What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

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Which is a more appealing internship?

Office of the Attorney General
7
33%
Respectable Law Firm
8
38%
Neither - they wouldn't help
6
29%
 
Total votes: 21

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What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby jdhopeful11 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:59 pm

Which looks better?

It basically comes down to interning for the government vs a firm in the private sector. I am well aware that it depends on what the person and law school is interested in, but let's assume that I am still undecided.

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby jdhopeful11 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:17 am

andyman wrote:Which looks better?

It basically comes down to interning for the government vs a firm in the private sector. I am well aware that it depends on what the person and law school is interested in, but let's assume that I am still undecided.



apparently the lamest poll ever posted

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby MF248 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:19 am

is this a state AG or fed?

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby Vincent Vega » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:20 am

Is it AN attorney general, or THE attorney general? A position where you actually have actual conversations and influence with the Attorney General of the United States is probably the best law internship you can get. A sucky, paper trail internship with North Dakota's atty gen would probably be the worst way you could spend a summer.

Assuming you're talking about the former rather than the latter, I chose atty gen.

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby Vincent Vega » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:21 am

MF248 wrote:is this a state AG or fed?


Beat me to it. Mine took longer to type.

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby iShotFirst » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:21 am

Which looks better? The question is which looks better to who. If you are going for a firm job firm probably looks better. Government job Attorneys office would probably look better. You have to make the decision to be in line with your career goals.

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby nycparalegal » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:22 am

I don't understand these posts. Why are you looking for what "looks" better on your resume? Wouldn't it be better if you said: "Which position will challenge me more, and will give me more practical experience?"

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby Unemployed » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:37 am

nycparalegal wrote:I don't understand these posts. Why are you looking for what "looks" better on your resume? Wouldn't it be better if you said: "Which position will challenge me more, and will give me more practical experience?"


:roll:

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby jdhopeful11 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:47 am

MF248 wrote:is this a state AG or fed?


State

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby jdhopeful11 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:49 am

iShotFirst wrote:Which looks better? The question is which looks better to who. If you are going for a firm job firm probably looks better. Government job Attorneys office would probably look better. You have to make the decision to be in line with your career goals.


Like I said, Dick, I'm not sure yet.

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby jdhopeful11 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:50 am

nycparalegal wrote:I don't understand these posts. Why are you looking for what "looks" better on your resume? Wouldn't it be better if you said: "Which position will challenge me more, and will give me more practical experience?"



However way you wish to interpret my post is up to you. I could have posted the same question in a million different ways. If I didn't think the majority of the able-minded people on this board would understand the question, then I wouldn't have posted it.

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby Unemployed » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:57 am

If this is a 1L summer internship, neither is prestigious enough to matter (very few posts are). The choice doesn't matter one bit, unless you want to show commitment to government work.

If this is a 0L internship, then it really doesn't matter.

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby jdhopeful11 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:03 am

Unemployed wrote:
If this is a 0L internship, then it really doesn't matter.



You're kidding me. I am not talking about the significance of the work done, I am talking about the impact it will have when seen on a law school application.
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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby Unemployed » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:03 am

andyman wrote:
Unemployed wrote:
If this is a 0L internship, then it really doesn't matter.



You're kidding me.


Nope.

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby jdhopeful11 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:05 am

andyman wrote:
Unemployed wrote:
If this is a 0L internship, then it really doesn't matter.



You're kidding me. I am not talking about the significance of the work done, I am talking about the impact it will have when seen on a law school application.

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby Unemployed » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:09 am

andyman wrote:
andyman wrote:
Unemployed wrote:
If this is a 0L internship, then it really doesn't matter.



You're kidding me. I am not talking about the significance of the work done, I am talking about the impact it will have when seen on a law school application.


I understood your question perfectly. Your admissions decisions will not hinge on the difference between the two. Do one or the other - it doesn't matter.

Actually, "significance of work" will matter as far as exposing you to different areas of the law. But that wasn't your question.

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby nycparalegal » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:10 am

andyman wrote:
Unemployed wrote:
If this is a 0L internship, then it really doesn't matter.



You're kidding me. I am not talking about the significance of the work done, I am talking about the impact it will have when seen on a law school application.


You're fucking with us right? This shit is about what is going to looking good for a law school application?

Here it is:

LSAT
GPA

Rhodes Scholar
Fulbright

Peace Corps, Teach for America

That's about it. Nothing else will make an impact on your application.
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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby JazzOne » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:11 am

andyman wrote:
andyman wrote:
Unemployed wrote:
If this is a 0L internship, then it really doesn't matter.



You're kidding me. I am not talking about the significance of the work done, I am talking about the impact it will have when seen on a law school application.

Basicly none

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby iShotFirst » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:15 am

andyman wrote:
iShotFirst wrote:Which looks better? The question is which looks better to who. If you are going for a firm job firm probably looks better. Government job Attorneys office would probably look better. You have to make the decision to be in line with your career goals.


Like I said, Dick, I'm not sure yet.


Hah I thought you what it looks like for a future employer. What looks better for a law school? More eloquent people than me have described it above - neither.

nycparalegal wrote:
Your fucking with us right? This shit is about what is going to looking good for a law school application?

Here it is:

LSAT
GPA

Rhodes Scholar
Fulbright

Peace Corps, Teach for America

That's about it. Nothing else will make an impact on your application.


Memorize this.

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby Vincent Vega » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:26 am

nycparalegal wrote:
andyman wrote:
Unemployed wrote:
If this is a 0L internship, then it really doesn't matter.



You're kidding me. I am not talking about the significance of the work done, I am talking about the impact it will have when seen on a law school application.


You're fucking with us right? This shit is about what is going to looking good for a law school application?

Here it is:

LSAT
GPA

Rhodes Scholar
Fulbright

Peace Corps, Teach for America

That's about it. Nothing else will make an impact on your application.


This.

I didn't know you were talking about a 0L internship. Those are a dime a dozen; literally thousands of fellow applicants will have similar experience.

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Re: What looks better- Intern at an Attorney General or law firm

Postby dynomite » Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:59 am

Andyman:

I think the Atty General internship will be a much better opportunity, especially to network. Best case scenario, you'll get to know your state Attorney General, which will be incredibly useful to you in your career in state -- by definition, this person knows most of the lawyers in the state.

My arguments for the AG job are twofold:

1) You need to set yourself apart from other applicants with similar GPA and LSAT scores -- this could help you get extra financial assistance, as well as getting you in over another similarly qualified applicant.

2) Especially if you plan to apply in-state, having this on your resume (and a recommendation/phone call from this AG) could be a boost to your chances.

3) Especially if you plan to practice/work in-state afterward, this will be a good place to meet people who have connections with most of the firms and lawyers in your state.




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