In the legal field, it isn't always who you know — it's who you know that you are. Most people entering into the legal job market find that it's very competitive. Your education prepares you for the job, but it's entirely up to you to find employment. Many people rely on referrals from teachers, colleagues, or summer internships to help them get a wing tip in the door when searching for a firm to help start their career. Whether you're a file clerk, legal secretary, paralegal, or attorney, it's often tough to find the right firm, and currently things are tougher than ever with so many legal jobs being cut left and right.
There is a dissimilarity between changing a job and making a career transition. A job change means just changing your job, but doing the same thing, albeit at a different location and amongst different people. However, when you leave a job for another that involves doing something totally unlike what you were doing earlier; you are making a career transition. Job changes are generally relatively simpler and straight forward, with little interruption to the life that you are leading, while career transitions can be long-drawn-out and often influence and have a strong bearing on your personal and family life.
Recruiting season, in a fashion reminiscent of undergraduate fall rush, is the biggest event of the second year. Students begin their second year of law school armed with immaculate resumes and new interview wardrobes ready to meet the firms who will visit their campus to recruit next year's summer interns. Known as "summer associates," these interns will work for the hiring firms full-time during the summer break before their third year of school. Many students who take summer positions with law firms split their summers by working six weeks at one firm and six weeks at another, often in different cities. Government agencies and corporations also send recruiting teams to law school campuses.