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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby Grizz » Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:54 pm

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:33 pm

So I had a screener interview at 1L OCI with one of the top-flight firms. I didn't get a callback, but I got a nice rejection e-mail saying how sorry they are they couldn't invite me in for further interviews, but if I want, I can come in and have lunch with a few more attorneys and learn more about the firm. My question is, am I stupid for declining that offer? My grades put me in the top 1-2% of my class at my T18. Based on past grade cutoffs, I just need to get median grades this semester to stay in the top 10% (but I'm working just as hard as last semester anyway). This is a firm I'd like to consider for OCI, and I don't want them to think I'm ungrateful - but I just don't have the time. So, am I stupid?

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby Grizz » Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:45 pm

Anonymous User wrote:So I had a screener interview at 1L OCI with one of the top-flight firms. I didn't get a callback, but I got a nice rejection e-mail saying how sorry they are they couldn't invite me in for further interviews, but if I want, I can come in and have lunch with a few more attorneys and learn more about the firm. My question is, am I stupid for declining that offer? My grades put me in the top 1-2% of my class at my T18. Based on past grade cutoffs, I just need to get median grades this semester to stay in the top 10% (but I'm working just as hard as last semester anyway). This is a firm I'd like to consider for OCI, and I don't want them to think I'm ungrateful - but I just don't have the time. So, am I stupid?


You don't have time to eat? Lol wut. Make time.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby OGR3 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:48 pm

rad law wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:So I had a screener interview at 1L OCI with one of the top-flight firms. I didn't get a callback, but I got a nice rejection e-mail saying how sorry they are they couldn't invite me in for further interviews, but if I want, I can come in and have lunch with a few more attorneys and learn more about the firm. My question is, am I stupid for declining that offer? My grades put me in the top 1-2% of my class at my T18. Based on past grade cutoffs, I just need to get median grades this semester to stay in the top 10% (but I'm working just as hard as last semester anyway). This is a firm I'd like to consider for OCI, and I don't want them to think I'm ungrateful - but I just don't have the time. So, am I stupid?


You don't have time to eat? Lol wut. Make time.


Agreed. Even if you're not going to work at that firm, law is a very close-knit profession and those attorneys may very likely put in a good word for you with a friend of theirs at another firm. Also, it could help you for 2L OCI. Lastly, a free lunch ain't bad, I'd have lunch with the shittiest shit lawyer if they were buying.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby Stanford4Me » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:07 pm

rad law wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:So I had a screener interview at 1L OCI with one of the top-flight firms. I didn't get a callback, but I got a nice rejection e-mail saying how sorry they are they couldn't invite me in for further interviews, but if I want, I can come in and have lunch with a few more attorneys and learn more about the firm. My question is, am I stupid for declining that offer? My grades put me in the top 1-2% of my class at my T18. Based on past grade cutoffs, I just need to get median grades this semester to stay in the top 10% (but I'm working just as hard as last semester anyway). This is a firm I'd like to consider for OCI, and I don't want them to think I'm ungrateful - but I just don't have the time. So, am I stupid?


You don't have time to eat? Lol wut. Make time.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby dakatz » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:09 pm

Anonymous User wrote:So I had a screener interview at 1L OCI with one of the top-flight firms. I didn't get a callback, but I got a nice rejection e-mail saying how sorry they are they couldn't invite me in for further interviews, but if I want, I can come in and have lunch with a few more attorneys and learn more about the firm. My question is, am I stupid for declining that offer? My grades put me in the top 1-2% of my class at my T18. Based on past grade cutoffs, I just need to get median grades this semester to stay in the top 10% (but I'm working just as hard as last semester anyway). This is a firm I'd like to consider for OCI, and I don't want them to think I'm ungrateful - but I just don't have the time. So, am I stupid?


