disco_barred wrote:wiseowl wrote:you probably need to make an honest assessment of whether or not you are a good candidate for a firm job. if you aren't, it may be better to just target judges and PI from the start.
And keep in mind this is hard to do.
The people I know who got summer jobs combined most - but never all - of the following attributes:
*Strong law school
*Strong first semester grades
*Strong connections to the location of the firm
*The firm's location was NOT a major legal market
*Strong pre-law school experience (UG, UG grades, relevant work experience, etc.)
*Strong personal connections to the firm
*The candidate was an under represented minority in firm hiring
Actually, of those 7 criteria, I think every 1L I know who got a firm job met exactly 5 Go figure.
In my non-major legal market, any student who meets the 3 bolded criteria has a decent shot at a 1L SA before the release of grades, and an even better shot after grades if they're high. I think anyone who's at a T14 and has a strong connection to a non-major market should make a serious effort at applying to firm jobs in 1L (if interested in one of course). By serious effort I mean tailor cover letters to each firm, have CSO review your resume & cover letter template a couple times, and send out early in Dec to aim for interviews over break.