2L Roadmap

A seasonal snapshot of many of the key things to know and do during 2L year.

  • Engage with all of the resources available to you, from health and wellness programming to academic advising services to mock interview programs. 
  • Continue engagement with student groups.
  • Continue to attend programs and events on career paths, cutting edge legal issues and other topics.
  • If you are writing a note, finalize your topic and secure a faculty note supervisor.
  • Continue to meet with your career advisers in SJI to navigate 2L summer public sector job applications and offers. Speak with your OJC counselor about preparing for clerkships applications next June. Apply for Fall OCI. (Public interest and government employers will participate.) Apply for GSF and HRIP as applicable.
  • Participate in the Winter Interview Program orientation for private sector 2L summer positions as applicable.
  • Make an appointment with an OCS counselor to review your resume and Winter Interview Program bid list.
  • Get involved in pro bono projects that will help you develop professionally and provide much-needed assistance to a broad range of organizations and communities. Make sure to register your hours promptly.
  • Reach out to professors about opportunities for serving as a Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Fellow (TF) in the spring semester.
  • After consulting with your academic and career advisers, pre-register for spring classes.
  • Prepare for your final exams, leveraging the guidance and support provided by study groups and academic advisers.
  • Prepare for your Winter Interview Program interviews.  Try on your interview attire and do a practice interview with your OCS counselor to fine tune your online presence and interview environment.
  • Apply for summer jobs, enlisting the guidance of your career advisers. 
  • If you are spending winter break in a city where you might want to work after graduation, reach out to potential employers about informational interviewing.
  • Consider engaging in a pro bono project and register your hours promptly.
  • Relax and recharge for spring! 
  • Continue to cultivate relationships with faculty, advisers, and professional contacts. 
  • Participate in the Winter Interview Program.
  • Continue to meet with career advisors and apply for summer jobs as needed. Participate in the spring On-Campus Interview program. (Both private and public sector employers participate.)
  • Submit required materials for GSF or participate in required HRIP Training and Orientation Program if applicable.
  • If you are considering public service or public interest law as a career, reach out to SJI, as some project-based postgraduate fellowships have application deadlines in early September.
  • If you are applying for clerkships, be sure to speak with OJC about recommendation letters, writing samples, judge lists and applicable deadlines for State and Federal judges.
  • Get involved in pro bono projects that will help you develop professionally and provide much-needed assistance to a broad range of organizations and communities. Be sure to register your hours.
  • Consider applying to be on your journal’s editorial board.
  • Consider applying to be a peer mentor.
  • Keep an eye out for information about applying for externships, clinics, and other experiential learning opportunities offered in the fall term, as applications will be due in the spring term.
  • Prepare for your 3L fall semester by thinking about your long-term career goals, engaging with advisers, and registering for classes. 
  • June will be the opening month for federal law clerk hiring.
  • If you are applying for postgraduate public interest fellowships, begin outreach to host organizations and work closely with your SJI advisor on applications. If you are interested in postgraduate government honors programs, work closely with your SJI advisor to prepare applications.
  • Keep an eye out for emails about deadlines for Fall OCI, which can be quite early, and start to prepare to apply/bid.
  • Attend networking events hosted by the careers offices and employers.
  • Consider staying an extra, unpaid week at your summer employer for pro bono credit.