Hell yes that would be stupid? You don't have time. Lol, give me a break.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby beach_terror » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:57 pm

Any tips for interviewing with the head honcho on your CB? I'm a bit nervous, but I figure if I can impress the first named partner during my interview I'll have a good shot at getting the job. The interview is actually head honcho + associate.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby OGR3 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:00 pm

beach_terror wrote:Any tips for interviewing with the head honcho on your CB? I'm a bit nervous, but I figure if I can impress the first named partner during my interview I'll have a good shot at getting the job. The interview is actually head honcho + associate.


Be yourself. Show your excitement for working with the firm. Don't kiss ass and don't be an asshole.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby Grizz » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:00 pm

beach_terror wrote:Any tips for interviewing with the head honcho on your CB? I'm a bit nervous, but I figure if I can impress the first named partner during my interview I'll have a good shot at getting the job. The interview is actually head honcho + associate.


Same as impressing anyone else bro.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby Kretzy » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:50 pm

beach_terror wrote:Any tips for interviewing with the head honcho on your CB? I'm a bit nervous, but I figure if I can impress the first named partner during my interview I'll have a good shot at getting the job. The interview is actually head honcho + associate.


Ask normal-person questions about the things that make him awesome. Don't seem like a stalker, having done tons of research, but if s/he brings up one of the things they've done that are pretty cool, be prepared with a question.

Example: I interviewed with a top partner at a litigation firm who was a Rhodes Scholar and SCOTUS clerk, two things that the partner brought up in the interview. Toward the end, I asked him/her which college at Oxford they studied in, and what they thought of the community there, since a friend of mine was applying for the Rhodes in the fall. S/he ended up talking about it for 15 minutes, and ended up being the person who actually extended my offer a few days later (and even offered to give my friend advice on the application).

I knew his/her credentials beforehand, and having done my research was ready to insert questions like that if the opportunity arose. Don't bring it up yourself, but be ready for the 3-4 things they might tell stories about. You may get lucky and have a chance to get them talking about something they love to talk about, which only bodes well for their memory of you.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby moandersen » Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:00 pm

1L SA positions DO exist! For the first time since I started studying for finals last november, I am not ridiculously stressed out by something law school related. Feels nice.....

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby Stanford4Me » Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:13 pm

moandersen wrote:1L SA positions DO exist! For the first time since I started studying for finals last november, I am not ridiculously stressed out by something law school related. Feels nice.....

I take it you got an offer? Congrats!

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby dakatz » Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:14 pm

I just wish the firms I applied to would get back to me with any sort of response. Out of the 80 I applied to, I've heard from about 25 or 30, all rejections. Not sure exactly what happened to the other 50 MIA apps.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby moandersen » Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:21 pm

Stanford4Me wrote:
moandersen wrote:1L SA positions DO exist! For the first time since I started studying for finals last november, I am not ridiculously stressed out by something law school related. Feels nice.....

I take it you got an offer? Congrats!


Yup. I got lucky because I only applied to a couple places total, plus a few bids at spring OCI. Definitely dumb on my part. Im not expecting similar luck when I shoot for a 2L SA position in the fall.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:34 pm

Is it common to be without work at this juncture? I am feeling stressed out. T6 at about median with significant work experience. I just want to lock down a summer position and not worry anymore.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby traehekat » Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:35 pm

moandersen wrote:
Stanford4Me wrote:
moandersen wrote:1L SA positions DO exist! For the first time since I started studying for finals last november, I am not ridiculously stressed out by something law school related. Feels nice.....

I take it you got an offer? Congrats!


Yup. I got lucky because I only applied to a couple places total, plus a few bids at spring OCI. Definitely dumb on my part. Im not expecting similar luck when I shoot for a 2L SA position in the fall.


congrats man that is awesome!

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby OGR3 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:36 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Is it common to be without work at this juncture? I am feeling stressed out. T6 at about median with significant work experience. I just want to lock down a summer position and not worry anymore.


Paid or unpaid? There are still places that are accepting applications, but they're likely going to be unpaid at government or PI. If you want something that's paid, you might also want to look into working as a research assistant for a professor, it won't be much, but it's work and it'll be better than no income.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby Veyron » Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:40 pm

OGR3 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Is it common to be without work at this juncture? I am feeling stressed out. T6 at about median with significant work experience. I just want to lock down a summer position and not worry anymore.


