beach_terror wrote:Where exactly in the pecking order is doing research with a professor? Currently, I have an interview with a boutique firm in my desired area of concentration but the chances of me getting it are slim (1 spot and I'm sure they're doing OCI at all the peer schools). So my other options as of now are DA's offices and USAO offices.
Would you guys take DA/USAO over research with a prof? I figure being an RA would help me boost my writing/research skills. I managed to do surprisingly well in LRW, and actually really enjoyed the entire process. I did well enough in a class that I'll be "invited" to apply to be an RA.
I think it depends on the professor. If your professor is one of the heavyweights at your school, someone who is well-known in the legal field, then it's probably worth it. Working for a professor who just started teaching after 3 years out of law school might not be as valuable from a recommendation perspective, although it's probably a good experience.
Also, make sure it's a professor you would want to work with. I just started working as a research assistant for a professor during the school year, and so far I am really enjoying it. The professor I am working with is really nice and is open to my being creative and coming up with ideas. And I feel like I am learning a lot and sharpening my research skills. But I feel like it wouldn't be such a good experience if the professor were not as nice/accommodating/open to student innovation. So I suggest trying to get a sense of what kind of work the professor will have you do and whether it would be a good match. If you can, talk to other students who have worked for this professor in the past.