Employment Opportunities

Investigating Summer Opportunities: Depending on your career goals and the type of employer you wish to work for after graduation, the summer following your 2L year may have a different focus. Many law firms, and some other legal employers, have 2L students work for them during the summer, and at the end of the summer, may make an offer for permanent employment following graduation. Other employers view the 2L summer as a way for students to demonstrate an interest in or commitment to a particular kind of work. For example, many public interest or government employers look very favorably on graduates who have spent their summers doing public interest or government work.

OCI: Much hiring of Duke students is facilitated through Duke Law's extensive on-campus interview program (OCI). Here is an overview of the basics of Duke's OCI.

Symplicity Employers: Symplicity is the web-based recruiting system and job bank used not only for the OCI process but also for job postings and resume solicitations for non-OCI employers. This provides an overview of Symplicity and a link to the system.

Additional Employers: At Duke Law School, we are fortunate to have a robust on-campus interview program. However, the even the hundreds of employers that participate in Duke OCI represent only a small fraction of the thousands of legal employers available to you. Below are lists of employers in some of the geographic markets that are popular destinations for Duke Law students. These are employers that do not participate in Duke OCI, but are reputed among students to provide great summer and post-graduate employment opportunities.

Job Fairs: The Law School facilitates student participation in many different job fairs throughout the year to give students opportunities to engage with a variety of employers. Here is a list of some of the job fairs Duke students attend.Each year NALP collects information on career fairs for publication online. The current list is available on NALP's web site at www.nalp.org/careerfairs.

Diversity Opportunities: Here is a list of some of the diversity scholarship and fellowship opportunities available to 2L students throughout the year.

Judicial Internships: Many students choose to work with a judge during their second summer of Law School. This is a good place to get started.

Types of Summer Jobs and How to Find Them: Depending on your career interests, there are several types of employers that hire law students for the summer.