ABA restrictions on the 1L job search don’t make sense. Not familiar with the rules? Basically, 1Ls cannot consult with their career services office until November 1, and cannot contact employers until December 1. I'm told the reasoning is that we need to learn how to “do” law school before thinking about practicing law; the restriction is designed to increase study time by removing the temptation to send out resumes.
There is one minor catch: we're still in school on December 1. Oh, and exams begin shortly therafter (UC Hastings and The University of San Francisco begin on December 3 while Boalt Hall and Stanford start on December 10). Just what we need, more pressure.
I understand that the ABA is looking out for us, but the last thing I want to do is worry about contacting judges and firms in addition to memorizing obsolete common law. I’m perfectly happy waiting to send out resumes until after finals, but I know someone will be at Kinko’s at 11:59 just waiting to fire up the fax machine. So, do you sacrifice exam preparation time and search for a job, or do you study hard, ignore the job search for the time being, and hope that potential employers do not overlook your late resume? Come on ABA, either pick a date after finals or remove the restriction altogether.