During your 1L year, you should Review the Career Times and Symplicity on a regular basis for future OCS programming.

Here is an overview of the 1L Timeline with regard to OCS:


  • Welcome to Cardozo! All first year students are invited to attend the Annual Public Interest Career Reception held at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (42 W. 44th Street, NYC, between 5th and 6th Avenues) Time & Date TBA The event is co-sponsored by nineteen law schools in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.


  • Give yourself time to adjust to the demands of law school.  Familiarize yourself with the OCS website.
  • Check out the OCS Resource Center (Room 1128).
  • Read the Career Times monthly magazine to keep up with OCS sponsored events.
  • Check out the Practice Profile Lunch Series sponsored by OCS. Each week during the Fall and Spring semesters a different practicing attorney(s) serves as a featured speaker for an informal brown bag lunch open to all students. These lunches provide a great opportunity to begin learning about the many and varied practice areas in the legal profession.
  • Get a head start on gaining practical legal experience (and do something for the public good) - attend the OCS Pro Bono Opportunities Brown Bag Lunch.


  • Start the month off right! Stop by the OCS Open House in early October and get to know the members of OCS!
  • It's never too early to start thinking about summer employment! This month OCS will sponsor various 1L "Orientation" Events to acquaint you with opportunities available to first year students.
  • Be sure to attend the OCS 1L Orientation - "Working with OCS"
  • October programming highlights include:
    • "OCS Summer Opportunities Program"
    • "Public Interest Summer Expo"
    • "Diversity Opportunities"
    • "Public Sector Job Search Program for 1Ls"
    • "Summer Judicial Internships"
  • Interested in Entertainment Law? Be sure to attend the OCS Entertainment Law Symposium  Entertainment Law attorneys will be present to discuss their careers in the entertainment industry,


  • Beginning November 1st, first year law students are invited to meet with career counselors to discuss their legal job search.  Every 1L student is required to meet with an OCS counselor for a detailed resume review. First year students are also required to attend a resume workshop - details about the resume workshop program will follow.
  • Students, particularly those interested in applying for summer judicial internships, should start drafting resumes and cover letters.
  • Save the date - don't miss these November events:
    • "OCS NYU Job Fair Information Session"  Interested in working in the public sector next summer? The NYU Public Interest Legal Career Fair takes place in February and allows students to interview with employers from more than 150 organizations. Attend this information session to learn about the upcoming career fair.
    • "OCS Small Firm Program" - November 8th at 6pm in the Moot Court Room. This panel provides an opportunity to hear from small firm practitioners about working in a small firm and environment and getting your foot in the door at a smaller practice.
    • "Practice Area Symposium" -  The Practice Area Symposium provides an opportunity to learn about a broad range of practice areas while networking with Cardozo alumni and other practicing attorneys.
    • "OCS Student Professionalism in Legal Practice" - A professional etiquette program brought to you by OCS. This program will focus on the ins and outs of student professionalism during the Fall and Spring recruitment season.


  • First and foremost, focus on your studies. The last day of classes is this month, and then exams.
  • Public Service Summer Stipend? This is the time that your application will be due (all deadlines are published on the application and in mail to your yu.edu account and in the Career Times)
  • Have you registered for the NYU Public Interest Legal Career Fair? You should register even if you are not sure where you might wan to work your first summer. (Late registrations cannot be accommodated.)
  • Are you applying for a summer Judicial Internship?  Many students begin to prepare mailings to judges as soon as their exams conclude. Judicial internships are competitive and applications are typically reviewed beginning in early January (and sometimes earlier.)


  • Have you met with a counselor?  It is mandatory that all 1L's meet with an OCS counselor.  The final dealine for an appointment is this month.
  • Public Law Advocacy Week (PLAW) takes place each January. Take advantage of the many programs and events that make up PLAW. PILSA Stipend Applicants please make note of P*Law week.  Check the Docket, Career Times and your yu.edu account for details!
  • Spring Recruitment begins! Log on to Symplicity on a regular basis to review current summer employment opportunities. Keep in mind that many public interest, government and small firm employers do their summer hiring between now and the end of April.


  • If you have not yet secured a summer position, continue applying for Spring Recruitment opportunities. Please feel free to meet with a counselor to help with your job search strategy.
  • Need a few interview tips? Attend the upcoming Interview Skills Workshop - check your ymail account for date, time & location.
  • Schedule a "mock interview" with an OCS counselor. This practice interview followed by a thorough critique will ensure that you feel confident walking into all your interviews this Spring.


  • BLSA Job Fair Pre-Registration
  • Patent Law Interview Program


  • The Public Interest Auction takes place this month! Take a break from your studies and support your fellow law students engaged in public service!
    • Look for OCS programming on the following topics:
    • What is Large Firm Practice Really Like?
    • Fall Recruitment Information Session
  • Start applying for Fall judicial internships.


  • Early May will bring the last day of classes.  Devote as much time as you can to preparing for your final exams.
  • Update your Symplicity online student profile - make sure your current profile reflects your summer employment and any Fall internships or clinical positions already secured.