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I love my 1L summer job.

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:10 am

Very small market, but major firm in this market (~20 attorneys).

Third week in, I have already written far more than I did all of 1L year. FoFCoLs, demand letters, numerous discovery related motions, short memos, a really long memo that will almost surely turn into a summary judgment brief in federal court, and a bunch of free lunches.

Much of what I have written has gone out the door with only minor substantive changes/additions. This is scary, but awesome.

After many years of varied WE, this is by far the most challenging and fun job I've had. Gunning hard for the same spot 2L year.

It's not biglaw (there is no such thing in this market), pays not even a fraction of a biglaw SA position, but I am still stoked on the experience. I hope other 1Ls are enjoying their summers, too.

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Re: I love my 1L summer job.

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:45 am

I hate mine. It's essentially as if I don't even exist. In the rare times that I am given something (anything!) to do, it's photocopying or delivering something to somebody (I have no problem paper pushing if it's mixed with some other stuff, but there's nothing else). It's not like this is a sketchy position either. It's a DAs office in a largish city with a bunch of other summer students working. The only good part is I get to go watch trial whenever I want, for however long I want.

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Re: I love my 1L summer job.

Postby Tanicius » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:49 am

Anonymous User wrote:I hate mine. It's essentially as if I don't even exist. In the rare times that I am given something (anything!) to do, it's photocopying or delivering something to somebody (I have no problem paper pushing if it's mixed with some other stuff, but there's nothing else). It's not like this is a sketchy position either. It's a DAs office in a largish city with a bunch of other summer students working. The only good part is I get to go watch trial whenever I want, for however long I want.


That's a luxury. If working in a DA's office is something you want to do in the future, spend as much time as you can watching those trials.

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Re: I love my 1L summer job.

Postby TTH » Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:40 am

I like mine a lot. I'm not getting as much substantive experience as OP, but I've written a lot of memos that have been incorporated into briefs. I'd like to get a crack at drafting some motions and what not this summer, but the firm's big enough that I sort of doubt that will happen.

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Re: I love my 1L summer job.

Postby Helmholtz » Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:59 am

Loving my summer "job" as well. Been able to do some cool stuff so far like sit in on terrorism, mobster, and death penalty trials, jury selections, and motion hearings, as well as the behind-the-scenes action that goes on in a judge's chambers. We have some cool stuff coming up (e.g. an insider tour of the local MDC) that I'm really looking forward to. Should be a good summer. Certainly beats law school.

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Re: I love my 1L summer job.

Postby Younger Abstention » Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:51 pm

If you want to be a litigator (and even if you end up not wanting to be, you probably do at this point after 1L), it's a fantastic opportunity to watch the trials. You learn so much more from watching a trial than anything else you could be doing at this point.

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Re: I love my 1L summer job.

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:13 pm

I'm in a judge's chambers too and I must say it's far exceeded my expectations. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it but it has really been a lot of fun.

I've drafted memos, orders and even opinions (it's so much more fun to write them than to read them). My judge handles dispositive motions too, so I'm seeing the important legal issues on a number of different cases (contracts, all sorts of torts, domestic disputes, etc.).

I also get the benefit of going to court if something interesting catches my notice. All in all, the only thing that could make this internship better would be a pay check.

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Re: I love my 1L summer job.

Postby joemoviebuff » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:20 pm

Helmholtz wrote:Loving my summer "job" as well. Been able to do some cool stuff so far like sit in on terrorism, mobster, and death penalty trials, jury selections, and motion hearings, as well as the behind-the-scenes action that goes on in a judge's chambers. We have some cool stuff coming up (e.g. an insider tour of the local MDC) that I'm really looking forward to. Should be a good summer. Certainly beats law school.


Where are you working?

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Re: I love my 1L summer job.

Postby Helmholtz » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:24 pm

joemoviebuff wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:Loving my summer "job" as well. Been able to do some cool stuff so far like sit in on terrorism, mobster, and death penalty trials, jury selections, and motion hearings, as well as the behind-the-scenes action that goes on in a judge's chambers. We have some cool stuff coming up (e.g. an insider tour of the local MDC) that I'm really looking forward to. Should be a good summer. Certainly beats law school.


Where are you working?


Federal court in NYC.

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Re: I love my 1L summer job.

Postby joemoviebuff » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:27 pm

Helmholtz wrote:
joemoviebuff wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:Loving my summer "job" as well. Been able to do some cool stuff so far like sit in on terrorism, mobster, and death penalty trials, jury selections, and motion hearings, as well as the behind-the-scenes action that goes on in a judge's chambers. We have some cool stuff coming up (e.g. an insider tour of the local MDC) that I'm really looking forward to. Should be a good summer. Certainly beats law school.


Where are you working?


Federal court in NYC.


Nice, it sounds awesome.

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Re: I love my 1L summer job.

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:42 pm

I love watching trials, it's really valuable. I hate that the attorneys literally have nothing for me to do.

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Re: I love my 1L summer job.

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:15 pm

State Supreme Court. Been writing certification memos so far which is pretty cool. And the Justice and clerks and the other interns are all really nice.

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Re: I love my 1L summer job.

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:22 pm

Judicial internship is awesome so far. Wrote (drafted I guess) my own opinion and now im working on this really bizarre motion to dismiss. Perfect way to apply whatbive learned but, more than anything else, get better at writing. Watching the court proceedings has been fascnating as well. Turned down state supreme court for federal district level and its def been a smart choice so far. Im a sucker for excitement and you sure see some crazy stuff here.

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Re: I love my 1L summer job.

Postby shepdawg » Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:25 pm

I have mixed feelings about my job. I've written 995 motions, petitions for writ of habeas corpus, custom lease agreements, interviewed criminal clients and witnesses, and 2nd chaired two preliminary hearings. All that stuff was fun and can go on my resume. The problem is that I hardly get any help or guidance and have to figure out how to do all that stuff on my own.




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