Decide my 1L Summer Poll

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What should I do this summer?

Internship w/ a Fed. D. Court Judge (outside my target market)
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86%
Part-time RA / Part-time clerk position at a small crim-d firm
9
14%
 
Total votes: 65

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Decide my 1L Summer Poll

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:36 pm

Thoughts? I have the following two options for my 1L summer.

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Re: Decide my 1L Summer Poll

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:03 pm

So....this isn't as close a decision as I thought?

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Re: Decide my 1L Summer Poll

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:07 pm

To me, RA screams no one would hire me, so my school took pity on me to prevent me from dropping out. However untrue that may actually be.

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Re: Decide my 1L Summer Poll

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:10 pm

Small firm pays lightly, lets say $8.00 an hr

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Re: Decide my 1L Summer Poll

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:37 pm

Anonymous User wrote:To me, RA screams no one would hire me, so my school took pity on me to prevent me from dropping out. However untrue that may actually be.


Hiring partner at a V50 told me he despises RA positions because there's little that's genuinely interesting about them, no matter how esteemed the professor or interesting the subject matter. "You can't tell me a good war story and so I won't care."

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Re: Decide my 1L Summer Poll

Postby vamedic03 » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:54 pm

Anonymous User wrote:To me, RA screams no one would hire me, so my school took pity on me to prevent me from dropping out. However untrue that may actually be.


Really not true. Many of the 2Ls I know who RA'd 1L summer are headed off to V5's and V10's.

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Re: Decide my 1L Summer Poll

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:03 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:To me, RA screams no one would hire me, so my school took pity on me to prevent me from dropping out. However untrue that may actually be.


Hiring partner at a V50 told me he despises RA positions because there's little that's genuinely interesting about them, no matter how esteemed the professor or interesting the subject matter. "You can't tell me a good war story and so I won't care."


I was kinda hoping by combining the RA with a small firm would help address this. RA is also paid $10 an hour.

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Re: Decide my 1L Summer Poll

Postby 2LLLL » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:41 pm

Your choice turns on two questions:

(1) What is your target market?

If you're targeting, say Birmingham or Oklahoma City or another small, secondary/tertiary market, then I would hesitate to take a position somewhere else. If you're targeting NYC or DC or another large market, then this isn't really a concern.

(2) What do you want to do with your career?

If you're interested in criminal law, then go with that. If you're interested in private practice or non-criminal government work, then I would say go with the judicial internship.




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