Paid or unpaid? There are still places that are accepting applications, but they're likely going to be unpaid at government or PI. If you want something that's paid, you might also want to look into working as a research assistant for a professor, it won't be much, but it's work and it'll be better than no income.


Lol, wut?

What top school doesn't have SWeet funding for summer PI?

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby OGR3 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:42 pm

Veyron wrote:
OGR3 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Is it common to be without work at this juncture? I am feeling stressed out. T6 at about median with significant work experience. I just want to lock down a summer position and not worry anymore.


Paid or unpaid? There are still places that are accepting applications, but they're likely going to be unpaid at government or PI. If you want something that's paid, you might also want to look into working as a research assistant for a professor, it won't be much, but it's work and it'll be better than no income.


Lol, wut?

What top school doesn't have SWeet funding for summer PI?


Oh I'm sorry, we peons in the T2 have to beg for change outside of a 7-11 if we're working PI for the summer.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby Veyron » Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:45 pm

OGR3 wrote:
Veyron wrote:
OGR3 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Is it common to be without work at this juncture? I am feeling stressed out. T6 at about median with significant work experience. I just want to lock down a summer position and not worry anymore.


Paid or unpaid? There are still places that are accepting applications, but they're likely going to be unpaid at government or PI. If you want something that's paid, you might also want to look into working as a research assistant for a professor, it won't be much, but it's work and it'll be better than no income.


Lol, wut?

What top school doesn't have SWeet funding for summer PI?


Oh I'm sorry, we peons in the T2 have to beg for change outside of a 7-11 if we're working PI for the summer.


You are forgiven, now go and sin no more.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby Grizz » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:32 pm

moandersen wrote:
Stanford4Me wrote:
moandersen wrote:1L SA positions DO exist! For the first time since I started studying for finals last november, I am not ridiculously stressed out by something law school related. Feels nice.....

I take it you got an offer? Congrats!


Yup. I got lucky because I only applied to a couple places total, plus a few bids at spring OCI. Definitely dumb on my part. Im not expecting similar luck when I shoot for a 2L SA position in the fall.


Grats bro. Would stab a hobo to be in your position.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby moandersen » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:48 pm

rad law wrote:
moandersen wrote:
Stanford4Me wrote:
moandersen wrote:1L SA positions DO exist! For the first time since I started studying for finals last november, I am not ridiculously stressed out by something law school related. Feels nice.....

I take it you got an offer? Congrats!


Yup. I got lucky because I only applied to a couple places total, plus a few bids at spring OCI. Definitely dumb on my part. Im not expecting similar luck when I shoot for a 2L SA position in the fall.


Grats bro. Would stab a hobo to be in your position.


thanks. the pay is nowhere near 'market' for biglaw, but its at one of the largest firms in the state, so it should look solid on my resume - especially when considering the fact that I had no ties whatsoever before moving to NC, getting a 1L SA position as a 'northerner' in the good ol' boys network makes me feel like I did something right.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby keg411 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:53 pm

moandersen wrote:1L SA positions DO exist! For the first time since I started studying for finals last november, I am not ridiculously stressed out by something law school related. Feels nice.....


Congrats!

Meanwhile, I came down with the flu, so I had to cancel my mock interview. I was looking forward to it too because I could have gotten a taste of what a screener is like before OCI and I really like the firm :(.

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Re: 1L summer job application apathy/encouragement thread

Postby PirateCap'n » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:57 pm

moandersen wrote:1L SA positions DO exist! For the first time since I started studying for finals last november, I am not ridiculously stressed out by something law school related. Feels nice.....
the pay is nowhere near 'market' for biglaw, but its at one of the largest firms in the state, so it should look solid on my resume - especially when considering the fact that I had no ties whatsoever before moving to NC, getting a 1L SA position as a 'northerner' in the good ol' boys network makes me feel like I did something right.


Congrats! Same here. Got my offer Friday. Was yours through OCI or mailings (if you don't mind my asking)?




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