Get Hands-On Experience

Summer Jobs & Internships

Employers expect you to use each summer to build your legal skills. Summer is a chance to explore different areas of law, use your legal training, and develop new legal and professional skills. Students can work with a wide range of employers and OCP is available to help with every step, including identifying opportunities, reviewing application materials, conducting interview preparation, and discussing how to accept or decline an offer. Opportunities are available in the Bay Area, across the country, and abroad. To learn more about options to get hands-on experience while earning academic credit, check out the USF Law Externship Program and the Clinical Programs.

james loganMy OCP counselor knew I was passionate about litigation and suggested I apply to the district attorney's office during the fall on-campus recruiting. She worked with me to review my resume and conducted a practice interview with me. Ultimately, OCP helped me secure my summer position in the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office."

– James Logan '17, worked at the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office during his 2L summer

Part-Time/School Year Jobs

For full-time students, getting a part-time job or internship during the second or third year is a great way to explore different areas of law, use your legal training, and develop new legal and professional skills. Students can work with a huge range of employers and OCP is available to help with every step, including identifying opportunities, application materials, interview preparation, and how to accept or decline an offer.

For part-time students, getting a legal job or internship depends on the individual situation. Some part-time students work full-time throughout law school at a non-legal job and then transition to a legal job after school. Some work a part-time or full-time job in a legal setting for part of their time earning their JD. OCP is eager to help you design the plan that works best for your current needs and future goals.

Pro Bono & Volunteer Work

One of the best ways to help build your own legal skills is to do good for others. At USF School of Law, there are an abundance of opportunities to get practical experience and help serve underrepresented and underserved communities.

We partner with OneJustice to offer exciting pro bono opportunities. Sign up for the Pro Bono Newsletter and find out about Justice Bus trips, opportunities to volunteer at legal clinics, and other programs in immigration law, consumer law, and a myriad of other practice areas.

On-Campus Recruitment

During On-Campus Recruitment (OCR), employers recruit students and conduct interviews on campus for summer, semester, and post-graduation jobs. USF offers OCR in the fall and spring.

In the fall, over 60 employers participate in OCR, including large law firms, high-profile government agencies, such as public defender and district attorney offices, and well-regarded nonprofits. OCP guides you through each step, from drafting polished application materials to nailing your interviews.

Job Fairs

Job fairs provide opportunities to meet attorneys and find summer or long term employment.

Public Interest/Public Sector Legal Careers Day (PI/PS Day): Hosted each winter by OneJustice and northern California law schools, PI/PS Day provides law students an opportunity to meet and interview with public interest and public sector legal organizations and offers a wide range of summer opportunities.

There are many other career fairs you could consider, including:

Bay Area Diversity Career Fair

BALIF Career Fair

Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair

National LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair

San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association Job Fair

Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

Job Postings

On USFLaw Link, powered by Symplicity, USF law students have access to a huge number of job postings for summer, semester, and post-graduation jobs. You’ll find jobs at law firms, companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and more.

Reciprocity Policy

Reciprocity is available to graduates and second or third year students of any ABA-accredited law school that allows University of San Francisco School of law graduates and students to use its career resources. For details regarding on-site and remote privileges and requesting access, see our PDF iconReciprocity Policy.

Please note that we do not grant reciprocity requests from August 1st through October 1st to accommodate our on-campus recruitment program.

Questions? Contact the Recruitment Coordinator.

While working on cover letters and interviewing is critical, programs like Lunch with Lawyers offer the opportunity to connect with practicing attorneys, which provides inspiration and has the potential to open career opportunities.

Vincent Townsend ’15, spent his 2L summer as an associate at Reed Smith, working with its financial and cross-border transactional practice areas