The CDO encourages all students to get practical experience outside the classroom during their law school careers. You can obtain this experience by working with law firms, solo practitioners, various governmental agencies, and public interest organizations. You may be able to work as a paid clerk, or as an unpaid intern or extern. For more information regarding externships, internships, and clerkships, click any of the links to the right on this page.
Some employers post their student positions with the law school. Other employers conduct on-campus interviews. However, many students acquire positions by conducting their own research and making direct applications. The CDO can help you conduct your research through online resources and other materials.
The CDO also coordinates on-campus recruiting. Historically, legal employers mostly have conducted on-campus recruiting during the early fall. A few employers come to campus for interviews during the spring, and at other times during the year. The CDO will notify you of upcoming on-campus recruiting sessions.
One of the advantages of the quarter system is that you may be in a position to apply for internship and clerkship opportunities during times of the year other than the summer, when there may be fewer applicants from other schools. Contact the CDO if you are interested in exploring these opportunities.
The CDO staff also is available to assist you in conducting your own research and sending application materials directly to employers for student positions.