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Which Job Should I Accept?

V100 Firm (closer to 100 than to 1)
17
47%
In-house @ sports league (NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, MLS, etc)
15
42%
Independent Government agency (FEC, NLRB, EPA, etc)
4
11%
 
Total votes: 36

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Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:29 pm

Hi all,

I'm fortunate enough to have three employment options from which to choose. I need to make a decision within the coming 2 weeks. I'm mainly interested in corporate law (M&A) and entertainment law (agency). I could see myself working at a firm for the long haul, working in-house (general counsel) for a major league/agency, or branching off and becoming an agent.

The firm job pays well (around $2800/wk for the entire summer) while the government job is unpaid and the sports league provides a small stipend (<$500/week).

What do you think?

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Danteshek » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:57 pm

I think the sports job will set you apart and be a valuable networking opportunity.
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Re: Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:58 pm

Danteshek wrote:2800 for the summer sounds extremely suspect coming from a large law firm. Take the sports job.


Oh, it's 2800 per week for around 9 to 11 weeks.

Thanks for your post!

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Re: Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Danteshek » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:00 pm

I would still take the job you are more interested in. Sounds like the league job would be the most interesting of the three.

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Re: Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Drake014 » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:02 pm

Danteshek wrote:I think the sports job will set you apart and be a valuable networking opportunity.



the whole post sounds suspect.

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Re: Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Danteshek » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:05 pm

You think he is making it up?

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Re: Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:10 pm

Danteshek wrote:I think the sports job will set you apart and be a valuable networking opportunity.


I was thinking the same thing. The only thing preventing me from accepting the league job is that I'm not sure how future interviewers (law firms) will view it, since I don't really know how much actual legal exposure I'll get (I'm afraid it'll involve lots of clerical work). But I definitely think it'll be a better/less-bland conversation starter than a plain old firm job. Then again, money is always tough to turn down.

Drake014 wrote:
Danteshek wrote:I think the sports job will set you apart and be a valuable networking opportunity.



the whole post sounds suspect.


Huh? How so?

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Re: Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:12 pm

Drake014 wrote:
Danteshek wrote:I think the sports job will set you apart and be a valuable networking opportunity.



the whole post sounds suspect.


This post may be relevant to my interests. How would you choose between firm offer (IP) and internship at a tech-related major regulatory agency?

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Re: Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:29 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Drake014 wrote:
Danteshek wrote:I think the sports job will set you apart and be a valuable networking opportunity.



the whole post sounds suspect.


This post may be relevant to my interests. How would you choose between firm offer (IP) and internship at a tech-related major regulatory agency?


i assume it would depend on your long-term goals and how tech-related the reg agency is.

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Re: Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:15 am

More opinions would be great!

Thanks, guys!

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Re: Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Herb Watchfell » Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:24 am

I think you should take the firm job. Seems less suspect than the league one.

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Re: Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Anonymous Loser » Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:03 am

*enters OCI interview*

interviewer *takes cursory glance at resume*: "So, how'd you like working for [whichever of the three options you chose]"

OP: "Uh, it was great. I learned a lot, and really enjoyed working for [whichever one of the three options you chose]"

interviewer *glances at watch, bored*: "Great, great. So, do you have any questions?"

*leaves OCI interview, now aware that 1L job equates to ~30 seconds of conversation* *punches wall, frustrated over turning down close to $30k for the chance to say "I worked for the NFL"*

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Re: Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:34 am

Anonymous Loser wrote:*enters OCI interview*

interviewer *takes cursory glance at resume*: "So, how'd you like working for [whichever of the three options you chose]"

OP: "Uh, it was great. I learned a lot, and really enjoyed working for [whichever one of the three options you chose]"

interviewer *glances at watch, bored*: "Great, great. So, do you have any questions?"

*leaves OCI interview, now aware that 1L job equates to ~30 seconds of conversation* *punches wall, frustrated over turning down close to $30k for the chance to say "I worked for the NFL"*


When making 30,000 means paying 2,000+/month on housing and losing your financial aid award, it's basically a wash. And plus, working for a league does sound more interesting than working for, say, Patton Boggs LLP.

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Re: Help a 1L decide: firm? league? government?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:12 pm

Any others? Please vote!




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