How bad will not having employment experience hurt me?

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chalhou1
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How bad will not having employment experience hurt me?

Postby chalhou1 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:18 am

I didn't work throughout college but I did do two internships. The first at a legal firm and the second at a legislative office with a Michigan representative. How bad will this hurt me?

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Re: How bad will not having employment experience hurt me?

Postby bk1 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:21 am

Won't hurt.

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Re: How bad will not having employment experience hurt me?

Postby JazzOne » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:23 am

chalhou1 wrote:I didn't work throughout college but I did do two internships. The first at a legal firm and the second at a legislative office with a Michigan representative. How bad will this hurt me?

Nice job on the internships. Stay gunner, my friend.

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Re: How bad will not having employment experience hurt me?

Postby chalhou1 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:29 am

okay that's good, I guess I will turn it around and ask will the internships help me? and if so how much?

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Re: How bad will not having employment experience hurt me?

Postby MrKappus » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:32 am

Won't hurt for admissions. Certainly doesn't help for OCI, though...

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Re: How bad will not having employment experience hurt me?

Postby JazzOne » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:32 am

chalhou1 wrote:okay that's good, I guess I will turn it around and ask will the internships help me? and if so how much?

Won't help.

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Re: How bad will not having employment experience hurt me?

Postby acrossthelake » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:42 am

chalhou1 wrote:I didn't work throughout college but I did do two internships. The first at a legal firm and the second at a legislative office with a Michigan representative. How bad will this hurt me?


Hurts at YHS. Need it for Northwestern. Negligible elsewhere.

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Re: How bad will not having employment experience hurt me?

Postby JazzOne » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:43 am

acrossthelake wrote:
chalhou1 wrote:I didn't work throughout college but I did do two internships. The first at a legal firm and the second at a legislative office with a Michigan representative. How bad will this hurt me?


Hurts at YHS. Need it for Northwestern. Negligible elsewhere.

Oops, I thought this said "YLS." nvm
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Re: How bad will not having employment experience hurt me?

Postby bk1 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:43 am

acrossthelake wrote:
chalhou1 wrote:I didn't work throughout college but I did do two internships. The first at a legal firm and the second at a legislative office with a Michigan representative. How bad will this hurt me?


Hurts at YHS. Need it for Northwestern. Negligible elsewhere.


Just to clarify, I'm pretty sure that NU likes postgraduate work experience, not work during undergrad.

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Re: How bad will not having employment experience hurt me?

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:48 am

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Re: How bad will not having employment experience hurt me?

Postby BioEBear2010 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:03 am

acrossthelake wrote:Hurts at YHS. Need it for Northwestern. Negligible elsewhere.

Questionable on all three counts.

Y and S like diverse applicants (H doesn't seem to care as much), and one form of diversity certainly comes from work experience. Not having WE won't hurt if you have some other redeeming factor(s), and of course the LSAT/GPA.

Anecdotally, I have a friend at Northwestern who went straight from UG.

Other schools like WE, too. Probably not as much as Y, S, and NW, but it's still a plus.

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Re: How bad will not having employment experience hurt me?

Postby theantiscalia » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:13 am

MrKappus wrote:Won't hurt for admissions. Certainly doesn't help for OCI, though...


This. Admissions, with very few exceptions (such as Northwestern), doesn't care about work experience unless it is rock-star awesome. (That is an expression. They might actually not find a rock star to be awesome for law school admissions.)

However, my understanding is that it probably will hurt your chances at OCI. Employers like to see maturity.




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