This is interesting. Pikey... I haven't seen a lot of corporate counsels listed on schools OCI, so what is the most common way to score such a job? Through contacts, do they seek you out someway, or do you seek them out?
For 1L summer jobs, there are programs that you can apply to, you can use any connections that you have or you can cold call. For my current job, I knew someone at the company and she forwarded my resume/cover letter to the legal dept. Since they don't get many students with my credentials (their words, not mine
), they were very interested in having me here. Think outside the box for who you know. My connection was a former co-worker. If you don't have any connections, you could contact the legal dept of a company that you're interested in. You never know who might be interested in having an intern. I also applied to several set programs and interviewed at my university's legal office during OCI. Talk to career services, as my ocs had a list of companies that offered in house positions and also knew of people who had worked in house in previous summers.
For post-graduation jobs, it's not gonna happen straight out of law school. Most companies are not prepared to give you the training required for a new lawyer. They want you to work at a firm for at least a few years (apparently 3 is the magic number) to get training and experience, then they'll swoop in and poach you away. If you know that you want to go in-house, you need to be constantly networking when you're at a firm. Many people who move in-house get their jobs through firm clients or even adversaries who liked their work. At the firm you should try to concentrate on some type of corporate/transactional work, since that's what you'll usually be doing. However, there are some exceptions. My boss was a litigation guy and mostly directs litigation, arbitration and mediation now, though we use outside lawyers for most of the dirty work. Industry experience is helpful but not required.