2L Career Planning Timeline

Use the following timeline to keep your career planning on-track throughout your second year of law school.

If you are interested in pursuing a public interest career, we also encourage you to review the 2L Public Interest Career Planning Timeline.


Reflecting on Summer & Search Plan

September 1 - October 31

2L Fall Semester Action Plan

Job Searching Skills

October 15 - January 31

The Spring Semester Action Plan will help you complete the Upper-Level Foundations of Practice requirements, as well as:

  • prioritize your remaining time in law school,
  • assess strengths and skills gaps,
  • update your careers timeline,
  • continue your summer job or semester externship search, and
  • use your professional networks strategically.

See a career counselor for assistance prioritizing the action items in the plan.

2L Spring Semester Action Plan

  • Set goals for targeting new contacts and follow-up
  • Update your LinkedIn profile
  • Use LinkedIn, Martindale, Leadership Directories, and Career Center website resources to develop leads for new contacts

Preparation & Goals for Summer

February 1 - May 1

  • Follow-up with contacts
  • Small/Medium Firm networking event
  • Identify & attend events


Summer Judges Chambers

How to Have a Successful Summer in a Judge's Chambers

Summer DOJ

How to Have a Successful Summer at the DOJ

Summer Law Firm

How to Have a Successful Summer at a Law Firm

How to Have a Successful Summer at a Public Defender's Office

How to Have a Successful Summer in a Public Defender's Office