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3L Career Planning Timeline

As you begin preparing for life beyond Townes Hall, the Career Services Office is available to assist you with your job search, educate you about career options, and connect you with potential employers.   Although looking for a job can be stressful, realize that there is still plenty of time to secure employment. Realize that your job opportunities will increase exponentially the more flexible you become. Consider a variety of locations and practice areas. Check out a variety of employers: small and midsize firms, government agencies, public interest organizations, judges, and non-traditional employers. The more options you consider, the more job opportunities there will be.

Remember the importance of networking. Most of the jobs that law students get are through direct contact with the employer or through a personal referral. Therefore, it is very important to talk to as many people as possible during your job search. Conduct informational interviews with UT Law alumni, become active in the local bar association (such as the Austin Young Lawyers Association or the Texas Young Lawyers Association) and attend CSO programs and networking events, which are designed to help you connect with employers. Remember that performing pro bono and working part-time are great ways to meet attorneys practicing in areas that interest you, and can sometimes lead to offers for permanent employment.

Make sure that you prepare well for interviews and are ready to discuss why you are looking for a job as a 3L; i.e., be able to explain a non-offer from a summer clerkship as positively as possible. If you would like to polish your interview skills, our career counselors are available to conduct a mock interview with you. With research, enthusiasm, and persistence, your job may be just one lead away. 

Summer Timeline for Rising 3Ls

  • Update your UT Law Symplicity profile, including your email address, if needed.
  • Check your email over the summer as we will be sending you announcements about upcoming off-campus jobs fairs and Fall OCI as most of the application deadlines occur during the summer.
  • Produce strong writing samples and develop your legal skills through summer work.
  • Establish enduring professional relationships.
  • Keep a detailed file of everything you work on.
  • Evaluate whether your work or volunteer experience fits with your interests, values, personality and skills.
  • Request a reference from your supervisor upon leaving your clerkship or internship.
  • Update your resume, cover letter, references and writing sample.
  • Upload these application materials, as well as a current copy of your transcript, onto UT Law Symplicity.
  • Research and prepare applications for postgraduate fellowships and government honor programs.
  • Check the job bank on UT Law Symplicity as many employers who are unable to participate in Fall OCI will post postgraduate positions.

Fall Timeline for 3Ls

  • Complete your Summer Clerkship Evaluation on UT Law Symplicity.
  • Update your resume to reflect summer employment. Be sure to upload it onto UT Law Symplicity.
  • Complete fellowship and government honor program applications.
  • Participate in Fall OCI and/or off-campus jobs fairs.
  • Attend CSO panels and workshops. You may RSVP on UT Law Symplicity by selecting the “Events” tab.
  • In September, attend Public Service Table Talk if you are interested in a career in public service.
  • In November, attend the Cocktails & Conversation Mentor Reception to network with UT Law alumni and friends.You may RSVP on UT Law Symplicity by selecting the “Events” tab.
  • Complete your Graduate Employment Survey in October prior to registering for spring classes.
  • Check out the job bank on UT Law Symplicity or other resources on the CSO website such as job bulletins from other law schools.
  • Make an appointment with a career counselor if your career goals have changed or you are still seeking postgraduate employment. Counselors can discuss job search strategies with you.

Spring Timeline for 3Ls

  • Update your Graduate Employment Survey if needed.
  • If you have accepted a judicial clerkship, be sure to inform the Faculty Clerkship Advisors.
  • Attend other CSO panels and workshops. You may RSVP on UT Law Symplicity by selecting the "Events" tab.
  • Participate in Public Service Career Fair, Spring OCI and/or off-campus jobs fairs.
  • Check out the job bank on UT Law Symplicity or other resources on the CSO website such as job bulletins from other law schools.
  • Make an appointment with a career counselor if your career goals have changed or you are still seeking postgraduate employment. Counselors can discuss job search strategies with you

If You Are Still Seeking Employment After Graduation

  • Consider contract or temporary work as well as law clerk positions.
  • Volunteer or provide pro bono work with an organization that interests you.
  • Apply for the Long Career Launch Program fellowship, which is designed to make it financially possible for recent graduates to obtain legal work experience in unpaid internships while they are awaiting bar results and looking for permanent employment.
  • Be flexible. Consider other practice areas, types of organizations or locations.
  • Be persistent! Finding a job takes time, so don’t give up.
  • Stay in touch with the CSO as our counselors are available to assist you with your job search.