Gov't or Nonprofit for 1L summer?

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I'm going to take your advice so pick in good faith & fair dealing

Department of Veterans Affairs
4
44%
Public Citizen - Congress Watch
5
56%
 
Total votes: 9

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Gov't or Nonprofit for 1L summer?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:13 pm

Ok I have to decide by tomorrow! I'm a 1L with median grades at a T20 school (...ranked 20).
Both internships are for credit only.

Department of Veterans Affairs = litigation, supporting the secretary in appeals (so mostly supporting denials for claims for disability) some of my own caseload, ct conferences, intense scary stuff
Public Citizen = forced arbitration clauses, consumer product liability, medical malpractice reform, one on one supporting atty


Personal things: PC is close to my boyfriend's work and is the floor above a chinese restaurant. My dad is a navy vet.

How much better is a government job?

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Re: Gov't or Nonprofit for 1L summer?

Postby Cupidity » Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:19 pm

Veterans affairs sounds like a better experience. Also, military often take care of their own. If you apply to enough positions, eventually someone reviewing your resume will be a vet or part of a military family, and the VA position could be a major boost.

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Re: Gov't or Nonprofit for 1L summer?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:42 pm

do military take care of their own even when you're working to uphold denial of benefits to someone? or do I just keep that part a secret in the future?

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Re: Gov't or Nonprofit for 1L summer?

Postby jonas » Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:48 pm

I would pick Public Citizen in a heartbeat. The work will be more interesting and varied -- and a lot less depressing.

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Re: Gov't or Nonprofit for 1L summer?

Postby Flips88 » Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:50 pm

I'd do Public Citizen but that's just what I'm more interest in personally. Either would be pretty interesting, I suspect.

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Re: Gov't or Nonprofit for 1L summer?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:14 am

thanks everyone! hardest decision ever, worse than choosing a law school.
I ended up going with the VA because I felt there'd be more substantial legal experience (even though PC would be more interesting, better for the soul, and VA is probably a little bit of a mill... but a mill for 10 weeks is tolerable)




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