As the leaves continue to change, fall is in full swing here in Williamsburg, which means…it’s time to start thinking about the 1L summer job search!
While this may cause a panic in some students’ minds, our Office of Career Services (OCS) has worked tirelessly to calm our fears and guide us on the path to what will be a summer full of legal experience and excitement. OCS provides a weekly e-mail newsletter to students regarding upcoming employment fairs, seminars, and helpful reminders and application deadlines.
OCS has also created a number of workshops exclusively for 1Ls to teach us the basics of how to explore different legal practice areas and careers. We’ve attended sessions that have taught us how to craft a well-tailored legal resume and the ever-so-important networking skills. OCS has additionally provided each 1L student with our own Career Planning Manual, which provides a detailed roadmap on how to conduct our job search at every step along the way—from assessing our basic interests to exploring careers within our target areas to finally launching our 1L summer job applications after we return from winter break.
OCS provides a series of mini-workshops that highlight the important public and private sector employment online databases. These 15-minute mini-seminars are great sources of useful information on how to successfully navigate the plethora of online resources available to students.
We will begin our individual advising sessions with our OCS Deans during the upcoming weeks. I am looking forward to discussing both my short-term goals for this summer as well as my long-term aspirations after graduation and receiving one-on-one advice from my OCS Dean.
W&M OCS is just another reason why I have no doubt that W&M was the perfect choice for me. OCS is very pro-active in providing 1Ls with guidance, direction, and advice as we take the very first steps in our legal career. I can’t wait to see what my 1L summer has in store!
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