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1L summer position w/Plaintiff--BigLaw suicide?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:08 pm

I have the opportunity to work with a highly prestigious plaintiff's firm the summer of my 1L year; however, I also plan to participate in OCI at my school for 2L year (at t-10) in hopes of landing a position in a v100 litigation department. Do you think it would be suicide to work with a plaintiff's firm 1L year (workers comp, med mal, etc)? Or would the hands on experience with litigation be enough to cancel out any "conflicted associations/views"?

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Re: 1L summer position w/Plaintiff--BigLaw suicide?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:11 pm

There's nothing to "cancel out." It's a non-issue, IMO. It's legal experience, and that's all that matters for 1L SA.

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Re: 1L summer position w/Plaintiff--BigLaw suicide?

Postby Cupidity » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:15 pm

Stupid unsupported fear.

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Re: 1L summer position w/Plaintiff--BigLaw suicide?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:17 pm

I worked at a PL firm my 1L year, ended up completely fine. Its great experience and you can say it helped you understand both sides

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Re: 1L summer position w/Plaintiff--BigLaw suicide?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:36 pm

The only people who care about this sort of thing are the territorial public defenders who hate people who have ever done anything resembling prosecution. On the civil side, no one cares, and diverse experience is universally considered a plus.

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Re: 1L summer position w/Plaintiff--BigLaw suicide?

Postby buckilaw » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:43 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I have the opportunity to work with a highly prestigious plaintiff's firm the summer of my 1L year; however, I also plan to participate in OCI at my school for 2L year (at t-10) in hopes of landing a position in a v100 litigation department. Do you think it would be suicide to work with a plaintiff's firm 1L year (workers comp, med mal, etc)? Or would the hands on experience with litigation be enough to cancel out any "conflicted associations/views"?


What's a good resource to research plaintiffs' firms? How do you figure "prestige" for plaintiffs' firms?

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Re: 1L summer position w/Plaintiff--BigLaw suicide?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:20 pm

buckilaw wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I have the opportunity to work with a highly prestigious plaintiff's firm the summer of my 1L year; however, I also plan to participate in OCI at my school for 2L year (at t-10) in hopes of landing a position in a v100 litigation department. Do you think it would be suicide to work with a plaintiff's firm 1L year (workers comp, med mal, etc)? Or would the hands on experience with litigation be enough to cancel out any "conflicted associations/views"?


What's a good resource to research plaintiffs' firms? How do you figure "prestige" for plaintiffs' firms?


I have wondered the same thing. There are a hand full of firms/attorneys that have name recognition. Don't know beyond that...Anyone have any ideas?

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Re: 1L summer position w/Plaintiff--BigLaw suicide?

Postby ITE8NY » Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:35 pm

There's no such thing as a prestigious plaintiff's firm. But, yeah, nobody gives a fuck what you do 1L summer so long as it's law related.

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Re: 1L summer position w/Plaintiff--BigLaw suicide?

Postby traydeuce » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:10 pm

There are some kind of prestigious plaintiffs' firms, or at least some really good ones. I'm interviewing with Cohen Milstein next week for a position during the school year, and I'm kind of excited about that. I mean, just in lawsuits for Holocaust survivors, they've won $6.4 billion alone.

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Re: 1L summer position w/Plaintiff--BigLaw suicide?

Postby Grizz » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:12 pm

ITE8NY wrote:There's no such thing as a prestigious plaintiff's firm. But, yeah, nobody gives a fuck what you do 1L summer so long as it's law related.

Big money's in plaintiffs work though.

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Re: 1L summer position w/Plaintiff--BigLaw suicide?

Postby vanwinkle » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:19 pm

ITE8NY wrote:There's no such thing as a prestigious plaintiff's firm. But, yeah, nobody gives a fuck what you do 1L summer so long as it's law related.

I wouldn't go this far. Some employers will care what you did during 1L. Prestigious PI orgs look for folks who have established PI interest, some PDs are hostile to folks who interned with prosecutors, etc. But OP's case is not one of these exceptions, and it shouldn't matter at all in their case.

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Re: 1L summer position w/Plaintiff--BigLaw suicide?

Postby romothesavior » Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:02 pm

Anonymous User wrote:The only people who care about this sort of thing are the territorial public defenders who hate people who have ever done anything resembling prosecution. On the civil side, no one cares, and diverse experience is universally considered a plus.

Pretty much this.

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Re: 1L summer position w/Plaintiff--BigLaw suicide?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:42 pm

ITE8NY wrote:There's no such thing as a prestigious plaintiff's firm. But, yeah, nobody gives a fuck what you do 1L summer so long as it's law related.


False.

OP, I paralegaled at a prestigious plaintiffs' firm before law school and have been asked a few times about it. It isn't an auto-ding as much as an opportunity to briefly explain why you aren't philosophically bent on fighting the man and explaining that talented lawyers impress you. Also good for starting the "civility in litigation" conversation, how you don't hate the other side, but rather understand it's an adversary system.

Regarding prestige, I've had something like 20% of my interviewers (more in the city of my former firm) say, "Wow, that is a really prestigious firm" and ask me what it was like there. They're intrigued. These are V5, 10, and 20 interviewers.




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