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Student Career Toolkit

This toolkit contains a collection of information regarding legal careers, best practices for job hunting and application preparation, and links to job postings and other helpful websites to assist you with your career planning.

Career Exploration

Guides

  • Job Search Manual: An overview of the career opportunities available to Michigan Law students and advice for conducting an effective job search.
  • Public Service Guides: Advice on pursuing a career in the public sector (i.e. goverment, non-profits, public defense).
  • LL.M. Career Guide: Summary of the job search and recruitment tools available for LL.M. students.

Practice Area Resources

Job Search Checklists

Job Postings and Employer Research

Michigan Law Job Postings

  • Symplicity: Log-in to Symplicity to access and apply for job postings, view employer profiles, and schedule appointments with the Office of Career Planning.
  • MLS Email Groups: Keep up to date on internships and post-graduate job opportunities, upcoming programs, and can't-miss deadlines.
  • International Summer Firm Internships

External Job Posting Sites and Employer Directories

These are some of our favorite resources for finding employers and job postings, but visit our Government, Judicial Clerkship, Law Firms & OCI, and Public Interest pages for more!

  • Leopard Solutions:  Access a professional recruiting database containing recent law firm job postings from across the country, as well as firms' salary and financial information, history, and clients.
  • BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank: Database of job bulletins from law schools around the country.
  • Leadership Library:  Directory of professionals (including judges) in federal, state, and local government, non-profits, and corporations searchable by geographic location, Alma Mater, and keyword.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory: Database of over one million lawyers and law firms in 160 countries.
  • NALP Directory of Legal Employers: Directory of more than 1,600 legal employers nationwide.
  • ALM Legal Intelligence: ALM's Surveys, Lists & Rankings include the AmLaw100, the AmLaw Summer Associates Survey, the NLJ 250, and the A-List, which tracks factors such as pro bono, associate satisfaction, and diversity. ALM's Law Firm Reports provide historical financial and demographic data for individual law firms, reaching back 10 years.  Students will need to access the publication through the Michigan Law Library catalog under the title "ALM Legal Intelligence."  It should come up by searching "ALM."  If you are trying to access the resource from off campus, you'll need to use the Off Campus login feature on the Law Library homepage.
  • PSJD: Online resource connecting public service law job-seekers with job opportunities.
  • University of Arizona Government Honors & Internship Handbook: Fairly comprehensive listing of summer and graduate honors programs within federal, state, and local government agencies.
  • University of Arizona Public Policy Handbook: Database of public policy internships, fellowships, and jobs.
  • University of Michigan Graduate and Undergraduate Career Services Websites and Resources
  • USAJobs: The federal government's central place for job postings.

Preparing Your Application Materials

Preparing For Interviews

Networking

  • Guide to Networking for Law Students
  • Private Sector Employment Evaluations:  To search/review the evaluations in Symplicity, hover over the "Profile" tab on your Symplicity home screen.  This will activate a drop down menu, from which you should select "Evaluations."  Next, select the "Search" option.  This will allow you to search by employer, geographic area, or employment sector.  If you leave the search criteria blank, this will return all of the evaluations in the database. 

    Please help us grow this resource by contributing your feedback. To add feedback on Symplicity, click on Profile > Evaluations > My Surveys > Add New.

Networking Resources