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1L Summer Employment

The summer after the first year of law school provides a wonderful opportunity for our students toexplore employment possibilities and gaininsight 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. Thelaw school provides summer funding for students working in the public interest sector through the Summer Public Interest Fellowship (SPIF) Program. Nearly20% 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 theSpring Interview Program at Yale or the NYU Public Interest Career Fair.

Employment Type

Class of 2011 Class of 2012 Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015
Law Firm 9% (9%) 16% (20%) 15% (16%) 15% (17%) 10% (12%)
Public Interest Total 86% (89%) 79% (87%) 83% (92%) 79% (84%) 86% (93%)
Government 49% (51%) 47% (50%) 46% (51%) 41% (42%) 47% (51%)
PI Org./Legal Services 37% (38%) 32% (38%) 37% (41%) 38% (42%) 39% (42%)
Academic Employment 3% (3%) 3% (3%) 2% (3%) 2% (3%) .8% (1%)
Business 3% (3%) 1% (1%) 1% (1%) 4% (4%) 4% (5%)

Percentages are based on the total number of students known to be employed. Totals may not equal 100% due to rounding. The parenthetical percentages indicate the total percentage of students who spent any part of the summer working in that sector. Percentagesare based on employment information reported by June of that particular year.