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1L Summer Employment

The summer after the first year of law school provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to explore employment possibilities and gain insight into what characteristics their ideal employer should possess. Many students at Yale spend all or part of their first summer working in the public sector, either with a government agency or public interest organization. The law school provides  summer funding for students working in the public interest sector through the Summer Public Interest Fellowship (SPIF) Program. Nearly 20% of first-year students spend at least some part of their summer working for a private firm, and a few students conduct research for faculty, work for a corporation, or serve as a judicial extern. The majority of first-year students secure positions for the summer by writing letters and sending resumes to employers. Some students accept jobs from employers participating in the Spring Interview Program at Yale or the NYU Public Interest Career Fair.

Employment Type

Class of 2012 Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015 Class of 2016
Law Firm 19% 16% 17% 11% 15%
Public Interest 35% 39% 40% 42% 36%
Government 49% 48% 42% 49% 48%
Business 1% 1% 4% 5% 6%
Academia 3% 3% 3% 1% 1%

Percentages based on students reporting their employment to CDO and reflect the percentage of the class spending all or part of their summer in each employment sector (approximately 7% of first year students work in more than one employment sector their first summer).