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Job Search Timelines

In order to give your job searches overarching structure, we’ve laid out loose timelines for them.

1L Job Search Timeline

2L Job Search Timeline

Entry-Level Job Search Timeline

Resumes & Cover Letters

A strong resume and cover letter are essential to making a good first impression with an employer. OPIA is available to work with you to perfect these documents.

Before we review your resume we ask that you format it according to the examples offered below.



Email your resume and/or cover letter in Microsoft Word format to (for 1Ls, after October 15) with the practice areas you are considering. Please allow 7-10 business days for your materials to be returned with edits and comments.

Networking, Interviewing, & Negotiating

Networking will help you deepen your understanding of those fields that you find most interesting and may actually send you in new directions. Because the public interest community is so small, especially within particular practice areas, many fairly connected public interest job seekers find leads or work exclusively through networking.

Networking Tips

Interviewing is in many, if not most, cases the determining factor in securing public service job offers. Be sure to prepare for your interview by researching the position and employer, and speaking with OPIA’s attorney advisors about what you should know going into an interview, perhaps even scheduling a practice interview.

Interviewing & Follow-up

Learn how to respond to an offer and negotiate for more time or more information to make your decision. This section also covers split summers. Remember, you are never permitted to renege on an offer once you have accepted it.

Negotiating Your Offer

Having a well-laid timeline, well-crafted resume and cover letter, being able to prepare for an interview effectively, and using your contacts and network, both at HLS and outside of the law school, are essential in helping you discover opportunities available to you and land the job you want.