Office of Career and Professional Development


Law Clerking

During law school, students frequently work in law firms to earn money, to gain experience and to augment their marketability. Through the online Symplicity service, the Office of Career and Professional Development announces part and full-time law clerk positions. Students who have attended a mandatory information session, and have had their resume reviewed by the Office of Career and Professional Development counseling staff, are invited to register on Symplicity. For instructions and a password, please contact Career Development Recruitment Coordinator, in Career Development or read more about Symplicity for Students/Alums.

Often recent graduates awaiting bar results fill law clerk positions until bar admission. Alumni may continue to access Symplicity job postings.

Enrolled students are reminded that the American Bar Association Standards dictate that full-time law students enrolled in more than 12 units may not work more than 20 hours per week.

Summer Associate

Summer associates are law students who have completed their first or second year and who are working at a law firm that has an internship program, most often call the Summer Associate Program. During the course of the work experience, the students are treated like associates at that firm and paid on a pro-rated first-year associate basis. The work a Summer Associate can do will vary firm by firm. If the Summer Associate performs well, the law firm may make a full-time offer of employment that begins after the person sits for the bar exam. We post opportunities for Summer Associate positions during the late summer and early fall semester time line. The Office of Career and Professional Development can also help you identify Summer Associate opportunities that are not posted directly with Whittier Law School.

Summer Honors Positions

The Government Honors and Internship Handbook, to which you may find a link in Symplicity, is an outstanding way to find an internship with a state or federal entity. These internships provide meaningful experiences and can help you obtain full-time employment after law school. The Office of Career and Professional Development can help you prepare materials for the positions posted in the Handbook.

Finding an Attorney Position

All Whittier Law School graduates are invited to access the Symplicity job listing service. Learn more about Symplicity for Students/Alums.