. You can now view the video recording of the program. The resources mentioned in Dean Weber’s talk are also linked from that page.
Writing competitions can be great opportunities to showcase your writing talent as well as your legal knowledge. The American Bar Association lists numerous writing competitions and contests on their website, many of which include monetary prizes. Harvard Law School also hosts a number of writing competitions on various areas of law. Deadlines are coming up, so make sure to check out the programs now.