Resume Direct: This is a way to get your application materials screened by large/mid-sized NALP firms when they are not participating in OCI or Resume Collection through Chapman Law.
Unsolicited Applications: This is a way to apply to any firm or organization that may or may not be actively recruiting. Unsolicited applications may be sent any time throughout the year.
Please note: large firms do not generally accept unsolicited applications.
Resume Direct and unsolicited applications are employment opportunities outside of Chapman Law's formal recruiting programs:
|Type of Employer:||Recommended Submission Deadlines for Summer Employment||Application Tips||Suggested Resources|
|Large & Mid-Sized (NALP) Firms||Almost all large firms recruit in June/July for the following summer*||Apply early, before Fall OCI begins. With every week that passes, your application may become less competitive because large firms make offers throughout the season.
|(Non-NALP) Mid-Sized Firms||The deadlines vary from late July until spring for summer*||Visit law firm's website; do some research to discover if they have a formal summer program.||martindale.com|
|Small Firms||Generally these employers recruit during the early spring for summer*||The ABA recommends sending hardcopy application materials (if not otherwise indicated).||martindale.com|
|Government Agencies||Generally these employers recruit during the early spring for summer*||It's a good idea to read the tips under "Career Central" on PSLawNet. Keep in mind that becoming a Certified Law Clerk often strengthens your application.||PSLawNet.org|
|Public Interest Organizations||Generally these employers recruit during the early spring for summer*||It's a good idea to read the tips under "Career Central" on PSLawNet. Keep in mind that becoming a Certified Law Clerk often strengthens your application.||PSLawNet.org
*These employers may also recruit at other times throughout the year. The above grid is meant to guide you in preparing and timing your applications for summer employment.