The Law Association for Women (L.A.W) at the University of Florida Levin College of Law hosted a panel on Jan. 31 to discuss the ever-looming summer job hunt facing all law students.
“[The Law Association for Women] wanted the panel to help 1Ls and 2Ls who have different options to navigate their OCI (On-Campus Interviews) and [other] interview processes,” L.A.W president Meghan Bradley said. “We wanted to show how different experiences can still end successfully.”
The panelists were Cari Whitmire, 3L and Law Review Executive Forum Editor; Abe Bailey, 3L and Journal of Law and Public Policy (JLPP) Executive Research Editor; Ryan Tindall, 3L and JLPP Executive Articles Editor; and Kelly Milliron, 2L and Law Review Articles Editor.
Each year, law students around the country face the question of summer jobs and finding a legal experience.
Whitmire spoke of her time as an extern working for various federal judges and a state judge in her rotation with the United States Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. She suggested that many 1Ls who face unpaid summer work should look to earn the maximum six credit hours and pro bono hours for their summer position, lightening their workload throughout their second and third year.
“[Erin Carr] led me to a few [opportunities] that were good to apply to,” Bailey said.
While the panelists worked in fields ranging from federal and state court to the Department of Justice and private practice, they agreed that the Center for Career Development is very helpful to understanding the summer job process and can help you excel on more than just of On-Campus Interviews (OCI).
When discussing resumes, cover letters and writing samples, the panelists emphasized checking cover letters two to three times before sending it out to a potential employer.
“Try to make a personal connection,” Tindall said. “They can absolutely tell when it is boiler plate and you’re sending it out to everybody.”
The panel moved on to potential interviews and how a typical interview can go.
“Be prepared to know your resume,” Bailey said. “Know that your experiences speak to what you are going to do in [the position you are applying for]. Learn as much as you can about the position beforehand.”
The panelists agreed on a few key points that almost always come up when they have interviewed: “Why would you like the position?” and inquiries on the “interests” section on their resume.
That section can often times lead the time of your interview to fly by, according to the panelists.
In one of her interviews, someone asked Milliron about her opinion on Third Amendment issues that were unfamiliar to her. Whitmire entered an interview room with “There’s no job here, get out” written in Dutch.
“Be prepared for the unexpected,” Milliron said.
Mitul Brahmbhatt is currently a 1L at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Graduating from the University of South Florida in 2017, he received his Bachelor of Science in finance and his Bachelor of Arts in English. He currently does volunteer work as a regional core team member of BAPS, an international socio-religious organization. He likes Piña coladas, getting caught in the rain, isn’t into yoga, and has half-a-brain.