Employer Application Timetables

If you are interested in any of these permanent positions after graduation you must act early. The following are just some examples of employer deadlines.

Employer General Preferred Qualifications Apply By:
Large Law Firms Excellent academics/Law Review/Moot Court/Mock Trial Summer/Fall of 2L year
Federal Judicial Clerkships Excellent academics/Law Review/Moot Court/Mock Trial Summer/Fall of 2L year
Highest State Court Judicial Clerkships Excellent academics/Law Review/Moot Court/Mock Trial Summer/Fall of 3L year
State Judicial Clerkships Excellent academics/Law Review/Moot Court/Mock Trial or other relevant school or work experience Summer/Fall of 3L year
District Attorney’s Office Mock Trial experience, demonstrated interest in Criminal Law Fall of 2L year/spring of 1L year for summer positions, fall of 3L year for permanent positions (note that many offices do not hire 3Ls or graduatesuntil bar results are in)
Government Employers Well-rounded/educational background that suits or demonstrated interest in agency or organization Fall of 2L year/winter or early spring of 1L year for summer positions, fall of 3L year for Honors Attorney program
Public Interest Demonstrated interest in public service Fall and spring of 2L year/spring of 1L year for summer positions; fall of 3L year for post-graduate fellowship funding opportunities
Small Law Firms Practical skills and experience, such as participation in Law Clinic, the Externship Program, or working or volunteering for a practitioner or judge Spring of 2L year/1L year for summer positions, spring of 3L year for permanent positions (note that working during the school year part-time is a good way to get in to a small firm)