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.
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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.