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In an effort to help guide you in your public sector summer job search and beyond, we’d like to follow up with more details about the 1L advising process. According to guidelines set by the National Association of Law Placement, 1Ls can receive career counseling starting October 15 and may apply for jobs starting December 1.

Because summer public interest funding is available to you, you are in the fortunate position of being able to take a volunteer position this summer. We encourage you to think broadly about your summer options;  at the same time, it is important that you take the time to think through what summer positions make sense for you and apply carefully and thoughtfully. OPIA advisors can help you think through the varied opportunities available to you for summer employment in an individual advising appointment.

Please bookmark this post for reference! Also remember that there is a wealth of information available on our website, in our career and application guides, and in the Public Service section of HELIOS.

Scheduling an advising appointment

You can review advisor bios and schedule an appointment through the OPIA website.

Any of our general advisors can help you begin your job search; you should choose “general advising” if you are in the early stages of exploration.  Alternatively, you can select a particular substantive area from the dropdown menu in the online appointment system if you have identified specific interests.  If you are having difficulty scheduling an appointment, please call us (617-495-3108) or stop by WCC 4039 and we will help you find an advisor and an appropriate time. Please do not email OPIA or individual advisors asking for an advising appointment as all 1Ls should be using our online appointment system.

Although we encourage you to eventually return for additional appointments, either with the same advisor or with a different advisor, we ask that you sign up for just one appointment to start so that we can accommodate all interested students

What to bring to your advising appointment

Please be sure to bring a copy of your resume and any self assessment materials that you have completed. Review the 1L self-assessment materials online, as well as our list of self-assessment questions.

Resume and cover letter review

OPIA is now offering resume and cover letter review. Be sure to follow our suggestions for formatting and editing resumes and cover letters BEFORE you use the review service. In addition, you should review the online OCS and OPIA workshop.

We will review one resume and one cover letter per student; if you are primarily interested in our cover letter review service, don’t forget to include your resume for reference.  To take advantage of our review service, e-mail your resume and/or cover letter, in Microsoft Word, to us at opia@law.harvard.edu.  Please indicate in your e-mail the types of jobs you are interested in, so that we can provide tailored advice. Submissions will be returned in 7-10 business days.

Emailing advisors

Once you have met with an advisor, you are welcome to email quick questions to that advisor. Be aware, however, that most advisors have scheduled all their working hours with in-person appointments, and be judicious about what you ask over email. Take advantage of walk-in hours for slightly more nuanced questions and make a follow-up appointment for questions that require a bona fide discussion.

Upcoming events

You will continue to get event emails from us at the beginning of each week. We continuously update our online calendar; you can find a feed of upcoming events on our homepage.

Events to look out for

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  1. Oct
    31

    Acing 1L Interviews

  2. Nov
    06

    1L Mock Interview Workshop

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