Researching and Choosing Practice Areas
Most attorneys specialize in a particular area of law. While you do not need to decide on a practice area right away, learning which ones may be of interest to you will help you focus your job search.
Practice Settings in the Private Sector
Get information on the different types of law firms, solo practice, investment banking, management consulting, and more.
Legal Market Information
Find everything you need to know about legal markets throughout the U.S. and Internationally.
Networking and Attending Firms Events
Get info on OCS events, a step-by-step guide to networking, finding alumni, and informational interviews.
Resources for Law Firm Research
OCS Podcasts and Videos
Practice Area Podcast Series
Our podcast series featuring industry leaders from within and outside of HLS will help you determine which area of practice best suits you.
Beyond Big Law Podcast Series
Hear experts’ thoughts on practice areas outside of big law.
OCS Program Library
Browse our library of videos from past OCS programs and events.
Clerkship Program Library
Watch recorded programs that focus on Judicial Clerkships.
Updates from Hire Ground
OCS Visiting Adviser
Starting next week, we welcome a favorite visiting adviser, Jason McCann, back to OCS. Jason worked in OCS as an adviser for years before founding Gridline Search + Consulting. In his role as a legal recruiter, Jason works closely with large firm employers and advises attorneys on lateral moves. Jason will offer JD advising for
November 21, 2023
Where to Find Job Postings
As you look ahead to December 1 and the beginning of applying to 1L summer jobs, you may be wondering where to find job postings. For private sector positions, your first stop should be the HLS Job Bank in CSM. You may also search LinkedIn.com/jobs for legal internship postings, particularly opportunities with in-house legal departments.
November 16, 2023
What Should I Be Doing Now?
Your primary focus now should be on your classes and getting acclimated to law school. But if you are ready to get started on your job search and career planning, now is a good time to do the following:
November 2, 2023
Masterclass & Mingle Recap and Feedback
We hope those of you who attended our Masterclass & Mingle event last week found it helpful. Our speaker, Gorick Ng, provided a number of concrete tips to utilize on-the-job and when networking, and his slides from the program are now available. Gorick’s advice will be relevant to you as a new professional, regardless of
October 31, 2023
1L Private Sector Job Search Programs
While most students work in the public sector during their 1L summer, large law firm diversity scholarship positions and in-house legal departments are other popular options. If you are thinking of applying for either one of these options (or both), we encourage you to attend our upcoming programs, Applying to Law Firm 1L Diversity Positions
October 31, 2023