Many students arrive at law school feeling uncertain about what they want to do with their law degree and often need some time, self-assessment, and experience to figure it out. Still, it’s not too early to begin thinking about your career goals and, on a smaller scale, your post-1L summer job. Whether you know exactly what you want to do with your JD, have absolutely no clue, or fall somewhere in between, there are a few things you can do now to help set the stage for what will likely be your first legal job search.
I know that some of you are thinking, “But, I’m a busy person, and I don’t have time to think about next summer when I haven’t even set foot in a law school classroom.” Look, I may not know you or what you’ve got going on right now, but I am confident that the majority of y’all are about to get a whole lot busier than you are at this moment, so just trust me when I say NOW IS THE TIME. If you want to learn why that’s the case and what I’m suggesting you do this summer (I promise it’s nothing too strenuous), read on.