Tips for Writing a Job/Internship Posting

Tip 1: Be Specific

You need: a student to help you with legal research and writing

Good posting: Seeking student to help with legal research and writing projects. Experience a plus.

Better posting: Seeking student who has taken employment law course to conduct legal research and write memos and motions on employment law litigation issues. Experience with and interest in employment law issues desired.

Tip 2: Be Precise

Good posting: Seeking law clerk for busy civil litigation firm.

Better posting: Seeking part-time second or third year law clerk to organize discovery and trial binders, take notes in depositions, conduct research on legal issues and conduct client intake. Able to manage own work independently.

Tip 3: Be Clear About Time Commitment

Good posting: Seeking part-time law clerk.

Better posting: Seeking law clerk for 15-20 hours per week from January through May.

Tip 4: Understand the Academic and Student Hiring Cycle

Students think in terms of semesters: fall, spring and summer. Once a semester has started, students’ schedules are set, so they aren’t easily able to take on anything additional. By posting your position well in advance of the upcoming semester, you will catch the attention of more qualified candidates.

We recommend that you consider these guidelines:

Hiring for fall semester (August – December): post by July

Hiring for spring semester (January – May): post by October

Hiring for summer position (June – August): post by March

Tip 5: Think Broadly About Eligible Class Years or Experience Levels

Students and recent graduates are diverse, so they offer a wide range of skills. For example, if you think you need a third year student, we suggest that you consider second year students as well, since their skill set could be similar. If you think you need someone with a year of experience, consider hiring a third year student or recent graduate – they could very well have exactly the right combination of skills and experience that you need!

Remember: the more specific you are in your posting, the easier it is for truly qualified candidates to apply.

Questions about creating a job/internship posting? Contact Alex Doll, Recruiting Coordinator, at jngraze@usfca.edu.