So it's January, the quarter is about to end, and you still have one or both halves of your 2L summer still open. What do you do? First, don't panic. More people are in your situation than aren't. However the start of the spring quarter is a great time to get back into search mode with one or more of the following strategies:
Participate in CDO Interview Programs. Granted spring OCI is typically quite a bit smaller than fall, but it only takes one and why not put as many irons in the fire as possible? You should also have seen announcements via email and the monitors that in addition to our on-campus interviews, we're going to put together a day of off-campus interviews in Dallas. We've never done this before (or if we have it's been a long time), so we're not sure yet how much participation we'll get from you or employers, but if you want to be in Dallas you should participate in that program as well. The date is Friday, March 14th (the last day of Spring Break).
Set up informational interviews. What are informational interviews? This is where you find an attorney who is doing exactly what you think you'd like to do. Contact them and ask if you could take them to coffee or lunch and just pick their brain for no more than an hour. You're not looking for a job here, yet. You're just building a relationship and getting advice from someone who is ahead of you on the professional ladder you want to be on. A key with this one is to stay in touch with that person after the interview ends or you can be quickly forgotten!
Check Symplicity every day. I went on just now as I'm writing this, and I see 36 opportunities listed for 2L students. They aren't all summer jobs, but many are. Did you know Wal-Mart is looking for a 2L student for their corporate legal department? How great would that be? Stay on top of Symplicity and get your application materials in before the "end" or "close" date; there's no rule they have to keep the job open through that date and you don't want to miss out.
Re-connect with contacts. Whether they've come from introductions at CDO programs, past clerkships/internships or family and friends, now is the time to reach out. Go back and read a few of the holiday success stories in the blog post two weeks ago if you need motivation. I rarely meet with an attorney who doesn't emphasize the importance of relationships and recommendations when they make hiring decisions, particularly in small to medium size firms. And it's those types of firms that are most likely hiring 2L clerks this time of year.
Attend events. Alumni Relations Director Berkley Knas coordinates alumni receptions in Dallas, Austin and Houston each quarter, and a limited number of current students are welcome to attend. You can see a calendar of those events here. There will typically be between 30 and 70 Baylor Lawyers at these events, and students who have previously attended say it's been helpful for them. In addition, take advantage of any program that our office or student organizations puts on that gives you the opportunity to meet attorneys. You should always be looking to expand your network and when we bring them to you there's no reason to miss out.
Finding that 2L clerkship can be a challenge, but there is still plenty of time and opportunities for you to make it happen. But you have to start soon and make it a priority. We're of course here to help any way we can.