1Ls: How We Can Help
Advising for 1L students covers a range of areas.
We can help you:
- Think through types of work that might interest you
- Identify summer internship opportunities in the public interest, human rights, and government sectors that will be enjoyable and rewarding for you
- Find pro bono opportunities suited to your interests and goals
- Connect to people in and out of CLS, including faculty, graduates, and students
- Start your long-range planning of courses, clinics, and externships
- Develop your resume and cover letters
Also, throughout the year, SJI hosts speakers, lunches, panels, and other programs that expose you to a range of public interest practitioners, practice areas and settings, current social justice issues, and career paths, all meant to inspire you and help you to think about your own career paths and personal goals. Check out our events page to see what programs are coming up.
To set up an advising appointment, please contact one of the following advisors:
Also review our Practice Area and Region-Specific Advising page to identify advisors with expertise in subjects of specific interest to you.
How to Prepare for Your Advising Appointment
For purposes of discussing summer opportunities, your advising appointment will benefit from your preparation. We ask that you:
- Look at the “Public Interest Job Search Toolkit,” located on our SJI Guides page (you will be prompted for your Lawnet login and password).
- In October and November, attend a Presenting Yourself in Writing Workshop and Resume Review Workshop. (Check our Events page for details of these and other programs.)
- Familiarize yourself with CLS’s Public Interest Database located at www.law.columbia.edu/lawnet under “Student Services.”
- Read some intern evaluations from the database.
- Register on PSJD at www.psjd.org and conduct an “organization” search to compile a list of organizations you may be interested in.