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Career Services

The Spring 2016 Recruiting Program has begun!

Over 100 opportunities have been posted on Symplicity for Summer and Fall 2016 jobsThe deadline to apply is February 10, 2016.   Feel free to come see us if you’d like assistance. 

You can search for these jobs by using the Advanced Search feature and selecting one of these options:

  • General Law Clerk Positions: Spring 2016 Recruiting – Deadline 5:00 pm on 02/10/16
  • Judicial Externship/Clerkship Positions: Spring 2016 Recruiting – Deadline 5:00 pm 2/10/16 (these positions have been reposted from the January 25 deadline due to a lack of applications)

We will have a lot of information at our Table Sittings on Monday, February 1, from 11:30-1:00pm and Monday, February 8 from 9:00-11:00am.  You can get handouts listing the participating employers including On Campus Interview Employers; Law Firms; and Pro Bono/Public Service Organizations.  Or just come by our office to pick up the handouts.  Here are electronic versions:

On Campus Interview Employers in Spring Recruiting

Law Firms Participating in Spring Recruiting

Pro Bono and Public Service Employers in Spring Recruiting

We will have Open Office Hours for drop-in appointments to help you with your applications: February 3 from 10:00-3:00; February 5 from 9:00-12:00; and February 8 from 3:00-5:00.

If you do not have access to view jobs in Symplicity, please come by our office so we can help you gain access as soon as possible.

If you have ordered a transcript from the Registrar, but haven’t picked it up yet, please go get it.  If you need to order one, don’t wait until the last minute!



Noelle P. Dorman Assistant Director, Projects and Employer Development

Career & Professional Development Office
225 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA 92101 Tel. 619-525-7095 | Fax 619-615-1415 |

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These tips have been complied by the following individuals and entities: Amy Woo Lee, Alliance for Children’s Rights, Inner City Law Center, Laura Riley, Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc., Public Counsel, So. Cal. Pro Bono Managers, UCI School of Law, and USC Gould School of Law.  Thanks to them for sharing! 


  • Research the organizations you are interested in. If you do not know anything about the organization or are speaking with an organization that you did not expect to speak with, prepare some general questions.
  • If you ask for a representative’s card, follow up – even if it’s a simple “It was great meeting you” email.
  • Unless the representative asks, do not share your business card with them. The responsibility for following up and making contact is on you, not the representative, so very few representatives will actually use your card.
  • Don’t be shy about asking representatives how to follow up with them.
  • Feel free to ask representatives what the position you would be applying for really entails. Preface your question with what you read about the position and ask what the day to day responsibilities are, how work is assigned, etc.
  • Don’t just drop your resume with a representative and walk away. Take the time to introduce yourself, ask questions about the organization and the position you’re interested in, and express why you are interested in working with that particular organization.
  • It is your responsibility to follow up if you are really interested in the position. Don’t assume that an organization will call you just because you gave them your resume. Remember, most staff is overwhelmed with limited time to follow up so be comfortable taking the initiative.
  • Show your passion for public interest work. Be ready to explain why you want a career in the public interest sector and why you are interested in a particular organization.


  • Proofread all resumes and cover letters before sending them out. Typos and other errors show a lack of attention to detail and can actually cost you an interview. Some organizations use resume typos as a way to weed out candidates.
  • Personalize your cover letters to the organization and position, and address them to the proper person. Symplicity and most job postings frequently include the individual to whom the letter should be addressed. Also remember to double-check the spellings of names.
  • Always have a member of your school’s career development office review your resume and cover letter. This is an important resource designed to aid students – use it.
  • Respond to all e-mails from potential employers promptly. Confirm receipt of e-mails; it’s courteous.
  • Even if you eventually decide that you are not interested in interviewing for a position, respond to the organization to let them know. Do not ignore people who are interested in you. Public interest is a small world; you are likely to run into people in the future. Leave a good impression.
  • Proofread all e-mails before sending them. E-mails are professional letters. Treat them as such.
  • Follow the organization’s website directions for submitting materials. If the website says to e-mail, then e-mail, don’t call.


