miamiman wrote:I genuinely dont think 1 mos at a firm/ having to explain that employment history is better than 0 mos at a firm. Are you currently at SMU?
It's really not about having to explain the employment history to subsequent potential employers. It's about first off getting a chance, and secondly being able to be evaluated based on your skills and your fit at the firm. Best case scenario they take SMU's offer to keep you on for an additional month, then they offer you a job. Worst case scenario, you meet some people who are connected, who can speak for your work product, and you move along in your job search. As long as you understand getting into a firm through this program does not mean that your job search ends, this is a win win.
Like I said before, legal interviews, on top of being hard to get, are mostly bs. You're given an offer/callback or not at the whim of the interviewer (I had two interviews that were all about college basketball; at one I got a job offer 2 days later no callback, at the other I got a rejection letter 1 month later). They very rarely ask you probing questions about your resume, why you would like to be with that specific firm, etc... This program gives you a better chance to be evaluated on your merits imo. All the firm has to lose is a little bit of office space.
I'm not at SMU.....