Employer Research Assistance

Once you have had a chance to work through the self-assessment you will have a sense of the qualities you want in an employer. The next step is to conduct employer research. Each CDO Guide provides information about the best resources for learning about employers in that area of practice.

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Employment Eligibility

Some employers have particular eligibility requirements that may impact your ability to be hired. The two eligibility requirements that most often arise for our students relate to citizenship and the suitability/security review process for work in federal government.

Students who are not U.S. citizens face unique and complex challenges in the job search process. As a first step we recommend that upon your arrival to YLS you connect with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). OISS is the best starting point for all immigration related questions. In addition, consult CDO’s Noncitizen JD Students and the Job Search Process where you will find advice about navigating a U.S. based job search including information on Optional and Curricular Practical Training, the limited opportunities available to work in government, including as judicial clerks, and YLS resources for international JD students such as the Immigration Consultation Assistance Program. LL.M. students should refer to CDO’s International LL.M. Career Planning Guide.

Students contemplating summer or permanent employment in the federal government, including the Departments of Justice, Defense, and State, need to be prepared to undergo some type of suitability review and potentially a security evaluation as well. Most agencies request information regarding illegal drug use, supplying or manufacture, in the last year. Some agencies request more extensive information on illegal drug activity, possibly extending back for seven years, and may include inquiries regarding other criminal activity, foreign countries visited, mental health consultations and more. All students contemplating work in federal government should consult CDO’s advice Before You Apply: Understand the U.S. Government Security Clearance Procedure.


Helpful Resources

  • ALM Legal Intelligence Online. [NOTE: you must be on the Yale Network or VPN to access site]. ALM Legal Intelligence Online is an integrated database of information about the legal industry. Yale Law School’s subscription to ALM allows students to view lists and rankings from publications like The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and the National Law Journal, as well as in-depth reports on individual law firms. Students may also view popular firm rankings, such as the A List; AmLaw 100 and 200; Global 100; Midlevel Associate Survey; Pro Bono Survey; and Summer Associate Survey. For more information, please see the Online Resource Tutorial on ALM Legal Intelligence.
  • Chambers and Partners. The Chambers Guides include Chambers USA, Chambers Europe, Chambers UK, Chambers Global, and Chambers Asia. These guides are searchable online and provide rankings (known as “bands”) of law firms by practice area.
  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook. This online Handbook contains hiring information on more than 50 federal agencies and more than 40 state and local agencies. It provides an alphabetical listing of organizations with detailed information about summer and entry-level hiring. Please contact CDO for password information.
  • Martindale Hubbell. This comprehensive database includes large and small law firms and can be used to search for YLS alumni, firms in a particular city, firms with a particular practice area, and more.
  • NALP Directory of Legal Employers. The Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) publishes a directory of legal employers available on-line. The directory contains detailed information about larger law firms and some public interest organizations, including information about their practice areas, hiring plans, and more. For more information, please see the Online Resource Tutorial on the NALP Directory of Legal Employers.
  • PSJD. This database provides a comprehensive clearinghouse of more than 11,000 law-related public interest organizations around the world, as well as opportunities for lawyers and law students.
  • Student Summer Employment Evaluations All students are encouraged to provide CDO with an evaluation for each of their summer experiences. The evaluations are located in CDO’s Career Management System (CMS), which students can access from the Quick Links section on the YLS Inside page.
  • U.S. Department of Justice. The best resource for information about U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country and Department of Justice Agencies in Washington, DC. The site contains information about opportunities for law students, entry-level attorneys and experienced attorneys.
  • Vault Career Insider. [NOTE: you must be on the Yale Network or VPN to access site]. Yale Law School has purchased a subscription to the Vault Career Insider for the sole use of Yale Law School students. Students create their own account on the website. This subscription enables students to download PDF versions of many of Vault's career guides, including the Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms which provides the “scoop” on each firm, tips on getting hired, quotes from survey respondents and information about quality of life factors. In addition to accessing the guides, click on "Industries" to view Vault's various rankings of firms by region, department, diversity and quality of life. Click on "Firms" to access law firm profiles that provide contact information and a firm snapshot. This site also provides access to message boards and career advice. For more information, please see the Online Resource Tutorial for Vault Career Insider.
  • YLS Job Posting System (in CMS). Click the “Job Postings” tab on the CMS home page to access the job postings. Employers post job announcements for YLS students and alumni using our online job posting system. Click “advanced search” to search positions by employer type, practice areas, position type, class level sought, location and more. You can also create a “search agent” to check the listings for particular job types and alert you by email. For more information, please see the Online Resource Tutorial on the Job Posting System.