Do I need a summer in the public sector?

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zephyr36
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Do I need a summer in the public sector?

Postby zephyr36 » Tue May 17, 2011 1:44 pm

I have a few contacts that will almost guarantee me a paid in-house summer position at a major mineral corporation. I also plan to shoot for a firm my 2L year because I am paying sticker and need to minimize my debt load. However, my ideal plan would be to work at a firm for a few years to pay down debt and then move into prosecutor work (dream is AUSA, but whose isn't). Would a lack of public sector experience prior hurt my chances of finding a job is a mid to major market as an ADA? I plan on taking the necessary coursework and clinics, but I really need to make cash in law school. An unpaid internship won't really do that for me obviously.

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Re: Do I need a summer in the public sector?

Postby BlueDiamond » Tue May 17, 2011 1:45 pm

zephyr36 wrote:I have a few contacts that will almost guarantee me a paid in-house summer position at a major mineral corporation. I also plan to shoot for a firm my 2L year because I am paying sticker and need to minimize my debt load. However, my ideal plan would be to work at a firm for a few years to pay down debt and then move into prosecutor work (dream is AUSA, but whose isn't). Would a lack of public sector experience prior hurt my chances of finding a job is a mid to major market as an ADA? I plan on taking the necessary coursework and clinics, but I really need to make cash in law school. An unpaid internship won't really do that for me obviously.


you need to tell the public sector to go screw itself

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A'nold
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Re: Do I need a summer in the public sector?

Postby A'nold » Tue May 17, 2011 1:56 pm

If your dream is to become a prosecutor, why not just use the government IBR program and work as a prosecutor directly out of school? Say you'd have 200k in loans after 3 years. Even though it wouldn't work out this way, say you could pay down your tab to 150k by the time you graduate. Both amounts are still substantial. Say you worked 3-4 years in biglaw to pay off the debt. You'd only have 6 years left in the job you already plan on working in for the rest of your career. IBR is income-based repayment and not based upon your debt load. After 10 years of work in the private sector your debt vanishes.




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