Job and Networking Resources During COVID-19

The following is a highlight of a few resources available to students and soon to be graduates. You may also review a more comprehensive list of resources as well as resources for 3Ls and recent grads.

  • Job Bank on Symplicity. Be sure to set up a Job Search Agent.
  • Attorney Jobs in the USA for internship postings. This is a paysite, but in most cases, you can bypass the site by going directly to the employer’s website.
  • Public Service Job Directory (PSJD) to search for positions in the public sector (government/public interest). When using an employer search, you can also see those employers with active postings.
  • LinkedIn Jobs is particularly useful when searching for in-house or JD advantage summer opportunities throughout the country (read how to search for jobs on LinkedIn). We suggest you use “summer legal internship” and set up a search agent to receive alerts about new postings.
  • Five Legal Practice Areas to Research in the Wake of COVID-19 (Vault). Think about practice areas that are likely to be strong right now and seek out smaller firms that specialize in those areas.
    • You can then use Martindale.com to research law firms by location. Martindale is a database of lawyers and law firms. You can sort by attorneys and law firms in the categories box, and filter by practice area and law firm size. Then visit the attorney’s website.
    • If you are interested in internship opportunities, you can call the mainline for the firm to ask about such opportunities or reach out to attorneys for an informational interview to learn more about the firm and the attorney’s practice area.
  • Vault Guide to Navigating Your Legal Career in the Time of Coronavirus – this new guide includes advice for navigating virtual law school, interviewing, and networking remotely, and maintaining well-being.

Networking | Bar Associations and Continuing Legal Education (CLEs)
Networking is still important and can lead to opportunities in the short- and/or long-term so be sure to use this time to keep up your networking efforts.

  • Join bar associations in jurisdictions where you are living or interested in practicing. Student membership may either be free or low cost, e.g., Austin Bar Association (free) and Austin Young Lawyers Association ($25).
  • In light of the pandemic, UTCLEs will be offered remotely and are free or discounted for Texas Law students and recent graduates. Use these as a networking opportunity to reach out to presenters/attendees and set up informational interviews.

If you need to speak with a career counselor, you may schedule a phone or video appointment with your career counselor via Symplicity, by emailing cso@law.utexas.edu, or by calling 512-232-1150.