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What would you take?

Fellowship
14
58%
Internship
10
42%
 
Total votes: 24

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You can get with THIS, or you can get with THAT...

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:11 am

If these were your options, what would you do for your 1L summer?


This paid fellowship? (LinkRemoved)

Or this unpaid internship (LinkRemoved)

Edit: I should note that I can get outside funding for the internship that would pay $4000 over the summer, so the difference is really $3000 over the 10 weeks.
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Re: You can get with THIS, or you can get with THAT...

Postby Cupidity » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:13 am

Is this a serious question?

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Re: You can get with THIS, or you can get with THAT...

Postby AngryAvocado » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:17 am

When I saw the title, I was hoping for this. I are teh disappointed.

Anyhow, I'm just an 0L, but isn't conventional wisdom just to do something law-related that you can talk about in an interview? If that's the case, the paid fellowship seems like the clear winner.
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Re: You can get with THIS, or you can get with THAT...

Postby addicted » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:17 am

take the money and run

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Re: You can get with THIS, or you can get with THAT...

Postby Renzo » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:25 am

AngryAvocado wrote:When I saw the title, I was hoping for this. I are teh disappointed.

Anyhow, I'm just an 0L, but isn't conventional wisdom just to do something law-related that you can talk about in an interview? If that's the case, the paid fellowship seems like the clear winner.

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Postby Vincent Vega » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:38 am

Most people will say take the money and run. I voted for the internship, though, because it just seems much more interesting and like a better resume builder. In the grand scheme, 3K more money will be virtually nothing, but a great legal experience could be worth much, much more. I'm not too familiar with the fellowship union, so I might be way out of line.

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Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:42 am

These are 2 completely different positions. Do you honestly not have a preference, work-wise?

SEIU is a union - you would be doing labor law. Do you want to eventually go into labor law?

EDNY is a federal prosecutor's office - you would be assisting in trials and litigation. Do you see yourself being a litigator? This is really, really good experience if that's the path you want to go down.

All of the people saying "take the money" might be overemphasizing $3000. I mean, if you are like most people and paying $150,000 for law school, $3,000 doesn't seem like such a big deal.

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Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:33 am

Anonymous User wrote:These are 2 completely different positions. Do you honestly not have a preference, work-wise?

SEIU is a union - you would be doing labor law. Do you want to eventually go into labor law?

EDNY is a federal prosecutor's office - you would be assisting in trials and litigation. Do you see yourself being a litigator? This is really, really good experience if that's the path you want to go down.

All of the people saying "take the money" might be overemphasizing $3000. I mean, if you are like most people and paying $150,000 for law school, $3,000 doesn't seem like such a big deal.

OP Here: I agree about the money. It's sort of a big deal now (maybe I could eat out once or twice this summer!), but long-term it's trivial.

I have substantial union experience, which is why I was awarded the fellowship. I have pretty much zero interest in a labor/employment practice, but I find labor/union policy extremely academically interesting, and if I were ever going to publish a law review piece, that would be my topic.

On the other hand, I do think I want to be a litigator, and the EDNY seems like kind of a big deal (at least in my own mind).

The last complication is DC vs. NY. MY SO wants to be in DC long-term, I would rather be in NY...

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Re: You can get with THIS, or you can get with THAT...

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:56 am

Given your long-term career goals, the EDNY internship seems to make more sense. It certainly won't be a barrier to working in DC, if that's what you end up deciding to do; many of the US Attys you'll meet at EDNY will undoubtedly have deep DC connections.

Plus, if you want to be a litigator and you want to move away from the labor field, the EDNY position seems like a much better fit than the SEIU position.

FWIW, I worked over the summer with lots of DC biglaw litigators. Many of them had joined the firm from different US Atty offices around the country.




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