vamedic03 wrote:I'll disagree with all the above posters for the following reasons:
1) I have serious questions about a firm with an unpaid 1L internship and its sketchy that an American firm is operating outside of the NALP guidelines to offer an unpaid internship.
2) Outside of judicial externships, there are lots of other great options for 1L summer - DA's offices, Public Interest organizations, USAO's, etc.
3) 1L summer is your chance to do something that's NOT a firm - if you're interest/set on Big Law, you should take the opportunity your 1L summer to do something that's not BigLaw. Likewise, if you have any inkling that you might want to do public interest / public service down the road, it'd be good to have something legal and NOT biglaw on your resume.
4) Correct me if I'm wrong, but a US to HK ticket is pretty damn expensive ticket; and, a firm has to be really, really friggin' cheap to not only have an unpaid internship but require you to buy the ticket.
Again, I have serious qualms with an American firm offering an unpaid internship.
1) It's out of the country. Not sure if you caught the OP's posts, but it's also DLA Piper. They're kind of a big deal. Paid or unpaid, this is a great opportunity. If for no other reason, observing the biglaw culture in a foreign country >>>>>>>>>> any unpaid internship experience in the U.S.
2) None of those are as prestigious or difficult to get as what OP has been offered. You can always go DLA Piper-->DA's office/PI/USAO/wherever. The arrow does not go the other way.
3) See 2, supra.
4) OP has family there, so, presumably, s/he'll have free housing. It's really far in the future, so a good deal can be had if OP pays attention and shops around. Cost of living alone in the states during the summer will run at least as much as the price of a ticket to HK and back. Plus, OP wouldn't have "Summer 2011: DLA Piper, Hong Kong Branch" on his/her resume.
Again, it's DLA Piper. And it's NALP. GS sums up my feelings on this perfectly.
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