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2L Summer Employment

The vast majority of students spend part or all of the summer working for a private law firm, while typically one-third will use part or all of the second summer to explore government, public interest, academic, or corporate opportunities. The majority of second-year students obtain summer positions through Yale’s Fall Interview Program (FIP), while others take advantage of the NYU Public Interest Legal Career Fair co-sponsored by Yale or apply directly to employers of interest to them. 

Some students will work for more than one employer during their 2L summer, typically spending between six to eight weeks with each employer. Over the past five years an average of 28% of second-year students split their summer between two employers. For additional information about splitting the summer, consult CDO’s brochure To Split or Not to Split, That is the Question. Some firms offer students the opportunity to work for the firm for part of the summer and a public interest organization for the other part, with the firm paying the student’s entire summer salary. See CDO’s brochure Firms Sponsoring Split Public Interest Summers for additional information about this unique split summer option. The majority of second year students who summer with law firms obtain permanent employment offers from their second summer employers.

Employment Type

Class of 2010 Class of 2011 Class of 2012 Class of 2013 Class of 2014
Law Firm 72% (78%) 72% (82%) 75% (86%) 71% (86%) 73% (87%)
Public Interest Total 24% (30%) 24% (30%) 23% (29%) 24% (31%) 23% (28%)
Government 10% (13%) 11% (15%) 7% (11%) 7% (10%) 5% (7%)
PI Org./Legal Services 14% (17%) 13% (15%) 16% (18%) 17% (21%) 18% (21%)
Academic Employment 3% (4%) 3% (3%) 2% (2%) 3% (4%) 1% (1%)
Business 0% 2% (2%) .5% (.5%) 1% (2%) 2% (3%)

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. Percentages are based on employment information reported by June of that particular year.