  • The public sector does not require less of you in terms of professional dress.
  • Dress in business casual when you attend public interest fairs.
  • For interviews, a proper suit and closed-toed shoes are a must.


  • Beware of how you present yourself on social media. Recruiters do check social media before they interview you and if they see posts disparaging prior employers or clients, or inappropriate photos, they take note.


  • Whether it is a formal interview or an informal informational interview, show up on time.
  • If you need to reschedule an interview, let the appropriate person know in advance. As a general rule, you should only reschedule for health or family reasons, or to meet school-related deadlines.


  • Do not give the impression that public interest positions are your plan B. Public interest positions are important and competitive. Treat them the same way you would treat a position with a for-profit firm or the government.
  • Do not be condescending, overconfident, or seem uninterested during the job search process. Remember, you are the one looking for a job.
  • Be respectful to everyone you meet during the job search process. The legal profession is small and your reputation is everything.



Lawyers Club Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour

Thursday, November 12, 2015

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Vin De Syrah, 901 5th Ave., San Diego, California  92101

More information and register here  (This event is free for members and non-members)


North County Bar Association Law Students/New Lawyers Mixer

Thursday, November 12, 2015

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Firefly Grill & Wine Bar, 251 North El Camino Real, Encinitas CA 92024

More information and register here (FREE to ALL)


Coming Together to Combat Hunger — a CASD Outreach Event

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

San Diego Food Bank, 9850 Distribution Avenue, San Diego, CA 92121

More information and register here (FREE to ALL)


Lawyers Club Monthly Luncheon

Thursday, November 19, 2015

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

The U.S. Grant, 326 Broadway, San Diego, California  92101

More information and register here (Open to all interested parties)


Interested in being a Prosecutor for the US Attorney, Attorney General, District Attorney, City Attorney?

Paths to Becoming a Prosecutor Panel and Reception

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Room 2B

Please RSVP to by November 16.



If so, plan to attend our Paths to Becoming a Prosecutor Panel and Reception

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Room 2B

Please RSVP to by November 16.



Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law Symposium at Southwestern Law School
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hosted at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, and sponsored by the Law School Career Advisors of Southern California, the Annual Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law Symposium has been a Los Angeles tradition for over 20 years. The program features morning and afternoon practice specific panels, starting with a special networking breakfast. The panelists include counsel for major entertainment companies, attorneys from esteemed law firms, scholars and judges who will discuss topics ranging from career paths, to practice areas, to career advancement in the entertainment and intellectual property fields.  Click here for more information, including the agenda.

This is a great opportunity to network and to learn from attorneys in the Entertainment and IP industries!

You must RSVP to by November 5 at 5:00pm if you plan on attending.  Please only RSVP if you are truly committed to attending the event.  Note that this event in in Downtown LA and starts at 9:00am so plan accordingly and consider carpooling.


Each year, the John M. Langston Bar Association awards tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving law students.

The application is now available online at the following link:  Langston’s Scholarship page.

The deadline to apply is October 23, 2015 (no later than 11:59 p.m PST).

We encourage students to apply. 


2L/3L Job Search Orientation – Next Steps in Your Career Development

Special Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Carino, CWSL Class of 2012

Ms. Carino is a Deputy Attorney General for the California Attorney General’s Office

Thursday, September 3, 2015

12:15 – 1:30 p.m., Lecture Hall I

Lunch will be provided

All 2Ls and 3Ls Should Attend


Fall 2015 Recruiting Program (Jobs for Spring and Summer 2016 jobs) Deadline

Tuesday, September 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

On Campus Interviews begin September 16 and end October 14, 2015 

2Ls and 3Ls are Eligible to Apply

Job Listing Summaries:

Law Firms Listings

Post-Bar Listings (for 3Ls)

Pro-Bono/Public Service Listings

District Attorney/Public Defender Listings

Employers Coming for On Campus Interviews (OCIs)


Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego invite you to this in-house counsel roundtable with an impressive group of leaders:

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