When searching for a job, it is best to have a multi-faceted approach. A successful job search incorporates regular online research, applications to posted positions on Symplicity and other websites, attendance at on-campus hiring fairs and receptions, a great deal of networking, and the maintenance of new as well as pre-existing relationships with legal and non-legal contacts. Do not underestimate the power of networking in the job search. Many law students secure summer and full-time positions through networking and the majority of seasoned attorneys make lateral moves based on the connections they made as they networked over the years.
From posting job opportunities on Symplicity, to hosting on-campus hiring fairs and receptions, to providing programming and counseling regarding networking, the Career Development Center is here to help with every aspect of the job search process. The following links contain resources and information to assist in the job search:
Posted Positions Online
When searching job opportunities online, review the websites of organizations of interest, as well as general legal job opportunity websites, including:
Symplicity Job Listings
American Bar Association (ABA) Career Center (Registration/Subscription Required)
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Job Bank
Law360 Job Board
Job Search Resources by Practice Area
To conduct the job search based on specific practice area(s), click on the link below to find job search links and resources.
Job Search Links by Practice Area
On-Campus Hiring and Informational Fairs
Loyola hosts hiring fairs such as on-campus interviews and law firm receptions in the spring and fall of each year. These hiring fairs are an excellent opportunity to interview with law firms, public interest organizations and government agencies. Public Interest and Government Fair are informational based fairs that are held every fall. These fairs offer the chance to build an inside connection before applying to public interest organizations and government agencies.
Off-Campus Hiring and Informational Fairs
Law schools in Southern California collaborate to host hiring fairs about different practice areas. There are also two diversity job fairs held over the summer in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Loyola will apprise its students of these fairs, and Loyola students can then sign up/register to attend these fairs.
UCLA Public Interest Career Day Fair
Entertainment Law Career Fair at Southwestern Law School
San Francisco Intellectual Property Job Fair
Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
Dupont Legal Minority Job Fair in Los Angeles
Networking is the most important aspect of the job search, and should be approached with the same zeal and effort put into job applications. The links below provide background information regarding networking, as well as resources and tips to network successfully with attorneys and other contacts.
Other Job Search Resources
If interested in a judicial clerkship or an alternative or “J.D. advantage” career, or if seeking a job outside Los Angeles or in the international realm, please see the links below:
Career Development Center
Founders Hall 118
919 Albany St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015